BY Lex Ellenthal
on Jul 30, 2014
Recently for a Funny or Die video, actress Kristen Bell played a pissed off Mary Poppins. While her accent was a little off, she hit the mark precisely in the message of the video, which was that the minimum wage is not a living wage. Now, if you put aside the fact that Mary Poppins would be living in the UK, where the 2013 minimum wage was £6.31 (about $10.70), and the fact that the movie took place in 1910, our favorite nanny is facing a major issue ... Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on May 29, 2014
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
BY Andrea Stopa
on May 13, 2014
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
BY Andrea Stopa
on Apr 21, 2014
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
BY Andrea Stopa
on Feb 25, 2014
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
BY Brittany Allen
on Jan 31, 2014
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
BY Eloise Giegerich
on Nov 12, 2013
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
BY Katie Fustich
on Nov 04, 2013
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