Maura Johnston


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  • 2 months ago | Pop

    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 devotional transformed into an internet punchline somewhere in the late 2000s. Its overwhelming sincerity help...

  • 4 years ago | Premieres

    The Brooklyn indiepop outfit (and 4Knots Music Festival alums) Hospitality have been at the forefront of the city's indiepop resurgence since their formation at the end of the naughts. The video for "Eighth Avenue," from their self-titled debut on...

  • 4 years ago

    In this week's Village Voice, out now: Despite the aerial hijinks of P!nk (above) and lots of sex talk, I get underwhelmed by MTV's Video Music Awards; and Jonah Bromwich hangs out with the hard-rocking kids who make up Unlocking The Truth, who yo...

  • 4 years ago

    MTV's annual music bacchanal, the Video Music Awards, took place on Thursday night in the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and despite its history of taking a magnifying-glass look at pop excess—Madonna in the wedding dress, Britney Spears on ...

  • 4 years ago

    Are you opinionated about topics like New York City's best drummer, best karaoke bar, or best free concert series? Make your voice (or your fingers) heard by voting in the 2012 edition of our Best Of New York Poll. If you vote, you'll also be ente...

  • 4 years ago

    Multiinstrumentalist Cult Of Youth frontman Sean Ragon is a home-recording fiend, and he laid down the tracks for the second Cult Of Youth album, Love Will Prevail, in a self-built studio located behind his Bushwick music shop Heaven Street. The m...


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