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Hailing from New Zealand, producer/songwriter/singer Janine creates music designed to take you through her narrative on her Dark Mind EP. In the five tracks, Janine seems to switch between two sides of melancholy with her originality and her vocals. While “Hold Me” and “Bullets” sound like tracks I’ve heard before, “Let It Run,” “Little Bit,” and “Dark Mind” are surprising and ones I’ll be putting on repeat. Read More
Ever since Austra's debut album, Feel It Break, came out in 2011, I have barely stopped listening to it long enough to, you know, do my job of listening to other music. At a New Year's Eve party earlier this year, I got in trouble with some strangers because I kept commandeering the iPod to play "The Beat and the Pulse" so my friend and I could have a dance-off. It was that friend's apartment, so we won that battle, but not without getting yelled at for "bringing the mood down" with that "weird techno music. Read More
  What separates Pamela Des Barres, in her own words, from any other “rock historian” is the appeal of being "the person who was able to sit between Jimmy Page and Robert Plant while they were doing the set list for Led Zeppelin II.” But she’s more than a simple artifact of music’s golden era, of course. She just happens to be a former member of one of the first (and, to knowledge, only) groupie bands. She's also a rock journalist and author of several successful books, including her memoir I’m With The Band. And might we add, she’s a former BUST contributor. Read More
Want to keep rape fantasies off the radio? Don't tell Tyler, the Creator, unless you're ready to be called a "fucking whore dyke." That's the message he's broadcasting to the world lately. After an Australian woman named Talitha Stone criticized the rapper for rhyming about his hateful, necrophilia-inspired rape fantasies, Tyler and a slew of his fans verbally attacked and threatened her. Tyler then called her out during an (all-ages!) performance saying, “Fucking bitch, I wish she could hear me call her a bitch, too, fucking whore. Yeah, I got a sold-out show right now bitch. Read More
Last time we checked in on Miss Eaves (AKA Shanthony Exum) she was rapping about everything from kitties to NPR. Now she’s teaming up with Surfing Leons in a brand new video, looking fiercer than ever. No, there's no Nyan Cats flying around behind her this time, but it's still pretty awesome. With a backdrop that recalls a 40’s thriller and a backbeat that sounds like it was ripped out of an early 90’s arcade game, Miss Eaves raps hardcore about betrayal and revenge. And not only does she deliver rapid-fire lines with killer precision, but she looks totally glam and bad-ass. Read More
Zooey Deschanel’s daily existence is evidence enough that feminists can be feminine as hell and run the show, but if you wanted more proof, listen in: She & Him's newest release, "I Could've Been Your Girl," was directed by Deschanel herself. “After seven years and four albums with She & Him, I figured it was about time I took a crack at making a video for a song I wrote,” she says of her directing debut. Check it out: The video is classic Zooey, navigating that liminal space between weird and cute in a perhaps predictable but undoubtedly enthralling way. Read More
  The title of Queens of the Stone Age’s new album will certainly provoke giggles given that this is their first new release since 2007, but it’s as if Josh Homme and company never left. …Like Clockwork is a welcome continuation of QOTSA’s syrupy groove, but the band also does all sorts of little things to establish a new chapter on this record. While the core of the group remains the same, Homme has widened his influence—there are guest appearances from Trent Reznor and Sir Elton John, in addition to usual suspects like Dave Grohl. Read More
Bearing one of the cutest singer/songwriter names ever, England’s Little Boots stomps out her newest album, Nocturnes, with adorable results. Victoria Hesketh plays a bevy of instruments—most of them electric—and produces a positive, electropop care package containing a handful of gems, secured on all sides with fluffy, French vanilla filler. The emotional and whole-note driven “Motorway” opens Nocturnes, and is a great segue into the heart and “sole” of the album, “Confusion,” a multilayered, thought-provoking pop song. Read More
I first saw Mykki Blanco perform in a grimy warehouse in Providence, Rhode Island. I was bone-tired after a week of grueling exams, and the only reason I was at the concert at all was because my friend dragged me to the performance, claiming I just had to see this. The venue was cramped, hot, and sweaty, and I almost felt myself regretting the decision until Mykki entered the room like a crescendo. She turned us all from exhausted students into her enthusiastic, ardent fans with one song. Mykki Blanco is an artist in all senses of the word: a poet, a rapper, an actor, a writer. Read More
When I tell Loke Rahbek of the Danish band Vär that their debut LP No One Dances Quite Like Our Brothers (Sacred Bones Records) makes me feel like I’ve just drank a little too much GHB, he tells me he actually likes the description. It makes sense to equate Vär’s dark, sludgy electronic feast to the drug commonly associated with date rape. “I knew a guy who died from GHB once,” Rahbek says.  I tell him that you have to be careful on GHB and not mix it with anything else or even take too big of a dose. It is, after all, a date rape drug. Read More