LaJune Grant is the first female to have seven straight wins on BET’s “Freestyle Friday Competition,” retiring to the Freestyle Friday Hall of Fame in 2003, and making it into the hearts of everyone who has ever experienced her talent. Grant regularly performed when she first moved to New York (at The Apollo Theater, Arlene’s Grocery, The Delancy, and so much more) to pursue a music career, and she finally stepping up to the mic again ... Read More
Indie darling duo She & Him is back to cover the Dusty Springfield 1964 classic "Stay Awhile" in the premiere of their new video out on Vevo today. The music video, directed by CANADA, begins with M. Ward picking up his invisible guitar and plugging it into his matching invisible amp. Zoey Deschanel appears in a dreamy blue dress, singing to her ghostly lover as he pulls her off her feet to dance. They spin and twirl around the house, which seems ... Read More
Lion Babe is the New York City duo of singer Jillian Hervey and producer Lucas Goodman, but most importantly, they have made your new favorite jam "Jump Hi" and it even features rapper Childish Gambino. The track, off their new self-titled EP, came out in late October but the music video just premiered last week.
The video follows the lion-haired, high-spirited, and vocally talented Hervey dancing around New York City with Goodman following close behind, ... Read More
Babes in Toyland are back! Once dubbed "foxcore" by Thurston Moore -- a label the Babes did not appreciate, the Minneapolis-based, babydoll dress-wearing, punk power trio that ground guts onstage in the nineties have reunited their Fontenella-era lineup for a show, presumably to kick off a bitchin' tour, in L.A. at the Roxy on February 12th.
The 18 years since Kat Bjelland, Maureen Herman and Lori Barbero last stepped on stage together cannot be described as ... Read More
Meghan Trainor's single "All About That Bass" is currently number two on Billboard's Hot 100 and her music video has gotten a lot of attention for her commentary on "bass."
As a piano player, I do not choose between, nor discriminate against, bass and treble, musically or body-wise. There is a lot of body shaming that goes on for all women due to photoshop, and one's ability to genetically produce a booty should not affect whether they are deemed beautiful. This ... Read More
Pope Francis, also known as Cool Pope or Pope 2.0*, has invited Patti Smith to perform at the Vatican Christmas Concert. News of the concert, also known as Popechella**, was announced via the Vatican blog, The Holy See***, which probably has more hourly page page views than I’ll ever see.
Patti Smith, who is known for being hella fucking rad, has been creating quite a stir in the Catholic circles. Her famous 1975 hit “Gloria” starts with ... Read More
We are huge fans of Erykah Badu here at BUST, from her music, to her Twitter, and her adorable home videos with her family on Vine. In a new video she posted on Facebook this week, Erykah Badu sings "you don't have to try try try" with her daughters Puma and Mars. The original Colbie Caillat song, co-written by Babyface, is all about the pressures of being a woman and the importance of self-love and self-confidence. It sends the ... Read More
Comedians Jena Friedman and Greg Barris have put together a crazy-good lineup of New York musicians, stand-up comedians and more, all to benefit Doctors Without Borders (proceeds go to MSF International, Medecins Sans Frontieres) to help fight Ebola.
The show, at Irving Plaza (NYC, 6:30 PM) Nov. 19, will feature big names like Fred Armisen (Portlandia), David Cross (Arrested Development), Jim Gaffigan (Food: A Love Story), Janeane Garofalo, Ted Leo (Ted ... Read More
Still not sure about the technical differences between a remix and a rework, but Kanye has done the latter to Lorde’s first single off of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I soundtrack that she both contributed to and curated. The New Zealand teen’s sparky “Yellow Flicker Beat” that was released earlier this fall, has been reduced to “Flicker,” but the haunting synths are even more absorbing. I’d say it’s the ... Read More
Ever since Taylor Swift entered the music industry, there has been a running joke in the media about her being a serial dater, emotional and, of course, if a boy breaks up with her, she will write a song about it, dammit.
In her new video for “Blank Space,” directed by Joseph Kahn, Swift appropriates the persona created by the media and personifies her lyrics, “Darling, I’m a nightmare/dressed like a ... Read More