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.

Cee Lo Green and The Roots

The Roots' 4th of July Performance Proves Philly Has the Coolest Mayor

Philly hosted the original Fourth of July, so when the date comes around, the pressure’s on to do it up. The city hosted its annual Fourth of July Jam Saturday night with a performance from the Roots. That’s sounds great, but some unexpected local star power took the performance to the next level.
Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys

President Obama Invites Black Keys to Play White House

Yesterday (July 1), Barack Obama tweeted that he was listening to OutKast’s “Liberation” and the Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy” after a fan asked him for his current favorite songs in a #AskPOTUS sesh. The Black Keys hit him back, asking if they could use Air Force One for their upcoming gigs.
Album cover for Libertines 2015 release "Anthems for Doomed Youth"

Libertines Announce Comeback Album; Hear New Song 'Gunga Din'

After signing with Virgin EMI in Dec. 2014, the band has made good on its promise for new music, announcing the forthcoming LP "Anthems For Doomed Youth." The very Libertines-y titled album will drop Sept. 4 via the Virgin/EMI label Harvest Records.
Rolling Stones Announce 2016 Tour… Museum Style

Rolling Stones Announce 2016 Tour… Museum Style

The Rolling Stones still have two weeks left in their Zip Code Tour, but after their North American romp wraps, fans have another helping of Stones mania coming their way. This morning (July 1), the five-decade rock legends announced Exhibitionism, a career-spanning, museum-style display of Stones memorabilia.