Maura Johnston

The singer's shape-shifting latest celebrates the escapist world of the club, whirling through genres and name-checking floor-fillers that have ruled discotheques and warehouses for decades.
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The singer is ready to let listeners into his home — or rather, his 13-song representation of it.
'Dawn FM' provides enough blinding light to counter the increasingly enveloping gloom of 2022.
Featuring Adele, Maxo Kream, Snail Mail, and more.
With her latest, the singer goes far beyond wallowing in heartache, instead showing the entire spectrum of feelings that come with having one's life completely altered.
On her long-awaited debut, Guyton demonstrates how reflecting a more complete picture of America can only make country music better.
'Montero' succeeds, at times wildly, because of the way it bridges the gap between Lil Nas X the persona and Montero Hill the person.
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'Screen Violence' is rooted in the moodier synth-pop that rumbled across college-radio playlists in the '80s.
Three guitar chords, big emotions, cathartic screams — rock's angsty cousin is back (again)
'Montero' succeeds, at times wildly, because of the way it bridges the gap between Lil Nas X the persona and Montero Hill the person.
'Screen Violence' is rooted in the moodier synth-pop that rumbled across college-radio playlists in the '80s.
Three guitar chords, big emotions, cathartic screams — rock's angsty cousin is back (again)
It's brutal out here; thankfully, we have 14 new records to get us through it.
On her first album in 11 years, Liz Phair asserts herself as far more than a heritage artist
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EW reviews the 'Drivers License' singer's anticipated debut
The British post-punk outfit is EW's latest artist you need to know
The singer's ninth album expands on 'Folklore''s promise in thrilling ways.
The best moments on Cyrus' new album come when she delves into power ballads.
Folklore mostly abandons Lover's festival-sized splendor for songs that reveal more facets with repeated listens.
The trio's first album since 2006 puts a microscope on emotion.
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The record's most dominant concepts seem excavated from burned-out pop tropes of the 2010s.
The album is Hunt's first since his 2014 breakout debut 'Montevallo'
Her second album more than lives up to its title.
Some serious shredding from Courtney Barnett, the Arctic Monkeys, Ex Hex, and more.
From Frank Ocean, Kacey Musgraves, Adele (obv), and more.
From Ariana Grande licking a donut to Lady Gaga's meat dress.