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.

Q&A: Blaudzun Talks Inspiration, SXSW & U.S. Debut

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Holland-based artist Blaudzun last week officially made his U.S. debut with new album Heavy Flowers. It is the third full-length for Johannes Sigmond, who played in several bands before venturing out solo as Blaudzun, a name inspired by a relatively unknown Danish cyclist.