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  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
Courtney Love has a new song out via Ghost Ramp: “Miss Narcissist” is classic Courtney, confrontational and acidic. Love is touring with Lana Del Ray this summer, part of Del Ray’s “Endless Summer” tour, and “Miss Narcissist” seems perfectly suited to the arena. Like much of Love’s best work, her new tune is both a sly commentary and an anthem, sure to be heard in bedrooms and stadiums alike. Listen here. Read More
  I walk into the House of Vans Brooklyn Venue on a Saturday afternoon. A spattering of bass and drums fills the drafty warehouse full of skate ramps, expansive space, and a performance stage. On that stage is Kathleen Hanna and The Julie Ruin. The band is here to kick off their summer tour and they're in the middle of a soundcheck. Hanna greets me with a casual wave that melts away any nerves about speaking with this group of feminist legends.  After they finish up a few songs, everyone filters into the lounge. Read More
  Legendary Ari Up started making a documentary about the influential herstory of her band The Slits. She teamed up with former band manager Jennifer Shagawat to deliver this epic story of social rebellion, riot, and really awesome music. It’s crazy we don’t know that much about The Slits yet, considering they laid the foundation for so many feminist and punk movements that happened after them. They were pre riot grrrl, post punk, and transformed the music scene into an irreversibly different culture.   Five years ago Ari Up passed away from cancer at the age of 48. Read More
Cult-classic indie-rock. Experimental improvisation. Jazz standards. If any or all of this appeals to you, check out Little Black Egg Big Band and Oren Ambarchi’s show at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn coming up in June. Little Black Egg Big Band, a.k.a. Yo La Tengo & Friends, includes the three members of Yo La Tengo, Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew (Hubley’s solo project is called Little Black Egg); bassist Tony Maimone, formerly of Pere Ubu; jazz artists Susie Ibarra, Daniel Carter and Taylor Ho Bynum; and many more still to be announced. Read More
  Piney Gir, the London-based Kansas-born musician and one-time member of all-girl art-rock band The Schla La Las, will be taking to the decks at the BUST Summer Craftacular at York Hall in Bethnal Green on May 17, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. We could not be more excited! Described as "the indie Dolly Parton", her style ranges from indie-pop to alt-Country.    Early BUST Craftacular birds will score her recent single "Keep It Together" in our goodie bags (you can also listen to it now here), a taster of what's to come on new album "mR. Read More