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Actual pyramids are bottom-heavy, just like Brightest Darkest Day, the debut from a duo made up of vocalist Drea Smith and OK Go’s Tim Nordwind. The two concoct a range of sonic textures which sometimes captivate and other times get lost in the fray. Album closer “Nothing I Can Say” staggers under a feedback loop as dreary as a rainy day in Manchester. About half the album is bogged down in these kinds of post-punk genuflections—a pity, because Smith’s voice smoldered in the less forbidding climate of 2011’s Human Beings, the band’s poppy EP. Read More
  I had a professor in college once tell me that John Milton was the most humorless poet he knew of. He could be warm and ironic, but he never joked-- he was up to something too serious for that. You could say the same of James Blake, whose new album Overgrown was released this week. It's the second LP from the 24-year-old British musician who has more than twice that many EPs to his name. Read More
Muchacho (out now on Dead Oceans) is the kind of album you can lose yourself in. Whether you’re on a crowded train or alone in your bedroom, this album will make you feel like you’re a Zen master, at one with the world. That is the effect of talented musician Matthew Houck, who performs under the moniker Phosphorescent. This is the singer-songwriter’s sixth album (seventh if you count 2004’s EP The Weight of Flight) which will be followed up by a North American and European tour. Read More
     On their fourth album Indigo Meadow, the Black Angels have kept all of the echo, fuzz, and organ-wailing they’re known for, but added a tighter sound and clearer vocals. It’s obvious the band’s heroes are ahead-of-their-time legends like the 13th Floor Elevators, the Velvet Underground, and the Stooges, but the Angels don’t sound dated while renovating the psych-garage punk genre. Every song on Indigo Meadow flat out rocks, especially the title track and the lead single “Don’t Play With Guns. Read More
Recently someone on the internet described Jessie Ware as "the missing link between Adele and Sade," which is one of those "LOL WUT" statements only a music writer could invent. But after her live show this Wednesday at Music Hall of Williamsburg, it all makes sense. It doesn't quite come through on her recordings, but yes, she does have Adele-level pipes, and yes, she can get as funky as Sade. Who knew? Russell Crowe, apparently. Read More
Flor de Toloache is a new band hitting the streets of New York City. They're a group that you might not be expecting, especially when you hear the genre of music they play. Flor de Toloache is an all-female mariachi band gaining momentum in the big city, and claims itself to be the first of its kind in NYC. Co-founded by Mireya Ramos, 31 and Shae Fiol, 34 the band is a group of women hailing from a group of diverse backrounds. Not only is the band entirely female, something rarely, if at all heard of in the mariachi world, only two of the members claim Mexican descent. Read More
  Kate Nash's new album, Girl Talk, drops in the U.S. today. If that news alone isn't enough to get you psyched, check out this new video for "Girl Gang", Nash's deviant cover of "Cocaine" by Fidlar. Read More
Join BUST at a sick house party we're throwing during SXSW with our friends at Tito's Vodka. We've lined up an incredible list of bands—some new, some seasoned, ALL amazing! Photography provided by Join The Studio and Superchief.tv. IN AUSTIN? Join us at 4407 Avenue C, from 2pm to 9pm, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday. CAN'T MAKE IT TO AUSTIN? Then sit back and watch our LIVE STREAM! We'll be broadcasting ALL 3 DAYS of the event. Read More
On Monday, Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin) had a radio interview on “Q with Jian Ghomeshi,” where she spoke about the importance of public mistakes, the resurgence of the ‘90s, and why she is still pissed off twenty years later (“Does anybody remember that the Equal Rights Amendment never passed?”). In the wake of the reissue of Bikini Kill’s entire catalog, Hanna speaks a lot about the band’s goals, such as encouraging girls to get out and make their own music. Read More
On their sophomore album, Portland-based Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside cull the best bits from music’s past eras, creating a mercurial hybrid of rockabilly, blues, country, and garage rock. Ford’s vocals have just enough of a worn edge to sound appropriately world-weary and jaded, but she’s smooth enough in her delivery to pull off sweeter, poppier tracks. Catchy “They Told Me” brings to mind the tight hooks of fellow retro rockers the Black Keys, while Ford’s vocal style on “Do Me Right” owes a little to girl-group legends the Shangri-Las. Read More