Skylar Grey Talks New Album, Eminem & Her Biggest Fears

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She’s certainly no stranger to the music industry. She’s written hits for Eminem, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, T.I., Zedd and others. She’s been featured on popular tracks such as “I Need a Doctor” with Dr. Dre and Eminem, “Words I Never Said” with Lupe Fiasco, and “Coming Home” with Diddy-Dirty Money, a song she co-wrote with the likes of Jermaine Cole and JAY Z. Yet Skylar Grey is only now receiving her proper introduction to the world, her debut album, Don’t Look Down, having released this month.

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Q&A: The 1975 Talks Inspiration, Reasons for Delaying Album

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(Editor's Note: This is a portion of the article featured in the new issue of Variance.)

Manchester-based art-pop quartet The 1975 are quickly climbing the charts across the United States and Britain. After a string of sold-out performances, the foursome will release their self-titled debut record this fall, followed by a North American headlining tour. Vocalist-guitarist Matthew Healy took time between tour stops to talk with Variance.

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David Anders Talks Playing Villain, Love for 'Arrested Devlopment,' Working with John Stamos

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(Editor's Note: This is a portion of the article featured in the new issue of Variance.)


American born, thought to be British, actor David Anders has been keeping himself quite busy these days. Perhaps you saw him on Alias or Heroes or even Vampire Diaries. Even though the list of Anders’ appearances is plentiful, he can currently be seen on ABC’s Once Upon a Time or on USA’s Necessary Roughness. There is no doubt that Anders is definitely doing what he loves.

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Jimmy Eat World Talks 'Damage'

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(Editor's Note: This is a portion of the article featured in the new issue of Variance.)


Some bands have all the luck. At least that’s how a quick review of Jimmy Eat World’s history makes it seem. They signed with Capitol Records right out of high school in 1995 and have been with a major ever since.

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Alpine Discusses U.S. Debut

Alpine, the six-member band based out of Australia, is absolutely sensational. Consisting of Phoebe Baker and Lou James (dual vocals and longtime best friends), Christian O’Brien on guitar, Ryan Lamb on bass, Tim Royall on keys, and Phil Tucker on drums, the chemistry between the six is rousing. Their debut album, A Is For Alpine, recorded with producer Dan Hume, made its U.S. debut on May 21.

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WATCH: Capital Cities' Glimmering, Retro 'Safe and Sound' Video

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Capital Cities, the L.A. duo comprised of Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian, premiered their new video for "Safe and Sound" on Thursday. The track is the lead single off the pair's forthcoming album, In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery, which takes its title from the song's lyrics.

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Q&A With Matthew Mayfield: New Music, Radio Play & The DIY Route

**Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from Matthew Mayfield's interview in our new issue. The full feature can be found here.


Matthew Mayfield is a fighter. After his band Moses Mayfield disbanded in 2008, the Birmingham-based singer-songwriter set out to build a solid fanbase that—without the support of PR representation or radio play—carried him to crack the Billboard Top 200 with last year’s Banquet for Ghosts. Now the fighter is back, armed with a brand new EP, a covers EP and a live EP, and he is once again enlisting his supporters to assist him in conquering his next goal: radio. We had the chance to speak with Mayfield recently about these new releases and the road ahead.

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13 Must-Follows For SXSW 2013

SXSW ever year presents a lot of excitement, a lot of hype and a lot of craziness. And it's also a big mess of confusion, if you're not careful. As the festival becomes more and more overcrowded, the party-hopping on 6th Street can be kind of stressful. Luckily, there are individuals and brands that have learned from experience and stepped up to help festival-goers.

We understand the overwhelmingness of the world's biggest music festival, and we've done our best to provide some suggestions that may make your trek across downtown Austin as fun and stress-free as possible.

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