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.

VOTE: Whose Spring Album Are You Most Excited About?

It's no secret this year is already promising some of the biggest album releases, with some of the biggest names returning for highly anticipated new LPs. While it's only January, and this list will only continue to grow, we want to know whose album you're particularly looking forward to this year.

Variance 2013 Reader Survey

It's the beginning of a brand new year, and we want to make Variance better for you! As we mentioned in our latest issue, without you, we simply don't exist. Your feedback, your suggestions and your submissions are critical to what we do. In order for us to maintain a focus on The Sights and Sounds You Love, we're asking readers to take this short survey to improve the site and our content.

Opinion: Chet Faker, Alt-J Should Collaborate

Two up-and-comers of 2012 are still a couple of our favorites heading into the new year, but wouldn't you agree that maybe next year alt-J and Chet Faker should collaborate? Britain's Mercury Prize-winning quartet alt-J and Melbourne, Australia electronic soul artist Chet Faker have been featured on the same bill opening for The Temper Trap, so perhaps a joint musical effort isn't out of the question. What do you think?