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I know it seems like it's too cold to function, but y'all can stop whining because this weekend is gonna be hotttt in the city thanks to BUST fave Big Freedia and the Divas. The New Orleans bounce maven will be performing Saturday night at the Brooklyn Bowl, joined by trusty pals DJ Rusty Lazer and Nicky da B who are also taking New York City by storm this weekend.    Kick things off right tonight with Rusty Lazer and Nicky da B at SantosPartyHaus. They're performing with Shane Shane, DJ Nita, and Dirtyfinger.

When I went to the Renegade Handmade fair in Chicago last fall, I noticed a new trendy motif in the crafting world. Everybody was still definitely putting a bird on all of it (if not antlers, or a mustache) but several vendors were selling things with vintage mug shots on them. Coasters, greeting cards, and posters, all emblazoned with black and white photos of people being booked.

If you're anything like me, you love cats and NPR, (and you need to quit jocking my swag because cats and NPR are/have always been my thing…) so listen up because you're going to enjoy this. Shanthony Exum, better known as Miss Eaves, is currently writing six songs in as many weeks. She's asking fans to vote on the topic of each song on her Facebook.   Last week she brought us this gem about cats: [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_qIUrJ4jLY&feature=related 425x344] and this week fans voted to hear her rap about NPR: [video:http://www.youtube.

  Wednesday night I celebrated the anniversary of Roe v. Wade (the '73 case that legalized abortion) by attending author Jennifer Baumgardner's screening of the documentary she made with Gillian Aldrich entitled, I Had an Abortion, which was released by Women Make Movies. The event was held at Bluestockings, a feminist and activist bookstore on Allen and Stanton st.

Most of us have been teased or bullied at one point, especially at school. And even if we haven’t experienced it firsthand, chances are we’ve seen it happen to someone else. I know that when I worked in a high school, I saw that kind of negativity almost every day. It’s cruel, it’s dragging kids down, and Lady Gaga knows it. Lots of her songs preach acceptance and the importance of being one's weird and wonderful self—her hit “Born This Way” is a self-love anthem. Now, though, she’s doing more than just singing about self-acceptance.

In "Well, That Was Inevitable" news, Rick Perry announced today that he's dropping his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. His campaign started out strong but faded fast after the politician's dismal performances in debates where it seemed like he couldn't remember the basic bullet points of his platform or form complete sentences.  After his homophobic-rant of a campaign ad disgusted Americans from all ends of the political spectrum earlier this fall, it became clear that this dude was bad news. As a native Texan, I've known this for a long time.

I celebrated the 25th anniversary of my birth on Monday. Well, maybe “celebrated” isn’t the right word for it. I expected worse, to be honest. I thought I might suffer an existential crisis, brought on in part by Facebook’s new Timeline feature, which makes it seem like I was born in 1987 and then did nothing until 2005, when I went to college and got a Facebook and started recording my life in short, sometimes embarrassingly personal bursts for the world 533 people to see.

Ok, I’m gonna duck and cover here, and say I don’t hate Lana Del Rey. Maybe I don’t care enough to have such strong feelings, but I’m truly perplexed by the deep hatred people have for her. Even here in the BUST office, Team Lana only comprises about 30 percent of the staff. You’d think she’d murdered kittens while wearing an NRA tube top. Look, she’s no Adele in the singing department, and yes, I object to a 24-year-old girl getting lip injections (you don’t need ’em, Lana) but really, Internet, simmer down now.

I really dig the down-to-earth sound of singer-songwriter Dana Falconberry. Her poetic lyrics and gentle, rich voice are perfect for a day inside, hiding from the cold and rain. (The bluesy song "Baby Blue Sky" is particularly neat, if you ask me.) Falconberry hails from Austin, TX, and according to her website, her latest EP was recorded in an old church there. She's been touring a lot and winning the hearts of critics and listeners alike, and is definitely worth a listen.

Calling all Wes Anderson junkies: if you haven't already feasted your eyes upon the new trailer for Moonrise Kingdom, it's about time that you do. Set in 1965, the story follows Suzy and Sam, two New England preteens who fall in love and run away together. After a wave of panic washes over the town, the local sheriff enlists the help of an eclectic yet endearing group of boy scouts in search of the runaways. At some point, the sublime Bill Murray is half-naked with a gun. Classic Wes Anderson.  I usually await Wes Anderson films the way Anna Wintour awaits the fall Prada collection.