Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Lady Gaga Lawsuit Fusari Starland

    Lady Gaga's Exes Fight for 'Artpop' Scraps in Ongoing Legal Drama

    Back in 2010, a legal battle began between Lady Gaga's former friend and collaborator Wendy Starland and Lady Gaga's former boyfriend and producer Rob Fusari. The former claimed that she'd not gotten her monetary due for her part in discovering the ARTPOP star, while the latter denied he'd ever agreed to bring her in on the molding of Stefani Germanotta's career. Then in July, as VIBE reported, Gaga got in on the action, filing documents that would block either party from sharing certain "sensitive, private, and personal" information that could "inflict significant personal and professional harm upon [her]."While the case is still in the New Jersey district court, a development has occurred. Exactly three years after Fusari filed a counterclaim calling for the whole case to be thrown out (ideally before all of that icky secret stuff has to come out), Judge Jose L.

  • Lauryn Hill Free Prison Concert Bowery Ballroom

    Tickets to Ms. Lauryn Hill's First Post-Prison Gigs Are $100 a Pop

    UPDATE: Lauryn Hill has announced a few more gigs for her "Homecoming" series. Find details below. Ms. Lauryn Hill is celebrating her release from prison with a pair of New York shows, both on November 27 at the Bowery Ballroom. The former Fugees star made the announcement on her Tumblr along with the astrally tinged, triangle-enriched "Homecoming" flier seen in full below. The back-to-back performances begin at 6:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and tickets to both are available now for no less than $106.60 apiece.Speaking of large amounts of money owed, it was tax evasion that landed Hill behind bars. She managed to pay off the $900,000 she owed in the 11th hour (shortly after signing a hugely lucrative record deal with Sony), but was still forced to do three months of jail time followed by three months of house arrest.

  • Prince 'Da Bourgeoisie' Download 3rdeyegirl Twitter

    Prince Shouts Out Bearded Ladies, Ray Charles on 'Da Bourgeoisie'

    Prince has been mingling with the hoi polloi of late, opening up his Paisley Park home for concerts and pajama parties, but now he's shouting out "Da Bourgeoisie." The Purple Minneapolitan shared a Wetransfer download link for the new song via his 3RDEYEGIRL Twitter account, and the free gift does not disappoint. Heard below, the track offers bare-bones blues-funk kicked off by Prince slurring, "Surriously?" like even he can't believe how mightily soulful this thing is. Most of his slinky mutterings seem dedicated to a woman who's now attempting to living a different life than the one she came here with. But also he growls about a "bearded lady" and says this: "Ray Charles!

  • Solange Knowles 'Cash In' Saint Heron Stream

    Solange's 'Cash In' Doubles as a Statement of DIY Intent

    Solange Knowles' officially launched her Saint Records last week with the Saint Records compilation, effectively hijacking the "Indie R&B" narrative while delivering gems from the likes of Cassie, Sampha, Kelela, Jhené Aiko, and BC Kingdom. Now we get the 12-song set's coda from Solange herself: "Cash In," a love song whose theme fits with the pro-artist, do-it-yourself mentality that no doubt birthed the label in the first place. Knowles' songwriting chops are more than proven (Beyoncé's "Get Me Bodied," for one) and her association with Blood Orange pretty much means there's nothing she and the crew she's assembled can't accomplish. "We don't need to lay in bed / Sleep all day? We'll sleep when dead / We don't need to wait on them / Listen to the sounds of this right here."

  • Jamie XX 'Untitled (Unreleased)' Stream Berlin Set

    Jamie xx Gets Funky on 'Untitled' Berlin Set Rip

    London's post-dubstep producers have a thing for enigma, so it's no surprise that SBTRKT's title-free A/V experiment should be followed by an unidentified, reportedly new track from Jamie xx. Of course, he hasn't named the glistening new song "Untitled (Unreleased)" — that was German blog Latenightmix, who obtained a crisp rip from the xx boardsman's Live at Night + Day Berlin mix, which corresponded with his set for the (enigmatic) festival of the same name and was originally captured by Red Bull Music Academy. The new song fits in well with Rounds-era Four Tet and Caribou's Daphni-teasing Swim. Zero-gravity harp flutters give way to an upbeat bounce, cut up soul vocals, and inventive percussion.

  • Seven Lions 'Serpent of Old' Nostalghia OWSLA Stream

    Seven Lions and Nostalghia Unleash Electro-Goth Shredder 'Serpent of Old'

    If it wasn't immediately apparent upon seeing the terrifying cover art above, OWSLA signee Seven Lions is in a darker place on his latest single. A year ago, we were introduced to the Santa Barbara, California producer via an uplifting trance-step epic called "Days to Come" — hopeful stuff, even down to the title. But "Serpent of Old" is a bleak, writhing combination of cyberpunk wilding, electrohouse bigness, and gothic piano twinkling. Of course, a great deal of that tone is due to the presence of Los Angeles duo Nostalghia, who contribute significant shrieks courtesy of singer Ciscandra. Scroll further to see the artwork in its creepy entirety via Santiago Caruso.

  • Qui 'Mucho Sex in America' Video Life Water Living

    Qui Get Blasted and Battered in 'Mucho Sex in America' Video

    Los Angeles noise freaks Qui have been doing their thing since 2000, but their forthcoming album Life, Water, Living... will only be their third. You'll forgive them, though since guitarist/vocalist Matt Cronk spent a portion of their five-year recording hiatus serving his country in Iraq, where a car bomb nearly took his life but left him with a Purple Heart instead. Now he and co-founding drummer/vocalist Paul Christensen are back at it, dosing their shreddy punk tantrums with arty aplomb and surprising harmony. Witness "Mucho Sex in America" above, which comes with a video directed by former pro skater Laban Pheidias (Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys). Therein, Qui march ever forward despite weathering various hang-ups and indignities.

  • Lorde School Battle Bands Extreme Belmont

    Here's Lorde at 12 Doing Ronnie James Dio

    Lorde covers Tears for Fears for the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, and she recently joined SPIN stars Haim on stage for a rendition of Sheryl Crow's "Strong Enough," but nothing could have prepared us for this: The rap-chart-conquering "Royals" star in an intermediate school battle of the bands, at the age of 12, performing "Man on the Silver Mountain" as recorded by Rainbow with the late, great heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio on vocals. Yes, Lorde — or rather, Ella Yelish-O'Connor — does Dio in the clip above backed by a band called Extreme made up of fellow students at Aukland, New Zealand's Belmont Intermediate School. They also cover "Edie (Ciao Baby)" by the Cult and, as Stereogum points out, the Internet's also dug up an audio clip of the young star singing Pixie Lott's "Mama Do" for Radio NZ.

  • Austra 'Forgive Me' Video Olympia

    Austra Visit a Sex Park in NSFW 'Forgive Me' Video

    For their latest video, Austra take a trip to a moonlit park where "people purge and absolve their sins through sexual liberation," according to Toronto's shadowy synthpop-makers themselves. The song is "Forgive Me," a melodically wistful highlight from Olympia powered by a consistent beat and dressed with lush synth flourishes. Claire Edmondson directs, utilizing night vision to capture the decidedly NSFW activities of these woods' passing denizens. Austra's second album arrives November 26 via Domino.

  • Pussy Riot Slavoj Zizek Letters Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

    Read Pussy Riot Member's Prison Letters to Philosopher Slavoj Zizek

    Back before the hunger strike that landed her in a prison hospital and pre-empted a confusing transfer in which she was reported missing, Pussy Riot member Nadezdha Tolokonnikova had a robust epistolary correspondence going with Slovenian philosopher and culture critic Slavoj Žižek, it turns out. The two wrote each other for several months beginning in January, spawning a fascinating dialogue about capitalism, activism and, briefly, metaphysics. The exchange was apparently curated by Philosophie Magazine, who share the letters in full in their French and German editions. Meanwhile, the Guardian has published slightly abridged English versions of five of the prison letters, which we've excerpted below.

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