Chris Martins

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  • Dillon Francis at Holy Ship!!!

    Holy Ship!!! 2014: Disclosure Crack a Few Smiles, and the 5 Best Things We Saw Friday

    Follow SPIN's adventures on the high seas as we selflessly embed ourselves at Holy Ship!!!, the third annual electronic music cruise thrown by the curatorial wizards at HARD. We embarked from the Port of Miami on Thursday, January 9, and return on Sunday, January 11. In between, we stop at two private islands for genuine Bahamian beach parties, plus see the likes of Skrillex, Diplo, Pharrell Williams, Duck Sauce, and Disclosure perform from within the hull of a mega-ship hauling ass through international waters. There are 4,000 revelers, a never-ending buffet, and the music goes until 6 a.m. It's a pirate's life for us.Check out the five best things we saw on Thursday. And now, on to Friday:1) Gina Turner's YogaOf the myriad ways one could choose to deal with Friday morning's party hangover — the most popular being "rage further" —a small group gets it oh-so-right.

  • Tiësto, Zedd, and Skrillex at Holy Ship!!!

    Holy Ship!!! 2014: Tiesto's Surprise Set and the 5 Best Things We Saw Thursday

    Follow SPIN's adventures on the high seas as we selflessly embed ourselves at Holy Ship!!!, the third annual electronic music cruise thrown by the curatorial wizards at HARD. We embarked from the Port of Miami on Thursday, January 9, and return on Sunday, January 11. In between we stop at two private islands for genuine Bahamian beach parties, plus see the likes of Skrillex, Diplo, Pharrell Williams, Duck Sauce, and Disclosure perform from within the hull of a mega-ship hauling ass through international waters. There are 4,000 revelers, a never-ending buffet, and the music goes until 6 a.m. It's a pirate's life for us.1) DIY door décorBefore the ship leaves port, there are matters of serious business to attend to: security check-in, the mandatory oceanic safety class, and perhaps most solemn of all, the ceremonial decorating of the cabin doors.

  • DJ Pone 'M.F.E.' Stream 'Erratic Impulses' EP Ed Banger

    Birdy Nam Nam's DJ Pone Drops Surging Electro Stunner 'M.F.E.'

    If you don't already know DJ Pone, there's a good chance you've heard the Frenchman's expert touch. While his Birdy Nam Nam crew has been triumphant in the international turntablism scene since the early aughts, they had a major breakthrough in 2013, teaming up with Skrillex to helm the beat on A$AP Rocky's "Wild for the Night." But Pone is a DMC champion in his own right and an ace producer, too, it turns out. On January 14, beloved Parisian label Ed Banger Records will release the DJ's solo debut, the Erratic Impulses EP. Below you can hear "M.F.E.," a dancefloor stomper that sets Jean Michel Jarre's ambient vision to shaking atop surging electro burble. Oh, and Justice's Gaspard Augé plays keys.

  • Coachella 2014 Lineup OutKast Beck Skrillex Arcade Fire Muse

    Coachella 2014: OutKast, Beck, Skrillex, Arcade Fire, Muse, Pharrell, and More

    The poster for Coachella 2014 has been released and the rumored OutKast reunion is confirmed. Muse and Arcade Fire are the other headliners, followed by such big-font names as Queens of the Stone Age, Skrillex, Beck, Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Disclosure, Lana Del Rey, the Replacements, the Knife, and Motörhead. View the lineup below. Coachella's Twitter account advises you "Share it like a polaroid picture."Many of the artists confirmed made it onto SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013, and a handful are on our 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2014. For more on this year's upcoming slate of festivals, check out our constantly updated Festlove rundown. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival takes place in Indio, California, with the lineup repeated across two weekends: April 11 through 13, and April 18 through 20. Further info here.

  • Wild Beasts 'Wanderlust' Video Present Tense

    Wild Beasts DGAF in Angst-Addled 'Wanderlust' Video

    Before the Weeknd came along to wax bleakly about the darker side of living in excess, England's Wild Beasts were cooing all over the subject, unravelling tales of vulgar decadence across an undulating bed of sensualized art-rock. Their 2011 effort Smother was plenty smoldering and on February 25, the quartet will return with their fourth album, an 11-song set dubbed Present Tense. It's kicked off by "Wanderlust," a song whose most instantly memorable lyric is, "Don't confuse me with someone who gives a fuck." That track arrives in the form of a video (directed by Spanish crew NYSU) that follows the surprisingly parallel lives of four wildly different characters. Watch above, and scroll down for the track list, album art, and tour dates.Wild Beasts, Present Tense track list:1. "Wanderlust"2. "Nature Boy"3. "Mecca"4. "Sweet Spot"5. "Daughters"6. "Pregnant Pause"7.

  • Sd Laika 'Idiot Thug' Mix Stream Tri Angle Records

    Stream Sd Laika's Deranged 'Idiot Thug' Beat Mix

    As detailed in SPIN's Album of the Year piece on Kanye West's brashly brutal Yeezus, 2013 was the year that a whole lot of great music entered the void. The sort of uncanny sonics explored by Oneohtrix Point Never collided with the otherworldly strains of Tim Hecker and the noise-rap freakouts of Death Grips to deliver some bleak left-field gems. Post-Yeezus offerings from that album's contributors Arca and Evian Christ sweetened the pot, and now we can look forward to a hefty release from the similarly minded producer-provocateur Sd Laika. His new Idiot Thug mix is streaming below, and it precedes a forthcoming official release on Tri Angle Records (Forest Swords, Haxan Cloak). We're guessing these are snippets from an album to come.

  • Prince Live Video So Dark Cause Effect Sweeter She Is

    Prince Soars and Smolders in Flood of Live Videos

    Prince closed out 2013 with a bang. A series of bangs, really. He released a blazing hot new single, "Breakfast Can Wait," invited his fans into his home for an overnight pajama party, and executed a three-show holiday run in Connecticut just because. Now we've got ample new evidence of His Purpleness' performing prowess to take in. Above, you'll find Prince accompanied by the New Power Generation at his very own Paisley Park compound. Therein they smoothly execute the sizzling "So Dark" (found on 1998's Crystal Ball) — prepare thyself for the man's incredible squawk.But that's not all. Not hardly. Directly below, you can watch Prince and his all-woman power-trio 3rdEyeGirl perform newer song "Cause and Effect" in Lisbon, Portugal back in August (this time we get a mean shimmy at the end).

  • Chris Brown Assault Plea Bodyguard Court Rejected

    Chris Brown and His Terrifying Bodyguard Turn Down Assault Plea

    Chris Brown went to court today over an October incident in which he and a bodyguard stand accused of beating up a male fan outside of the W Hotel in downtown Washington D.C. The Washington Post described the 10-minute hearing as "a frenzied scene," though without explaining further except to say armed U.S. Marshals in full fatigues lurked outside. Perhaps because they saw Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, pictured below.The accused were offered a plea deal today that would find them guilty of simple assault, but Brown's attorney Danny Onorato turned it down, claiming that the singer is innocent, and that Hollosy was only protecting his employer. The original felony charges were dropped down to misdemea nor along the way.

  • Owls Two Tim Kinsella I'm Surprised Stream Track List

    Owls Unsurprisingly Sound Great on Return Song 'I'm Surprised'

    In December, emo OG Tim Kinsella confirmed to SPIN that his long-dormant Owls outfit would make a grand return in 2014. We then got an enigmatic trailer for the thing courtesy of the Polyvinyl label and now an entire new song (along with a few more details). The 13-years-in-the-making sophomore album will be called Two, and it'll hit stands on March 25. Oh, and there's a track list below and album art that includes the bleeding face of Noel Gallagher. But first, take in "I'm Surprised...", a smoldering slab of burnt rock that proves nothing was lost in the interim. "The band dynamic was eerily similar to the first record," said Mike Kinsella via statement. "In some ways I think we all regressed to whatever roles we filled then, for better and for worse." Seems like better for now.Owls, Two track list:1. "Four Works of Art..."2. "I'm Surprised..."3. "The Lion..."4. "Why Oh Why..."5.

  • Tupac Shakur Musical Broadway Holler If Ya Hear Me Dates

    Tupac Shakur Musical 'Holler if Ya Hear Me' Sets Broadway Debut

    The Tupac Shakur musical has an opening date. Holler if Ya Hear Me will hit Broadway on May 25 at the Palace Theater. The official opening night is set for June 19. The production will be an original fictional story — as opposed to the biography of the artist himself — inspired by Shakur's lyrics and legacy. The world illustrated in his songs "blazes to life," according to creators, in a "story about friendship, family, revenge, change and hope" set in the inner city.The $8 million production will include actual 2pac songs "Me Against the World," "California Love", "Keep Ya Head Up," and "Holler if Ya Hear Me" among others. Shakur's mother Afeni is credited as a producer alongside TV man Eric L. Gold (The Wayans Bros.) and South Korean theater impresario Chun-soo Shin.

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