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.

Vampire Weekend

Rostam Leaves Vampire Weekend: What Does It Mean for the Band's Future?

Today (Jan. 26), Rostam Batmanglij announced he is no longer in Vampire Weekend. Batmanglij (who goes by Rostam for his new solo endeavor) was a founding member of the group, who co-wrote all of its music and produced its first two albums in full, only ceding some production input to Ariel Rechtshaid on their third and most recent album, 2013’s "Modern Vampires of the City."
La Sera

La Sera Hosts a '60s Sci-Fi Country Bash in 'High Notes' Video: Premiere

Earlier this month, we named La Sera’s rollicking fourth album "Music for Listening to Music To" as one of our most anticipated alternative releases for 2016. Today (Jan. 26), we’ve got more visual proof of the fun one-time Vivian Girl Katy Goodman and bandmate/new husband Todd Wisenbaker have been getting into with their ever-evolving project.
Zosia Mamet to Play Patti Smith in Robert Mapplethorpe Biopic

Zosia Mamet to Play Patti Smith in Robert Mapplethorpe Biopic

With "Girls" set to end after its sixth season, the stars of the HBO comedy will be out to establish themselves beyond their most familiar roles. Zosia Mamet -- aka Shoshanna -- has landed a gig playing one of New York City’s most iconic women.