Chris Martins



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    If Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' Debuts at No. 1, Is It Still a Flop?

    First! All lamely hail ARTFLOP — er, ARTPOP. To be fair, selling 258,000 copies of an album in 2013, as Lady Gaga did according to Billboard, is no small feat. Only 5.4 million units were moved this past week across the board. And when Eminem sold 792K last week to land at No. 1, his total for The Marshall Mathers LP 2 was greater than the sum of Nos. 2 through 32. All that said, 2011 wasn't all that long ago, and that's when Mother Monster released Born This Way, debuting with a hearty 1.1 million, the result of a 99-cent album fire sale. This whopping drop-off occurs despite mock-sexin' with R. Kelly on Saturday Night Live, throwing that multimillion-dollar "ArtRave," balling while singing at the YouTube Music Awards, and copping to a Snoop Dogg-worthy weed habit. As far as "Dope" goes ... you are what you smoke?Further reading: SPIN's 'ARTPOP' Issue with Gaga, M.I.A.

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    Yvette Take Industrial Art-Punk to Abandoned Spaces in 'Radiation' Video

    On their debut album Process, Yvette carve out a sound that owes equally to Wire's post-punk and the droning art-rock of contemporaries such as Liars. That 11-song set is out now via God Mode, but the Brooklyn-based duo are now unveiling their first music video. Seen above, the Anthony Sylvester-shot clip for "Radiation" explores a series of once-domestic spaces that are well on their way to being reclaimed by nature. Though not a single soul appears in the short, the images feel enchanted with their own strange magic, violent in parts and placid in others. Meanwhile, the music offers a mix of buzzsaw sonics, chanting, powerful percussion, and grinding guitar.

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    Watch Slick Shoota and Purple Juke Their Way Through Netscape Nightmare in 'F Dat' Video

    Chicago's juke music may be inextricably associated with the local footwork scene, but the jittery style's reach continues to expand ever outward, and Slick Shoota is a perfect testament to that fact. The Norwegian producer makes music that falls clearly into that framework even as he adds his own touches. To wit, his single "F Dat" showcases a unique ear for melodic context, and the uncut vocals of guest singer Purple, who laments the premature end of a relationship. "Thought we had the magic," she coos, while the corresponding Ossian Melin-directed video is full of strange voodoo — a combination of tradigital art, 3-D GIFs, vintage video-game snippets, and other Internet wildness. When we do see Purple, she's almost always within a screen within our screen. "F Dat" comes courtesy of Mad Decent's left-leaning imprint, Jeffrees.

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    Katy Perry Goes to a Bizarre Ball in 'Unconditionally' Video

    Katy Perry has debuted the luxe video for her lungful Prism power-balled "Unconditionally." Befitting the album's very adult vibes, this clip takes us to a far more grown-up locale than the fantastical jungle of "Roar." Instead we find our hostess in peals and lace, first in a barren and snowy environment, then transported to a Renaissance-era ballroom surrounded by fancy dancers. At one point she catches fire. At another, she shatters an entire car. Various living tableaus writhe around her as we take an aural trip to Florence + the Machine's wind-swept-mountainous-vista lane, quite successfully.

  • A Perfect Circle 'Stone and Echo' Album Stream

    A Perfect Circle Stream Two-Hour 'Stone and Echo' Live Album

    It's been just over a month since A Perfect Circle shared their first new song in nearly a decade, "By and Down," but fans hankering for more from the alt-metal titans needn't wait any longer. Consequence of Sound is currently streaming Stone and Echo, a 20-track live album documenting the supergroup's August 11, 2011 concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside of Denver, Colorado.The live audio arrives ahead of the November 26 release of A Perfect Circle: Featuring Stone and Echo, a limited-edition box set that includes their three studio albums — 2000's Mer de Noms, 2003's Thirteenth Step, and 2007's eMOTIVe — plus the aforementioned concert in both album and DVD form.

  • OutKast Andre 3000 Big Boi Reunion Coachella 2014

    OutKast Coachella 2014 Reunion Looks Likely

    OutKast may reunite for Coachella's 2014 installment. Billboard cites multiple sources whose confidence in the Atlanta rap innovators' return ranges from confirming "some conversations" have happened, to an unequivocal "all systems go." Antwon "Big Boi" Patton and Andre "Andre 3000" Benjamin are apparently in the middle of "prolonged talks" regarding the iconic Southern California festival, and will allegedly use its April 11 start date as a jump-off for more summer appearances.Update: The clues keep piling up in favor of an OutKast reunion that would include Coachella. OutKast collaborator Sleepy Brown has posted a photo on Instagram with the text, "OutKast Headlining Coachella 2014." Revolt TV, the new music channel launched by Diddy, reports citing "sources" that the duo will "rock multiple festival dates" in 2014.

  • Majical Cloudz 'Savage' Stream Impersonator

    Majical Cloudz Sing of Love and LSD on 'Savage'

    SPIN profile subjects Majical Cloudz blessed 2013 with Impersonator, a minimalist slab of dolorous synth-pop that delivers maximal intensity (see videos for "Bugs Don't Buzz," and "Childhood's End"). The Montreal duo have been touring pretty much since then, but they've found time to record off-album track "Savage." Streaming below, the new song is as pensively pretty as the others, but feels particularly significant thanks to lyrics about love, LSD, bar fights, train tracks, and serious head injuries. On the Majical Cloudz Tumblr, singer and songwriter Devon Welsh writes that "Savage" is "about a friendship, its mysteries and its moments of excitement, and the way drugs played into all of it. It's about letting go of a relationship as it changes and the emotions that go along with that."

  • Great Thunder Groovy Kinda Love Stream Waxahatchee Swearin Album

    Waxahatchee and Swearin' Combine Beck-lectic Forces as 'Great Thunder'

    Waxahatchee and Swearin' are sister bands, literally, but the former's leader Katie Crutchfield doesn't team with her twin Allison for Great Thunder. Instead, the duo is rounded out by Swearin' bassist Keith Spencer, who plays just about every sort of instrument you'll hear on the musically playful pair's new album Groovy Kinda Love. The 30-song experimental set explores all corners of the greater rock rubric, resembling early recordings by Beck, and featuring as much fuzzy wilding as atmospheric thrum as ramshackle folk as hummable moments. Select titular highlights include: "Cruisin' for a Brusin'," "Sorta Prima Donna," "Ladysmith's Breaking Point" and "I Love You so Much I Could Kill Myself Because I Hate My Parents." Groovy Kinda Love is out December 10 and available via Salinas (vinyl), Stupid Bag (cassette), and Wichita (other). Get into it below, via Stereogum.

  • Bob Dylan Like a Rolling Stone Danny Brown Pawn Stars Video

    You Need to Mess With Bob Dylan's Interactive 'Like a Rolling Stone' Video

    Bob Dylan broke ground in 1965 with one of the world's first music videos — that card-flipping classic, "Subterranean Homesick Blues." Now, at 72, the folk and rock legend is tied to another significant audio-visual feat: a highly ambitious, seamlessly executed interactive video for his 1965 classic "Like A Rolling Stone." The new clip actually comprises 16 full-length shots (so far), and is presented as a television that allows you to flip channels, each of which features a lip-syncing cast.On one channel, Danny Brown performs the song straight, wearing hats that could've been nabbed from Dylan's closet. On another, WTF host Marc Maron and comic Ryan Singer chat, but their words are actually the song's. Yet another includes the hosts of Pawn Stars, who discuss a vintage guitar while mouthing the lyrics.

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    SXSW 2014: Gary Numan, Black Lips, Blouse, Diarrhea Planet Join Lineup

    Once again, the fine folks of South by Southwest have let slip a handful — okay, a windfall — of names set to play the Austin, Texas music festival's 2014 edition. Last time we were given 182 names. This time it's 348, once again sorted with our expertise for your referential ease. Among the familiar faces leaked in this wave: New Wave icon Gary Numan, flower-punk purveyors Black Lips, bona fide madmen Diarrhea Planet, New Zealand experimental old-schoolers Dead C, Maybach Music odd duck Gunplay, Malian guitar-masters Tinariwen, and plenty of others. SXSW 2014 runs March 11 to 16.

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