Chris Martins

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  • Memphis Sundance Film Review Willis Earl Beal

    Willis Earl Beal Almost Plays Himself in the Listless 'Memphis'

    SPIN is in Park City, Utah, traversing snow and cutting queues to bring you reviews of the next big films (and flops) as they make their Sundance Film Festival 2014 debut.There's a giant, flopping red herring very early on in Tim Sutton's Memphis. Star Willis Earl Beal — a real-life blues eccentric playing an onscreen blues eccentric — sits down for a television interview in which the host asks if he ever, in his wildest dreams, imagined he'd be so famous. "Yeah, I did, very often," the 29-year-old also named Willis deadpans. "I imagined it into existence. [Pause.] The thing about sorcery...." The Sundance crowd collectively chuckled; it seemed like the dude was trolling. But for the rest of the screening, members of the audience quietly sneaked out of the theater, one by one.Memphis is not funny. It is not transcendent. It is not heart-wrenching or harrowing or mysterious.

  • Whiplash film Sundance review

    Sundance Festival Opener 'Whiplash' Is a Bebop 'Black Swan'

    SPIN is in Park City, Utah, traversing snow and cutting queues to bring you reviews of the next big films (and flops) as they make their Sundance Film Festival 2014 debut.The opening moments of Whiplash tell you a lot about where Damien Chazelle's film is headed. First: pitch black with a slow, solitary snare-drum thrum. Then: We're on the floor of a dank hallway, slowly pushing in on a kid beating his drum kit faster and faster in a rehearsal space that resembles a dungeon. That's Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller), a student at the Shaffer Conservatory of Music (Julliard), whose halls are stalked by a jazz teacher as feared as he is revered. Played terrifyingly by J. K.

  • PEP 'Stephen' Video My Baby and Me EP

    PEP Get Their Own Vintage Variety Show in 'Stephen' Video

    While Brooklyn indie-poppers Starlight Girls updated their retro sound last year, their drummer Karys Rhea dwells in an even deeper past with PEP. As the story goes, she started her side-project (a duo on album and a sextet live) after she heard "Runaround Sue" playing over a retail P.A. and subsequently went on a downloading binge, devouring all of the '50s and '60s malt-shop pop she could find.Her devotion pays off with My Baby and Me, an EP due out February 11 that features "Stephen," a Ronettes-owing heartbreaker about that titular cad. Above, you can see the song's video, in which director Jonathan Phelps throws his own vintage variety show to ... well, variable results.PEP, My Baby and Me track list:1. "My Baby and Me"2. "Stephen"3. "I Met a Boy"4. "Be That Girl"

  • Frozen Soundtrack Beyonce Billboard Charts Kid Ink

    'Frozen' Soundtrack No. 1 Again, Queen Elsa Trumps Queen Bey

    First! Beyon—say, wait a minute here... Despite industry projections that Beyoncé's December surprise would return to its rightful place on the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart, the soundtrack to Disney's Frozen remains No. 1 for a second week with 86,000 copies sold. In no world (except maybe Candy Land) is that a small feat — the last animated feature score to rule the top 10 was The Lion King, which reigned for 10 weeks back in 1994. Last week's sales bump came courtesy of an iTunes discount, but this week's win is all due to the success of the movie, which has now done $318 million at North American box offices, and been in the top three of top grossers for every week that it's been out so far, since November 27. Beyoncé stayed at No.

  • Acquaintance 'Two Minds' Stream Satellite Album

    Hear Acquaintance's Pillow-Soft Glitch-House Dream 'Two Minds'

    Acquaintance heads up Brighton, England's multitalented Anti-Ghost Moon Ray collective and specializes in a singular mix of busy beatwork and softly androgynous vocals. His 2013 Parapsychology EP displayed plenty of promise, but March 10 brings Satellite Stream, a nine-song set that balances a clear love for '80s pop against the steady pulse of house and the yearning character of '90s R&B.Below, you'll find standout track "Two Minds," in which the man born Chris Griffin sings of science and social interaction over keys, claps, choral cooing, synth strings, and dancing bits of glitch. Look for full-lengths this year by fellow AGMR members Gazelle Twin, Great Pagans, and Bernholz. Visit The Quietus to hear "Making Eye Contact."Acquaintance, Satellite Stream track list:1. "Making Eye Contact"2. "Lifelike"3. "Stray Kids"4. "Living Memory"5. "Telepathic"6. "Before the Wave"7.

  • Akounak Tuareg Prince Purple Rain Guitarist Kickstarter Movie

    Help Fund the African 'Purple Rain'

    Kickstarter users right now have a chance to back the very first Tuareg-language fiction film. Better still, the movie about the guitar-loving nomadic African people is a rock-u-drama modeled after Prince's Purple Rain. In fact it's titled Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, which cheekily translates to "Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It." Also inspired by The Harder They Come, the story follows a young musician who's trying to "make is against all odds."American abroad Christopher Kirkley is directing — the self-described "gentleman explorer" has been archiving music in the Sahel region since 2009 — but the tale was written by Tuareg youth, and the movie is being produced for a Tuareg audience, filmed in Niger with a Tuareg cast and crew.

  • dead weather rough detective stream jack white alison mosshart

    The Dead Weather Lose Their Minds on 'Rough Detective'

    In December, the Dead Weather came roaring back with the garage-blues stormer "Open Up," one of two new songs previously only available to members of the Third Man Vault. Now the other one has been let loose and it's an even wilder example of what can be accomplished when these four — Jack White, the Kills' Alison Mosshart, Queens of the Stone Age's Dean Fertita, and the Raconteurs' Jack Lawrence — get together in a room. "Rough Detective" is a completely freaky collision of hard-grinding guitars, crashing drums, creepy falsetto, and maniacal laughter. The Dead Weather are slated to continue releasing two-song 7-inches from now until 2015, where they plan to compile everything into a third proper album. Get weird:

  • Neneh Cherry 'Everything' Remix Villalobos 'Weightless' Video

    Neneh Cherry Shares Dance-Floor Brooders 'Everything' and 'Weightless'

    Swedish trip-hop O.G. Neneh Cherry releases her first solo album in 16 years on February 26. Coming via the estimable Smalltown Supersound label and featuring Four Tet on production, Blank Project now delivers a handful of worthy goodies to the patient listener. Above you'll find a performance of the surging and soulful "Weightless," recorded with a backing band for PRI's Studio 360 — that's a brand new share from the new LP, and likewise for "Everything." The studio version of that sparse, seven-minute, dark dance jam can be heard below.

  • Justin Bieber's Ill-Fated Egg Raid Ends in Cocaine Arrest

    Justin Bieber's Ill-Fated Egg Raid Ends in Cocaine Arrest

    Really. Justin Bieber allegedly led an egg raid on a neighbor's home in his gated Calabasas, California community last week. In response, 11 L.A. County Sheriff patrol cars rolled up on his residence Tuesday morning and busted in (TMZ reports the presence of a battering ram) with a felony search warrant. And when they came in, they found cocaine "in plain view." The Biebz was cleared as "not connected" to the drugs, but his buddy Lil Za was taken away in handcuffs.Police were supposedly looking for anything that would connect the embattled star to the act of vandalism — mainly security footage from his own house, but also possibly eggs of a similar mark. Edible evidence can be slippery though. Below you can see footage shot by the neighbor on the night of the attack. The man, ahem, eggs on his assailant from a window.

  • Saint Laurent YSL Curtis Harding Model NSFW Video

    Curtis Harding Shreds for Saint Laurent in NSFW 'Next Time' Video

    Fashion house Saint Laurent's love affair with the excellent Burger Records imprint continues in this new video starring Curtis Harding, a former member of Cee-Lo Green's band who moonlights in Black Lips side-group Night Sun. When last we heard from the Michigan bluesman, he was paying tribute to the late, great Lou Reed for Burger's version of White Light/White Heat, ripping through a gospel-fueled cover of "Here She Comes Now." We also recently shared a track from the label's Los Angeles signing Cherry Glazerr, who soundtracked an earlier Saint Laurent clip. Now, the iconic mark and the very talented Harding come together in "Next Time," a slow-burning track pairs shots of the man strumming in leather fringe with footage of a topless model lounging on a sofa — all shot by Hedi Slimane.

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