Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Small Black 'Breathless' Video Limits of Desire

    Small Black Kill Summer Dead With Genuinely 'Breathless' Video

    If Small Black's recent tour diary for SPIN taught us one thing, it's that America is a strange and photogenic place. If "Two-Lane Blacktop" unveiled an additional truth, it's that the four Brooklyn boys have a hankering for adventure. Fittingly, their music — an epic evolutionary development in the chillwave continuum (revisit "Free at Dawn") — sounds like time passing in a beautiful, colorful gush. Or like the day fading into the night, or perhaps even the summer drifting into the fall.The group's latest, Limits of Desire, is out now on Jagjaguwar, but it's still delivering gifts. Back in June we had the video for "No Stranger" — a romantic fantasy whose tone was intimate and insular.

  • Kanye West Paparazzi Attack LAX Battery Camera Lawyer Lindsay Lohan

    Kanye West Photog Flap Pits Lindsay Lohan's Lawyer Against Gloria Allred

    There's nothing particularly out-of-the-ordinary about Kanye West getting into a scuffle with a paparazzo. But the Yeezus mastermind's seemingly intense standoff with a shutterbug outside of the Los Angeles International Airport in July has inspired some unexpected developments. First, we learned that photographer David Ramos had secured the legal expertise of famed civil rights attorney Gloria Allred, who represented Nicole Brown Simpson's family in the O.J. trail.Now, the Daily Mail reports that West has retained the services of Shawn Holley, an attorney perhaps best known for being Lindsay Lohan's go-to (which yes, implies that she has a lot of experience). The civil lawsuit accuses West, the self-described "biggest rock star on the planet," of battery and attempted grand theft — the latter his apparent attempt to wrestle away Ramos' camera.

  • Third Man Paramount Records Rise Fall Compilation Archive

    Jack White Builds a 'Cabinet of Wonder' Full of Classic Jazz, Blues

    Jack White is once again making moves to preserve the music of yore. Back in May, his Nashville-based Third Man Records announced an ongoing collaboration with legendary Memphis label Sun Records. And shortly thereafter, the onetime White Stripe and freshly active Dead Weather-man donated $200,000 to Congress' National Recording Preservation Foundation in order to ensure that old music currently consigned to fragile mediums will make the transition to digital sooner than later.

  • Autre Ne Veut Ego Free Sex Video MOCA Anxiety

    Autre Ne Veut's 'Ego Free Sex Free' Video Is an Aristocrat's Nightmare

    Autre Ne Veut's Anxiety is a comely batch of tussling words and sounds — "His sonic ideas are subtle and elaborately produced, while his lyrical declarations are plainly worded and fraught with meaning," Puja Patel wrote for SPIN. The Brooklyn producer born Arthur Ashin also channels some excellent influences via his low-key R&B. "Ego Free Sex Free," for instance was at least in part inspired by Usher's "Climax" (the gift that keeps on peaking).Autre Ne Veut's stately single now gets a classy video to match courtesy of director BANGS and the fine folks at MOCAtv. The new clip opens on a ballroom full of tip-toeing, curtseying aristocratic types, moving in automatonical synchronicity while a phalanx of stoic servers stand by with platters of unknown delights.

  • Miley Cyrus 23 Video Mike Will Made-It Juicy J Wiz Khalifa

    Miley Cyrus and Mike Will Made It Invade High School in '23' Video

    As previously noted, Miley Cyrus breaks out her best Lil Debbie impression to go toe-to-toe with Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa on the new Mike Will Made It track, "23." That ode to the iconic Nike Air Jordan shoe line now has a video that pays excessive homage to Michael Jordan's legacy via repurposed jerseys, Chicago Bulls hats, the number 23 (sorry to Jim Carrey), the colors red and black, and various basketball imagery and accessories.The track may not be a thrill-ride in and of itself but the Hannah Lux Davis-directed clip is good fun, uniting all four of the song's stars under the high roof of a high school gym. The gang stage a full-on takeover of the place, making Cyrus their mole while Mike commandeers the principal's office, Wiz hits lab to concoct something trippy, and Juicy ... um, positions himself to steal some super sweet trophies.The song hails from Mr.

  • Kesha Dr. Luke Petition Fans Contract Albums Career Puppet

    Ke$ha Fans Petition to Free 'Pop Puppet' From Dr. Luke's Evil Grasp

    Ke$ha fans have started a petition to free the pop starlet from her alleged eight-album contract with Dr. Luke, arguing that the mega-producer "is controlling Ke$ha like a puppet, feeding her what she doesn’t want and her creativity is dwindling."Those who appreciate Kesha Rose Sebert as more than just another nasally quasi-rapping lady-voice on the radio (we see you Karmin) have long suspected that the Nashville artist-provocateur has more to offer than, say Warrior. While her sophomore album wasn't a bust, it didn't live up to the pre-release bombast about "cock rock" and glitter-piss.

  • Yuck 'Memorial Fields' Stream Glow Behold Album

    Yuck Drift Gorgeously Across Elliott Smith-y 'Memorial Fields'

    London fuzz-mongers Yuck release their second album Glow & Behold on October 1, but shoegaze lovers everywhere can stream the entire thing right now. The New York Times has the exclusive on that one — the alternately drifty and shreddy set that finds the four-piece soldiering on quite gracefully without their former lead singer Daniel Blumberg (who's now recording as Hebronix).Those 11 tracks are a lovely listen indeed, but if you need further convincing, we've got a streaming share below courtesy of Stereogum. "Memorial Fields" is an autumnal sprawl with a psychedelic lilt, helped along by a tone that's not a little bit Elliott Smith-y and an orchestral section that lends some lilting heft. Enjoy that below, and revisit the video for "Middle Sea" while you're at it.Stream all of Glow & Behold at the Times.

  • ASAP Rocky 'R. Cali' Grand Theft Auto V Music Stream

    A$AP Rocky Titularly Trolls R. Kelly With 'Grand Theft Auto V' Song

    Last week, the generous music-loving folks behind Grand Theft Auto V delivered a free 26-track mixtape chock-full of your favorite rappers rhyming like they were mid-carjack with a flock of cops on their tail. We heard from Action Bronson, Tyga, Kool G Rap, and a whole bunch of others, but one MC seemingly overlooked by Rockstar Games? A$AP Rocky.Well, now we know why — the Harlem MC's contribution is part of a whole other album's worth of songs that dropped today. The Music of Grand Theft Auto V features contributions from in-game radio DJs Flying Lotus, Wavves, Twin Shadow, and OFF!, plus picks from their well-curated stations. There's Tyler, the Creator, Nite Jewel, HEALTH, 100s, and many, many more.But for now, feast your ears on this heater. "R.

  • 2 Chainz 'Black Unicorn' Video Arsenio Hall Show

    2 Chainz Rides Funky 'Black Unicorn' to 'Arsenio' With Full Band

    The inimitable 2 Chainz hit The Arsenio Hall Show with a full band in order to demonstrate the strange wonder of his B.O.A.T.S. II standout "Black Unicorn." Our review called the track one of the colorful MC's "more maudlin" tracks, and it indeed brings the drama on stage. On-album collaborator Sunni Patterson kicks things off with an extended verse that'd be right at home on a vintage OutKast album.Cue the synth strings, piano hits, loping bass, cut-up wax, and live drums — the track goes wide, then is reined back in by the lovely vocals of Chrisette Michele as Chainz gives us a history lesson (with a few trademark one-liners thrown in for good measure). Watch that above, and revisit other recent Arsenio highlights starring Kendrick Lamar and Big Sean. Also, "mainstream ratchet"!

  • The Secret Sisters

    Willie Nelson and the Secret Sisters Approach Transcendence on 'It Won't Be Long'

    Country legend Willie Nelson recently blessed the Outside Lands audience with a set chock-full of classics that paid homage to the spirit of family — his sister and sons joined him alongside some old friends (and, um, John Stamos). This fall, the Redheaded Stranger will continue on in the spirit of collaboration, releasing To All the Girls, whose title, of course, owes to Nelson's 1984 hit with Julio Iglesias, "To All the Girls I've Loved Before." We'll have to avoid taking the song's implications too literally here, as Willie's lined up an incredible roster of female artists to assist on the 18 songs included therein.From Dolly Parton and Rosanne Cash, to Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, to Mavis Staples and Norah Jones and Emmylou Harris, the mix doesn't linger on era or genre so much as focus on talent.

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