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The first time I heard Nirvana, it was a hot summer day and I was en route to Home Depot with my dad. I was probably six or seven years old. The classic rock station played Nirvana’s “All Apologies” and my mind was blown. Something about it seemed magical; the repetition of “all in all is are we are” mesmerized me. That trip shaped who I am today. I’ve always been obsessed with music. My favorite childhood memories are dancing to my dad’s record collection in my living room. Read More
Many of my most formative moments took place on the John Jay High School Swim & Dive team bus. I was a slow and techniqueless swimmer and could barely pull off a sit-dive, but the team didn’t cut anyone who showed up to practice, so there I was. I didn’t even go to John Jay, but my tiny public high school sent kids who wanted to play the less-popular sports to the bigger nearby school. It was a perfect place for me to meet new people. Read More
(Pictured: Miranda Lambert sporting a t shirt designed by Martina McBride.)  In case you’ve missed the country music shitstorm that is #SaladGate, radio consultant and super cool dudebro Keith Hill gave some advice to country radio stations: Play fewer of those pesky female artists. Hill told industry publication Country Aircheck, “If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out… they’re just not the lettuce in our salad… the tomatoes of our salad are the females.” The “tomatoes” have had a lot to say about that. Read More
“Being  ‘empowered’…  is not the same as being a ‘bitch’…”, wrote Ariana Grande in a Twitter post about the double standard women experience when it comes to sex and dating. It’s one hell of an opening line and it’s the precursor to the rest of the manifesto, which is the best thing ever. Grande was prompted to create the post after being fed up for good with reporters’ constant questioning of her love life. In this video, she talks about how she’s “not Big Sean’s ex. Read More
Brooklyn’s Shayna McHale is better known by her rap persona, Junglepussy, but the unconventional performer’s provocative name isn’t even the 10th most interesting thing about her. Though only 23, McHale has already reinvented herself several times, with time logged in fashion, art, and modeling. And she managed to acquire a devoted online following before she ever released an album. Read More
  This guest post was written by Shannon Carlin.   BEST COAST California Nights(Harvest Records)   The chord progressions are the same on Best Coast’s latest album, which, production-wise, falls somewhere between her perfectly flawed debut and its too pristine follow-up, but this time, Bethany Cosentino has more on her mind than just boys.   “Sleep Won’t Ever Come” is her prayer for a good night’s rest and chance to turn off her brain, while “So” has her contemplating the meaning of life. Read More
Multi-talented musician Marcia Richards might be living the dream now, touring the U.S. with her London-based band The Skints, but not long ago this lifestyle was nearly impossible for her to imagine. Not only was she more of a classical music nerd growing up than an aspiring reggae rocker, but nearly all of the now-25 year old’s teenage years were spent battling Nephrotic Syndrome, a highly rare kidney disease that meant lots of extended trips to the hospital. “I lost all of my hair and was very sickly. Read More
Check out the goofy new video for “She’s Not Me,” a song off of Jenny Lewis’ most recent album, The Voyager. Lewis pays homage to her own child star days with the help of some famous friends: the video features Vanessa Bayer, Feist, Fred Armisen, and Zosia Mamet. The stars recreate Troop Beverly Hills, The Golden Girls, and Pleasantville, to name a few. Lewis is, as ever, supremely cool and beautifully honest, making us laugh and cry at the same time. Read More
“Not Only Are These Six Up-And-Coming Male Seattle Musicians Hot, They Also Know How To Play Their Instruments!” The Stranger has a second installment to their “Men Who Rock” series, the first of which came out in 2012. These awesome feature stories are written by Bree McKenna and Emily Nokes of pop-punk band Tacocat. “Men Who Rock” finally puts the focus on up-and-coming male musicians, a much needed breath of fresh air in an industry constantly sidelining and infantilizing men’s work. Read More
We’ve been expecting the Amy Winehouse documentary for a while now. Its creation was announced, trailers were released, and all the while we’ve been yelling, “are we there yet?!” Well, we have some good news, BUSTIEs: we got what we wished for! Asif Kapadia’s Amy was played for some very lucky pairs of eyes at The Cannes Film Festival this past week and selected to potentially win the Palme d’Or award. We can’t wait until it’s our turn to watch the film in full, but we’ll settle for this brand new official trailer in the mean time. Read More
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