Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Bruce Springsteen High Hopes Billboard Charts Switchfoot

    Bruce Springsteen's 'High Hopes' Rewarded With No. 1 Album

    First! The Boss is back. Bruce Springsteen triumphantly scores his 11th No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with High Hopes, an album that was aptly named. The Jersey boy now pulls ahead of Elvis Presley's chart-topping record to nab third place, after the Beatles (19 No. 1 LPs) and Jay Z (13 No. 1 LPs). What's more, the heartland hero is the only artist (band or individual) to put up a No. 1 in each of the last four decades. The only bummer speaks more to the state of the record industry than the man's artistry: This is Springsteen's first album in the SoundScan era (Nielsen began tracking the numbers for Billboard in 1991) that's sold under 100,000 upon debut. High Hopes, in fact, did 99K. We blame Chris Christie for that.2 to 10: Meanwhile, the glacially robust Frozen soundtrack glides down to No. 2, pulling an additional 87K, which is two percent up from its No. 1 haul last week.

  • Grouplove 'I'm With You' Live Video Documentary Tour

    Grouplove Thrill in 'I'm With You' From New York Concert Documentary

    Last year Los Angeles quintet Grouplove released Spreading Rumors, their second full-length and another solid set of candy-coated anthems imbued with ace musicality and lovely strangeness. "I'm With You" opens the album with explosive aplomb, beginning with a flurry of keys and graduating to a dance-punk beat and the comely vocals of Christian Zucconi. There's some Pixies in there somewhere and some Built to Spill, too, but the idea-packed freneticism and hooky bigness is pure Grouplove — a phenomenon that can be witnessed above via a live clip for the song.

  • Qui Whateryadoin? Video Life Water Living

    Qui Explore Interband Bromance in 'Whateryadoin?' Video

    The band-crush is a particularly powerful version of the more traditional man-crush, not to mention a dangerous wildcard to introduce into a professional partnership. To wit, in the song "Whateryadoin?," Qui drummer/vocalist Paul Christensen coos, "Caught you looking at me the other night / Supposed to be just practicing." And later: "Stop that, what are ya doin'? / Rehearse the songs just right." If there's any ambiguity to the lyrical message, the Ben Masbaum-directed video makes it quite clear — he's singing to bassist/vocalist Matt Cronk, who spends most of the time creeping on his buddy.This is the second hilarious clip we've gotten from the freshly reunited Los Angeles noise duo. Like "Much Sex in America," the Sparks-meets-Sade standout "Whateryadoin?" hails from their February 25 album Life, Water, Living...

  • Tool Tour Dates 2014 Maynard James Keenan

    Tool Are Touring in 2014

    Tool will be touring in 2014. The band announced a series of March North American dates in on their website today. Tickets for the U.S. dates will go on sale January 25, and a pair of Mexican engagements have been booked as well. The last couple of months have been incredibly fruitful for fans of all things Maynard James Keenan, an avowed fan of Denzel Washington. A Perfect Circle shared their first new song in nine years, "By and Down." That group and Puscifer are booked to play the man's 50th birthday party. And the latter crew just released a two-hour DVD dubbed What Is... Puscifer. Furthermore, this new tour announcement fuels rumors (and rabid hopes) that Tool will be recording a new album this year.

  • Pussy Riot Amnesty International Barclays Center Concert

    Pussy Riot Booked for Amnesty International Concert in Brooklyn

    The recently freed members of Pussy Riot are coming to Brooklyn's Barclays Center on February 5. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina were released from Russian prison on December 23 after serving 21 months for staging a musical protest against President Vladimir Putin in a moscow church, and they'll be speaking at an Amnesty International concert dubbed Bringing Human Rights Home. The Flaming Lips, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and Tegan and Sara are among the performers booked."We are happy to support Amnesty International's work on behalf of human rights and political prisoners," said the pair in a statement. "We, more than anyone, understand how important Amnesty's work is in connecting activists to prisoners. A month ago, we were freed from Russian prison camps. We will never forget what it's like to be in prison after a political conviction.

  • The M Machine 'Superflat' Stream OWSLA

    Hear The M Machine Wild Out on 'Metropolis' Follow-Up 'Superflat'

    The M Machine return today with "Superflat," a song that's anything but. The San Francisco electronic trio signed to Skrillex's OWSLA imprint are about as dynamic as they come, combining hard techno, electro-house, American dubstep, and experimental strains into mix that jitters and quakes with serious verve. Ben Swardlick, Eric Luttrell, and Andy Coenen first made waves with their pair of Metropolis EPs — a dystopian concept series inspired by the 1927 Fritz Lang film of the same name.

  • Damon Albarn at Youtube/SPIN's Sundance showcase, Park City, Utah, January 19, 2014 / Photo by Loren Wohl

    Damon Albarn Warms Sundance Crowd With Intimate Set at YouTube/SPIN Showcase

  • Under the Electric Sky Sundance Film Review EDC

    Electric Daisy Carnival Doc 'Under the Electric Sky' Is Next Best Thing to Being There

    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.If you've never attended Electric Daisy Carnival but know the name, there's a fair chance your feelings about the world's largest electronic music fest fit on a spectrum that ranges from media-fed molly-madness to, "Kids these days, amirite?" But even if you can't imagine a scenario in which you'd craft an arm's worth of bead bracelets, don some furry rainbow boots, and party on a repurposed racetrack for three days from sundown to sun-up (we did not mix up the order there), you owe it yourself to take a long look at what's really going on there. Ninety minutes should do the trick, and if you aren't going to Las Vegas, 3-D is a must.

  • A Most Wanted Man Film Review Sundance

    Philip Seymour Hoffman Is the Spy Who Cared Too Much in 'A Most Wanted Man'

    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.In A Most Wanted Man, Philip Seymour Hoffman is a German anti-terrorism expert with the long game in mind: "It takes a minnow to catch a barracuda, a barracuda to catch a shark," he explains to his Berlin bosses with rightly earned condescension. And when a suspect Russian-Chechen immigrant washes up on the shores of Hamburg under the cover of night, it seems Günther Bachmann has got his guppy.

  • Frank Sundance Film Review Michael Fassbender

    Sundance Premiere 'Frank': A Loving and Hilarious Tribute to Outsider Music

    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.It doesn't take long to realize that Frank is something special. When Leonard Abrahamson's fantastical black comedy kicks off, we hear what seems like standard soundtrack fare: a quaint little ditty about the sea playing over a shot of waves crashing on an Irish beach. But when the singing stops short and shifts gears to what's next in the frame, we quickly infer that we're inside the head of Domhall Gleeson's Jon, a hopeless, aspiring songwriter attempting to squeeze inspiration from his drab surroundings. A woman passes pushing a stroller, and we hear a feeble new song: "Ladies with babies ... that's ...

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