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Though these days, it's almost difficult to imagine a world B.B. (Before Beyonce...), in honor of a news day so indebted to women who rock, yours truly has trawled the internet for lasting evidence of the power in a live performance. As MTV becomes a fond footnote in music history, as drum machines and auto-tune close in on the once-holy territory of the epic ballad, as Lady Gaga dons meat and Miley rides demolition equipment (I am clearly behind the times...) – take a moment to remember a few greats from the vast pantheon of amazing lady rock n' rollers. Read More
Amazing singer-songwriter and all-around fabulous lady Patti Smith, wrote a lovely piece for The New Yorker honoring Lou Reed. Recalling their mutual love for poetry, as well as her appreciation for the late musical legend, Smith addresses both the enigmatic and beautiful qualities of Reed in her essay. She writes, “I didn’t understand his erratic behavior or the intensity of his moods, which shifted, like his speech patterns, from speedy to laconic. But I understood his devotion to poetry and the transporting quality of his performances. Read More
  Have you heard of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? Neither had I, until I saw this coverage of Armpits4August, the charity group raising awareness of PCOS, as it’s known, by growing out their underarm hair for one whole month. Like Movember, in which men grow out their mustaches for the month of November to raise money for men’s health, Armpits4August has women grow out their armpit hair to raise awareness of PCOS, a disease so common that it affects up to 10% of women, yet so little is known about it that no one is even certain of where it comes from. Read More
If you’ve ever made or received a mix tape, you know the amount of thought that goes into picking out the perfect track listing to express the right mood.  It’s a lot like making a painting, actually— which is why art and music are perfect creative companions.  BUST is pleased to sponsor a show that explores the relationship between artists and the music that guides them: MiXTAPE Los Angeles, opening August 4 in Los Angeles, CA, documents the creative processes of 24 artists who have titled their pieces after the songs, bands, or albums that inspired them. 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
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