Hilary Hughes

Hilary Hughes

Culture Editor/Critic/Correspondent

Currently: MTV News! My work has appeared in Esquire, Rolling Stone, NPR Music, The New York Times, Pitchfork, Elle, and more. Say hi: hilary.jane.hughes@gmail.com

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Esquire

U2's Joshua Tree Tour Revisits the Band's Greatest Era–But Its Urgency Has Faded Three Decades Later

The fire that fueled young U2's call to action hasn't gone out, but it smolders beneath the surface in a way that favors comfort over challenge

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Adam Lambert Isn't Here to Replace Freddie Mercury. He's a Queen Frontman for the 21st Century.

On the 40th anniversary of the earth-shattering 'News of the World,' Lambert contributes to the rock band's legacy while moving forward with his own

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Esquire

You Can't Handle The Truths Of Jason Isbell's The Nashville Sound — But He Can

How fatherhood opened the musician's eyes and shaped his most vulnerable album yet

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Esquire

Father John Misty and the Album You Love to Hate (to Love)

You can respect Pure Comedy and his tour behind it without "liking" it—because art doesn't have to please you in order to do its job.

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Esquire

Margo Price Proves That Wild Women Shouldn't Worry

Margo Price didn't get a Grammy nomination in spite of her meteoric year in 2016, but who the hell cares when she's playing by her own rulebook?

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Behind the Scenes of Roger Waters's Trump-Searing Desert Trip Set

Lucius walk through their experience working with the Pink Floyd frontman on the most extraordinary performance from the legendary weekend.

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Esquire

Desert Trip: Neil Young, Paul McCartney, and the Pressure to Make Rock Great Again

Neil Young can crack a joke at Trump's expense, but is it enough of a release when we need one the most?

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Esquire

How Patti Smith and Politics Came to a Head at Newport Folk

The Fender Stratocaster may be the weapon of Patti Smith's generation, but it very well could be the secret weapon of pivotal change in 2016.

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Esquire

Make America Rage Again: Prophets of Rage Is the Sonic Fist America Needs

Members of the Rage Against the Machine/Public Enemy/Cypress Hill supergroup set their sights on the Republican National Convention.

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Esquire

Hozier in Hollywood

The request for the selfie could've been scripted, the timing was that good ...

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Esquire

Devils in the Details: 50 Years of Pet Sounds and Blonde on Blonde

On one day in an eruptive year in rock 'n' roll history, two legends released seminal records that would change rock music forever

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Making Eye Contact With the Purple One Himself

No matter the era, seeing Prince live was a transformative experience.​

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Did Vinyl Sabotage Its Rock 'n' Roll Mission by Trying Too Hard?

Now that the first season is over, HBO's rock epic may have just learned from its mistakes.​

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Esquire

Sturgill Simpson Is a Country Wolf in Soulful Sheep's Clothing

Onstage and on-record, Simpson ditches the confines of genre and has a damn blast in the process.​

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Esquire

What Music Festivals Should Learn from Newport Folk

At Newport Folk, Jack White cried.