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Enjoy debating font sizes on festival lineups? Or better yet, ever make a fake Coachella poster and fill it with emo bands? This is your podcast. Each Thursday morning, Billboard staff writer Chris Payne chats with musicians and music writers about what's going on in alternative music; we've got behind-the-scenes stories, chart insight, ~inspirational moments~ and yes, RED HOT TAKES straight from Billboard's New York City office.

Enjoy debating font sizes on festival lineups? Or better yet, ever make a fake Coachella poster and fill it with emo bands? This is your podcast. Each Thursday morning, Billboard staff writer Chris Payne chats with musicians and music writers about what's going on in alternative music; we've got behind-the-scenes stories, chart insight, ~inspirational moments~ and yes, RED HOT TAKES straight from Billboard's New York City office.
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Enjoy debating font sizes on festival lineups? Or better yet, ever make a fake Coachella poster and fill it with emo bands? This is your podcast. Each Thursday morning, Billboard staff writer Chris Payne chats with musicians and music writers about what's going on in alternative music; we've got behind-the-scenes stories, chart insight, ~inspirational moments~ and yes, RED HOT TAKES straight from Billboard's New York City office.

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Storytime With the Walkmen's Walter Martin: Writing Kids' Tunes, Opening For Fugazi & More

4/19/2018
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Walter Martin has seen a lot, and he's got stories to tell. These days, he's an affable, well-adjusted dad whose solo work explores art history, kids' songs about zoo animals, and a particularly lonely solo Australian tour, which he turned into a barber shop quartet extravaganza at a recent NPR Tiny Desk Concert. But the events that brought him here are a whirlwind three decades' worth of American rock 'n roll lore.

Duration:00:50:13

Albert Hammond, Jr. Just Played His Biggest Show Ever

4/5/2018
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New York City rock icon Albert Hammond, Jr. swung by Billboard's office last Thursday morning, just hours after playing the biggest solo headlining show of his life. Of course he'd played to massive crowds around the world with the Strokes, but this one was special -- a sold-out gig on his home turf playing only tracks from his decade-plus solo career. We talked about the killer new LP 'Francis Trouble,' his role in the popular book 'Meet Me in the Bathroom,' why he's always kind of wanted...

Duration:00:38:01

Preoccupations Are Glad People Are Focused On the Music Again

3/26/2018
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The new LP from Calgary-bred post-punks Preoccupations is one of the best alternative albums we've heard so far this year. They also have a great story about playing Third Man Records while Jack White attempted one of his patented vinyl experiments. Join Matt Flegel and Scott Munro as the band formerly known as Viet Cong recounts how it got fans to start looking past their controversial old moniker.

Duration:00:37:28

BØRNS Tells His Best L.A. Stories, Plays a Top-Secret Demo

3/1/2018
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Alternative pop troubadour BØRNS has stories for days. This includes: trekking from his native Michigan to play ukulele songs for Max Martin in L.A., hanging with Halsey at a Playboy Mansion party, serenading Taylor Swift's #squad with "Electric Love" at Coachella, collaborating with his pal Lana Del Rey on his new album "Blue Madonna." He also plays us a voice memo off his phone which may or may not make it onto his third LP.

Duration:00:41:00

Pop Punk High: The Indie Musical Where It's Always 2003

2/15/2018
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We heard about the up-and-coming indie musical Pop Punk High and had to get them on the show. The New York City-based show combines all the touchstones of early 2000s pop-punk culture -- suburban high schools, Avril Lavigne, skateboarding, dick jokes -- into an awesomely original production that we think "has legs" (that's what they say in theater right?) They're going places! Here's our chat with three of its stars.

Duration:00:45:34

Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba's Life of Punk Rule-Breaking

2/8/2018
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Here's the legend himself chatting about many, many things: getting his start in the Florida punk scene, the labels that shaped him, what went on in the 2000s emo boom, and new album 'Crooked Shadows,' the first Dashboard Confessional album in 9 years.

Duration:00:51:48

Tonight Alive Tears Down the Rules of its Major Label Past

2/1/2018
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Jenna and Jake from Syndey, Australia's Tonight Alive discuss coming of age on their brand new fourth album, "Underworld." This line from Jenna sums it up: "The more polished our sound became, the less polished my image became.”

Duration:00:44:19

How Jeff Rosenstock Surprise-Released 2018's First Great Rock Album

1/25/2018
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First episode of the new year! Our weekly podcast (new one every Thursday!) kicks off with a chat with punk cult hero Jeff Rosenstock. We discuss how he's been using all resources available to him -- online and off -- to release music on his own terms for almost two decades. This includes his new LP 'POST-', released on New Year's Day and the tunes he's been working on for a new Cartoon Network series. We also talk about Alkaline Trio and ska a lot.

Duration:00:52:43

Washed Up Emo's Tom Mullen Talks New Book 'Anthology of Emo'

12/21/2017
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For our last episode of the year, we go deep on all things emo, welcoming Tom Mullen, who has ran the blog/podcast/DJ night Washed Up Emo since 2007. We chat about interviewing the likes of Dashboard Confessional and the Get Up Kids for his just-released book 'Anthology of Emo, Vol. 1' along with plenty of other tales from defining and defending the genre the past 10 years.

Duration:01:06:36

Weaves

12/15/2017
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Weaves are an awesome Toronto punk band who like their guitar riffs weird and their mosh pits friendly. Frontwoman Jasmyn Burke and guitarist Morgan Waters chat about their killer 2017 LP 'Wide Open' -- "a classic rock road record, but filtered through a female point of view," as Burke puts it.

Duration:00:38:06

The Front Bottoms Insist 'You Are Who You Hang Out With'

11/10/2017
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Front Bottoms singer-guitarist Brian Sella chats about his band's decade-long DIY success story, and all the friends he's made along the way. We'll talk about new album 'Going Grey,' keeping the old fans happy, going to a barbecue at Mark Hoppus' place (!!!), and plans for a new addition to the band's "Grandma Series." We swear the state of New Jersey did not sponsor this episode.

Duration:00:46:09

PVRIS' Lynn Gunn Shares Favorite Halloween Memories

10/27/2017
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It's almost Halloween and we've got PVRIS frontwoman Lynn Gunn on the show to talk past costumes, spooky books and movies, and growing up near Salem, Mass. We also discuss touring life, the band's new sophomore album, covering Tegan and Sara, and shout out some of her favorite Twitter followers.

Duration:00:38:27

How to Rock Like Bully's Alicia Bognanno

10/19/2017
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First, music internet extraordinaire Paige Williams returns to the 'cast to critique Halsey's fall tour and suggest a couple of under-the-radar October albums. And next up, Alicia Bognanno! The Bully frontwoman told us fans don't ask her about her guitars and gear very often, so we asked her! Here's the low down on her "Frankenstein guitar," personal pedal board, and how she used it all to craft Bully's shred-heavy sophomore album 'Losing,' out tomorrow (Oct. 20) on Sub Pop.

Duration:00:38:54

Exploring the Wilderness With Zola Jesus

10/12/2017
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Nika Danilova -- who just released her fifth album as Zola Jesus -- comes by the New York office for a deep talk about creation, inspiration, and preservation. 'Okovi' is one of this year's standout indie/electronic/experimental albums, and we cut to the core of how nature and returning home to rural Wisconsin helped create it. That is to say, we talk about hanging out in the woods a lot. Here's her Instagram feed, which we discuss in the 'cast: https://www.instagram.com/zolajesus/?hl=en

Duration:00:31:38

Worriers' Lauren D's Fascinating Life in Punk

9/28/2017
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Lauren D from Worriers comes by to talk about the melodic punk band's awesome new LP "Survival Pop": signing with SideOneDummy, defying the gender binary, how to write great choruses. We also talk about New Jersey a lot. There's a second interview in this one, too! Kevin Rutherford from the Billboard charts department updates us on Brand New's quest for a hit song at radio and how far up the top 10 Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still" can go.

Duration:00:53:02

The Movielife Plots the Perfect Punk Band Reunion

9/21/2017
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The Movielife are back with their first album in 14 years and it's pretty damn good. We chat with guitarist-vocalists Vinnie Caruana and Brandon Reilly about how it all came together. Stereogum's Michael Nelson also joins to take a trip back to the Long Island punk/hardcore scene that birthed the Movielife, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday and less-remembered others (who we give well-deserved shouts to). We also talk about the big Jawbreaker reunion at Riot Fest.

Duration:00:39:22

Tyson Ritter on the Future of All-American Rejects

9/14/2017
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The All-American Rejects frontman swings by Billboard to discuss the band's new EP and its plans to release new music in the near future. How that music arrives or how much of it there is remains largely undecided, and he's pretty upfront about that. He's also upfront about fashion week, his breathtaking cheekbones, growing up a fat kid, and more than we can really mention.

Duration:00:42:20

How Brand New Got a No. 1 Album (And a Hit Single?)

8/31/2017
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Yeah, we can still hardly believe it, but Brand New has the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, at least until this weekend. So we went all out! First, charts manager Kevin Rutherford gives a behind-the-scenes look at how they sold so many albums and which "Science Fiction" track is already getting rock radio play. Then, music writer Maria Sherman calls in for a expert critical take on growing up emo, why critics are finally getting on board, and what their final shows will be like, if they...

Duration:00:43:29

Neck Deep Talks 'Real Issues' (And Warped Tour Injuries)

8/24/2017
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All five members of Neck Deep join us from the Billboard studio, just hours before last week's release of new album 'The Peace and the Panic.' We talked about Brexit, Donald Trump, Jeremy Corbyn, conspiracy theories, and maintaining relationships on the road. There's also a lot of talk about hanging out on Warped Tour and riding around on mini-bikes, "hogs," as they call them. You'd want to hang out with these guys, so consider this the next best thing.

Duration:00:33:10

Vagabon's How-To Guide on Being a DIY Musician

8/17/2017
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Lætitia Tamko, who makes poignant indie rock and electronic soundscapes as Vagabon, stops by Billboard to fill us in on her crazy journey of the past three years. Since teaching herself guitar and playing frequent DIY shows around New York, the Cameroon-born artist has made moves she never would have expected when she started: a bona fide headlining tour, dates opening for Tegan and Sara, a Pitchfork Best New Music distinction for her debut album "Infinite Worlds." Here's how she did it,...

Duration:00:33:09

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