Alison Arngrim, former child star, standup comedian, activist, and for those of you who watch Little House on the Prairie, portrayer of sharp-tongued brat Nellie Oleson, returns to NYC for a live tour kickoff and launch her new book Confessions of a Prairie Bitch, available on June 15th. Ms. Arngrim will be performing at The Laurie Beechman Theatre on Thursday, June 17 through Saturday, June 19 at 7:30 PM. This series ... Read More
To those who ask, "Can't we all just get along?" We at BUST say, "Where's the fun in that?" Hear our own Emily Rems debate who has got the best late night band on NPR's Soundcheck Smackdown.  Hint: Rems has some different ideas... If that's not enough opinionator for you, have a listen as our Eat Me columnist Chef Rossi describes the perfect summer encounter. (Maybe she's talking about sex, maybe BBQ sauce; have a listen and you decide.) Jimmy Fallon's house ... Read More

Hidden Gem

BY Nissa in Music

It never surprises me when I stumble upon an amazing, independent musician in the vast depths of the internet. They are out there; multiplying; so it will always be impossible to find them all. Recently, however, I came across Noemi Calumarte (from Barcelona) on her MySpace page and fell in love. Calumarte has the kind of voice that is thick and soulful, reminiscent of Nina Simone but with the heart wrenching poetics of Leonard Cohen. One might compare her to Lhasa ... Read More
Welcome to the world of New York musician Nellie McKay; where too classic simply means too good for the times. The irony is that McKay’s music is all about the times; with lyrics crossing the strange boundaries of political ugliness into sweet piano riffs that are at times soft and reminiscent of show tunes. Nellie’s musical bag seems itself to be a sarcastic stage where hot, politically incorrect topics become marionettes dancing on the same platform ... Read More
Every summer we are treated to a slew of supposed blockbusters specifically designed to knock off socks, or at the very least, give us somewhere cool and dark to sit for twoish hours. Certainly this season will be no different, judging from Hollywood’s attempts to revive The Karate Kid, Predators, Cats and Dogs (…?), the Toy Story franchise (!!), and The A-Team (which, I have to admit, just will not be the same without Mr. T…Bradley Cooper or ... Read More
I gave up sugar a few weeks ago, after realizing it was the basis of much of what I was eating. A hot chocolate (or 2) here, some chocolate sorbet there, the occasional poptart, pumpkin bread with chocolate chips,  chocolate hazelnut biscotti—yes, there was definite theme going on. The detox was brutal but now I'm finding I don't miss it. But, a few days ago, I fell back under its spell. I was browsing etsy.com and came across homemade chocolate ... Read More

Cate Le Bon

BY Kelly McClure in Music

Cate Le Bon's album Me Oh My was released in the states last month, and we're still thinking about it. That's a great sign! Our writer Katie Bain put together her thoughts on the album, and here they are ... Exploring the folk tendencies of the minor keys, Wales’ Cate Le Bon presents haunting, confidently arranged songs of love and existence on her debut Me Oh My. Hypnotic in its intensity, the music hinges on Le Bon’s voice, birdlike in its ability to ... Read More
While the new season of Mad Men won't be here until July, you can get your Christina Hendricks fix in the new video for Ghost Inside by Broken Bells. I love how stylish and beautiful her android character looks- but man, her life sucks. Watch for yourself!             You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this ... Read More
Sex segregation is all the rage these days, as a popular bank in Iran has opened it’s first women-only branch with an all-female staff and security guards. The state-owned bank, Melli, opened this branch for the purposes of safeguarding women’s virtue, according to the bank’s director. While news like this may seem startling, it's not exactly as new or foreign as the media reports it to be. This kind of sex segregation doesn't just ... Read More

Diva from Down Under

BY Sophie Johnson in Music

In today's indie/pop music realm, it seems everyone is trying to out-wit and out-weird. The likes of Lily Allen, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga have set the standard for sharp lyrics that bite on bubble-gum beats. While unabashedly part of the movement, Kate Miller-Heidke sets herself apart with a strong feminist vibe and a great voice that is reminiscent of Cyndi Lauper and Kate Bush. Her second album, Curiouser, features the zinger tracks (God's Gift to Women and Are ... Read More
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