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  The name Family Band evokes a large, cheery ensemble, but this duo’s music tends toward foreboding melodies and dark, disillusioned lyrics. Comprised of married couple Kim Krans (an illustrator) and Jonny Ollsin (a one-time heavy metal guitarist), Family Band’s sophomore effort Grace & Lies is full of mystery, terror, and the excavation of painful memories. Opener “Night Song” establishes the album’s tone with bone-chilling vocals and matching drum beats.

Mary Gonzalez won the El Paso, Texas, primary in May and since she ran uncontested, she will become the representative for her district.  However, she also last week received the title of being the first open “pansexual” to take office.  Rather than focusing on her ideals, politics, or pledges, her pansexuality- in conservative Texas of all places- is placing Gonzalez in the limelight, raising a lot of eyebrows, and sure, cowboy hats. Unsurprisingly, Gonzalez's sexuality has been questioned and nit-picked since she came out as bisexual when she was 21.

With a history of live shows that verge on performance art and ceremony, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the upcoming album from Hare Krishna commune-raised sisters of Prince Rama is more than just your regular release. Aware that it’s 2012 and the end is near, the Brooklyn-based duo has appropriately created a faux-cover album of ten fabricated popular bands that died during the apocalypse. Top Ten Hits of the End of the World promises to be a unique experience, as it will explore a variety of different genres for each imagined band.

It’s come to my attention that the BUST blog is in serious need of some cat lovin’! Here to fix that urgent dilemma is Etsy user Kate Funk and her kitschy kitty greeting cards. Every card features Kate’s feline friend, AC, impersonating dozens of icons in a variety of scenarios that are ten thousand times cuter (yes, that’s absolutely a real statistic) when a cat is the star.

New York photographer Leland Bobbé's project “Half Drag” has sprung into full fruition. Just this past March, he photographed drag queen Sabel Scities with drag makeup on half of his face and au natural on the other. Bobbé posted the stunning portrait online, stating that he had four more different photos in the same style and that his goal was to try and see where these might take him. Only a few months later, the project greatly expanded with over 30 different drag queens photographed thus far, with more to come.

Yesterday, the infamous Glass Ceiling got a another pretty big crack in it: Shannon Eastin is the first woman ever to referee a National Football League game. Touchdown! Last night, 42-year-old Eastin presided over the game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Diego Chargers. It was pretty great to see a woman in the traditionally masculine black-and-white uniform. Eastin, previously a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference referee crew chief, has over 17 years of experience including high school games.

  Belgian songstress Selah Sue may look like a model with her golden nest of hair, but she has powerful pipes and true talent. Her self-titled debut offers her distinctive take on smooth soul laced with tropical reggae beats; the album is filled with reckless rapture and fiery attitude. “I’m feeling real passionate,” Sue howls in “This World,” an explosive ballad that might inspire you to caress a glass of Jamaican rum.

Masked under hair and everyday objects, is Mitsuko Nagone. But Nagone isn’t just playing hide-and-seek for fun (although it might appear that way). Her self-portrait series, “I Am More Than My Face,” seeks to underscore the dysmorphia of the media generating our identities.  "With this project, I intend to create myself, instead of finding my identity," Nagone states. "People often ask themselves, 'Who am I?' However...the definition of who they are could limit their own possibilities and the infinity of their essences.

Famously peeved funny lady Joan Rivers has a new source for her unbridled (and often hysterical) ire. This time, it’s the wholesale super store Costco that's under fire. What did the bulk supplier do to make the queen of mean so darn mad?  They’re not selling her book, I Hate Everyone...Starting with Me, due to some “offensive” content. Shame on you Los Angeles Costco! How dare you? The 79-year-old badass (who talks about her book in our latest August/September issue) handcuffed herself to a shopping cart and even brought a film crew.

Comedian Mike Birbiglia sure knows how to make people want to see a movie: by telling them they’re going to hate it.  Oh wait, he actually just went “over board” and you’ll probably love his new comedy Sleepwalk With Me. The "heartfelt comedy" will be especially great if it has half the wit and charisma of the Vulture exclusive short that debuted today.
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