Chris Martins

writer

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  • Sam Smith 'Money on My Mind' Video

    Sam Smith Shrugs Off Success in 'Money on My Mind' Video

    After winning ears the world over with his Disclosure collaboration "Latch," Sam Smith is prepping a debut album, In the Lonely Hour, for a May 26 release. The 21-year-old British songbird now shares that set's second single — following the suave "Safe With Me" — and the new track mixes shuffling dance-pop with yearning soul and R. Kelly-style R&B. Dubbed "Money on My Mind," the song finds Smith singing about not getting caught up in his newfound success — he's doing it "for the love," not the dollars.The video above plays off of that theme by placing our hero in one of the most cash-obsessed places on the planet, Las Vegas.

  • Liars 'Mess on a Mission' Stream Album

    Hear Liars' Rave-Punk Ripper 'Mess on a Mission'

    "Facts are facts and fiction's fiction," goes the chorus of Liars' new song "Mess on a Mission," but the Los Angeles-based experimentalists seem to take particular glee in blurring that line. Their excellent 2012 set WIXIW was promoted with a series of images and videos designed to confuse the viewer, and their next album Mess so far seems to celebrate yarn doing all sorts of things yarn doesn't normally do. Now we can hear the aforementioned first taste of that March 25 set — a ripping pileup of pounding beats, rave fuzz, and droning vocals that bodes well for the other 10 songs. See Mess' track list and album cover below, and make sure to check out SPIN's 50 Albums You've Gotta Hear in 2014 for more highlights from the new year.Liars, Mess track list:1. "Mask Maker"2. "Vox Tuned D.E.D."3. "I'm No Gold"4. "Pro Anti Anti"5. "Can't Hear Well"6. "Mess on a Mission"7.

  • Cass McCombs Karen Black Brighter! Video

    Cass McCombs Honors the Late Karen Black in 'Brighter!' Video

    The late actress Karen Black is honored in the new video for her haunting Cass McCombs collaboration "Brighter!," from last year's double album Big Wheel and Others. Her final song with the nomadic folky — she also appears on sublime Catacombs track "Dreams-Come-True-Girl" — was recorded before she died of cancer on August 9, 2013, and her husband Stephen Eckleberry managed to capture footage from an at-home rehearsal on his iPhone. Seen above, that material, as well as bits taken from Black's films, are projected over a bleary-eyed McCombs while he plays the guitar. Below, you can read the widowers words about the video he directed.

  • Pharrell Williams at Holy Ship!!!

    Holy Ship!!! 2014: Pharrell's Helicopter Lands, and the 5 Best Things We Saw Saturday

    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 our Friday round-up as well. Now, on to Saturday:1) Ryan HemsworthIt's 10:30 a.m.

  • 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.

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