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.

Miley Cyrus Kicks Off Sexy Bangerz Tour in Vancouver

Miley Cyrus Kicks Off Sexy Bangerz Tour in Vancouver

Vancouver residents were treated to hot, steamy Valentine's Day evening, courtesy of Miley Cyrus' long-anticipated Bangerz Tour. The 38-date arena tour began at Vancouver's Rogers Center last night, as Cyrus finally turned the fun and debauchery of her past year into a proper headlining show.
Kanye West to Radio DJs: 'Shut the F--k Up!'

Kanye West to Radio DJs: 'Shut the F--k Up!'

Kanye West interrupted a performance of "Touch the Sky" at last night's performance in University Park, PA for what the critics would call a "rant" and what he's been known to call a "visionary stream of consciousness." Without warning, West cuts off his DJ with a call of "Stop that shit!" and launches into an attack on past radio interviews that cast him in a negative light: "What did you do with the past 10 years of your life, Charlamagne, Sway?"
Radiohead Unveils PolyFauna Interactive App

Radiohead Unveils PolyFauna Interactive App

It's not a new album, but today Radiohead devotees got a new release from Thom Yorke and company in the form of a mobile app. Titled PolyFauna, the app (available for iOS and Android) takes viewers through a trippy animated realm, much like one would envision along with the band's 2011 album "The King of Limbs."
Radiohead Unveils PolyFauna Interactive App

Radiohead Unveils PolyFauna Interactive App

It's not a new album, but today Radiohead devotees got a new release from Thom Yorke and company in the form of a mobile app. Titled PolyFauna, the app (available for iOS and Android) takes viewers through a trippy animated realm, much like one would envision along with the band's 2011 album "King of Limbs."
The Hold Steady Rock Epic 28-Song Set at Brooklyn 10th Anniversary Show

The Hold Steady Rock Epic 28-Song Set at Brooklyn 10th Anniversary Show

"My new year's resolution is to stop fake-playing guitar," announced the Craig Finn, the Hold Steady's frontman before a sold out crowd at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg last night. The fact that Finn wears a guitar more than he plays it has long been a playful joke among devotees, so he put the ol' axe aside after getting the evening started with the life-affirming "Positive Jam," the first song off the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Minneapolis band's first album.

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