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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

WIN Vampire Weekend's 'Modern Vampires of the City' Album

With Vampire Weekend's new album, Modern Vampires of the City, set to drop this week (it's already streaming on iTunes), we know many fans are anxiously awaiting the band's latest effort. The band, which has been making the promotional rounds as of late, is also slated to perform on the much-hyped May 11 episode of Saturday Night Live, with former longtime cast member Kristen Wiig as host.

WIN Tickets to 'Great Gatsby' + Copy of Soundtrack

It's one of the summer's most-anticipated new films. Its soundtrack is easily leading as one of the year's best—if not, the best. The Great Gatsby arrives in theaters on May 10, preceded by the soundtrack's release on May 7, and we're giving you the chance to experience both for free!

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.