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  One the coolest concert tours happening during this hot summer is made up three female-led bands, Deap Vally, Garbage, and Blondie. At their stop at the Beacon Theatre in New York on Tuesday evening, Deap Vally hit the stage first. This dynamic duo, compromised of Julie Edwards and Lindsey Troy, got the audience primed for an electric night with their bluesy, garage punk sound and ferocious growling vocals, featuring songs from their latest album, Femejism. Next up were Garbage. The great Shirley Manson, Butch Vig, and Co....
Need some new songs to add to your Summer 2017 playlist? Don’t worry; we’re here to help. Here's a list of 11 recently released albums BUST is listening to this month, featuring Katie Ellen, Halsey, Waxahatchee, and more. ARCADE FIRE Everything Now(Sony/Columbia)4/5 BUST rating Can Arcade Fire live? Their fifth LP, Everything Now, is convinced that the internet – and its infinite content – is hijacking our existence. The track title is a disco diatribe against on-demand culture, while “Signs Of Life” recalls Blondie’s “Rapture,” as Win Butler...

There are so many amazing female artists in the music industry that it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to finding catchy, meaningful female power songs. If you’re unsure where to start looking, or just want some new music to flesh out your fem-power playlist, here are a few tracks to get you started.1. “I Am Woman” by Helen Reddy You can’t go wrong with a song that starts out with the phrase “I am woman, hear me roar,” and this...
  If you felt Panorama was lacking aerial performances and fire stunts, you’re in luck. On August 12th and 13th, Elements Music & Art Festival is taking place at an industrial waterfront in the Bronx. The festival, sponsored by BangOn!NYC, pays homage to the five elements —Earth, Air, Water, Fire, and a mysterious Fifth — by designating a stage representing each. The festival’s lineup features every type of electronic-inspired music, from the GRiz’s funky, brass-heavy songs to Flying Lotus’ mellow and experimental beats. If you need...
In 1936, entrepreneur Stuart I. Whitmarsh attended a cocktail party in Baltimore, Maryland. The chatter turned to a story in all the papers – local girl Wallis Warfield Simpson’s divorce and the possibility of her marriage to England’s King Edward VIII. One of the women at the party mentioned that she had come out as a debutante during the same season as Wally Warfield. The rest of the partygoers scoffed. As Whitmarsh remembered it years later, the former debutante replied, “Well, there ought to be...
From attending a Ku Klux Klan cross burning and meeting with their imperial wizard, to interviewing white supremacist mouthpiece Richard Spencer on CNN, W. Kamau Bell embraces uncomfortable and cringe-worthy discussions. An advocate of the “power of awkward conversations to initiate change,” the 44-year-old comedian, writer, and pundit provokes dialogue about racism, Islamophobia, and sexism to inspire his audience to “get comfortable” with daunting-but-meaningful discussions. “The frightening conversations I used to run away from, I now run towards,” he says. Known for his laid back and...
Freeform’s new show The Bold Type is like Sex and the City meets The Devil Wears Prada, but in the best way possible. It stars three young women living in New York City and working for Scarlet magazine (a magazine loosely based on Cosmopolitan). Under the control of editor-in-chief Jacqueline (Melora Hardin), Scarlet is rebranding itself as a feminist publication, as opposed to just a sex and fashion magazine. The show focuses on three main characters, Jane (Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee), and Sutton (Meghann Fahy),...
Defy and Enlighten. Those are the best two words to describe Solange's presence at Pitchfork Music Festival. The entire festival was jam-packed with high energy and activist-themed performances, and the common theme of the this year's lineup was the intersection of music and activism. It was present in Pitchfork's Beats>Bullet initiative, and in the performances of artists like A Tribe Called Quest and Madame Gandhi. Solange’s performance, however, went beyond entertainment or spectacle. Her performance was a work of art worthy of any contemporary art museum. In...
Summer may be coming to an end soon enough, but there's still a whole bunch of exciting new movies, albums, TV shows, and more coming out before the warm weather goes away. From our August/September issue, BUST's managing editor Emily Rems picks the 10 pop culture releases we're most looking forward to. 1. Battle of the Sexes Based on the legendary 1973 tennis match that pitted female champ Billie Jean King against sexist smack-talker Bobby Riggs, this biopic starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell is poised to...
After the controversy surrounding 13 Reasons Why and its glamorization of teen suicide, many were concerned that Netflix’s new original movie, To The Bone, would fall victim to the same issues with its focus on eating disorders. The film, released on July 14, centers on 20-year-old Ellen (Lily Collins) as she battles through an almost disastrous journey with anorexia and struggles to recover from the eating disorder that is quickly engulfing her entire life. While critical reception was more positive regarding To The Bone, many, including...