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As we in the BUST offices anxiously wait for the snow to melt and a warmer breeze to pass through, we couldn’t be more stoked on all of the music festivals of 2013. It won’t be hard to find a fest featuring some of your favorite artists (and other super cool goings-on) since they’re happenin’ all over the place. We’ve compiled a list of festivals you won’t want to miss this spring and summer.

Tina Fey has the likability of a happy sloth raised to the power of ten babies getting tickled. Basically, we all like her and she’s awesome. When 30 Rock ended, we were in a serious state of mourning here at BUST HQ. Luckily, after anger and denial came acceptance, and a palpable excitement for whatever Fey will do next. According to a TIME profile released today, Fey has a bunch of upcoming projects that are sure to excite comedy nerds, improv freaks, and working gals alike.

On February 15th, the Harvard College Women’s Center announced a new initiative, the “Beyond Gender Equality” Policy Task Force. According to a HCWC statement, the Task Force’s “principal task this semester is to produce a working paper that advises on the implementation of the recommendations from the Verma Committee,” offering “recommendations to India and other South Asian countries in the wake of the New Delhi gang rape and murder.

In a progressive and unprecedented move, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has sworn 30 women into the Shura Council.  The Council, a previously all-male body, is in charge of advising the king on issues that affect Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah amended the council’s statute last month by requiring that 20 percent of the 150 members be women.  King Abdullah’s female appointments mark the first time in Saudi Arabia’s history that women have been allowed to hold any political office.

I’ve seen most of the nominated films, watched the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards, and now the pressure is on for The Academy Awards on Sunday. This year’s nominees are filled with phenomenal women with diverse ages, looks, and levels of experience in the business. The category that is perhaps the most conflicting for me is Best Actress. Who do we root for: 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, 86 year old Emmanuelle Riva, up-and-comer Jennifer Lawrence, Bin Laden headhunter Jessica Chastain, or two-time nominee Naomi Watts? My pick is Jennifer Lawrence.

On Monday, Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin) had a radio interview on “Q with Jian Ghomeshi,” where she spoke about the importance of public mistakes, the resurgence of the ‘90s, and why she is still pissed off twenty years later (“Does anybody remember that the Equal Rights Amendment never passed?”). In the wake of the reissue of Bikini Kill’s entire catalog, Hanna speaks a lot about the band’s goals, such as encouraging girls to get out and make their own music.

The ballots have closed on this year’s Academy Awards, but one thing for sure is that the winner of Best Director is definitely going to be a man. Again. In order to raise awareness about the gender imbalance in Hollywood, peeps over at Indiewire put out this video to remind everyone that some pretty awesome lady-produced movies out that deserve another look. This is the second year they have made a vid to raise awareness and promote a more gender equal industry.

A woman on a bike is no big deal, right? The average female cyclist doesn't raise many hairs these days, but as we pointed out in last fall's Oct/Nov story "Riding High," this hasn't always been the case. In Victorian America, it was actually pretty taboo for women to ride, and the ensuing restrictions helped to spark the activism of the twentieth century women's rights movement. Over a century later, history is repeating itself in Afghanistan, where women are more frequently on the back of a man's bike than behind the wheel.

Aside from his foxiness, gangly Kiwi singer Willy Moon has a lot going for him. Apple recently used his rowdy, retro song “Yeah Yeah” for its new ad (the one with all the bouncing iPods), and it caught the earballs of countless listeners. So is there more to this neo-rockabilly pop star than one catchy song and some very well-tailored suits? We’re happy to report that we've seen him live, and he is, in fact, legit. Moon played at Piano’s recently, in a gig that seemed to be populated equally by fans, press, and record-label A&R dudes.

Rilo Kiley’s new single, “Let Me Back In” is set to release March 19th and the band needs your help.  "Help us make our video!  For our first single, 'Let Me Back In', we invite you to upload your favorite personal Rilo Kiley video clip, band footage, created animation, etc... whatever you have in moving pictures that you’d like to share with us.  We will then view and choose among them to incorporate into the video.  All submissions are due by March 5th at RiloKiley.com.
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