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Dream-psych duo Peaking Lights’ third full-length album, Lucifer, is their most accessible yet. Out June 19th on Mexican Summer in the US and on Weird World June 18th in the U.K, it follows last year’s release of the incredible summer lovin’ 936. This latest album contains a similar meditative atmosphere, with grooving rhythms and rich textures, but it's gentler than their 2011 record. Lucifer is comparatively more like a late-night lullaby and less like a sedated psychedelic dream. Read More
I often hear artists and musicians respond in interviews that they do what they do because of an intense and mysterious compulsion. This strong drive is difficult to understand unless personally experienced, but to Iceland’s Sigríður Níelsdóttirit, the feeling was all too familiar. So much, in fact, that she recorded a catalog of over 700 songs within seven years at the tender age of 70. Lovingly known as ‘Grandma Lo-Fi,’ Sigríður is the epitome of DIY music. Read More
Last week the DJ saved my lunch. Which, in turn, probably saved my life from a lifetime of bad burgers. On my typical nine-to-five, I duck out for a salad and promptly return to glue myself to a computer chair. Last week I had the pleasure of meeting up to interview my favorite DJ, Samantha Duenas, better known as SoSuperSam, at Shake Shack to experience the ultimate lunch break experience. Sam gave me some food for thought on what DJing is all about, which coast has the better burger, and reinventing the wheel. Yeah, it got pretty intellectual. Read More
Prepare for takeoff, earthlings. Dream-pop duo Beach House has teamed up again with director Allen Cordell on their latest music video for the meditative “Lazuli” off of their incredible recent album, Bloom. The video follows three lonely-types whose lives conjoin in another dimension by way of unusual circumstances. Via exploding eggs, interactive invisible walls, and dark smoke clouds, we’re transported into a cosmic dreamland that perfectly matches the band’s atmospheric sound. Read More
By Hilary Hughes Between the launch of her independent label Box of Cedar Records, last year's self-released full-length, fully funded by her fans album, and the recent release of The Sister, Marissa Nadler has had a big, big year. Nadler is embarking on a two-week tour that brings her through a handful of intimate venues from Massachusetts to DC before she arrives at NYC's Joe's Pub on June 16, then pops up again later this summer on the West Coast. Read More
  Warmer weather and the first mosquitoes of the season have both descended on New York in recent weeks, the first harbingers of a fitfully approaching summer. Just before the city's many outdoor concert series kick into full swing, BUST had the chance to sample some indoor live music that seemed specially designed to ease the transition into the dog days. Up-and-coming pop duo MS MR, opening for Xylos at Glasslands Gallery last Friday, did just that, whether they set out to or not. Read More
Some artists get better with age, and Patti Smith is definitely one of them. With the recent success of her book, Just Kids, about her relationship with late photographer Robert Maplethorpe, Smith’s receiving the most attention she’s had since the late 1970s. I’d bet that many of those who’ve read Just Kids aren’t even very familiar with Smith’s music. This makes the timing of her newest musical album, Banga, rather perfect. The four albums Smith’s made since her “comeback” in 1996 have pretty much flown under the radar. Read More
Summer in the city is perfect for bicycle rides to work or to the park. The wind gets all breezy and you’re going so quickly you don’t have to worry about weird extended eye contact with anyone. I didn’t think bike rides could get much better, until I saw Ninian Doff’s short, “A Professional Display of No Handed Bike Moves.” Set to the infectious song “Golden Tree” by Martin Brooks, a few experienced lady and gent cyclists perform a variety of impressive, expressive, and hilarious hands-free gestures. Read More
Grass Widow is perhaps one of my favorite new bands out there. Their form of girl rock evokes both nostalgic memories and daydreams of the future. The three piece all women set just released a new album entitled Internal Logic which embodies a mellowed-out riot-grrrl sound, like a road trip with your BFF in a wood panel station wagon. This album makes me want to live this summer in sun-drenched freedom. It also boasts approval from the likes of girl band goddess Tobi Vail. (Most of you probably remember her as the drummer of Bikini Kill. Read More
With all the stress over the Wisconsin recall and the general election that we'll all be at each other's throats over at some point, it's good to bring a little levity to politics. Which is why when I checked out my newsfeed this morning, I was pleasantly surprised to find my president serenading me. Although not by his own free will, and instead by the genius of some editing masterminds, Barack Obama is asking us to call him...maybe? This video features a clever splicing of his press clips to the tune of Carly Rae Jepsen's viral hit Call Me Maybe. Read More