Chris Martins

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  • Better Off 'A Fool Walks Into a Bar and Cries Wolf' Video

    Better Off Would Rather Be Cliff-Jumping in 'A Fool Walks Into a Bar and Cries Wolf' Video

    The boys of Better Off handily give raw rebirth to the sounds of albums like Jimmy Eat World's Bleed American, which captured the moment when emo merged with the mainstream. With a power-pop boost and a little slack cribbed from the alt-rock pantheon (see: Dinosaur Jr., et al.) the Nashville quartet create a noise that's ultimately their own, as the song "A fool Walks Into a Bar and Cries Wolf" shows. That highlight from Better Off's now-out debut album (I Think) I'm Leaving gets a fitting video treatment above via director Andy Reale. The clip features shots of the band playing inside of a small house while Luke Granered sings of missing out on what the world has to offer. Meanwhile, everyone outside is cliff-jumping with glee.

  • Arcade Fire 'Breakglass' Reflektor Teaser Video

    Here's Another Arcade Fire Clip Teasing the Arrival of 'Reflektor'

    With the October 29 release date of Reflektor fast approaching, Arcade Fire continue to troll tease the forthcoming album at an exponentially increasing rate. Above you'll find a 30-second clip dubbed "Breakglass," which is not one of the new songs' names, but the handle of the Montreal studio in which they once played as Les Identiks. The video features some audio in reverse, which will undoubtedly hit SoundCloud or YouTube playing in the proper direction sometime soon. Meanwhile, we've recently heard all of "Afterlife" and witnessed the band temporarily known as the Reflektors play The Colbert Report. 

  • Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt Lorde Royals Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Pearl Jam and Paul McCartney, Amidst Flagging Figures

    First! Those purveyors of all things grungy and keepers of the World Series score, Pearl Jam score No. 1 with Lightning Bolt. Eddie Vedder and co. sold 166,000 copies of their 10th album according to Billboard, following up 2009's Backspacer, which did 189K. In truth, this is PJ's smallest first-week sales number ever, but it's the largest for any rock act in nearly a year (Phillips Phillips hit 169K in November). Perhaps the fight to keep guitar music alive really is "life or death." Then again, Alternative is the new classic rock, as SPIN's Rob Harvilla noted in his review, so maybe this is just what a genre's retirement looks like.2 to 10: Miley Cyrus' Bangerz lands at No. 2 on its second week following a 73 percent sales drop-off (72K). On a stronger week, that'd land her far closer to the bottom of the top 10 heap.

  • The Flaming Lips 'Is The Black At The End Good' Stream

    The Flaming Lips Find Sunshine on 'Is the Black at the End Good'

    The Flaming Lips release their Peace Sword EP on October 29, but are streaming the first taste of the thing here. As aforementioned, Oklahoma's favorite freaky sons have written six songs inspired by Ender's Game — one composed specifically for the film, which hits theaters on November 1; and five also inspired by the book, which hit shelves in the year 1985. Following the digital release, the short-playing set will get a physical issue (CD and vinyl) in conjunction with Record Store Day's Back to Black Friday festivities on November 29. But you can now hear "Is the Black at the End Good," a cinematically titled song that rolls back the clouds found on The Terror for a little sunshine and space dust.

  • Empty Flowers 'Car Fires (Justin K Broadrick Remix)' Stream

    Empty Flowers Go Transcendent on 'Car Fires (Justin K Broadrick Remix)'

    Philly crew Empty Flowers have some friends in high places and it's not hard to understand why. Their new album Five is a pile-up of wild and heavy ideas — bass-rattling post-punk, storm-bringing post-rock, and sharply honed post-hardcore, with lyrics that zoom in on minute details in order illustrate the bigger scene. It also doesn't hurt that the band shares members both past and present with the beloved Cable.The forthcoming remix set The Air You Found speaks volumes as to the group's influence.

  • Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band Tunde TVOTR Blast Boom Video

    Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band's 'The Blast the Boom' Becomes Animated Adventure

    Back in April, TV on the Radio singer/writer Tunde Adebimpe talked to SPIN about his main group's gradual return to the spotlight but also let us know about a new project: Higgins Black Magic Waterproof Band. The quartet has a self-titled EP out right now grab it and now a video for the brooding first taste "The Blast the Boom." The experimental crew's handle comes from a brand of ink and that's not for nothing: both Adebimpe and guitarist Alex Holden are, or have been, professional illustrators. They put those skills to work in the stop-motion short above, in which a gallant wolf man has a series of unfortunate run-ins with a giant fire-blasting skull. Pick up Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band via iTunes or Insound. And by the way, it's "HIWABLAMABA" for short.

  • Solange Saint Records Heron Kelela Album Go All Night

    Solange Signals 'Saint Heron' Comp Arrival With Kelela's 'Go All Night'

    Solange Knowles has at last unveiled her vision for Saint Records, the label that she'll run with distribution via Sony. In May we learned that the imprint would be home to her next album — the one set to co-star Dirty Projectors, Chairlift, and Sampha — plus help spearhead a "new musical movement." In an announcement that heralded the November 12 arrival of the 12-song Saint Heron showcase/compilation, Solange clarified her statement of intent:"With Saint Heron I really wanted to celebrate and continue to cultivate the community for genre-defying R&B artists. I've personally connected with all of these extremely talented artists, and am really excited for us to come together [...] as a new movement for music.

  • Ylvis 'Massachusetts' Video Parody Tourism Talk Show

    Ylvis Troll America With Love in 'Massachusetts' Video

    Ylvis' viral hit "The Fox" may unintentionally parodize the sorta-genre known as EDM, as one of its producers told SPIN, but the lyrical concept is comedic gold — after all, 120,000,000 Ylvis Fans Can't Be Wrong (closer to 150M now, by the way). And as we know, Norwegian siblings at the center of the song host a variety show in their native country, so it was only a matter of time before Bård and Vegard Ylvisåker capitalized on their newfound fame here in the land that put capitalism on the map.Above you'll find "Massachusetts," a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the history-rich northeastern state and, as it turns out, Ylvis' "favorite place on earth." What do they like so much about the Bay State, you ask? Well, blue jeans and flannels, for one. Also, the Boy Scouts of Attleboro, the Staring Dogs of Suffolk County, Nelson Mandela's home, and that one guy named Bruce.

  • Kanye West Yeezus Jesus Christ Christian Illuminati Drake Interview

    Kanye West Is on a Major Christ Kick

    The opening night of Kanye West's Yeezus tour featured a highly unexpected cameo: Jesus Christ. Or, at least, a dude dressed as "White Jesus," as SPIN reviewer Douglas Wolk wrote. Like most things Yeezy does — I.E. rent an entire baseball stadium in order to propose to Kim Kardashian — the move quickly proved to be a conversation-starter. What's odd about this one is how ready and willing he was to personally join said conversation.In back-to-back interviews with San Francisco Bay Area rap radio stations KMEL and Wild 94.9, West calmly and cooly explained the presence of (the likeness of) Jesus at his shows, and it basically amounts to this: Do you know what's awesome about Christianity? The clips shared from the two chats are chock-full of references to the G.O.O.D.

  • Elliott Smith Live Archive Concert Download Free Henry Fonda

    Here Are 97 Elliott Smith Concerts You Can Download

    Monday marked the 10-year anniversary of the death of Elliott Smith — October 21, 2003 —and a handful of artists came together last night to pay tribute to the man and his musical legacy. The breadth of musicians assembled for the performance speaks volumes to the man's influence: Cat Power's Chan Marshall, Sky Ferreira and DIIV's Zachary Cole, and members of WHY? and Here We Go Magic all chose Smith songs to perform to varying degrees of success.But for those intrepid souls willing to brave the heart-crushing beauty that was an actual Elliott Smith performance, Archive.org has 97 different full concerts for you to stream and download at your leisure. They range from an intimate 1994 Portland gig to an appearance England's Redfest on September 19, 2003.

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