Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • 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 ...

  • The Sleepwalker Sundance Film Review Sondre Lerche Mona Fastvold

    Sondre Lerche Helps Make Sundance's 'The Sleepwalker' a Sinister Psych-Thriller

    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.Norwegian music video director Mona Fastvold handily makes the jump to feature films with The Sleepwalker, a psychological thriller that probes the relationships of two estranged sisters, their partners, and the decrepit Massachusetts mansion in which the women were raised.

  • Hellion Sundance Film Review Aaron Paul

    Aaron Paul Raises a 'Hellion' in Unflashy Broken-Home Drama

    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 anyone knows a thing or two about portraying high-drama paternal relationships onscreen, it's the guy who played Breaking Bad's beloved, embattled Jesse Pinkman. But Hellion places Aaron Paul in the role of the paterfamilias, a young blue-collar widower too caught up in his own grief to be the strong single father that his children desperately need.

  • 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.

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