Elizabeth Johnston

Music Writer

Location icon United States

Freelance music journalist and writer with an infinite love of all-things music.

Elizabeth Johnston
Music festivals are losing their essence

I will preface this piece by saying that, as someone who lives and breathes music, I have found my home in music festivals, and would never pass up the opportunity to attend one. In particular, Lollapalooza, Chicago's annual four-day music extravaganza, is one of the highlights of my summer.

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Just in time for Wyvern Lingo: catching up with one of Ireland's best up-and-coming bands

"A classic band failure." That's how Karen Cowley of Irish trio Wyvern Lingo described the overly-long soundcheck that delayed our phoner. It's the first glimpse of modesty and humor I'd encounter from the frontwoman of this exceedingly busy emerging act. This is just one instance of many in the band's hectic schedule: after providing backing...

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Top 10 albums of 2017

1-Kendrick Lamar, Damn. I'd like to say I have no words for this work of art, but I wouldn't be a writer if I said it. The "Best Rapper Alive" makes some of the most charged social and political st...

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Jesse Rutherford's new sound is a departure from The Neighbourhood

Neighbourhood frontman Jesse Rutherford strays from the established band sound with November solo album "&." We're dealing with a mixed bag of an album. The record is drastically different from past Neighbourhood albums, but is simultaneously eccentric and fresh. Rutherford is clearly attempting to develop a more individualistic body of work.

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Time for Haim!

Encouraging the crowd to "let it out" while reassuring that every attendee knew that they were "fucking beautiful," Haim delivered-and then some. The California-based trio showcased the duality of their sound at their sold-out show at Chicago's Riviera theater, playing songs from both their debut and sophomore albums. Haim's live sound differs greatly from their...

Why Music Makes Us Feel So Good: The Science Of Sounds

We've all been there. Hearing a song, riff, or chord progression so gripping it leaves you fidgety, breathless and heading straight to the internet to find out the name of the mastermind behind the song that just gave you goosebumps. Take the intro riff of Eric Clapton's "Layla," or Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA."...