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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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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


How Lights Made Her New Album Into a Comic Book Series

11/2/2017
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Electro-pop artist Lights comes by to discuss her 2017 album 'Skin&Earth' and how she took it upon herself to simultaneously adapt it into a six-part comic book series, which she wrote and drew herself! She's got advice for how you can get into comic-making, as well as suggestions for comics to get into. We also randomly talked about MTV's 'Laguna Beach' spinoff 'The City' and exploring the Arctic a lot.

Duration: 00:40:58


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


Bleached Talks Zine-Making, Touring With Paramore

8/10/2017
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Start listening to Bleached. The L.A. rockers write intense, catchy tunes and as a live act, they're near unstoppable. Though still relatively under the radar, the in-the-know are starting to take notice. They just got off a tour with Paramore and behind their 2017 EP 'Can You Deal?" they launched a zine featuring first-had stories from women across the music industry. We interviewed them at Panorama Fest in NYC, and before that -- in our opening segment -- hear Billboard staffers Lyndsey...

Duration: 00:29:30


Pinegrove Talks New Music, Wonders What to Call Its Fans

8/3/2017
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The kids are crazy about Pinegrove! We chatted with their frontman to find out why. We also came away with some info on the new album they’re recording. Here’s Pinegrove’s Evan Stephens Hall chatting with us at last weekend’s Panorama Festival, along with a fest wrap-up from Billboard staffers Lyndsey Havens, Chris Payne, and Dan Rys.

Duration: 00:30:36


Just Checking In...

7/27/2017
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What interviews are ahead on the 'cast? We know this episode's short but we've got big things ahead.

Duration: 00:03:07


Arcade Fire's No. 1 Song, Pinegrove's Awesome Pitchfork Set

7/21/2017
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Arcade Fire, the National, Grizzly Bear and maybe even St. Vincent are scoring radio hits, and charts manager Kevin Rutherford stops by to explain the unlikely takeover, along with a chart update on Paramore and an introduction to a Midwestern group who could be our next big hard rock act. Also, music editor Jason Lipshutz stops by to recap his weekend at Pitchfork Fest, which included a (near) life-changing experience at Pinegrove's set.

Duration: 00:47:17


Haim's New Album Is Good, But Is it Great?

7/14/2017
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Haim's "Something To Tell You" was released last week to generally positive reviews, Billboard included. Is it one of those special albums we'll be talking about at the end of the year? Is pop stardom in the Haim sisters' futures? Chris Payne, Jason Lipshutz, and Lyndsey Havens discussed this, along with Jet's bizarre return with an EDM-rock track and a little iPod talk. Is "Baby Driver" bringing us to a new era of iPod nostalgia?

Duration: 00:32:36


2017's Best Alternative & Rock Albums (So Far)

6/29/2017
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Stereogum's Gabriela Tully Claymore & James Rettig come by the podcast to chat about their favorite releases of the year so far. What's on our lists? Listen up for takes on some of the best -- Priests, Lorde, MUNA, Feist, Perfume Genius, Julie Byrne, Vagabon, Half Waif, and more -- as well as a challenge/invitation to Father John Misty.

Duration: 00:39:27


Charly Bliss Is Your New Favorite Band

6/22/2017
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Brooklyn-based, self-described "bubblegrunge" band Charly Bliss released one of 2017's most delicious debuts and all four members -- Eva, Spencer, Sam, and Dan -- stop by the Billboard office to discuss "Guppy," the new music they're already performing, and do some impromptu singing of Hinder and Breaking Benjamin songs. There's a lot of singing in this one. Also, charts expert Kevin Rutherford has updates on Lorde's first-week sales (and her next potential hit) and whether or not All Time...

Duration: 00:32:39

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