Chris Martins

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  • Beyonce Emmy Award Super Bowl Halftime Show

    Beyonce Wins Early Emmy for Super Bowl Halftime Show

    The 2013 Emmy Awards ceremony hasn't even happened yet, but Beyoncé is already a winner. Her somewhat controversial, mostly just-plain-awesome Super Bowl XLVII halftime performance earned her three nods in the technical categories, which are typically announced the weekend before the main event. Queen Bey and her crew wound up taking home the statue for "Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special."Of course, it's worth noting that her show's lighting on the day of may have seemed all the more dazzling since New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome had a little problem with its own electricity following the performance. The categories that the pop star missed out on? "Outstanding Special Class — Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program," and "Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie or a Special."While Mrs.

  • Dr. Dog 'Love' Video 'B-Room' Album Vintage Toys

    Dr. Dog Dig Up Vintage Toy Ads for 'Love' Video

    In our recent interview with Dr. Dog, bassist-singer Toby Leaman explained the Philadelphia band's new live approach to recording together. "Every other day for the past 10 years we've played a show, pretty much. There's no reason to not take advantage of that in the studio," he said. "We're great live." Indeed, they are, and that quality imbues their eight album B-Room with a new, rawer soulful quality that is a perfect accompaniment to deep-felt musings about romance."Love" finds Dr. Dog confronting mixed feelings at the start of a fresh affair. On the one hand there's the thrill of believing you may have found the love of your life. On the other, there's the fear that those emotions could fade and leave you worse off than where you started.

  • Madonna secretprojectrevolution Short Film Artforfreedom Trailer

    Madonna's 'secretprojectrevolution' Will Be a Stylish Agit-Pop Short Film

    Shortly after teasing an enigmatic project in a Reddit AMA, Madonna has announced the specifics of a new team-up with VICE and BitTorrent. The name secretprojectrevolution applies to a 17-minute short film that Madge has co-directed with frequent collaborator Steven Klein Confessions on a Dance Floor, Hard Candy).

  • MGMT Michael K. Williams 'Cool Song No. 2' Video Omar

    MGMT Casts Michael K. Williams as Dystopian Omar in 'Cool Song No. 2' Video

    MGMT's self-titled third LP may be "a confused, confusing album," but it's not without its charms. "Cool Song No. 2" is a brooding psychedelic rumbler that merges Brian Eno exploration with Animal Collective experimentation to pretty excellent results. And that track now has a fantastic video to go with starring none other than Michael K. Williams, famous for such gruff but grounded characters as Omar Little (The Wire) and Chalky White (Boardwalk Empire). In director Isaiah Seret's work above, the man plays "the Plant Hunter," who appears to be tasked with gathering unusual flora with the goal of converting the material into illegal drugs. But the very well-dressed and very violent Williams has his own agenda, and it's quickly clear that he's gone rogue — either for revenge or a good cause.If the Vevo clip above isn't working, watch it over on YouTube.

  • Hubble The Kinks A Long Way From Home Cover Stream Men

    Hear Hubble Wonderfully Deconstruct the Kinks' 'A Long Way From Home'

    With Hubble, guitarist Ben Greenberg explores the outer limits of what can be done with a guitar and a set of hands. While he shreds mightily in the meantime with Brooklyn garage-punks the Men, here he uses a three-finger tapping technique to turn string-struck notes into a flurry of beautiful rhythms that, whether made via acoustic or electric axe, wind up sounding like electronic music. There's something very Steve Reich about what Hubble does, though in the song below, he chooses to deconstruct the work of rock icons the Kinks instead of more classically experimental fare.Greenberg revisits "A Long Way From Home," hailing from 1970's conceptual masterpiece Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One. In our host's hands, the thing becomes even more lonely than it originally sounded, with the chords scattering and their notes sent bouncing like disturbed mercury.

  • Cuushe 'I Miss You' Stream 'Butterfly Case' Album

    Cuushe's 'I Miss You' Is a Shoegazing R&B Dream

    With her forthcoming album Butterfly Case, Berlin-via-Tokyo singer Cuushe offers an entrancing blend of vintage dream pop, Morr Music-like post-rock and glitch, and the sort of R&B that pours out of stay-at-home sensualists like How to Dress Well. Earlier shares like "Sort of Light" have gotten the attention of unlikely culture curators Nerdist, and it's easy to see why.While Cuushe's 2009 debut Red Rocket Telepathy set her vocals to musique concrète, the new 10-song set is instantly accessible, without a whit of pandering. Below you'll hear "I Miss You," which soaks her vocals in gauzy reverb and sets 'em soaring to jangly guitar, canned drums, and sweeping strings. The production throughout Butterfly Case comes courtesy of beatsmith aus, head of Japan's Flau label, who will also be releasing the record on September 23.Cuushe, Butterfly Case track list:1.

  • R. Kelly 'Genius' Stream Black Panties Album

    R. Kelly Invades 'Your Sex Dreams' on 'Genius'

    R. Kelly has suffered a few misses of late, but new song "Genius" assists in rebuilding aniticpation for the R&B ruler's twelfth album, Black Panties. Due out November 11, the contemporary pop-centric long-player has thus far delivered "My Story," a leaden sinker featuring 2 Chainz, and "Tear It Up," a far steamier success story with an assist from Future.This latest leak is a freaky sex jam to be sure, though landing in the airy territory of folks like Miguel, as opposed to the down-and-dirty sweat-trawls of Kellz' own past. He approaches his lyrics with a subtle touch, favoring a falsetto range and dishing out la-la-las left and right. The production is glistening and sweet, perhaps much like the "sex dreams" our perpetually cigar-clutching host spends most of his time here bragging about. Now close your eyes:

  • Kanye West Myleka Candy Lost Song Stream

    Hear Kanye West Rap on Myleka's Long Lost 'Candy'

    Kanye West has advanced in such leaps and bounds since we first met him, and become such a larger-than-life figure along the way, that it's difficult to remember the man in the early aughts — a rising name in production with the occasional guest verse as a mere bonus. As noted in the opening moments of his staggering new album Yeezus, that dark and balmy time known as Yeezy Season is fully upon us.Which is why it's fun to travel back to simpler times every so often. Thanks to Fake Shore Drive, we can do just that via "Candy," a song credited to Myleka with a beat and verse courtesy of the Louis Vuitton Don himself.

  • Laura Marling 'Devil's Resting Place' Video Eagle

    Laura Marling Sleeps With the Enemy in 'Devil's Resting Place' Video

    Laura Marling's incredible Once I Was an Eagle is full of lyrics about love gone wrong, but "Devil's Resting Place" is in a class of its own. The darkly sylvan story-song takes the trope of sleeping with the enemy to a bleakly literal location, casting the singer as forever changed after she's spent time in the embrace of evil. "When you come to call on me that's why my eyes are glazed," she deadpans, "I've been with the devil in the devil's resting place."Once again teaming up with directors Fred Scott and Nick Davies (of both "Master Hunter" and the "When Brave Bird Saved" medley short), Marling now gives the song an entrancing video treatment. Therein, we see a woman in Victorian garb traversing a shadowy forest in order to rendezvous with a mysterious black-suited man.

  • Jerry Sharell Machete Hostage Stabbed Ex-Husband Music Executive

    Music Vet Jerry Sharell Attacked By Girlfriend's Machete-Wielding Ex

    A music industry veteran in his 70s was held hostage in his home and stabbed multiple times by a machete-wielding intruder on Sunday (September 15) morning. Jerry Sharell was attacked by the ex-husband of his current girlfriend around 8 a.m. The assailant arrived to Los Angeles' affluent Woodland Hills neighborhood by motorcycle, carrying both the blade and a bouquet of flowers. Sharell, a former A&R who worked with the Carpenters and Joe Cocker, is expected to recover.Local television station KABC spoke to neighbor Harold Sulman, who reported that Behnam Vasseghi, 57, "got off the bike, took off his helmet, went in the back, and pulled out a big bouquet of flowers and started walking down the street. I just thought it was weird." Sharell had recently begun dating the woman after losing his own wife to cancer. His girlfriend allegedly had a restraining order out against her ex.

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