Ursula Todd is born and dies during a snowstorm in England in 1910. The next time she is born in that snowstorm, circumstances change and she lives. And so Kate Atkinson’s compelling novel bears witness to a life and the ability to change it, given a second (or third, or more) chance. Although Ursula dies at the end of each version of her life, she manages to change the outcome the next time around, as one avoided or changed moment ... Read More
     On their fourth album Indigo Meadow, the Black Angels have kept all of the echo, fuzz, and organ-wailing they’re known for, but added a tighter sound and clearer vocals. It’s obvious the band’s heroes are ahead-of-their-time legends like the 13th Floor Elevators, the Velvet Underground, and the Stooges, but the Angels don’t sound dated while renovating the psych-garage punk genre. Every song on Indigo Meadow flat out ... Read More
A veritable Jane-of-all-trades, Rayya Elias has been a musician, hair stylist, inmate, addict, and now, author. Harley Loco begins in 1967, when seven-year-old Elias and her family flee their home country, Syria, for Detroit. As she struggles with bullying by her peers, Elias gains the respect of her classmates by taking her first hit of mescaline at school. Drugs quickly become a source of power and help to soothe the internal rift created by the life she left ... Read More
  It wasn’t so long ago that Charles Bradley was a struggling James Brown impersonator, but after Daptone Records—Brooklyn’s answer to Motown—discovered him, the 64-year-old soul singer’s career finally achieved liftoff. On Victim of Love, the follow-up to his dazzling 2011 debut No Time for Dreaming, the R&B crooner sounds undeniably confident, trading his heartache for love and channeling Al Green more than the Godfather of ... Read More
The April/May issue of BUST is on stands now! It's all about music, and we're delivering everything you need to enjoy it, from tips on new sounds, to the hottest looks to rock out in, to the very best equipment to blast your fave tracks on. Electronica’s most daring darling, Grimes, graces the cover and lets us in to her secret world of dream-pop magic. You’ll also get swept away by our girls’ guide to Mumbai, learn how to DIY supercute ... Read More
Comedian and NPR host Ophira Eisenberg’s debut follows her transformation from promiscuous slut to devoted wife. Her memoir runs the gamut of mating topics—from unplanned pregnancy to religion—though accounts featuring family are especially comical. “My brothers and sisters loved telling anyone who would listen how my mother cried and cried when she found out she was pregnant with me,” writes Eisenberg. “They took to calling me ‘The Mistake.’ Once ... Read More
Weeks after the fact, we're still reeling from the rush of our three-day SXSW party. If you're as nostalgic as we are, check out our compilation of highlights from The Pussy Palace including Clairy Browne, So So Glos, Widowspeak and more, courtesy of Join the Studio. Bust SXSW Retrospective from JoinTheStudio on ... Read More
{SPONSORED POST} March is Women’s History Month. That women have a month at all is somewhat disheartening—implying, as it does, that the other 12 belong to men. It can often feel as if (to paraphrase the great philosopher Paula Abdul) for every two steps forward, we take two steps back. But we’ve come a long way. One hundred years ago, women were fighting for suffrage. Today, we’re debating the intricacies of Sheryl Sandberg’s manifesto. Still, ... Read More
Dear Roseanne,  I’m a 25-year-old single New Yorker and I need help suggesting a threesome to my unmarried, coupled friends. What’s the best way for me to find out if they’re interested without making things awkward? This would be my first threesome, and I only want to do this with people I know, so strangers are out of the question. –Third Wheel to Threesome  Dear Third Wheel, OK, I confess that when I was a horny ... Read More
Tehran-born Dina Nayeri knows all about being split between two worlds—her family immigrated to Oklahoma when she was ten. In A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea, Nayeri returns to 1980s Iran to tell the story of twins Saba and Mahtab, who are obsessed with American culture. After Mahtab and her mother mysteriously disappear, 11-year-old Saba is convinced that they have moved to America without her. As she grows up, Saba imagines Mahtab’s life unfolding ... Read More
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