Hidden Gem

BY Nissa in Music Stuff

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

Cate Le Bon

BY Kelly McClure in Music Stuff

Cate Le Bon's album Me Oh My was released in the states last month, and we're still thinking about it. That's a great sign! Our writer Katie Bain put together her thoughts on the album, and here they are ... Exploring the folk tendencies of the minor keys, Wales’ Cate Le Bon presents haunting, confidently arranged songs of love and existence on her debut Me Oh My. Hypnotic in its intensity, the music hinges on Le Bon’s voice, birdlike in its ability to ... Read More
While the new season of Mad Men won't be here until July, you can get your Christina Hendricks fix in the new video for Ghost Inside by Broken Bells. I love how stylish and beautiful her android character looks- but man, her life sucks. Watch for yourself!             You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this ... Read More
Sex segregation is all the rage these days, as a popular bank in Iran has opened it’s first women-only branch with an all-female staff and security guards. The state-owned bank, Melli, opened this branch for the purposes of safeguarding women’s virtue, according to the bank’s director. While news like this may seem startling, it's not exactly as new or foreign as the media reports it to be. This kind of sex segregation doesn't just ... Read More
In today's indie/pop music realm, it seems everyone is trying to out-wit and out-weird. The likes of Lily Allen, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga have set the standard for sharp lyrics that bite on bubble-gum beats. While unabashedly part of the movement, Kate Miller-Heidke sets herself apart with a strong feminist vibe and a great voice that is reminiscent of Cyndi Lauper and Kate Bush. Her second album, Curiouser, features the zinger tracks (God's Gift to Women and Are ... Read More
Have you spent countless nights lying awake in bed wondering what exactly Andie MacDowell has been up to lately? If so, you can sleep easy tonight knowing that the actress and L’Oreal spokeswoman has actually been busy working to establish a new career in stand-up comedy. Ok, not really. But writer, producer, and BUST contributor, Jill Soloway teamed up with Michaela Watkins (the hilarious comedienne that SNL inexplicably cut after only one season) to give ... Read More
It was May 3rd 2006, a group of women walked together within the fresh scent of the flowers they were planning to sell at the Texcoco local market. They must have been relishing the small pieces of triumph and hope within themselves, because today was the day they had been told they could finally sell their flowers again. Thoughts of returning home with happy little extras for their families that night were swiftly extinguished upon their approach. Laying in wait ... Read More
If you're tired of being type-cast in your previous comedy classes just 'cuz you're a girl, this is the class for you! Magnet Theater will be offering "Lady Party", a four-week, girls-only, improv class starting Saturday, June 19. Lady Party  specializes in the female perspective of humor and is taught by Magnet's very own Megan Gray.  The class requires participants to have previously taken Magnet's Level One course, or an equivalent.   Lady ... Read More
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