Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • DJ Clap 'Hopeful Hearts' Video Bliss EP

    Juke-Inspired DJ Clap Scores Happy Wilding in 'Hopeful Hearts' Video

    Phoenix, Arizona is a long way from Chicago — in so many ways — but DJ Clap excellently channels the influence of trap and juke into his own wild, western compositions. On November, the man dropped his Bliss EP on Magical Properties, the Alpha Pup Records imprint curated by Los Angeles electronica maverick Daedelus, and now we have a brand new video for the ecstatic highlight, "Hopeful Hearts." Directed by Matt Gerber, the visual piece follows the jittery nocturnal adventures of two women having what appears to be a wonderful night. As stutter-prone as the track itself is, a tangible brightness always persists, and is reflected in the perpetual grins of our cinematic subjects. Watch above.

  • Rose McGowan Interview Dawn Music Wedding

    Rose McGowan on Mariah Carey, Bad Karaoke Choices, and Madonna's Inspirational Might

    Rose McGowan made her directorial debut at this year's Sundance Film Festival with a disturbing and gripping short dubbed Dawn. Starring Tara Barr as a sheltered youth and Reiley McClendon as her seemingly dreamy beau-to-be, the film explores sex and violence in the early '60s — a time that perilously preferred to wall off such subjects with white picket fences. Though this is the longtime actress' first time behind the lens, her career has veered into this era before, often musically.

  • Katy B Arctic Monkeys One for the Road Cover Video Live

    See Katy B Stitch Arctic Monkeys to Ben Pearce in Live Cover

    Katy B will release her second album, Little Red, on February 10 via Rinse/Columbia, but rather than share new cuts from the 12-song platter, she's been unveiling unexpected covers in various radio sessions. Earlier this month, the British dance/pop purveyor recorded her take on One Direction's "Story of My Life" to awesomely alchemical results. Now, for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, she's masterfully combined Ben Pearce's "What I Might Do" with Arctic Monkey's "One for the Road."Accompanied by two backing vocalists and a keyboard player, Katy swerves in and out of the two songs — one a soulful house track, and the other a skulking rock groove — with impressive ease. She's not the first of her particular English ilk to take on the Monkeys' latest. Sam Smith covered "Do I Wanna Know?" late last year.

  • Kanye West Chiropractor Settlement Assault Punch Teen

    Kanye West Pays $250K to the Guy Who Called His Fiancee a Slut

    Kanye West has reportedly settled with the 18-year-old who incurred his wrath by hurling racial epithets at Kim Kardashian. TMZ reports that the Yeezus-maker has paid $250,000 to the very same dude that called his fiancée a "nigger-lover" and a "stupid slut." The initial encounter between the reality television star and the young man took place outside of a Beverley Hills medical building. West allegedly attacked him in a chiropractor's office shortly thereafter.While the MC could technically still be brought up on misdemeanor battery, that's unlikely to happen at this point. Still, Kardashian made it known that she intends to pursue legal action against her verbal assailant for, as she claims, threatening to kill her.

  • Mykki Blanco 'She Gutta' Stream Jeremiah Meece The-Drum

    Mykki Blanco Swaggers With The-Drum Producer on 'She Gutta'

    Mykki Blanco put her stamp on 2013 with Betty Rubble: The Initiation, an all-too short EP that spawned a terrifying video (for "The Initiation") but mostly just served to remind us how much we need a full-length offering from the New York City MC. This is supposed to be the year for her debut album, Michael, which borrows its title from Blanco's birth-name, and now we've got a good omen in the form of a brand new song: "She Gutta," produced by Jeremiah Meece of The-Drum.Heard below, the hard-grinding track finds our heroine bragging and swaggering over trapped-out futurisms that split the difference between horror-score creep and hip-hop hardness. It's another strong post-Betty entry, following the Amnesia-produced "Booty Bambino" and Friendzone team-up "Who Wanna Rumble." Mykki is also plotting a new mixtape for 2014 dubbed Cosmic Angel II: Let Big Sister Teach You.

  • Damon Albarn 'Heavy Seas of Love' Brian Eno Stream

    Damon Albarn and Brian Eno Sing of Hope on 'Heavy Seas of Love'

    Damon Albarn is inching ever closer to the release of his debut solo album, Everyday Robots. We've already heard the haunted titular track and seen the corresponding video, which displayed a deep understanding of the project-hopping British artist's work. The Blur and Gorillaz boss even stopped by SPIN and YouTube's Sundance party to perform some of the new stuff backed by a string quartet ("Lonely, Press Play," for one). And now his Brian Eno collaboration "Heavy Seas of Love" is floating around.The gorgeous track closes the April 29 Warner Bros. release, and features both men on vocals, along with what's likely the Leytonstone City Mission Choir.

  • Primavera Sound 2014 Barcelona Lineup Slowdive Nine Inch Nails

    Primavera Sound 2014 Lineup: Slowdive, Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, Pixies

    The lineup for Spain's Primavera Sound music festival has been announced. The traditionally well-curated three-day gala runs from May 29 through 31 in Barcelona, and this year's iteration brings with it the reunion of shoegaze greats Slowdive. Thursday's poster-toppers include Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Disclosure. Friday brings the National, Pixies, Slowdive, and Haim. And Saturday includes Nine Inch Nails, Kendrick Lamar, Volcano Choir, and Caetano Veloso.See the rest of the names below, followed by a poster that places the artists in the overall lineup.More major players: !!!, Black Lips, Blood Orange, Body/Head, Charles Bradley, The Dismemberment Plan, Chromeo, CHVRCHES, Cloud Nothings, Deafheaven, Dr.

  • Beatles Ed Sullivan Anniversary Salute Concert Lineup Grammy

    Beatles Tribute Taps Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, John Legend, and More

    On February 9, CBS will air The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, but the event is already in the bag. On Monday night, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and a host of guest performers gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center — next door to Staples Center, where the Fab Two played for the 56th Annual Grammys the night before — to play the hits and reminisce in honor of the 50th anniversary of the band's appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.As the Associated Press reports, viewers at home can look forward to highlights including John Legend and Alicia Keys doing "Let It Be," Katy Perry covering "Yesterday," John Mayer and Keith Urban teaming for "Don't Let Me Down," and Brad Paisley playing "Here Comes the Sun" with — who else? — Pharrell Williams.

  • Vampire Weekend Trent Reznor Grammys Mad Nine Inch Nails

    Vampire Weekend Thought They Incurred the Wrath of Trent Reznor

    Trent Reznor made a lot of Grammy haters and Nine Inch Nails fans happy when he tweeted out "a heartfelt FUCK YOU guys" after the show cut short his band's incredible live team-up with Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Lindsey Buckingham. But, to be fair, the man didn't specify his beef when he renamed the awards spectacle "Music's biggest night... to be disrespected."Earlier in the night, NIN's Hesitation Marks lost the Best Alternative Album trophy to Modern Vampires of the City by SPIN's Band of the Year, Vampire Weekend. And the thought at least occurred to drummer Chris Tomson that Reznor's ire might have been directed at that particular snub.

  • Pete Seeger Communist House Unamerican Activities Testimony

    Pete Seeger Was a Boss During His House Un-American Activities Inquisition

    Folk lion Pete Seeger passed away on Monday at the age of 94. President Barack Obama has honored his legacy with a touching statement, calling him "America's tuning fork," and an artist who "used his voice — and his hammer — to strike blows for worker's rights and civil rights; world peace and environmental conservation." But there was a time when the United States government wasn't a fan of Seeger's voice on the grounds that his hammer appeared to be paired with a certain sickle.On August 18, 1955, the musician was subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee, which was then committed to stamping out the Communist cause on American soil. Following in the footsteps of the Hollywood Ten, however, when asked about his history with the party and their events, he refused not only to name names, but to invoke the Fifth Amendment as his defense.

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