Chris Martins



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    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.

  • Jay Z Drake Timbaland Know Bout Me Stream

    Jay Z, Drake, and Timbaland Trade Bars on 'Know Bout Me'

    James Fauntleroy and Timbaland made up the primary creative force behind Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience (s). Timbaland and Jay Z quashed their beef to reunite on the latter's blockbuster return, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Jay Z dropped in to support Drake's new album Nothing Was the Same. And now all of those dudes except JT (is he still attached to that truck?) come together for a pretty monstrous new track called "Know Bout Me." This is a leak, true, but Consequence of Sound and others report it's likely the first single from Timbaland's forthcoming album Textbook Timbo. Listen below, and follow the track's trip from the trap to the club to the silky-smooth after-party in the process.

  • Bill Callahan Live Concert Stream Dream River Tour

    Stream Bill Callahan's Stately 'Dream River' Set From Washington D.C.

    SPIN profile star Bill Callahan is currently taking his new Dream River album on the road, and discovering unusual little eddies for that rolling fount of economical gravitas as he goes. Last month, the Austin-dwelling auteur and his crack band performed at the historic Sixth & I synagogue in Washington D.C., a space whose stately decor is apparently matched by its rich acoustics. How would we know? Well, fans like us (and you) can hear the set thanks to NPR, who recorded the entire thing and are streaming it in full — just shy of two hours and featuring 15 songs, including selections from 2011's Apocalypse, 2007's Woke on a Whaleheart, and 2005's A River Ain't Too Much to Love (via Smog), plus Percy Mayfield's 1950 blues ballad "Please Send Me Someone to Love." Peruse the set list below, and then head to NPR to listen to Callahan in action.

  • SBTRKT Untitled Video Audio Experiment

    SBTRKT Shares Highly Trippy Untitled Audio-Visual Experiment

    It's been a minute since we've heard from SBTRKT, the once-anonymous post-dubstep project overseen by Aaron Jerome that helped launch the career of Drake pal and Solange signee Sampha. The London producer dropped his excellent self-titled debut album way back in 2011, and aside from putting his own touch on Drizzy's "Girls Love Beyoncé" and sharing a welcome-but-very-late video for "Trials of the Past," he's left his fans largely unfed. But the man has now shared a trippy visual for an unnamed song, which you can experience above. The bleakly brooding track (which has kin in Boards of Canada's Tomorrow's Harvest) is accompanied by morphing metallic shapes dreamed up by SBTRKT himself in collaboration with Lorenzo Durantini and A Hidden Place. On your way out, check Jerome's other recent share, "IMO," which has yet to be mixed and mastered but sounds lovely nonetheless:

  • Stephen Colbert Black Keys Prostate Exam Video

    The Black Keys Would Like to Examine Stephen Colbert's Prostate

    Ladies and gentlemen, the Brown Keys. Thursday night on The Colbert Report, Stephen dropped his "November Sweeps Prostacular," inspired by the theoretically ratings-boosting on-air colonoscopies recently received by Today show hosts Matt Lauer and Al Roker. This, ahem, opened the door for all sorts of puerile potty humor, but also for some guest-star shockers: actor extraordinaire John Lithgow, Today alum/OG televised exam-taker Katie Couric, and the Black Keys. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have been publicly bromanced by Colbert before, so perhaps it was time to return the favor. But will they actually have the pleasure? Watch above to find out which of the would-be celebrity doctors wins the honorary latex glove in this reality TV-style competition. Also: "He's like a Chinese finger-trap down there." Nyuk or yuck?

  • Soundgarden Pearl Jam Matt Cameron Tour

    Soundgarden Touring Without Matt Cameron Because of Pearl Jam

    It's hard out there for a grunge drummer. At 50, Matt Cameron is a member of the two biggest remaining Seattle shredders of the '90s: SPIN profile subjects Soundgarden, and the Lightning Bolt-wielding Pearl Jam. As it turns out, both groups will be hitting the road next year, and Cameron has decided to hit skins with Eddie Vedder and co., leaving Chris Cornell and the others in a temporary lurch. The good news though: Soundgarden and Pearl Jam are touring in 2014.The news came via the Soundgarden site:Hello Knights of the Soundtable faithful, I will be taking 2014 off from Soundgarden touring due to prior commitments promoting “Lightning Bolt” with my brothers in Pearl Jam and the desire to have more time at home with my family. I am trying to balance the many twists and turns of my awesome music career. This is temporary. I am still an active member of Soundgarden.

  • Daughn Gibson 'Phantom Rider' Video Me Moan

    Daughn Gibson Channels Gustavo Fring in 'Phantom Rider' Video

    The inimitable Daughn Gibson returns with a video for his Me Moan standout "Phantom Rider." The song itself is that entrancingly odd mixture of four-on-the-floor beat, glistening warped guitar, disembodied choral samples, and honky-tonk croon, and the new clip is no less strange. Directed by Ferry Gouw (Major Lazer, Bloc Party), the Stereogum premiere finds the Pennsylvania adonis-type swaying to the finger-snapping beat, sometimes shirtless, and sometimes skinless. Smoke drifts up behind the man's distorted silhouette, implying the waft of brimstone across this black-and-white hellscape. A combination of narcotic strangeness and Gustavo Fring tribute prevails. Watch above, and revisit SPIN's Daughn Gibson profile, plus the video for "Kissin' on the Blacktop."That unforgettable Breaking Bad moment, via Vulture:

  • Monster Rally 'Orchids' Video Return to Paradise

    Monster Rally's Beatwise Exotica Inspires Dance in 'Orchids' Video

    If Martin Denny and Madlib had a fully grown musical lovechild, that harmonious little stitch-job would no doubt sound like Monster Rally. Cleveland-via-Los Angeles producer Ted Feighan makes blossoming instrumental hip-hop that owes just as much to the annals of exotica and Tropicália. To wit: a song like "Orchids," the opening track from his recently released Return to Paradise. The lush ditty rolls in on a flurry of guitar notes and static pops before hand-hit drums give way to finger-punched sampler pads. Monster Rally's technique can be witnessed in the clip above, as his workman-like approach to crafting such beautiful beats turns a mundane office space into a place of strange magic.Interested in more? Stream Return to Paradise, out now on Gold Robot, right here:

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