Chris Martins

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  • Indie Rock Christmas: 20 New Holiday Songs for 2013

    Indie Rock Christmas: 20 New Holiday Songs for 2013

    Was 2013 the year Santa went #seapunk? Only one way to find out: dive deep into SPIN's handpicked batch of 2013 holiday songs, running the gamut from remade yuletide carols of yore to future classics (okay, some are just good gags). Whether it be a little ol' band called Arcade Fire, a friendly rapper named Murs, or something called the Todayshits, we hope these selections help make your season a little more bright.

  • Pandora BMI Court Licensing Publishing Artists

    Pandora Loses Case Against BMI, Will Have to Pay More for Music

    In September, Internet radio provider Pandora scored a court victory against the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). At stake: though the performing rights organization had sold a blanket license to Pandora — which allows the latter access to the ASCAP's massive catalog of songs — powerful publishers whose in-demand property was included sought to negotiate their own fees directly with the streaming service.At the time, a federal judge honored Pandora's request for a court order against such practices, ruling that the original deal with ASCAP superseded all attempts to secure more favorable rates — essentially, that every artist's catalog is worth the same, be they unheard of or famous. But Pandora also went up against the another massive music publishing umbrella: Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI).

  • Miley Cyrus Barbara Walters Video Slut Interesting People

    Miley Cyrus' Mom Tells Barbara Walters Her Daughter's a Normal Kid

    On Wednesday night, December 18, Miley Cyrus sat down with Barbara Walters for the broadcast journalist's annual special, The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year, a list that for 2013 also included Kimye, Jennifer Lawrence, and Hilary Clinton. At the beginning of the segment on our beloved Bangerz-maker, the 84-year-old TV legend let's us know the score: "This year, Miley Cyrus got on the 'Wrecking Ball' and destroyed Hannah Montana." That's what we said.For now, at least, you can watch the interview above (if it disappears, we'll try to find a replacement).

  • Burger Records Holiday Mix Stream Cornershop Muffs Christmas

    Stream Burger Records' Three-Hour Holiday Mix With the Muffs, Cornershop, More

    It's been a big year for Fullerton, California's Burger Records, the little Orange County cassette label that could. The punk- and garage-oriented imprint has been pumping out the fuzz-blasted jams since 2007, but they've been unstoppable since the rise of King Tuff, whose long-lost Was Dead album got a proper reissue from Burger (its original home) this year. Since, we've heard from the Memories, Cherry Glazerr, Natural Child, Burnt Ones, Curtis Harding, Sauna, and so many more fresh-faced bands with promise.

  • Rick Ross Jay Z Devil Is Lie Stream Mastermind

    Jay Z Claims Barneys Victory on Rick Ross' 'The Devil Is a Lie'

    Rick Ross and Jay Z both made SPIN's 2013 Hall of Shame and now they come together again on "The Devil Is a Lie." On his new single, the Bawse wisely avoids retreading his 2013 misfires (namely, the rape-celebrating verse of "U.O.E.N.O."), but Hova can't pass up a chance to raise the flag of victory over his controversial team-up with a certain high-end retailer accused of racial profiling:"You seen what I did to the stop and frisk / Brooklyn all in Barneys like we own the bitch / Giving money to the hood now we all win / Got that Barneys floor looking like a V.I.M. / Black hoodie, black skully." Both of which go very nicely with a $58,000 crocodile-skin jacket, by the way. To the man's credit, the money is indeed going to charity.

  • Against Me! Black Me Out Stream Tour Dates

    Against Me! Rail Against Major Labels on 'Black Me Out'

    Against Me! have shared a second song from their highly anticipated Transgender Dysphoria Blues, the Florida punks' sixth album and first since singer Tom Gabel became Laura Jane Grace. "Black Me Out" features her trademark earnest delivery and non-nonsense lyrics: "I want to piss on the walls of your house / I want to chop those brass rings off your fat fucking fingers / As if you were a kingmaker." Considering the new one will arrive via the band's own Total Treble label, it seems highly likely our heroine is here railing against her former major label overlords.Physical and digital pre-orders are already up for the January 21 release, the latter coming with an instant download of the previously heard, highly anthemic "FUCKMYLIFE666." Against Me!

  • Blood Orange Fire Thank You Note Dev Hynes Money

    Blood Orange Donates Apartment Fire Money to Charity

    On Tuesday, December 17, Blood Orange's Dev Hynes announced that his apartment had burned down, taking with it all of his earthly belongings, his poor dog Cupid, and hard drives full of music. The devastating news was quickly followed by a glimmer of good, when the mother of Friends singer (and Hynes' girlfriend) Samantha Urbani launched an online fundraiser for the man. At this point, the GoFundMe page has brought in more than $24,000.Hynes has now posted a lengthy letter to Tumblr thanking everyone who's offered support, detailing his experience with this loss, and sharing his intention to give much (if not all) of the donated money to charity. He writes that he and Urbani were attending a memorial when the fire happened: "Imagine being outside of your home one day. Then somebody presses delete, on the last decade of your life.

  • Trent Reznor David Bowie Next Day Praise Column

    Trent Reznor Liked David Bowie's 'The Next Day' Way More Than We Did

    Beyoncé flipped the music industry on its head when she released her self-titled fifth album without any advance notice, but she wasn't the only artist with surprises this year. David Bowie provided a little bit of precedent by managing to keep the news of his unexpected new album under wraps until, well, he announced the news of his unexpected new album. Some of us thought The Next Day wasn't that great regardless. Some of us is not Trent Reznor.In a special column for The Hollywood Reporter, the Nine Inch Nails and How to Destroy Angels leader praised Bowie's latest record and contrasted its no-frills release to the extensive marketing campaign that absolutely ensconced Arcade Fire's Reflektor. (On the latter he writes, "OK, I get it. You've got an album out, you've played every TV show in the world.") He song-splained that Mr.

  • Phantogram 'Black Out Days' Video Voices

    Phantogram Fight Their Demons in Beautiful 'Black Out Days' Video

    New York synth-pop artistes Phantogram just announced their long-awaited sophomore album, Voices, with the powerful "Fall in Love." A week later, we've got a video for the previously unheard "Black Out Days." Seen above, the Evan Spencer Brace-directed clip features a gorgeously shot barrage of shifting imagery. In the beginning all we get is textures — tape, paint, milk, hair, feathers, fur, metal, bone — but as the song progresses, raw anguish is painted across the screen. In between, Sarah Barthel pops like she's in a rap video, and producer Josh Carter gives us some serious looks of longing. The track itself combines chopped beats, synth grooves, and elemental vocals. Speaking of, we get what may be the February 18 Republic Records release's titular line: "A thousand voices howling in my head."

  • Cherry Glazerr 'Haxel Princess' Stream Album Burger

    Cherry Glazerr Unleash Crunchy Punk-Metal Grooves on 'Haxel Princess'

    If the name Cherry Glazerr sounds familiar, you've probably been listening to Southern California public radio. Not because the Los Angeles band is getting much airplay — not yet, at least — but because they borrowed their handle from local NPR anchor Chery Glaser. Either way, this Burger Records trio has gotten some love outside of town with their ethereal early offering "Tick or Treat Dancefloor," landing on CW show Arrow and scoring a Saint Laurent clip. Now they're gearing up to release their debut album Haxel Princess on January 14 and they're hawking a heavier sound. The titular song is streaming below and it features singer/guitarist Clementine Creevy unleashing a punk-metal torrent while bassist Sean Redman and drummer Hannah Uribe drive the spooky groove.

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