Chris Martins

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  • Future 'Drunk in Love' Cover Stream Beyonce Jay Z

    Future Plays Both Bey and Jay in 'Drunk in Love' Cover

    Beyoncé's surprise fifth album is full of outstanding moments, but her Jay Z team-up "Drunk in Love" has been in the spotlight of late — literally, as the opening number to the 56th Annual Grammys, and otherwise, as "surfboard" references crowd Twitter feeds and inspired artists record cover versions. Yesterday we shared Angel Haze's rapping-ass version, and now we've got a swaggeringly sung take by Auto-Tuned Atlanta MC Future. The rap portion feels a little phoned-in, but is arguably still an improvement over Hova's Warhol-desecrating verse. Still no word as to when the Honest album is going to arrive, but the most recent original songs we've heard from Future include "Regular Party" and "Maison Margiela."

  • The Bird and Bee Matt Berninger Stream All Our Endless Love

    The National's Matt Berninger Meets the Bird and Bee on 'All Our Endless Love'

    It's been a good while since we've heard from the Bird and the Bee. Their last proper album was a full-length set of Hall & Oates covers, but singer Inara George and producer extraordinaire Greg Kurstin (Kelly Clarkson, Beyoncé, Pink, Katy Perry) reunite on "All Our Endless Love." The heavy piano ballad features a stirring guest turn from the National's Matt Berninger, a noted master of maudlin, who unleashes his baritone over swirling strings and plinking keys. The new song appears on the soundtrack for the forthcoming romantic drama Endless Love. Out February 11 via Warner Bros., that set will also include music by Cults, Franz Ferdinand, Tanlines, Tegan and Sara, and Tallest Man on Earth, among others. Skyler Grey also apparently covered Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" for the film itself.Stream "All Our Endless Love" over at Stereogum.

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers Super Bowl Led Zeppelin New Song

    None of the Red Hot Chili Peppers Super Bowl Rumors Are True

    Certain members of the media had a field day with Chad Smith's declaration that his Red Hot Chili Peppers would play "Led Zeppelin's live version" of "Dazed and Confused" at the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show on Sunday, February 2. The statement was obviously in jest (that'd take up the entire time slot), but the drummer has nonetheless clarified as much in an interview with Los Angeles rock radio station KROQ."People in the media are so gullible sometimes," Smith said. "We will, however, be performing side one of Rush's 2112. [That was a joke, again.] Obviously I can't tell you what we're going to do, it would ruin the surprise. Come on, you gotta watch. It's gonna be great. Bruno Mars, we met them, his band are great people.

  • Kendrick Lamar Macklemore Grammys Win Response

    Kendrick Lamar Is Totally Cool With Losing to Macklemore

    Kendrick Lamar has responded to the big Grammys 2014 hip-hop upset, which was summed up by SPIN's Brandon Soderberg as, "Macklemore Wins and the Rest of Rap Music Loses." Seattle's "Same Love" MC and his production partner Ryan Lewis dominated their genre at this year's awards gala, beating out the critical favorite, Compton's own Lamar, every step of the way. This made a whole lot of folks mad — perhaps they would've preferred Macklemore blackballed.The "Thrift Shop" advocate also at least feigned frustration over the decision, while hijacking the discussion, by texting Lamar an apology ("I robbed you," he wrote) and then posting a screen-cap of his own graciousness on Instagram. (Cool story, bro.) But the good kid, m.A.A.d city rapper has taken the actual high road on the issue.

  • Major Lazer Pharrell Aerosol Can Apocalypse Soon EP

    Major Lazer Tease 'Apocalypse Soon' EP With New Pharrell Song

    Major Lazer haven't been missing, exactly — those Free the Universe songs are still inspiring twerk the world over, and their Lazer Strikes Back remix series continues — but Diplo's roving dancehall rave-up will make an official return on February 25 with Apocalypse Soon. The five-song EP will include Pharrell team-up "Aerosol Can," which he debuted on the Holy Ship!!! EDM cruise in January. Hear that below, and "Lose Yourself" featuring RDX and Moska in the promo video above. Also featured: Jamaican star Sean Paul, soca singer Machel Montano, and German producer Mr. Fox.Apocalypse Soon EP track list:1. "Aerosol Can" (feat. Pharrell Williams)2. "Come on to Me" (feat. Sean Paul)3. "Sound Bang" (feat. Machel Montano)4. "Lose Yourself" (feat. RDX & Moska)5. "Dale Asi" (feat. Mr. Fox)

  • Frozen Soundtrack Billboard Charts Grammys Lorde

    Disney's 'Frozen' Soundtrack Bests the Boss for Another No. 1

    First! Disney's Frozen soundtrack returns to the wintry peak of the Billboard 200. After selling 93,000 more copies last week, the song set reaches a total of 796K, while the movie's ticket-sales gross climbs to a staggering $348.6 million. That makes it the fourth most successful film from 2013, despite having been released in late November (and not having a central villain or a consistent protagonist, not like we saw it last weekend or anything). Veronica Mars is stoked. Also, so are husband-and-wife team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who wrote the 10 original songs performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel. Demi Lovato replaces the latter for the single version of "Let It Go" (over 56M plays on YouTube).2 to 10: No.

  • Banks Shlohmo 'Brain' Stream Wedidit Los Angeles

    BANKS Simmers Over Shlohmo's R&Beats on 'Brain'

    The onward march of the Wedidit gang continues as Los Angeles' Shlohmo lends his production prowess to the latest offering from R&B up-and-comer BANKS. On "Brain," the former's trademark mix of damaged soul and purple-fied trap lays a strong foundation for the latter's powerhouse vocals, which remain pop-strong even through intensely vulnerable moments. It's a worthy follow-up to BANKS' September London EP (see "This Is What It Feels Like") that bodes well for both her upcoming tour, and Shlohmo's in-progress album with singer Jeremih — one of SPIN's 50 Albums You've Gotta Hear in 2014.

  • Vanaprasta 'NYF' Hands Remix Stream Album

    Vanaprasta and Hands Discover Psych-Trap on 'NYF' Remix

    Los Angeles' Vanaprasta made a lot of local noise with their 2011 debut Healthy Geometry, but the impassioned indie quintet are poised to break out in 2014. They spent most of last year holed up in their own Echo Park studio writing, recording, producing, and engineering their next album, with each member live-mixing his part simultaneously on the console. That togetherness can be heard in new song "NYF," which has been making the rounds and now gets a distinct rebirth courtesy of remixer Hands. Playful psychedelia reigns, but there's a pleasantly surprising amount of atypical trap in the mix too. Stream that below, and keep an ear out for more.

  • 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.

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