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 Empires Exclusively Premiere Epic New Alt-Rock Album ‘Orphan’

The story of Empires’ new album is the story of what a great producer can do for an already-promising band. For their sweeping new album "Orphan" (out Sept. 23), the Chicago group enlisted veteran rock producer John Congleton to explore untapped expansive potential.
Arcade Fire, Funeral, 2004.

'Funeral' Turns 10: The Untold Story of Arcade Fire's Album Art & Brooklyn Mural

Sept. 14 marks the 10-year anniversary of Arcade Fire’s "Funeral," an album that changed alternative music as we know it. Billboard already gushed about its greatness in this classic track-by-track review, so we decided to dig deeper via a first-hand account of a largely untold story -- "Funeral’s" now-iconic artwork.
Arcade Fire: Funeral, 2004.

Arcade Fire's 'Funeral' Turns 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

Arcade Fire's sprawling set-up is like a small community onstage, but at its core, the band is the songwriting duo of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. Both lost a grandparent during the recording of their debut album, and the theme of death dominates "Funeral," released Sept. 14 on Merge.