Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Tree 'Like Whoa' Stream MCTREEG EP Scion

    Tree's 'Like Whoa' Is Another Soulful Missive From Chicago's Tough Terrain

    Tree is another of Chicago's rising rap stars, emerging from the city's drill-music scene with a soulful mix of smoky melody and thoughtful rhyme — he calls it "soultrap," for what it's worth. Last year's Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out made good on the promise of his early offering Trillin', and now he's set to let loose a new short-player for the new year. Courtesy of Scion AV, we'll get The @MCTREEG EP on January 21. For now, we've got "Like Whoa," a meditative track that finds the inimitable gruff-voiced artist at the top of his game. Stream or download below.Tree, The @MCTREEG EP track list:1. "Probably Nu It"2. "Like Whoa"3. "Soultrappin / I Believe"4. "Stay Away"5. "Grace ft Lennon of Project Mayhem"6. "Uh Million ft Taylor Outlaw"7. "God Like"

  • Speedy Ortiz 'American Horror' Stream Real Hair

    Speedy Ortiz Shred on Sweetly Sour 'American Horror'

    Northampton shredders Speedy Ortiz were responsible for one of 2013's unsung gems. The fuzz-addled alt-rock reviver known as Major Arcana spoke to Sadie Dupuis' promise as an ace songwriter and band boss, and 2014 should find her delivering in spades. On February 14, the four-piece returns with their Real Hair EP, via Carpark. We've already heard the aptly named "Everything's Bigger," and now there's "American Horror" to consider. Below, Dupuis capitalizes on her knack for sour-sweet melody and introspective lyricism.

  • The Men Tomorrow's Hits Pearly Gates Stream

    Hear the Men's Gloriously Hi-Fi 'Pearly Gates'

    It wouldn't be a new year, officially, without a brand new album from the Men on the docket. The Brooklyn quintet has maintained a breakneck pace of release since dropping their debut LP Immaculada in 2010, cramming (at the very least) one full-length into every 12-month span. What's shocking is that each release seems to be a little better than the last. To wit, on 2013's New Moon, the raucous gang got both noisier and cozier. Now we've got the first taste of their next set — Tomorrow's Hits, due March 4 via Sacred Bones — and they sound more fired up than ever."Pearly Gates" features a fierce tempo and a whole bunch of shredding (across all instruments), capturing the Men live in the same room making a bid for the title of rowdiest bar band of all time.

  • Frozen Soundtrack Billboard Charts Beyonce Eminem

    Disney's 'Frozen' Soundtrack Leaves Beyonce in the Cold

    First! For only the fourth time since the Billboard 200 chart went weekly in 1956, a cartoon movie's soundtrack is the biggest selling album in the land. The film is Disney's Frozen, and its musical accompaniment has accomplished the rare feat of growing in sales every week that it's been out. The thing started in mid-December at No. 18 and is now No. 1 with an additional 165,000 sold, for a four-week total of half a million. Interestingly, the last soundtrack to hit No. 1 came from Les Misérables exactly one year ago. That's because the first weekend of the new year is a big one for moviegoers, and Frozen topped U.S. and Canuck box offices in that most recent frame, earning $238 million. In all of the top 20, this soundtrack is the only release to post gains.

  • Kanye West Coinye Cease Desist Cryptocurrency

    Kanye West vs. Coinye West: Cease-and-Desist Sparks Early Rollout

    The creators of Coinye West have moved up the release date of their Yeezus-inspired cryptocurrency after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the product's namesake. While the Kanye-honoring Internet money (à la Bitcoin, Ripple, Litecoin, Peercoin, and Dogecoin) was originally set to go live on January 11, it'll now arrive today, January 7, at 7 p.m. PST. The Coinye Facebook account has been taken down, but the Twitter profile lives on:"WHO GON STOP ME HUH" ? Coinye feelin' the heat, gonna spread what we got so far before the bigwigs steal our work!! http://t.co/Aql5N1tNp5— Coinye (@CoinyeCoins) January 7, 2014You'll note the original square-jawed face of Coinye has been replaced with South Park's West-as-gay-fish.

  • Beyonce Blue Ivy God Made You Beautiful Song Birthday

    Hear Beyonce's Blue Ivy Dedication, 'God Made You Beautiful'

    Baby Blue Ivy contributed vocals to Beyoncé's phenomenal new album and certainly appeared in spirit on Jay Z's not-so-great one, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Now, in honor of the adorable tyke's second birthday on January 7, she gets a song dedicated to her from Queen Bey, debuted on her daddy's Life + Times blog. "Happy birthday, Blue," Hova wrote to accompany the soaring ballad, "God Made You Beautiful."The song also came with an image of the man holding his daughter high in the air, ankle-deep in an infinity pool. (Cute tip: if you download the image you'll discover it's named "bluejay.jpg.") "Your love, it shines so bright," sings Beyoncé, "You bring me back to life, back to life." Visit Life + Times to stream the song in full and for more of how babies are made, check out the "Drunk in Love" video. 

  • Sondre Lerche The Sleepwalker Sundance Soundtrack Palindromes

    Sondre Lerche Scores Wife's Sundance Film 'The Sleepwalker'

    Sondre Lerche has joined the growing list of independently known musicians whose movie scores will be heard at the 2014 installment of the Sundance Film Festival, kicking off January 16 in Park City, Utah. The singer-songwriter provided the original soundtrack to The Sleepwalker, directed by fellow Norwegian Mona Fastvold, who also happens to be Lerche's wife. The first taste of the music, "Palindromes," can be heard below, courtesy of Stereogum.While the song shared here features vocals, a press release confirmed that most of the score will be instrumental — the set was co-written by and performed with longtime Lerche collaborator Kato Ådland and will get a proper standalone release on January 14 via Mona Records.

  • Twin Shadow 'Cupid' 112 Cover Video

    See Twin Shadow Remake 112's '90s R&B Classic 'Cupid'

    Twin Shadow's unpredictable Under the Cvrs series continues with a welcome return to '90s R&B. Ex-Bad Boy quartet 112 are paid tribute with this stirring cover of their 1995 hit "Cupid." Seen above, the man born George Lewis Jr. delivers a huskier take on the yearning track, adding a warbling electronic beat and a wobbly guitar solo. We've previously heard the man's takes on U2's "With or Without You," Lou Reed's "Perfect Day," Tori Amos' "Silent All These Years," Bruce Springsteen's "I'm on Fire," and 10cc's "Not in Love." Revisit the original "Cupid" below.

  • Damaged Bug 'Eggs at Night' John Dwyer Thee Oh Sees

    Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer Goes Synth on Solo Project

    Thee Oh Sees caused a lot of worry when frontman John Dwyer announced to a San Francisco crowd that the December show would be the beloved band's last "for a long while." The garage-rock crew have since called an official hiatus, but fans can take solace in the fact that their leader won't be idle. On February 25, Dwyer will release his first album as Damaged Bug. The 12-song set will be called Hubba Bubba and is preceded by "Eggs at Night," a lo-fi synthpop offering with droning vocals à la early Brian Eno. Fittingly, that glam guru appears in the provided artwork (by Deirdre White) via an illustration of the framed photograph on the cover of Here Come the Warm Jets. The solo outing has a home on Dwyer's own label, Castle Face.Damaged Bug, Hubba Bubba track list:1. "Gloves for Garbage"2. "Rope Burn"3. "Eggs at Night"4. "SS Cassidinea"5. "Catastrophobia"6. "Hubba Bubba"7.

  • Broken Bells 'After the Disco' Stream Title Track

    Broken Bells Glisten on 'After the Disco' Title Track

    Shins boss James Mercer and production whiz Danger Mouse drop After the Disco on February 4, reuniting in the form of Broken Bells — a moody pop project that this time comes with a sci-fi short film starring Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness, Terminator Salvation) and Kate Mara (House of Cards, American Horror Story). We've seen it all come together in the video for "Holding on for Life," and now we get some more audio to explore. Heard below, title track "After the Disco" offers a more upbeat vision, borrowing its rhythm from that glistening genre and intermittently bursting with falsetto blooms. Get your zero-gravity hip-shake on hear, then visit SPIN's 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2014.

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