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Heralded as one of the top bands to watch of 2012, you could say that the Alabama Shakes are under a fair bit of pressure with their highly anticipated freshman album, Boys & Girls. Set to release internationally April 9, NPR started streaming the entire album on their website, and folks, it does not disappoint in the slightest. Their tracks tend be on the shorter side, but what they lack in length they more than make up for in sheer raw power.

Female friendships take center stage in Lena Dunham’s new HBO show Hannah, the character Lena Dunham plays in her new HBO series, Girls (which premiered April 15), thinks she may be the voice of her generation. Or, she adds, “at least a voice of a generation.” And while Hannah may be right to amend her assertion, in Dunham’s case, the former statement may be more accurate. The 25-year-old native New Yorker first came to prominence with her 2010 film, Tiny Furniture, which she wrote, directed, and starred in, all before even being old enough to rent a car.

  Reviewed by Maria Elena Buszek Madonna & Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop Edited by Laura Barcella (Soft Skull)   If the way the Interwebz blew up the minute she hit the stage at the 2012 Super Bowl is any indication, Madonna has not lost her ability to provoke and fascinate—even as she approaches the end of her third decade as a pop icon. This fact is on abundant display in the new anthology Madonna and Me, edited by journalist (and BUST contributor) Laura Barcella.

Last week on RuPaul’s Drag Race, the field was narrowed to the final four at last—except, not. After commanding Dida Ritz to sashay away, Ru announced that Michelle Visage and Santino would be choosing an eliminated queen to return this week. Oh, goody. Sadly, it was not Willam (who was weirdly named as eligible even though she broke the rules), but little Kenya Michaels upon whom this honor was bestowed. Eh, it could have been worse.

British artist Gemma Ray is releasing a new album, "Island Fire," on May 29 and is touring this May to promote the record. She's also released her first video off the new record, "Rescue Me." The video features Ray as a 1950s housewife grocery shopping as she day dreams about being "a million miles away" from the technicolor aisles of the supermarket, hoping that someone will rescue her. The combination of Ray's soothing voice, the melancholy melody of the song with an added sci-fi hum in the background, and the nostalgic 50s look of the video make me feel like I'm "blissed out in a dream.

Reviewed by Maria Elena Buszek Madonna & Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop Edited by Laura Barcella (Soft Skull) If the way the Interwebz blew up the minute she hit the stage at the 2012 Super Bowl is any indication, Madonna has not lost her ability to provoke and fascinate—even as she approaches the end of her third decade as a pop icon. This fact is on abundant display in the new anthology Madonna and Me, edited by journalist (and BUST contributor) Laura Barcella.

Outrage, devastation, an overwhelming sense of injustice—these are just a few of the feelings you’re likely to experience while watching Bully, the new documentary from filmmaker Lee Hirsch (read our interview with the director here). And you might want to bring a tissue or two. The poignant movie highlights one of the single-most terrible aspects of adolescence—bullying—and the lives and families of five kids who are heartbreakingly enduring it (or its aftermath).

Last week we told you about Vice's new webseries Slutever. In the vein of Sex and the City, Slutever follows the conquests of a writer (this time a blogger, hello new millennium) who's conquering New York City one romp in the hay at a time. To celebrate the launch of the series, Vice is throwing a post-premiere party this Thursday at Westway in New York. Westway is located at 75 Clarkson Street in the West Village. Doors open at 10, and if Vice's fashion week party is any indication, the line will be long.

Planned Parenthood has had its fair share of criticism this year, with conservative pundits and politicians alike throwing stones. Last night, however, a critic of the organization took it a step further and threw a bomb.  A homemade explosive device was set off at a Planned Parenthood location in Grand Chute, Wisconsin around 7:30 p.m. Sunday night. No one was injured, and the facility only sustained minimal damage to an exam room. As of now, no suspects are in custody.

It's about time for a new kind of video girl: one who's confident, smiling (not writhing), and fully clothed. That's exactly what Brooklyn electronic artist DATALOG is serving in the new video for "Moon Shoes," a thumping rollercoaster of joyful beats and synths.    Casting three curvy women of color and not asking them to disrobe is, unfortunately, rare in the music industry. The creators of the video were seeking to protest this under-representation of non-white women and the hegemonic ideals of beauty prevalent in music videos.
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