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Chris Payne

Chris Payne is a music journalist and former college radio music director from New Jersey. He also writes at criticalmob.com and blogs at betterlookingppl.tumblr.com.


Reviews

Sunday, November 6 2011

Ladytron: Gravity The Seducer

Ten years into their synth-poppy career, Ladytron's music is still frigid and shows no signs of thawing.


Monday, September 5 2011

Every Avenue: Bad Habits

Well-meaning Midwestern pop-rockers unleash a back-to-school record for the Bamboozle set


Wednesday, July 27 2011

Old 97s: Grand Theatre Volume 2

Venerable alt-country bingers double dip on fan-approved album series.


Monday, June 27 2011

Kaiser Chiefs: The Future Is Medieval

From predicting riots to predicting new album models... For a band once built around spry choruses and chugging guitars, this is a costly error indeed.


Wednesday, June 15 2011

Crystal Stilts: In Love with Oblivion

Brooklyn mope rockers evoke decades' worth of doom and gloom.


Blogs

Thursday, July 28 2011

Amy Winehouse: The 27 Club and Her Place in Music History

Though the troubled UK singer seems to fit the bill for rock 'n' roll's fabled 27 Club, Amy Winehouse will almost surely face some resistance.


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