Crystal Castles set the bar pretty high for their third release. After all, NME named their eponymous debut the 39th greatest album of the last decade, and their sophomore effort received widespread critical acclaim. Luckily,  Alice Glass and Ethan Kath show no signs of slacking off on (III). This time around, they’ve abandoned some of the thrashing punk of their self-titled 2008 release while retaining the abrasive energy of a noise band. The result? A little less Slayer, a little more Ladytron. Read More
Do you like 60s-era tunes? Do you like music videos? Do you enjoy things that are awesome? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’ll need to head directly to Scopitones.com. For the uninitiated, Scopitones were the precursors to music videos—these short flicks were created in the 1960s to be played on specially made video jukeboxes in bars, restaurants, and amusement parks.     Too weird to live and too cool to die, Scopitone videos are packed with retro charm, amazing costumes, and beyond-odd plotlines. Read More
If anyone reading this was planning to wear a bulky, reindeer-faced Christmas sweater to Ingrid Michaelson’s holiday celebration tonight, think again. According to the native New Yorker, dropping to the floor isn’t too uncommon in the heat of the moment at her performances. When I ask if festive attire by way of ugly sweaters is encouraged at her annual Holiday Hop, she laughingly tells me, “There seems to be a trend at my shows of women getting hot and passing out. It’s happened so many times. Read More
  You'll want to cozy up to the Dec/Jan issue of BUST--a festive collection of pop-culture gems, drool-inducing recipes, inventive beauty tips, and fashion so hot, it'll melt the ice on your windows.  We’ve also got sex advice straight from Fifty Shades of Grey, interviews with Mamie Gummer and Reggie Watts, and travel tips for Jamaica from a local. Cover girl Mary Elizabeth Winstead slayed vampires in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and slayed hearts in Scott Pilgrim Vs. Read More
More Than Me, an education and girls’ empowerment non-profit, is gaining notoriety through its guerilla-style marketing, inspiring hundreds of people to write “I am Abigail” on their foreheads and post the photos on Facebook. This really begs the question, “Who the heck is Abigail?”  Abigail was an orphan in West Point, Liberia. You may have read her letter in an article on the Huffington Post. At age six, she was left with prostitutes. She learned to work the streets in order to get access to drinking water and food. Education was not an option. Read More

Pie It Forward

BY BUST Magazine in Eat Me

This Thanksgiving, be an all-star dinner guest by bringing the dish that everyone most looks forward to: pie. We’ve got five eye-popping options—sweet, savory, traditional, vegan, and even raw—that will ensure you’ll be invited back.   Vegan Pumpkin Pie with Gluten-Free Pecan Crust This pie is sweet, buttery, lightly spiced with cinnamon, and enhanced with a bit of salt to bring out the flavors. The crust is very sensitive to change, so don’t tinker with the recipe too much. Read More
It’s a sweltering summer day in New York City, pushing 100 degrees, when Paloma Faith and I decide to take a walk. Luckily, the 27-year-old British singer is, in her own way, dressed for it: she’s wearing a gorgeous two-piece sunsuit that’s straight out of the 1960s. She’s further armed with cat-eye sunglasses, a sky-high beehive, and her unique blend of smarts, sweetness, and grit. It’s her idea to do our interview out on the street. “I quite like walking,” she purrs. “It’s so nice out today. Read More
Born in Nigeria and raised in England, Noo Saro-Wiwa avoided visiting her native country after her father, a prominent political activist, was killed there for speaking out against government corruption. Years later, Saro-Wiwa, a travel writer, decided to return to Nigeria and explore her love-hate relationship with her homeland. Her journey both reinforces and calls into question her ethnic identity: a visit to her home village means that she is in the one place in the world where people can pronounce her name correctly; yet her grasp on the local dialect is shaky at best. Read More
Lightning strikes a fourth time with Matt and Kim’s newest album. If the Brooklyn duo seems familiar, perhaps it’s because you saw their bare-naked asses in the now-classic “Lessons Learned” video. Behind the keyboard, Matt Johnson’s deviant, almost Dookie-esque vocals combined with Kim Schifino’s gung-ho drumming make for an upbeat, heart attack-paced record with just a hint of disco. As the first of several party anthems on this track, “Let’s Go” is also the best, and perhaps the exact song you’d want playing while giving birth. Read More
  While the abortion debate continues to rage in the US, across the pond, in Ireland, news of a woman’s death, caused by the denial of an abortion, is stirring up the debate once more in a country where abortion remains inaccessible to women. Savita Halappanavar, 31, died on October 28 in University Hospital, Galway after being hospitalized for a week due to severe pains at 17 weeks of pregnancy. She was found to be miscarrying, but because a fetal heartbeat was detected, doctors refused to terminate the pregnancy. Read More