Chris Martins

writer

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  • SXSW 2014 Bands Lineup Guide Dum Girls Mobb Deep

    SXSW 2014: Dum Dum Girls, Mobb Deep, Charli XCX, Big Freedia Join Fest

    South By Southwest returns to Austin, Texas, on March 11, bringing with it more musical acts than you could hope to hear in a lifetime. As is their wont, the organizers have been releasing the confirmed performers list bit by bit. In October, we got 182 names led by Urge Overkill, the Men, Lene Lovich, Saint Rich, and more. November delivered 348 more, topped by Gary Numan, Blouse, Diarrhea Planet, Gunplay, Tinariwen, and more still. Now, we've got 741 new acts to sort through, all listed below. But as is SPIN's wont, we've done a little sorting for you. Trip through our picks below — Big Freedia, Ryan Hemsworth, Dum Dum Girls, Charli XCX, Lydia Loveless... — and be sure to cross-reference with our 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2014.See These:Bobby Bare, Jr.

  • Carrie Brownstein Sleater-Kinney Reunion Portlandia

    Carrie Brownstein Teases Sleater-Kinney Reunion Ahead of 'Portlandia' Return

    Carrie Brownstein teases the possibility of a Sleater-Kinney reunion in a new interview. The Portlandia co-creator and co-star sat down with Stereogum to discuss her show's forthcoming fourth season, her musical past (as recently revisited in The Punk Singer film), and the future of her various projects. Asked if she'd be willing to get the old gang back together, she implied that their tale may have some telling yet: "I would be curious to know what the rest of the story is with that band.""It's sometimes hard to reenter [a specific period in life] at a different age or with a different perspective," she said. "So, it's like finding a way into the container that is Sleater-Kinney ... What I appreciate about Sleater-Kinney is that we did six records and they all felt different.

  • Nirvana Live Video Forum Los Angeles River Phoenix

    Kurt Cobain Honors River Phoenix at Nirvana's Last Los Angeles Gig

    Above, you can watch 15 minutes of Nirvana's final Los Angeles concert. Filmed from The Forum's stage on December 30, 1993, by documentarian Dave Markey, the footage begins with the grunge gods' version of the Vaselines' "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam" — "Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam," which Kurt Cobain dedicated to the recently departed River Phoenix. Cobain, of course, passed away a mere four months later, but seen here he is a master of his art — full of fire as he covers David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World," and plays In Utero's "All Apologies." Before the clip end, we get a snippet of "On a Plain"Markey shot and directed 1991: The Year Punk Broke, following the Sonic Youth tour of that year and spending time on the road with Nirvana as well.

  • Wu-Tang Clan A Better Tomorrow Coming Soon New Album

    Wu-Tang Clan's 'A Better Tomorrow' Is Coming Soon (Again)

    In early 2013, we learned that a new Wu-Tang Clan album was due in July. In November, we learned why July had come and gone with no new Wu-Tang Clan album: Raekwon hadn't recorded his verses yet (and Ghostface needed to turn up, as it were). Back then, RZA expressed concern that the whole project might wind up a bust. But now, a glimmer of hope: the Clan's Facebook page posted today, "The new Wu album 'A Better Tomorrow' coming soon."While the words alone don't offer much, it's worth noting that RZA seems to run the crew's social media presence with, ahem, an iron fist — a statement like that isn't likely to be idle. And only a couple of days before, the man himself hit Twitter to update fans on his activities of late:Leaving NY after 10 days in studio working on "A better Tomorrow " it's not easy being Abbott of the Wu but I'm blessed with this position.— RZA!

  • Pizza Underground Macaulay Culkin Video Velvet Parody

    Pizza Underground Video Features Macaulay Culkin Kazoo Solo

    Perhaps knowing that millions would revisit his 1990 Christmas classic Home Alone during the holiday season, Macaulay Culkin hit December with a greasy left hook: He started a pizza-themed Velvet Underground parody band called the Pizza Underground. Though the former child-actor raised the ire of 'za-punk OGs Personal & the Pizzas, his band presses on, today debuting their very first music video. The three-and-a-half-minute clip above features an abridged medley of favorites: "All the Pizza Parties" (a reworking of "All Tomorrow's Parties"); "Pizza Gal" (rhymes with "Femme Fatale"); and "Take a Bite of the Wild Slice" (Lou Reed's solo single, "Walk on the Wild Side"), which appears to be tribute to the innovative stuffed crust pie.

  • Migos Jealousy Video Chief Keef Dis YRN Stream

    Migos Unsubtly Threaten Chief Keef in 'Jealousy' Video

    In December, Chief Keef lobbed a Twitter softball at Migos by accusing the Atlanta group of "sneak dissing" him on one of their songs. Naturally, that inspired an overt dis aimed at the embattled Chicago MC in the form of "Jealousy," which unsubtly includes the lines "ain't never did a sneak dis," and "they jealous of they enemy 'cause I'm really who they wanna be." Oh, and something about hiring a hit-man, followed by, "Don't enter Atlanta without no permission."Now the Versace-loving crew has a video for the track that shows them rocking crowds, hanging backstage, and working in the studio. They also do their part to burn through those "Ounces" they've been so burdened by of late.

  • Sharon Jones Dap-Kings 'Stranger to My Happiness' Video

    See Sharon Jones Triumph Over Cancer in 'Stranger to My Happiness' Video

    Soul-funk boss Sharon Jones makes a triumphant return to the limelight in the video for "Stranger to My Happiness." The new song hails from her forthcoming album with the Dap-Kings, Give the People What They Want, which is now due out January 14 on Daptone Records. The 10-song set was originally due out last August, but Jones took some time off to focus on her health after receiving the news that she'd developed a curable form of cancer. Filmed in November by directors Rob Hatch-Miller and Puloma Basu, the clip above finds the band-leader bald following chemotherapy — an intentional choice. "Not wearing a wig and just being bald was an easy decision for me," Jones said via statement. "I've always been me, and that's not going to change now." Fittingly, the song is about reclaiming one's verve, and the clip is pure celebration.

  • Britney Spears Las Vegas Video Piece of Me

    See 15 Minutes of Britney Spears' Eye-Popping 'Piece of Me' Vegas Show

    Britney Spears' latest album wasn't much of a success critically or commercially. Our reviewer called Britney Jean nightmarishly blank, and Garth Brooks pummeled the thing in first-week sales. But none of that matters much since that will.i.am-afflicted set was a mere appetizer to Piece of Me, the Y2K-pop star's massive Las Vegas residency that kicked off last month. Above you'll find MuuMuse's 15-minute trip through the show, which features hits new and old, copious costume changes, and at least one hairy man-arm bouncing ecstatically in the foreground. Whether or not you agree that Spears' dancers, well, dance circles around her, the intensity of the spectacle cannot be denied.

  • Black Lips Underneath Rainbow Album Cover Tour

    Black Lips Debut 'Underneath the Rainbow' Album Cover, Tour Dates

    The end of 2013 brought some exceptional news for the new year: the Black Lips will return on March 18 with their seventh studio album, Underneath the Rainbow. We've already heard "Boys in the Wood," a swaggering blues groove indicative of the forthcoming LP's helping hands: Black Keys man Patrick Carney, and Charles Bradley's music director, Tommy Brenneck. While we don't have any more sounds to share just yet, the Atlanta crew has let loose a slew of new tour dates and their next record's cover, shot by revered British photographer Mick Rock (David Bowie, Queen, Iggy Pop).

  • Cass McCombs 'Big Wheel' Video Others

    Cass McCombs Tests Masculine Mores in 'Big Wheel' Video

    Enigmatic songsmith Cass McCombs returned in 2013 with the double album Big Wheel and Others, which found the man sharpening his trademark wit across 22 tracks. Now the semi-titular song, "Big Wheel," gets its own video directed by cover artist Albert Herter (also behind the artwork for 2011's Wit's End and Humor Risk LPs). Therein, recontextualized found footage flickers by — mimes in a park, a bleeding hand, a hall of mirrors with an infant in the middle — while McCombs takes down our preconceived notions of masculinity: "What does it mean to be a man? How you gonna tell me who I am? / A man bolts a man is rust, for a little while, then the man is dust / A man with a man, how more manly can you get?"Watch above, then revisit the "Morning Star" video, wherein our host queries, "What's it like to shit in space?" So many questions, so little time.

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