Chris Payne

Editorial Assistant,

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

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O Announces Solo Album 'Crush Songs'

Over the past two years, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' frontwoman Karen O released the acclaimed album "Mosquito" with her band and performed at the Oscars. Next up, she's getting a little more personal, as she prepares her first ever solo album.
Bad Suns Talk Fast Rise of 'Cardiac Arrest,' Silencing the Doubters

Bad Suns Talk Fast Rise of 'Cardiac Arrest,' Silencing the Doubters

There's more to a buzz band than meets the eye. Bad Suns are a Californian four-piece whose slick neo-new wave hooks earned them a deal with Vagrant Records, an opening slot for the 1975 and -- if you'll forgive the plug -- an appearance in Billboard's ever-prestigious charts newcomer alert, Tomorrow's Hits
Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters

Robert Plant Drops Uplifting New Song 'Rainbow' (Listen)

There may be no chance of a Led Zeppelin reunion anytime soon, but Robert Plant has new music on the way. The singer-songwriter shared an optimistic new track called "Rainbow" from his forthcoming, grammatically-daring solo album "lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar."
Lana Del Rey performs during the 2014 Sweetlife Music & Food Festival

Lana Del Rey Responds to Frances Bean Cobain's 'I Wish I Was Dead' Criticism

Frances Bean Cobain had some harsh words for Lana Del Rey after the "Ultraviolence" singer apparently glamorized the early death of Frances' father in an interview with the Guardian. But yesterday, Lana Del Rey replied to Cobain on Twitter and it looks like matters are going to be okay between the two.