1. Billboard.com's Best Rock and Alternative Albums of 2015: Critics' Picks

    December 22, 2015 5:06 PM EST Alternative music and the album format are still best friends after all these years.  But as genre lines blur and the playing field levels, what is alternative even an alternative to  these days? Some of our picks below champion voices less heard and influences less obvious, or at best, both.…

  2. Billboard.com's 10 Best Rock and Alternative Songs of 2015: Critics' Picks

    December 22, 2015 4:58 PM EST With each passing year, it seems our old friend guitar rock fades further and further from the Hot 100 chart . Beneath the top 40, alternative radio is centered on slick, synth-friendly sounds and mainstream rock stations offer little respite from the angst-ridden, all-male bands that…

  3. Grimes Maintains Outsider Ethos But Yields to Mainstream Pull on 'Art Angels': Album Review

    November 09, 2015 4:40 PM EST You could write a fascinating alternate history of music by following the progressions of weirdos and outsiders who, after a few albums, yielded to the gravitational pull of mainstream music: the Velvet Underground , Yoko Ono , the Tubes , Genesis , Talking Heads , Scritti Politti , Simple…

  4. Majical Cloudz Has Opened For Lorde, Would Open For Pope Francis: Alt In Our Stars Podcast

    October 02, 2015 12:20 PM EDT Montreal duo Majical Cloudz is getting ready to release its second full length of life-affirming minimalist synth jams. Last Friday (Sept. 25), frontman Devon Welsh came through Billboard’s New York office to discuss Are You Alone?,  out Oct. 16 on Matador. It just so happened Pope…

  5. Grimes Wrote A Love Letter To 'Star Wars'

    July 30, 2015 9:24 AM EDT Grimes wants the world to know she's a massive Star Wars  fan, so she wrote a love letter to the film franchise in the new issue of LOVE magazine  to prove it. Grimes To Release New Album In October In the endearing letter, Grimes does more than just confess her love for the films and…

  6. Grimes To Release New Album in October

    May 24, 2015 12:50 PM EDT Grimes plans to release her new album in October, the artist revealed in a series of tweets on Saturday, May 23. Listen: Grimes and Bleachers Share New 'Girls' Song 'Entropy' The new as-yet untitled album will follow Grimes' 2012 album, Visions . New music was…

  7. After Ariel Pink Disses Madonna's Career, Her Manager Says They've Never Heard of Him

    October 14, 2014 8:33 PM EDT Ariel Pink may have been working on Madonna 's new album, that is until he opened his mouth and tried to explain why she might want him in a recent interview.  Ariel Pink Says He's Working on Madonna's New Album, Dismisses Most of Her Career Speaking with Faster Louder , the…

  8. Watch Grimes & Blood Diamonds Take on Dante’s ‘Inferno’ in ‘Go’ Video

    August 27, 2014 2:59 PM EDT The video was also partially inspired by Korn’s “Freak On a Leash.” Seriously. In the past, Grimes music videos have brought Claire Boucher to a football game, a motocross rally, and deep into the woods. For her brand new video for the Blood Diamonds team-up “Go,” she’s out in the desert,…

  9. Grimes Declines Ice Bucket Challenge Over ALS Association's Animal Testing Policy

    August 24, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Dozens of musicians have accepted the widely popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which aims to raise funds and awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease. But Grimes has politely rejected her nomination by Richie Hawtin because of the ALS Association’s involvement with animal testing. Watch…