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The solitary struggles and internal vacillation that helped Erika Wennerstrom build The Mountain have led her to a grounded place of reflection on the Heartless Bastards' new album Arrow (out now on Partisan). This 10-song LP is a travelogue from the open road that rambles through the rust-colored dirt and expansive landscape of the Southwest. “Marathon,” a meditative prologue, is the warm-up stretch that kicks the journey into gear, rolling into the fits and starts of “Parted Ways.

  The folks over at Saturday Night Live must really love BUST Magazine! The host of this weekend's comedy sketch show is none other than yours truly. Sort of. Although the hilarious staff here is not actually hosting SNL, our current cover lady Maya Rudolph is, and the musical guest is (drum roll please) Sleigh Bells! Not only did Sleigh Bells land a spot as our featured review in the Feb/March issue, we've got a brand-spankin' new interview with Alexis Krauss in our upcoming issue.

Thousands of shoppers are expected to attend the BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair Spring 2012 -- don't miss your chance to participate in our one-day shopping event! Vendor applications are open until March 5th. The spring Craftacular will take place on Saturday, April 14th from 11am-7pm at 82 Mercer St. in SoHo, New York City. The BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair Spring 2012 will feature: More than 100 craft and food vendors -- any and all handmade crafts and specialty foods are welcome. A beautiful event space at 82 Mercer Street in the heart of SoHo.

This picture aptly summarizes precisely what is wrong with the on-going reproductive rights debate in America. This is a panel put together by Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee which is holding a circus hearing titled “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?” today.

After reading a comment posted by a "shellylovelace" on a YouTube video that suspiciously sounded like our old friend Courtney Love, I followed the link back to discover internetz GOLD: Courtney's own YouTube Channel.

Add Virginia to the list of states where lawmakers want to make it easier to be a fertilized egg than a woman. Rather than focusing on education or job creation in light of the worst recession since the 1930's, yet another state legislature has turned its energy and resources against our inalienable right to choose what happens inside our own bodies.    The Virginia House of Delegates passed two controversial anti-choice bills, sending them to the Senate. HB 1, the so-called "personhood" bill is frankly terrifying: it aims to grant full constitutional rights to fertilized eggs.

My mother has all these great cooking stories from her girlhood involving her Italian aunts making homemade ravioli out of giant volcanos of flour right on the kitchen table. Wild stuff! One of her greatest regrets is never mastering the art of handmade pasta while she had the chance, so a few Christmases ago I bought her a cookbook called Cooking with Italian Grandmothers. She opened the box, looked at me and said, "Are you pregnant?" She totally missed the really sweet point I was trying to make.

Whether I'm going to shows or eyeing collections from the comfort of the Internet, I still get giddy every time Fashion Week rolls around. From the street style and celebrities to the runway shows themselves, everything about the week is thrilling! This year I was lucky enough to see Christian Siriano's collection for Fall 2012.  I had the full fashion experience. Right before the show started, I was washing my hands in the bathroom next to a woman in a lovely, bright fucshia dress (A Siriano, of course).

We were saddened to hear of the passing of the wonderful Zelda Kaplan today, at the age of 95. Zelda has been a fixture on the nightlife scene in New York for years, and was beloved by anyone that ever saw her in her brightly colored African print outfits and large dark sunglasses. She was involved in charities to raise awareness of female genital mutilation, and  women's rights in Africa and was much loved by fashionistas everywhere.

One of the hardest things I've ever had to admit to myself and to others is that I'm a straight-up jealous person. I'm not jealous of people who have nicer things or better careers, and I no longer suffer from the kind of jealousy that compels me to send psychotic emails to my boo's ex, but I do get really super sassy when it comes to friends. I'm a BFF kind of gal, which means that all I need in this life of sin is me and my girlfriend AND NO ONE ELSE.
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