Chris Payne


Chris Payne joined the editorial team in January 2013 after breaking in as an intern with both Billboard and Pitchfork, and freelancing for outlets like Paste,, The L and Critical Mob. He served as music director for The College of New Jersey's WTSR from 2008 to 2010.


Hear Avicii's Awesome Unreleased Jam With the Killers' Brandon Flowers

Last year, Avicii collaborated with Robbie Williams on a single called “The Days,” which is expected to appear on the DJ’s 2015 album "Stories." It’s an acoustic-folk-meets-electro-pop track in the vein of “Wake Me Up,” and it’s pretty darn catchy. Recently though, an alternate take hit the internet and it might be even better.
 Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Rolling Stones' Keith Richards Is 'Ready' to Hit the Studio Again

The age-defying Rolling Stones are three dates into their Zip Code Tour, playing North American stadiums alongside the likes of openers from Ed Sheeran to Buddy Guy. The trek doesn’t wrap until July 15, but the band is already looking to the future.
Phil Labonte of Killswitch Engage performs at the House Of Blues in Chicago, Illinois on February 14, 2010

All That Remains' Phil Labonte: 'Shut the F--- Up About [Caitlyn] Jenner'

You can add All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte to the small but disappointing chorus of voices with contrarian things to say about Caitlyn Jenner and her Vanity Fair cover. On June 2, Labonte ranted on his personal Facebook page against those praising Jenner’s transformation and what he calls a “PC feminized world.”

Muse Drops New Song 'The Handler' With Psychopathic Lyric Video

When Muse named its new album "Drones" and slapped on album art like this, you knew you were getting into some serious, post-apocalyptic arena rock business. With the album due out next Monday (June 8), the band shared another new track called “The Handler.”