Calling all rockers, hip hoppers, groove shakers, shoe gazers, day trippers and night crawlers! CMJ 2010 is here.You know what that means? Heaps and I mean HEAPS of amazing performances by some of the best musicians to hit the East Coast. The five day music marathon is sprawled across the city like a wildfire. So dust off your dancing shoes and rehearse your sickest moves! You may even find a show that tickles your fancy right in your hood. Read More
The popular YouTube internet campaign, "It Gets Better", was started in September of this year by columnist Dan Savage, as a way to send the message to young teenagers being bullied for their homosexuality that there is life beyond high school, and it does get better. In his own video message, he explained that he was raised in a "very Catholic" environment and was picked on for being "obviously gay". He wants today's teens to know, however, that life goes on, the world slowly changes, and he did overcome many of his struggles. Read More
Make all your Lisa Frank fantasies come true with this Robot Unicorn Attack game from Adult Swim. It combines all your favorite freaky geekdom into one bright and mythical experience filled with rainbows, fairies, fierce galloping iron robot unicorns, and majestic flying sequences. You are the unicorn running and jumping from grass cliff to grass cliff, shooting through the air and collecting little rainbow pixies along the way, but beware for that big silver star. You don't want to collect that. Read More
Obtaining tickets (translation: promising to review in exchange for) to a sold out Kathy Griffin show is pretty exciting. Having realistic expectations for the seats being in the janitor's closet, and then coming to find that they are in the THIRD ROW is cause for me to take time out from the last full day of my first ever trip to Portland to brag about it via blog, which I'm doing now from the publishing department of Portland State University. When planning this Portland trip, I came to find that Griffin was performing a show on my second night here. Read More
I know it's CMJ madness, but one of the top shows to see this weekend will be Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips performing 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, at NYU's Skirball Center on Friday night. The duo will perform a live soundtrack to Warhol's Screen Tests (shot between 1964 and 1966 at the factory) and include such icons as Edie Sedgwick, Dennis Hopper,  Nico and Lou Reed, among others. I'm super stoked for this show, as we listen to the music here at BUST HQ pretty much all the time. Read More
  In an age when teenagers are running amuck, emancipating themselves from their parents left and right, one cool young dude remains loyal to his homestead and isn't afraid to admit he's a mama's boy. Fourteen-year old rapper Brian Bradley, better known as the Astronomical Kid, sends a clear message to ogling men everywhere: "Stop Looking at My Moms" . The insanely catchy single is just as danceable as it is adorable, but don't let Kid's age fool you, he knows how to treat a lady and staring her down on the street isn't part of it. Read More
Come on down to THE GALLERY this Thursday for CMJ's craziest party of the night featuring BUST-loving, KOOL KEITH & THE ULTRAMAGNETIC MC's. They'll be mixing up something otherworldly with their hypersexual old school hip-hop and alien talk. Also spinning and spraying will be 87 Stick Up Kids, Purple Crush (back from LA), Cerebral Vortex, Johnny Nelson,  Lil' Friday, Cobra Krames, DirtyFinger, Marcus Price (Producer for Maluca), and Leo Justi. Whistles can be dampened at the bar with 2 for 1 Whiskey drinks from 10-12, and then doused from 2-2:30 at the OPEN BAR. Read More
  19-year-old Rye Rye is the first artist to be signed to acronym-loving M.I.A.’s record label N.E.E.T. (“Not in Education, Employment or Training.” The new video for “Sunshine” (featuring M.I.A.) is a mellow, lazy video shot on the streets and playgrounds of Baltimore. This great video is bound to conjure up some mixture of happiness and homesickness. The subdued beats, hazy colors and schoolyard choreography are a perfect cure for the early Fall blues. Read More
Once upon a time I met a beautiful Polish girl with killer blonde locks who had a penchant for photo negatives, her golden dog and art in most forms. She used to come to New York on the weekends and work at a museum in Connecticut during the weeks. After traveling to Poland, Berlin, Russia and more places I can't remember she decided to meet up with her partner in Paris and make a go of this business of collaboration, empowerment and curation in the art world. They call themselves HALFSLANT. They've done things like set up a residency for artists in Poland - which you can see here. Read More
There are many mind boggling and wondrous things hiding in the nooks, crannies and crevices of the internet.Every once and a while one of those things will hit me like a ton of bricks to the face, or in this case a couple hundred gallons of paint paired with a knack for stop motion cinematography. How do these two things work together so beautifully you might ask? Check  out this 9:55 long time-lapse video entitled Big Bang Big Boom depicting the beginning and evolution of life on earth. It's a sure fire, fun way to spend your time procrastinating on mandatory daily tasks. Read More