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Summer may not have officially started yet, but the summer heat is HERE. I spent this past weekend with my sweaty skin sticking to subway seats, leather couches, and my boyfriend. I probably spent most of my time peeling myself off of things.  I am not made for this kind of heat. It's clearly  here to make me suffer. Getting into cars that have been baking out in the sun in 90 degree weather? It's THE WORST. Almost as bad as trying to fall asleep in a room with a window that refuses to open, and a broken fan. Waking up in that kind of torture chamber is almost nearly impossible.

I don’t know about you, but every time I go to a tea party and a fight breaks out I just find myself totally unprepared. Luckily, one clever Etsy shop owner has created a solution to this age-old problem by creating brass knuckles made out of a recycled piece of Johnson Brothers china. Juliet Ames of Baltimore’s The Broken Plate Pendant Co. has crafted a very pretty china hand-piece that is the standard size of brass knuckles, 4 1/2 ” wide and 2 1/4" tall.

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We always feel proud, thrilled  and a little relieved when we pump out another issue of BUST, and this latest is one of our very best! The June/July issue features the fabulous Florence Welch on the cover, while the insides are chock full of music related stories, fashion, crafts and things to do. We've got an interview with the uber talented Miranda July, and expose on the Witch House music scene, tips on what to wear to that summer music festival you're hitting, and a look at some of the ladies who helped shape rock music today.

Blogger, Marlena, 17, is among the the fabulous teenage bloggers popping up over the past few years. With a shout out from the most well known of the bunch, Tavi of Style Rookie, Marlena's blog, Self Constructed Freak has been growing in popularity. Some of Tavi's recent posts actually seem to be taking some fashion cues from Self Constructed Freak. Marlena's mix of 80's punk and gothic, twee infusions makes her one of the most interesting bloggers out there.

When I was a kid my mother plopped me in front of MTV in my playpen and let me dance it out to The Police and MJ while she cleaned the house. So naturally, I love me a good music video-- it’s in my blood. When Zola and Chloe of Bam!Bam!, a California-based girl duo hailing from the Oakland/Berkley area of San Francisco, sent along their video for "Why I Had to Go" I was pretty excited to check it out. Inspired by Beat Happening, Elastica, Bratmobile, and Can these ladies have a summertime twee-pop sound reminiscent of 90’s girl bands like The Softies, Go Sailor, and Tiger Trap.

Interview with Lyric Thompson, Senior Policy Analyst and External Relations Officer at Women for Women International. Bust previously spoke with Karen Sherman, the Executive Director of Global Programs and covered the organization's recent fundraiser luncheon. When teaching women about rights awareness, what are the rights they are usually unaware of having, or that they need the most help enforcing? More so than men, women are often excluded from opportunities to access a full education.

The 7th annual Afro-punk Festival returns to Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY and the line-up is probably the most spectacular yet. Incredible artists such as Santigold, Janelle Monae, Cee-Lo Green, Joi, Rocky Business, Toro Y Moi, and many others will take the stage August 27th and 28th. There’s music for almost any taste because, like the 2010 promo video states, “Afro-punk is not a genre—it’s a state of mind.” But this isn’t just a music festival.

One day talking to her friend via web cam, Hannah Hart opened a bottle of wine and improvised a cooking show. Her friend found it so funny she suggested that Hannah share it with her friends over the Internet. And thus the webseries My Drunk Kitchen was born.  In each episode Hannah cracks open a bottle of wine, or two, and teaches her viewing public how to make tasty dishes such as grilled cheese (but she forgot to check to make sure that she had cheese) or cookies (no baking pans).

The Annie Oakley sex worker art show was a gem in the sea of busting open sexual taboos for women. Showing the world that being open about your sexuality doesn’t make you a freak, being a woman and being sexual doesn’t make you a whore, and it certainly doesn’t mean you have no soul, it makes you a human. For women who have been and are sex workers to share their experiences through artistic performance takes courage.