Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Avid Dancer 'Stop Playing With My Heart' Stream

    Hear Avid Dancer's Psych-Pop Nugget 'Stop Playing With My Heart'

    Avid Dancer is Jacob Summers, a former U.S. Marine and a world champion at the art of rudimental snare drumming. While his first song ever, "Stop Playing With My Heart," certainly sports a steady rhythm, the focus here is on the bigger picture — specifically the way his bright vocals, swirling guitars, and buzzing keys evoke the psychedelic sound of Tame Impala, though somehow sent back to the '60s so all that soulful loveliness can rattle around in the heyday a bit. "You're the only one," Summers sings, "All the others are gone." Of course, if the Los Angeles-based Avid Dancer continues down this promising path, there will be a whole new batch of "others" to come.

  • Puscifer What Is Toma Video DVD Documentary Live

    Watch Puscifer Rip Through Rattling 'Toma' for 'What Is...' DVD

    On November 26, the mystery of Puscifer may finally be solved. On that fine day, Maynard James Keenan's other other band will release What Is..., a two-hour DVD that will combine sketch comedy with live concert footage in an effort to answer its titular question. This comes hot on the heels of A Perfect Circle's first new song in nine years along with APC's new live concert album streaming now, not to mention talk that Tool will release their first new album in six years in 2014. Above you can sample the latest from Puscifer via a clip of the band performing "Toma," a growling stomper originally found on Conditions of My Parole and later remixed by Five Knives. Stick around for a cameo from Keenan's incredible blond mullet. And to think: The man became a rock star on a dare. 

  • MIgos Emmitt Smith Mountain Stream Zaytoven Versace

    Hear Migos Wild Out in Honor of 'Emmitt Smith'

    Atlanta's beloved "Bando" brothers Migos kick off the week with a one-two punch. The latest is inspired by a longtime Dallas Cowboys running back. "Emmitt Smith" features aggressively insane mumblings that mostly sound like the fellas repeatedly shouting "Hemma Smuth" while Murda bodies the beat. Someone's scoring touchdowns, but it's not clear what exactly is being won. That highlight hails from their forthcoming Y.R.N. 2 mixtape. Meanwhile, "Mountains" is an Auto-Tune-empowered track whose only real resemblance to the Migos of yore are the intermittent vocal blurts and bleatings we've come to love, over the tinny drums and thick kicks of go-to trap master Zaytoven. That one will comes courtesy of a Street Scholars mixtape. Also, because it never gets old: "Versace, Versce, Versace, Versace.""Emmitt Smith":"Mountain"

  • 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.

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