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Sleater–Kinney had a twelve-year career with seven epic albums; they exuded raw, riot grrrl energy everywhere they toured. The band received high praise from Rolling Stone for “pushing rock to the boiling point,” and Rob Sheffield called them, “America’s best punk band. EVER.” Not counting their 2013 reunion (joining Pearl Jam to cover Neil Young), it has been eight years since fans have had pure Sleater-Kinney goodness. However, the people at Sub Pop Records are giving fans a real gift. On Oct. Read More
The History of Apple Pie offers their refreshing take on grunge-inspired pop-rock on their new album Feel Something, and it's a welcome throwback. The British band helmed by singer Stephanie Min and guitarist Jerome Watson invites comparisons to '90s staples like The Breeders and Luscious Jackson, but without the feel of a retread. Like the titular dessert, this music is perfect for sweater weather. Feel Something is The History of Apple Pie's second album, and though the band has only existed for three years, there's a clear cohesion to their point of view. Read More
Iowa City's Pieta Brown doesn't just play rooms. She fills each space with stories and makes it her own. The singer-songwriter and musician proved her ability to take over a studio in a short period of time and turn out extraordinary music in her Daytrotter session in 2008, a remarkable collection of songs. Brown's new record, Paradise Outlaw, similarly showcases her skill as a performer, and it's exciting to hear such quiet mastery of a genre. Recorded over just four days in Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)'s April Base studio, Paradise Outlaw feels anything but rushed. Read More
This summer, Stevie Nicks announced that she would be releasing a solo LP ‘24 Karat Gold – Songs from the Vault’ and boy were we excited. The LP is composed of songs that Nicks’ wrote between 1969 and 1987, and was inspired after finding original bootlegs on YouTube.  “Each song is a lifetime. Each song has a soul. Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story," Nicks said. "They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken hearted and the survivors. Read More
Zola Jesus has released another icy, magnetic track in anticipation of the October 7th release of her album TAIGA. Mhmm, this one has been on repeat for me today. Zola Jesus describes "Go (Blank Sea)" as a reaction to the simultaneous isolation and saturation of city life: “All of the singularity rubs together to create a universal hum that can cancel us all out. It’s in the densest populations that I sometimes feel the most alone, and in barren uninhabited lands that I feel the most alive and human. Read More
Heads up BUSTies! China's largest music festival, Modern Sky Festival, is set to come to the U.S. for the first time ever! That means a two-day musical gathering of both U.S. and Chinese bands (including BUST favorite Cat Power!) in New York's Central Park at Rumsey Playfield on October 4th and 5th, 2014. Read More
Last night I saw a band sing about slut shaming.  The band is called Hag Face and they stopped by Brooklyn on their “East Infection Tour.” On stage, they are four witchy, imposing blonde punks from Calgary who scream loud and play fast. The lyrics? “I fuck. I fuck. I fuck. I fuck.”    Image and audio via HAG FACE. Read More
If you’re looking to breakup with someone you don’t really want to talk to ever again, or want to upset your parents, CHILDBIRTH is the band for you. The crass-as-fuck trio hits on themes traditionally abandoned by the punk community, such as menopause and sister wifehood, and they're performing in Seattle on Monday.  I saw CHILDBIRTH during their summer tour at the Third Space Art Collective in Davis, CA, in a venue small enough to see the waxy texture of their token hospital gowns. Read More
GWAR, the horrific metal band infamous for its blood and guts-stained performances, may have just made metal history. It now has a female frontwoman leading the band: Vulvatron!  If you've ever seen the band live you have probably been sprayed with fake blood, and if you're the squeamish type I wouldn't recommend Googling GWAR. But ever since the beloved leader of the band, Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Ungus) died of an accidental heroin overdose earlier this year, the band has been looking for a new leader to take hold. Read More
So, it's September. I've been in denial of this fact for a few weeks because a) wasn't it just 90 degrees and humid a week ago here on the east coast? and b) I'm not going back to school so it can't be fall yet, right?  Alas, it is now more than two weeks into September and the official first day of fall is just within reach. It is finally time to unearth your favorite scarves, mittens, leather jackets and knee boots. Read More