As IF you needed a reason to go downtown tomorrow and celebrate the amazing movement that is waking up America.  Lou Reed & Patti Smith are scheduled to play on Saturday, December 17th – the three month anniversary of Occupy Wall St., the birthday of Bradley Manning, and the 1 year anniversary of the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi – the act that sparked the Arab Spring. Beloved New York band, Dean and Britta will be hitting the stage right before Lou, so make sure to be there on time! WBAI will broadcast the event that starts at 12 noon EDT. Read More
Calling all students and recent grads! Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) and V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, have kicked off their second annual Winter Break Challenge (WBC), and they’re asking for your help. The challenge urges students across the country to submit their campus' sexual-violence policy to the Campus Accountability Project’s database, in an effort to analyze the current strategies and reform them. By taking time out of your winter break to register at www.safecampus. Read More
Hands down, Mariah's “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is the best Christmas love song ever. But Princess Superstar’s “Xmas Swagger” might give Mariah a run for her money. This new holiday jam is simple--it's a list of all the things Princess Superstar loves during the holiday season: from beaded sweaters, to kissing under the mistletoe, to Justin Bieber, to hot cocoa (the warm beverage), to hot Coco, Ice-T’s wife. Watch Princess Superstar stroll around 125th Street in New York City spreading Christmas cheer, below, and buy the song here. Read More
For the past 11 years, the Toy Industry Association has crowned a "Toy of the Year," enlisting consumers, retailers, and journalists to help decide which toy/game deserves the title. There are 11 categories (including "Active Toy," "Boy Toy," "Educational Toy"), each with a winner--but only one toy/game can win the mother of all the awards. The awards seemed innocuous enough until I checked out the categories. First of all, toys are divided into “boy” and “girl” designations, which is unnecessary. But the nature of the toys is more disappointing. Read More
At 26 years-old, I’m not ashamed to say that teenager Tavi Gevinson might be my hero. She's been running her own blog, Style Rookie, since she was 11, and in September she started Rookie, an online magazine that tries to make up for the loss of Sassy oh so many years ago—way back in 1996 to be exact, the same year Ms. Gevinson was born. She’s had her own New Yorker profile and probably has Miranda July on speed dial, so to hear that The Economist looked to Tavi for predictions on what the youngsters will be up to in 2012 wasn’t too surprising. Read More
   I can’t believe we haven't written anything on Nightwish yet! Though the frontwoman has changed over the years, this Finnish symphonic metal band has always had a lady singing lead. (Tarja Turunen was the lead singer until 2005, when she was replaced by Swedish singer Anette Olzon.) The sound has changed a bit over the years; Anette’s voice is not as operatic as Tarja’s octave-defying vocals, and the music has grown more and more orchestral with each album. Read More
I am so far from a wine purist that it’s not even funny. I mean, I'd prefer it doesn't come from a box, but 90% of the time, my choice is based on the attractiveness of the label. (Yes, I’m one of those people.) So this article from one of last week’s issues of the New York Times caught my eye almost as much as the labels it discusses. There’s apparently a trend in the wine-naming world toward sassy, obnoxious titles. From an advertising standpoint, the appeal is clear: the name stands out, and that’s the first step toward getting a customer to buy. Read More
It's the most wonderful time of the year--you know, when every magazine, blog, and 13-year-old with a Tumblr compiles a "best of 2011" list and makes you feel old and out of touch for not having heard of half of the people on it. So hold on to your butts, because BUST is jumping into the fray with our very own Best of 2011 Spotify playlist. Yeah, Drake is on it. I'm just as ashamed as you are. Click here to listen and subscribe!Notable omissions: "212" by Azealia Banks, which runs circles around Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass." Unfortunately, Ms. Read More
I browse so many articles online each day, but this one's my favorite today, by far. After seeing a lesbian couple outside a bar in Washington State, William Adam Lane started yelling nasty comments, and even smashed the back window of their car. Were the women intimidated? Did they cry, or go into hysterics, or faint? Nope. Instead, one of the women tackled the man and pinned him to the ground to keep him from getting away, while they waited for the authorities to arrive. The guy was arrested for harassment and could be charged with assault. Read More
Thanks to all the awesome vendors and attendees who came to the BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair Holiday 2011 in NYC last weekend! For two days, more than 200 vendors from across the country sold their handmade wares and edible goodies. Crafters of all ages also had the chance to make gifts like mini snow globes and tiny terrariums at The BUST DIY Guide to Life Lab.Check out the photo gallery below to see all the fun!Photographs taken by Gabi Porter. Read More