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They've been labelled competitors for more than two decades, but members of the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC recently hit the stage together in the ultimate show of unity, making their debut as "Back-Sync" at The Grove in Los Angeles, California.

Before performing each other's biggest hits, Nick Carter and AJ McLean of the Backstreet Boys and Joey Fatone and Lance Bass of *NSYNC shared how the seeds of their friendship and new professional endeavors – including newly-announced Las Vegas engagement The After Party, featuring Carter, McLean, Fatone and Boyz II Men's Wanya Morris – were planted behind-the-scenes of their groups' perceived feuds.

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INTERVIEW: Brooke Alexx and the Euphoric Nostalgia of "Summer in the Hamptons"

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Interview: How Palberta Channeled Their Live Energy In the Pandemic

The experimental post-punk band talk to Popdust about their latest album, Palberta5000.

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Between the first two songs of Palberta's new Tiny Desk Concert, members Ani Ivry-Block and Lily Koningsberg trade instruments, taking each other's places.

Filmed in member Nina Ryser's Philadelphia basement, Palberta's Tiny Desk Concert is the closest the post-punk trio have come to recreating their captivating in-person performances since the pandemic began. After spending their early years as a band cutting their teeth in Brooklyn's DIY scene, Palberta are no longer an underground secret; their most recent album, January's Palberta5000, is a snapshot of the band at their sharpest without compromising their ethos.

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Lydia Ainsworth's fourth album, Sparkles & Debris, is dazzling and dystopian.

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If you're not already part of the dark, dreamy electro-pop cult of Lydia Ainsworth, let this be your initiation.

Today (May 21), the Canadian singer-songwriter, composer, and producer shares her fourth album, Sparkles & Debris, and it's just as dazzling and dystopian as its name suggests.

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The Irish country singer tackles grief, growing pains, and daddy issues on her superb sophomore album, Not the Girl, out now.

Perfectionism can backfire, but not for Holly Macve.

The Galway-born, Brighton-based country crooner wrote the songs on her sophomore album Not the Girl — out last Friday, May 14 — several years ago, but at the time, she wasn't ready to fully realize them.

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