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  Enra is a self-described “entertainment unit,” a Japanese dance troupe “which presents the ultimate fusion of images and live performance.” And they've really raised the bar with their latest production, “Pleiades.” They've created a fluid work of art in which lights and music accompany the dancers, and all the elements join together to build a powerful, strangely emotional dance.  The two dancers seem to ... Read More
 To put it simply, Dolly Parton is a force of nature. She is the single most successful female country artist of all time--selling over 100 million records--and she's living up to that title at a fabulous 68 years old. She's invincible.  Apparently The Today Show loves her almost as much as we do. Here she is, strutting her stuff to promote the release of her 42nd album (!!!). Besides being a total BAMF, she is so impossibly adorable and kind ... Read More
At this point, if you are a feminist you are probably aware of the absurd squawkings of Phyllis Schlafly, the anti-ERA, hyper-conservative, anti-feminist activist--her most recent offense being an op-ed authored for the Christian Post about how us poor feminist are going to die alone if we get equal pay. No, really. She actually believes it. From BUST's blog response to the op-ed:  The most shocking and insulting words perhaps are these: ... Read More
YouTube can be a major time-waster, or a super productive educator. Typically the difference in how you use it depends on what time of the day/night you're browsing, how many glasses of wine you may or may not have had, and how stressful your day has been. I don't think I have to outline the correlation between cat video watching and the number of times you made a mistake at work.  For those nights or lunch breaks when you want to return to the world a little ... Read More
While reminiscent of introspective UK shoegaze groups like My Bloody Valentine and Lush, Roanoke, Virginia trio, Eternal Summers’ sound on their brand new album, The Drop Beneath, shouldn't be so simply defined. Eternal Summers have been described as post punk and minimal pop, but the sound on The Drop Beneath includes a pretty edgy dream pop tone that is totally dark and deliberate. It just happens to be one of those (often rare) albums that is a ... Read More
You should already be a learned fan of St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark), synth-y solo artist extraordinaire – but in case you're not, the singer's new self-titled album is set to hit stores this February 24th.  Already carrying heavy stamps of approval from Robin Hilton and Bob Boilen at NPR, the new set of songs is highly influenced by our current digital culture; there's a dance-y bass line ribboning through singles like below's "Digital ... Read More
  Kanye West’s new “Bound 2” video has been criticized for featuring a nude Kim Kardashian, with whom he suggestively canoodles. To be blunt, it seems a lot like she’s just there for some eye-candy. But Flavorwire’s Lillian Ruiz would disagree, suggesting that Kanye’s portrayal of female sexuality is “unusually complex” because “there is no Madonna and no whore in this narrative.” In other ... Read More
After a several-year hiatus, British pop goddess and former BUST covergirl Lily Allen is back with an incredibly awesome video for her new single, “Hard Out Here.” Directed by Christopher Sweeney, the video tackles sexism in the music industry through Allen’s signature blunt sarcasm, addressing tired gender roles and expectations with lines like, “If you’re not a size 6 and you’re not good looking / Then well you better be rich, ... Read More
Yoko Ono's newest video for her track "Bad Dancer" is what all music videos should aspire to be: part funky-fresh music, part all-star dance-party, part totally WTF-worthy. It's essentially what would happen if a bunch of kickass musicians got together for a high school art project.  In the clip, she and her crew--featuring Ira Glass, Questlove, and Roberta Flack among others--get weird in what appears to be Andy Warhol's Factory (but without cocaine on ... Read More
Never fear, this video will brighten even the dullest of slow-moving Fridays! Filmed by a parent at a preschool dance recital, the video showcases a little girl who forgoes the choreographed dance on stage, choosing to instead bust out her own moves and be all around amazing. While her counterparts determinedly (and rather solemnly) attempt to follow the beat of the song “Broadway Baby” from the musical Follies, this energetic toddler bounces about, ... Read More
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