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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Newcomers These Wild Plains Savor Every Moment of Their First Stagecoach

Ben Voskeritchian of These Wild Plains knew that he would be sharing the bill with some great talents — “absolute legends,” in his words — at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio. He just didn’t fully think through how he’d respond should he find himself brushing elbows with Emmylou Harris while figuring out what face to make when she told a joke.

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How Stagecoach Became America's Most Successful Country Music Festival

Eric Church is eager to return to the desert sprawl of the 2016 Stagecoach Festival. He's just hoping that Mother Nature will try a little tenderness this year. The last time he came to Indio, she didn't exactly welcome him with open arms. "I'm looking forward to not playing in......

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Michael Swier's Musical Manifest Destiny Reaches From the Bowery to Los Angeles

In the thirty years he's spent in the music business, Michael Swier has seen enough dirt, blood, sweat, and tears to coat the stages and floors of his venues twenty times over — and that includes his own. In 1985, Swier opened his first bar — 2A in the East......