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Maura Johnston

Maura Johnston

I've written about music and culture for 20 years, with pieces published in The New York Times, Time, The Boston Globe, and Rolling Stone, among others. In 2013 I founded the culture periodical Maura Magazine.

I'm an adjunct instructor in the journalism department at Boston College, where I teach two classes: Writing About Popular Music and Journalism and New Media.

I was a founding editor of the music blog Idolator and served as the music editor at The Village Voice.

I went to undergrad at Northwestern University; my graduation speakers were Bill Cosby and Rahm Emanuel, if you want the gist of how different times were back then.

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The 1975: A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

Review by Maura Johnston, Rolling Stone, 4 December 2018

The UK band's latest cuts through our social media malaise with some highly emotional songs and a sound that replicates the sonic placelessness of the ...

Adele: TD Garden, Boston

Live Review by Maura Johnston, Boston Globe, The, 15 September 2016

THE CURRENT TREND of downcast pop – minor keys, lyrics drenched with bitterness, an overwhelming sense of despair – can be at least partially traced ...

Adele, Beyoncé, Bon Iver, Kanye West: Will Bon Iver Be The Arcade Fire Of 2012? And Other Pre-Grammy Nomination Show Questions

Report by Maura Johnston, Village Voice, The, 30 November 2011

TONIGHT'S GRAMMY nomination concert, airing at 10 p.m. on CBS, will not only jam-pack a bunch of performances by the likes of Lady Gaga and ...

Against Me!: Shape Shift With Me

Review by Maura Johnston, Boston Globe, The, 15 September 2016

THE FLORIDA-BORN Against Me! has been one of the standard-bearers of politicized nth-generation punk since their debut in 1998, thanks to the strangled voice and ...

Rick Astley: 50

Review by Maura Johnston, Village Voice, The, 6 October 2016

SAY THE NAME Rick Astley in 2016 and you'll probably get a reply involving his 1987 smash 'Never Gonna Give You Up', a brightly spangled ...

Dierks Bentley: How Dierks Bentley Became Country Music's Most Relatable Star

Profile and Interview by Maura Johnston, Esquire, 25 August 2016

IT'S A SULTRY August afternoon at the St. Louis record mecca Vintage Vinyl, and in the back of the shop amidst carrels of LPs, Dierks ...

Deadmau5, Portishead: Portishead: Hammerstein Ballroom/Deadmau5: Roseland, NYC

Live Review by Maura Johnston, Village Voice, The, 12 October 2011

AT A LIVE MUSIC event, your eye naturally is drawn to what's happening onstage: guitarists thrashing and sawing at the air, vocalists preening between yawps, ...

Radiohead: A Moon-Shaped Pool

Review by Maura Johnston, Time, 9 May 2016

IN MANY WAYS, Radiohead is the ideal band to be scoring 2016's increasingly dystopian present. ...

Lana Del Rey: Is Lana Del Rey The Kreayshawn Of Moody, Electro-Tinged "Indie"?

Report by Maura Johnston, Village Voice, The, 15 September 2011

LAST NIGHT, Glasslands played host to a "secret" show by Lana Del Rey, an up-and-coming singer who was described by the one press release I ...

Lana Del Rey: Lust for Life

Review by Maura Johnston, Rolling Stone, 25 July 2017

LANA DEL REY has become a hugely adored miserablist thanks to a perpetually wounded voice and plainspoken poetry. Her fourth album as Lana Del Rey ...

Kanye West: Kanye West: TD Garden, Boston

Live Review by Maura Johnston, Boston Globe, The, 4 September 2016

"IT'S A GOOD YEAR to be a Kanye West fan," Kanye West said near the end of his show at TD Garden on Saturday night. ...

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Ellen Willis: Out of the Vinyl Deeps

Book Review by Maura Johnston, Village Voice, The, 5 October 2011

The late New Yorker pop critic and Voice editor's work still vibrates off the page in Out of the Vinyl Deeps. ...

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