Chris Payne

Editorial Assistant, Billboard.com

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, RollingStone.com, The L and Critical Mob. He served as music director for The College of New Jersey's WTSR from 2008 to 2010.

Phoenix, The Strokes to Headline LA's FYF Fest

Phoenix, The Strokes to Headline LA's FYF Fest

Indie and alternative rock fans in southern California have plenty to look forward to when FYF Fest comes to town this August. The two-day Los Angeles festival, set for Aug. 23-24 at its new location at LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park, just announced its 2014 lineup.
Odd Future to Open For Eminem at London's Wembley Stadium

Odd Future to Open For Eminem at London's Wembley Stadium

The unlikely pair of Eminem and Odd Future will play London's legendary Wembley Stadium July 11 and 12. Eminem broke the news by posting a video of Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt to his Instagram account yesterday.
Midtown Reunites for Surprise Brooklyn Show: Live Review

Midtown Reunites for Surprise Brooklyn Show: Live Review

Midtown made it to Brooklyn for their first show in almost a decade last night, powering through a 19-song set at the Knitting Factory. The influential New Jersey pop-punk band (playing under the pseudonym of Merman) had originally planned to reunite for this weekend’s Skate and Surf Festival at Asbury Park, NJ but decided to shake off the dust at a secret show across the Hudson and East Rivers.

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