Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Aaron Cohen Nickvanexelrose Video ABGOHARD Potential Fans

    Aaron Cohen Raps All Over Hollywood in 'Nickvanexelrose' Video

    Aaron Cohen came from Seattle but he's made New York his home. The man rhymes with an Eastern swagger and undeniable confidence, as witnessed in the clip above. "I really don't care / That's the motto," he deadpans through that wild red beard on "Nickvanexelrose." The song takes its name from former NBA player Nick Van Exel and famous "asshole" Axl Rose (don't be salty, it's in the lyrics), both of whom make appearances. From there, though, we get Cohen and collaborator ABGOHARD experiencing some of the amenities of Los Angeles."We we're out in L.A. to talk to a couple of labels," Cohen tells SPIN. "We didn't know anybody and just started asking girls to hang out with us and be in the video. The girls you see in the video were the ones cool enough to say yes. I think the best aspect of the video is that we just brought our grimy vibes out to a glamorous atmosphere.

  • The National Lean Hunger Games Catching Fire Soundtrack Stream

    The National Get 'Lean' on for 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Soundtrack

    The National return in particularly morose form (that's a good thing) on "Lean," the Brooklyn band's contribution to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. The 15-song set is rounded out by a broad range of artists including the Lumineers, Christina Aguilera, Patti Smith, and Mikky Ekko. We've already heard original contributions from Coldplay ("Atlas") and Sia with Diplo and the Weeknd ("Elastic Heart"), and the National's latest post-Trouble Will Find Me offering is strikingly unlike either, finding Matt Berninger doing his deep-voiced dad-rock thing over paced piano and bent guitar strings. Catching Fire hits theaters on November 22 — star Josh Hutcherson will be hosting Saturday Night Live when SPIN cover stars Haim perform — and the soundtrack arrives November 19. The last one debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

  • Juan Wauters Beets 'Water' Stream NAP North American Poetry

    Juan Wauters Breaks From the Beets for Beautiful Folk Tune 'Water'

    New York garage-folk hero Juan Wauters is breaking free from the Beets for his debut album, N.A.P. North American Poetry. In contrast to his shambolic band's crude punkish impressions, the man's solo material hews more acoustic and bare, showcasing his warm voice and knack for, yes, poetry that feels beamed in from a halcyon era. Below you can hear "Water," which finds the Uruguay native contemplating his place in the cosmos over light strum. Take a glimpse at the track list and album art below, and keep an eye out for upcoming dates. Wauters' globe-hopping live lineup includes singer Carmelle Safdie (Israel), multi-instrumentalist Tall Juan Zaballa (Argentina), percussionist Chie Mori (Japan), and flutist Amanda Rodi (Mexico). Watch the clip at the bottom of the post to learn what Jerry Seinfeld and Howard Stern have to do with it.Juan Wauters, N.A.P.

  • Deltron 3030 Zack De La Rocha 'Melding of the Minds' Video Event

    Deltron 3030 and Zack De La Rocha Get a Cartoon 'Melding of the Minds'

    The Deltron 3030 reunion is in full swing with the Event 2 album out now — a sequel 13 years in the making — and a far-reaching, orchestra-enriched tour in progress.

  • Kanye West Yeezus Tour Rescheduled Cancelled Dates

    Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Tour Back on Track but Not for All

    Last week we learned that Kanye West's incredibly ambitious Yeezus tour had been derailed by a truck accident, resulting in several dates being postponed while expensive, custom-made equipment integral to the stage show was refabricated. Now West's team has released the updated, final tour schedule and though three of the skipped cities will be serviced in December, several others will not.Those who will be blessed not only by the presence of West but by a guy dressed up as White Christ himself (not to mention that massive freaking pyramid they're traveling with) include Chicago, Detroit, and Toronto. Actively snubbed by Jesus and his favorite "Christian warrior" are Vancouver, Denver, Columbus, Montreal, Minneapolis, and St. Louis. Guess Bonny Bear bro is gonna hafta sit this out.New dates below. Meanwhile, when's the last time you communed with Yeezus?

  • Jam City 'Bells' Stream Night Slugs Kelela

    Hear Jam City's Chiming Techno Feat 'Bells'

    We most recently heard Jam City's inimitable electronic touch on the stunning futuristic R&B vortex that is Kelela's Cut 4 Me mixtape. But the English producer is building up a mighty repertoire with the Night Slugs label, and now that buzzing U.K. imprint has let slip another highlight, the aptly titled "Bells." That chiming new track can be heard below — a fantastic addition to the inventive DJ tools EP Jam City shared in October, Club Constructions, Vol. 6.More massively inventive techno here:

  • Thao & The Get Down Stay Down The Feeling Kind Video EP

    See Thao & the Get Down Stay Down Christen a Bridge in 'The Feeling Kind'

    We recently had the honor of speaking to Thao Nguyen in her hometown of San Francisco, shortly after she'd shredded and shouted the Outside Lands Festival with lovely aplomb. The Get Down Stay Down leader clearly had a soft spot for her city and the new video (via Stereogum) for her sax-bomping single "The Feeling Kind" pays stellar treatment to S.F.'s brand new landmark: the Bay Bridge, um revisited. The utopian-looking new structure opened up to the public mere weeks ago and Nguyen wasted no time in testing out the pedestrian path. Seen above, she wrangles bandmates and feathered friends for a purposeful march over the water. This particular highlight from Thao's latest album We the Common now tops its very own EP.

  • The Cairo Gang 'Take Your Time' Video Tiny Rebels

    Trip With the Cairo Gang for Reality-Bending 'Take Your Time' Video

    The Cairo Gang found their widest audience with 2010's Bonnie 'Prince' Billy collaboration The Wonder Show of the World, but the Chicago crew have their own worldly wonders to share. To wit: mini-album Tiny Rebels, out now on Empty Cellar, which takes Byrds-like psych-pop and turns it to 11, resulting in sprawling technicolor numbers like "Take Your Time." That highlight now gets a fittingly blown-out and brightly colored video above, directed by Maximilla Lukacs (Karen Elson, First Aid Kit, Lavender Diamond). Therein, we see a woman dancing and drifting through familiar landscapes made trippy. Meanwhile singer Emmett Kelly coos and howls in turn.The Cairo Gang, Tiny Rebels track list:1. "Father of the Man"2. "Find You With a Song"3. "Shake Off"4. "Shivers"5. "Take Your Time"6. "Tiny Rebels"

  • Arcade Fire Reflektor Eminem Linkin Park Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Arcade Fire and Linkin Park Bookend Big 'Duck Dynasty' Week

    First! It's an upset! A previously unknown band by the name of the Reflektors debuts at the top of the highest chart in the land. Okay, yeah, no. We can't keep up the ruse either — everyone knows it's the Arcade Fires, er, Arcade Fire who nabbed Billboard's No. 1 slot with Reflektor, a "long and weird and indulgent and deeply committed" album in the dub/rara/dance-punk vein. Worth noting: 40 Rock Bands Who Beat Arcade Fire to the Disco Floor (spoiler alert: one is Talking Heads). Also interesting: This was the Merge Records band's first run with Universal handling distribution and Capital working radio. How did the major label upgrade pan out? Meh. Turns out 2010's The Suburbs (a better fake band name, btw) started at No. 1 with 156K, per Nielsen SoundScan, compared with 140K for Reflektor All hail Merge the Mighty.2 to 10: Last week's leader gracefully floats down to No.

  • Yo Gotti I Am Album Stream J Cole LeBron James T.I. YG

    Stream Yo Gotti's 'I Am,' an All-Star Opus That's Bigger Than Southern Rap

    Yo Gotti has built a small empire operating independently out of Memphis — his own prolific catalog alongside the artists on his CMG label — so when the man born Mario Mims teams with a major label, it only follows that the product is going to be major in and of itself. Indeed, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more aptly named outfit than Epic to release I Am.The highly diverse album wrangles an impressive array of collaborators and travels a wide variety of rap terrain. The hyphy-flavored "Act Right," featuring Jeezy and YG, dovetails perfectly with the trap-dwelling, highly quotable "ION Want It" (lyric: "If the chopper don't come with a stand, ION want it"). T.I. joins for the club anthem "King Shit," and Rich Homie arrives for the emotional "I Know." Assists from Ne-Yo ("Respect That You Earn") and J.

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