If you enjoyed the cacophonous hooks of Micachu and the Shapes’ 2009 debut Jewellery, you’ll be happy to hear much of the same on the band’s second studio album Never. The LP may seem languid upon first listen, but it packs a punch. Although she’s classically trained, frontwoman Mica Levi finds merriment in the use of nontraditional instruments and household objects on Never—therein lies its uniqueness. The first track ... Read More
  Forget tasteless tofu dogs: this collection of plant-based recipes proves backyard barbeques need not be dominated by meat. Better yet, the ingredients here are found at any grocery store—no specialty vegan pantry required—and the recipes are so simple it’s easy to make several courses on a single grill. At a recent barbecue, friends devoured the scrumptious slip-n-sliders, garbanzo-bean-based burgers flavored with spices and soy sauce. ... Read More
  N.Y.C.’s MNDR serves up a rough-cut gem with its first full-length, Feed Me Diamonds. Comprised of duo Amanda Warner and Peter Wade, the band’s ’80s-inspired, electro sound doesn’t go down as easily as straight-up pop music because the beats and synths are unrefined, raw, and gritty. Werner often wavers between hitting and not hitting her notes, which adds tension to the already deliciously strained music. The single “#1 in ... Read More
New York City-based People’s Pops specializes in icy treats made from locally grown fruits and organic sugar. Started by friends in 2008, the business became an instant success, and looking over these 55 recipes and drool-worthy photos explains why. Divided by season, the pops and shaved ice include the regular cast of flavors as well as surprises like cucumber, elderflower, and tequila. Not a single recipe lists more than five ingredients, and the ... Read More
  Despite its title, Eleni Mandell’s eighth solo album, I Can See the Future, is the opposite of forward-looking, in a good way. A lovely trip into the past, it’s deliberately old-fashioned, lo-tech, and rooted in mid-century country and pop sounds. “Magic Summertime” has vintage R&B-style chord changes that could have soundtracked a slow dance at the prom in Grease, while Mandell’s sultry phrasing on songs like ... Read More
Four new documentaries profile leading ladies from all over the globe--and they're coming to a TV near you!   Director Jonathan Demme captures the verve and perseverance of a civil-rights activist and lifelong Ninth Ward resident in PBS POV’s I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful (premieres September 20, 10 p.m.) as she works to rebuild her New Orleans neighborhood post-Katrina.   Two-part PBS series Half the Sky ... Read More
  Want to make healthy, pizzazz-packed meals, but you're strapped for time? Look no further than this practical, innovative guide by Indian-American chef Ruta Kahate. Even if you only have the most basic of kitchen skills, you can make Indian staples in around 30 minutes or less. Just stock your spice shelf with a few basic seasonings like cumin powder and curry leaves, and follow Kahate's straightforward, step-by-step instructions. Who knew making your own ... Read More

Fall Preview: Television

BY BUST Magazine in TV

Lady-friendly TV shows you won't want to miss this season The Mindy Project Premieres: Tuesday, September 25th, 9:30 p.m. (FOX) Thank Maude Mindy Kaling is starring in a show of her own creation, just in time for Tina Fey to pass her the funny-female-writer torch as 30 Rock enters its last season. Playing a hot mess of an OB/GYN who’s obsessed with romantic comedies, Kaling’s Mindy Lahiri seems to combine a less-grating Kelly Kapoor (her character from ... Read More
  With an emphatic nod to the ’80s, Omaha-based trio Icky Blossoms’ eponymous debut is a super danceable affair that’ll have you caking on the blue eye shadow and hiking up your acid-washed jeans. Extroverted songs dominate the album, with explosions of cosmic synthesizers and drum-machine claps (this band loves clapping) that recall a poppier New Order. “Sex to the Devil” showcases frontwoman Sarah Bohling’s hypnotic ... Read More
  Brooklyn mother Sonia is less than thrilled to learn she is unexpectedly pregnant with her third child. After having put her artistic aspirations aside to raise her first two kids, she was looking forward to finally having time to herself, and the baby will only put everything on hold once again. As her family demands more and more from her, and her humorously depicted pregnancy symptoms — including frequent flatulence and sensitivity to smell — ... Read More
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