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.

Karen O and Ezra Koenig

Here's How Ezra Koenig Squeezed the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' 'Maps' Into Beyonce's 'Lemonade'

If you listened to Beyonce’s "Lemonade" and you’re a Yeah Yeah Yeahs fan, you probably noticed some similarities to their signature song “Maps.” The parallel is no accident and since Bey came to bat (get it? get it?) with thorough songwriting credits, the New York band popped up in the “Hold Up” notes.
Guns N' Roses

Guns N' Roses Adds More 2016 Tour Dates, Including Dodger Stadium

Guns N’ Roses are fresh off a pair of highly-publicized Coachella shows and the reunited “classic” lineup isn't slowing down. Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan had already announced a bunch of North American shows for the Not In This Lifetime tour, and today (April 25) they added a few more.
The Alt in Our Stars Podcast featuring: Shamir

Shamir Is a Duran Duran-Approved Las Vegas Hot Mess (In the Best Way) : Alt In Our Stars Podcast

“Fantasy meets reality” -- that's the opening line of “Vegas,” the opening track on Shamir’s debut album "Ratchet" and It’s a fitting rallying cry. Just 21 years old, Shamir recently played the first set ever at his hometown’s T-Mobile Arena, setting the stage for Wayne Newton, the Killers, Imagine Dragons, and… the Blue Man Group. Do we even need to tell you what song he did first?
Watch The 1975 Totally Clown for 'A Change of Heart' Video

Watch The 1975 Totally Clown for 'A Change of Heart' Video

The 1975 have shared a new music video from their freshly-released sophomore album, and it’s a sharp left turn from the bare-chested strutting we’ve gotten used to from frontman Matthew Healy. It’s actually quite a sad one.
The Beatles 2016

The Beatles' Top 5 Queen Elizabeth Moments: From Protests to Paul Becoming Sir Paul

Queen Elizabeth II turned 90 today. It's a landmark occasion for the Queen of the United Kingdom, though since her 1952 accession, she's seen her share of protestors -- often smart-mouthed British punks with bitter hot takes on constitutional monarchy. The Beatles, on the other hand, were much more diplomatic.