Since the age of thirteen, Abby Sunderland dreamed of becoming the world's youngest circumnavigator. Abby is now sixteen and finally began her voyage on January 23rd of this year. She departed from Marina Del Ray, CA and keeps an updated blog with travel details and photos throughout the journey. Her trip was going well up until today, when a distress signal was issued from her boat and phone signals were lost. Her parents remain positive, stating that ... Read More
  Last night at the Town Hall Theater in New York City the phenomenal Patty Griffin and her smokin' band brought down the house. Featuring songs from her latest release, the Gospel inspired Downtown Church, Patty and her five peace band tore it up on songs like `Wade In The Water', `The Strange Man' and Big Mama Thorton's `I Smell A Rat'. Quieter numbers like the original composition `Little Fire' and the Gospel classic `Waiting For My Child To Come Home' ... Read More
In case you were wondering what the hoo-hah is going on with this embracing of feminism via Sarah Palin, Slate’s “Double X” columnist Amanda Marcotte has put together an overview of the next wave of feminism: anti-feminism. Read up, ladies!   Photo: Jesus is ... Read More
Yesterday I caught Samantha Bee promoting her new book – I Know I Am, But What Are You? – as part of the Bryant Park Reading Series, only there was no reading going on. Apparently her material was deemed unsuitable for loudspeakers in a public venue. From the opening grafs alone (a homicidal fantasy involving her parents and musings on a family history of sluttery), I suspect it may have been the right decision. Amen and Hallelujah! Have you not yet ... Read More
Starting tomorrow night, all-female rock band The Donnas will embark on a four-day mini tour sponsored by Gibson, The Rock-n-Royalty Tour, in support of advocacy organization Autism Speaks with special guests The Vanguard, The Happiness (NYC only), Turbogeist (NYC only), Elevator Fight (all other shows except NYC) and my good friends The Click Clack Boom. The first show will be at The Gramercy Theater here in NYC on Thursday night, 6/10, doors at 8 ... Read More
Alison Arngrim, former child star, standup comedian, activist, and for those of you who watch Little House on the Prairie, portrayer of sharp-tongued brat Nellie Oleson, returns to NYC for a live tour kickoff and launch her new book Confessions of a Prairie Bitch, available on June 15th. Ms. Arngrim will be performing at The Laurie Beechman Theatre on Thursday, June 17 through Saturday, June 19 at 7:30 PM. This series ... Read More
To those who ask, "Can't we all just get along?" We at BUST say, "Where's the fun in that?" Hear our own Emily Rems debate who has got the best late night band on NPR's Soundcheck Smackdown.  Hint: Rems has some different ideas... If that's not enough opinionator for you, have a listen as our Eat Me columnist Chef Rossi describes the perfect summer encounter. (Maybe she's talking about sex, maybe BBQ sauce; have a listen and you decide.) Jimmy Fallon's house ... Read More

Hidden Gem

BY Nissa in Music

It never surprises me when I stumble upon an amazing, independent musician in the vast depths of the internet. They are out there; multiplying; so it will always be impossible to find them all. Recently, however, I came across Noemi Calumarte (from Barcelona) on her MySpace page and fell in love. Calumarte has the kind of voice that is thick and soulful, reminiscent of Nina Simone but with the heart wrenching poetics of Leonard Cohen. One might compare her to Lhasa ... Read More
Welcome to the world of New York musician Nellie McKay; where too classic simply means too good for the times. The irony is that McKay’s music is all about the times; with lyrics crossing the strange boundaries of political ugliness into sweet piano riffs that are at times soft and reminiscent of show tunes. Nellie’s musical bag seems itself to be a sarcastic stage where hot, politically incorrect topics become marionettes dancing on the same platform ... Read More
Every summer we are treated to a slew of supposed blockbusters specifically designed to knock off socks, or at the very least, give us somewhere cool and dark to sit for twoish hours. Certainly this season will be no different, judging from Hollywood’s attempts to revive The Karate Kid, Predators, Cats and Dogs (…?), the Toy Story franchise (!!), and The A-Team (which, I have to admit, just will not be the same without Mr. T…Bradley Cooper or ... Read More
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