Chris Martins

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  • Swearin' Tour Dates Allison Crutchfield Announcement

    Fuzz-Pop Posse Swearin' Expand American Tour

    Allison Crutchfield and her distortion-loving, guitar-crushing crew have expanded their in-progress tour supporting last year's Surfing Strange. While the Philly/Brooklyn quartet have a real knack for pop-sweetened punk catchiness, that excellent set "buries its hooks beneath six feet of fuzz, recalling Built to Spill and the Breeders at their least major-label-inclined," or SPIN's Jillian Mapes put it. Live, the greatness of tracks like "Dust in the Gold Sack" gets all the more grungy.

  • Shlohmo Jeremih No More EP Stream Single

    Shlohmo and Jeremih Shine Hazily on 'No More'

    Shlohmo and Jeremih handily made SPIN's 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2014 for their right-on-time mix of art-addled trap sonics and disembodied-yet-oversexed R&B. They first came together in retrospect, with the Los Angeles producer remixing the Chicago singer's "Fuck U All the Time" to gooped perfection, and then met in the studio to whip up a song in a day: "Bo Peep (Do U Right)," a succulent slow jam that necessitated further exploration. Now we've got the first taste of their forthcoming EP, No More, arriving via Def Jam and Wedidit in March. The titular song from that set is as shadow-steeped and sensual as you'd hope, with Shlohmo rolling back some of the haze to allow Jeremih's vocals their own shine. "I don't wanna wait," he coos, and neither do we. The pair are also planning an album, dubbed Thumpy Johnson, for later in the year.

  • Exene Cervenka Estate Sale X Vintage Guitars Punk

    Punk History for Sale: X's Exene Cervenka Is Selling All Her Stuff

    Los Angeles punk rock icon Exene Cervenka is holding an estate sale in which she's looking to shed instruments, antiques, her own original art, music memorabilia, and other personal items she's collected over the years. "Calling all Betty Crocker Punk Rockers," the X singer writes in the listing. "100 years of Americana needs good home. Treasured memories of the past can live on in your hands! Like a small inheritance, but without the squabbling with siblings!"The Santa Ana, California sale begins Thursday, February 13, and runs four days. Run by Missouri-based vintage specialist Donnaland, day one will be by appointment only, but the rest are open to the public, with line numbers being handed out beginning at 9 a.m. every morning. On those days, the house will be open until 4 p.m., and on Sunday, everything is 50 percent off.

  • Los Angeles Police Department 'Waste' Stream Band

    Los Angeles Police Department Gets Fuzzy With Authority on 'Waste'

    Los Angeles Police Department is a hefty name to take on as a musical alias, but Ryan Pollie's songcraft sports its own peculiar authority. For the past few months, the man has been slowly leaking tracks from his Los Angeles bedroom one-by-one — literally, as there have only been two. So far we've heard kaleidoscopic psych-strum à la Woods ("Enough Is Enough") and hushed yet grungy fuzz-pop akin to Yuck ("The Only One"). Now ther'es a third to consider: "Waste" amps up the lo-fi grit and guitar grind as Pollie growls and coos about loss. His ear for melody and detail loom large across the track, which may wind up on Los Angeles Police Department's in-progress untitled debut album. Pollie, who used to play in Warm Weather, shed some light on this project's name: "My solo stuff used to go by the name Shara, which is my mom's name.

  • Neighbors 'Wild Enough' Video Failure Album

    Neighbors Is a Synth-Pop Geppetto in 'Wild Enough' Video

    Noah Stitleman returns with Failure on March 4 — the official reboot album from his Neighbors moniker. The Brooklyn-based songwriter/producer emerged from a hail of other bands and bedroom projects in 2012. We shared "Diamonds," from his indietronic debut Good Luck, Kid, but he's aiming for a sound much bigger this time around. Case in point: "Wild Enough." The new single, witnessed above, finds Stitleman cooing over a massive wave of thick synths, tropical drums, and airy effects pushed forward by the occasional ripping guitar solo. The accompanying video is equally ambitious and instantly enjoyable.

  • Common Ab-Soul 'Made in Black America' No ID

    Common and Ab-Soul are 'Made in Black America' on Soulful Cut

    Common has shared a new track from his forthcoming 10th album, the No I.D.-produced Nobody Smiling. The follow-up to January's "War" features Black Hippy star Ab-Soul and breaks slightly from the album's theme. Though the West Coast half of the track touches upon street violence and political themes (also, he calls himself a "Golf Wang radical"), our Chicago-reared host mostly takes the opportunity to drop flex and brag — "rap Tarantino, off the chain like Django." The new cut comes courtesy of Los Angeles Leakers and Southern California rap radio station Power 106.

  • Mariah Carey 'You're Mine Eternal' Video Topless

    Mariah Carey Is a Topless Angel in 'You're Mine (Eternal)' Video

    Mariah Carey has unleashed the video for her new single "You're Mine (Eternal)." The clip was shot in Puerto Rico, according to MTV, in order to promote rainforest preservation. Therein, our melismatic heroine practices the The Art of Letting Go by appearing topless (obscured by glitter and vines) as she sings about the kind of love that isn't so easy to dust off. By the end of the ballad, she grows wings and acquires the ability to teleport in and out of a buff man's bed. "Oh, you made me feel like love would never end," she coos, "Tell me how can I forget that? My baby we were the best / I'm suffering dreams of you throughout the night / And baby, I can't seem to get you off my mind." So yeah, sucks to be Nick Cannon on this one — but then, that "Beautiful" motorcycle ride with Miguel was probably rough too.

  • Seth Meyers Kanye West Late Night John Mayer Joe Biden

    Seth Meyers Will Face Kanye West on First Week of 'Late Night'

    Jimmy Fallon can't have all the fun. When Seth Meyers takes over NBC's Late Night on February 24, he'll be welcoming a stacked deck of guests. Sure, his predecessor has scored the likes of Justin Timberlake and U2 in the music department for the Tonight Show, but Meyers is kicking off week one with Kanye West — a bold move considering what happened the last time the Yeezus-maker did a talk show — and also the John Mayer Trio featuring Pino Palladino and Steve Jordan.Country's Brad Paisley will also appear, as will Christina Aguilera's "Say Something" partners A Great Big World. And while Fallon will host First Lady Michelle Obama and Will Farrell, Meyers will nbd Vice President Joe Biden and his former Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" co-host Amy Poehler. Others coming to Late Night include Lena Dunham, Kelly Ripa, and Patrick Stewart.

  • The Wytches 'Wire Frame Mattress' Stream

    The Wytches Surf on Sabbath's Back for 'Wire Frame Mattress'

    The Wytches count Leonard Cohen and Black Sabbath among their primary influences and these three English dudes are dark indeed. But their heaviness is offset by an, ahem, bewitching catchiness and the occasional burst of roiling surf-rock. Heard below, "Wire Frame Mattress" opens as a grungy, metallic slog before picking up steam, stalling out, and surging forth like an early White Stripes song made somehow both scrappier and heftier than the original article. "You sit there and laugh while my dignity collapses," Kristian Bell literally hisses, and then we're treated to a bout of blackened Dick Dale wildness as the entire thing careens toward a head-banging finish. Throw up the devil horns and feel this band's pain. The album arrives in May via Partisan.

  • Nicki Minaj 'Lookin Ass Nigga' Video Nabil Pink Print

    Nicki Minaj Takes Literal Shots at 'Lookin Ass Nigga' in Video

    Nicki Minaj has released what appears to be the first taste of her forthcoming album, The Pink Print. Rap-Up shared the above video for "Lookin Ass Nigga," a song also slated for the March 11 Young Money/Cash Money compilation, Rise of an Empire. The track, which owes a bit to Mos Def and Q-Tip's 1999 cut "Mr. Nigga," finds our lithe-tongued heroine hating on cheap dudes, lying dudes, dudes with no dicks, dudes who defraud, dudes who share things with dudes, and dudes who fly her and her friends to Dubai but turn out to have no dicks, ultimately (to name a few). In the black-and-white Nabil-directed clip, she wears lace and pasties and flashy jewelry and shoots gigantic guns into the air when not straddling a tastefully minimal chair.Of late, Ms. Minaj has been flexing her undeniable skills over remixes: YG's "My Nigga," and PTAF's "Boss Ass Bitch."

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