I fell in love with Lauryn Hill after listening to my aunt’s copy of “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” when I was 10. To this day, I get chills when I listen to that album, partly because of her incredible voice and songwriting skills, and partly due to lyrics like these: "You know I only say it 'cause I'm truly genuine/Don't be a hard rock when you really are a gem."
Since then Ms. Hill has famously stayed away from the spotlight, popping up ... Read More
Splendor Squalor (out now on Kanine), the second full-length from Brooklyn-based Xray Eyeballs, finds the quartet in a much poppier place than they were on their first effort, Not Nothing. The raw, energetic sound backing O.J. San Felipe’s husky vocals is still present, along with the perfect blend of nostalgia for sounds of the past with a vision decidedly focused on the future. But if Not Nothing felt like a Velvet Undergound–hosted night of garage ... Read More
After an especially traumatic breakup, Islands frontman Nick Thorburn moved from New York to Los Angeles, looking to find solace in a new environment. On Valentine’s Day of last year, Thorburn sat down at a piano and began to play what would become A Sleep & A Forgetting (out now on Anti-), an album in which Thorburn exorcises the demons of his heartbreak, showing both despair and forward-looking optimism. Recorded in just two weeks, the album is less ... Read More
BY Intern Sarah
in Music Stuff
on Feb 14, 2012
Unless you’re living under a rock (which somehow miraculously has internet access), you’re probably aware that today is Valentine’s Day. This means that the super-sappy love songs that make up so much of popular music are out in full force. Many of them are tear-inducing expressions of beautiful feelings toward the singer/songwriter’s partner of choice (whether the song is actually about being with that person or not). Some of them, ... Read More
BY Intern Sarah
in Music Stuff
on Feb 07, 2012
Everyone and their mothers have an opinion, it seems, on Lana Del Rey. We here at BUST have blogged about her twice in the last month alone. (That’s actually a small number if you consider how many times her name has come up in conversation around the office.) The controversy over her is passionate, fascinating—and completely unnecessary. When I hear people getting up in arms about her sex appeal, her body modifications (lip injections, anyone?), or ... Read More
BY Intern Maura
in Music Stuff
on Feb 06, 2012
Whenever anyone tries to inform me that "punk rock is dead," I point to one of my fave bands, the Screaming Females, and say not as long as they’re still alive. And alive they are: on April 3, the New Brunswick, NJ trio will be releasing their fifth album, Ugly. To prepare for it, they’re playing a series of shows from the east coast to the southeast to Chicago.
The Screaming Females have been an integral part of this generation of basement punk ... Read More
Does your dead-of-winter cabin fever have you feeling the weight of the world’s mercilessness more acutely than usual? Before you make a big tears and whiskey scene at your local dive bar/cuss out the gray sky and precipitate an avalanche, consider listening up for a fresh set of wise words from done-seasoned country songstress Gretchen Peters. Her new album Hello Cruel World came out early this week.
Peters--whose style echos the warm ... Read More
Bjork makes me believe in music. Since my first listen of Venus as a Boy, I have been entranced by what she can do with her voice, ingeniously combining it with unconventional instruments, sounds and collaborators. The genius mega-artist has released her eighth album, Biophilia, to breach the gap between nature, science, technology, and music. Not only does Biophilia feature Tesla coil instruments, it is accompanied by an education program for middle ... Read More
Okay, so I know that isn't technically a brand-new track (it's been out for a couple of weeks), but Santigold's new song "Big Mouth" is making me all kinds of curious about her forthcoming 2012 album. Santi White, aka Santigold, revealed that the highly-anticipated follow-up to her 2008 debut will be called Master of My Make-Believe; the Brooklyn-based artist told V Magazine, "I want it to be about creating your own reality." If Santigold's reality is anything ... Read More
I am a sucker for any British soul songstress with a wicked sense of style, and so I am in all types of love with Lianne La Havas. It’s not just her penchant for conservative blouses paired with a bright statement accessory, or her natural hair-- her voice is all that is right about contemporary soul-folk music. She’s neo-neo-soul, like a younger, bubblegum-loving Jill Scott, and she puts a light spin on the soul music that raised me in the ... Read More