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I remember the first time I heard Ellie Goulding. That statement sounds like the makings of an “I remember the first time I heard the Beatles” story (well, they are all British). But seriously, I remember the first time I heard Ellie Goulding. It was in 2009 at Cafeteria NYC (you know, the restaurant on “Sex & the City” where Stanford finds out his boyfriend doubles as a male escort named “Paul”). Anyway, Ellie’s cover of Sam Sparro’s “Black and Gold” was playing in the restaurant. Read More
The Dreijer siblings, Karin and Olaf, who make up the Swedish synth pop duo The Knife, don't like to show their faces in public a lot. However, they've volunteered to skill share their musical knowledge in a two day workshop for girls 12 - 18 this June. The workshop is part of Popkollo, a music camp for girls that has over 1600 members and takes place in 6 cities across Sweden. Read More
 Hey BUSTIES, we're giving away two tickets to Melissa Auf der Maur's concert this Thursday March 3rd at New York City's Highline Ballroom. The show starts at 9 and features special guests New York locals The Shining Twins and Leah Siegel. Read More
  Austra (Toronto-based singer/songwriter Katie Stelmanis) took the stage at Brooklyn's tiny, Glasslands Gallery in a fairly undramatic fashion, yet conjured up some dark drama during an hour-long set that was moody, broody, and beautiful. Recently signing to Domino records, she was accompanied by several others on stage, compared to Austra's typical line-up of Stelmanis, drummer Maya Postepski, and bassist Dorian Wolf.  "Young and Gay" chimed with sparkling synths and pulsing drum beats as Stelmanis' chilling, opera-trained pipes belted out rich tones that ebbed and flowed. Read More
Bust favorites, Major Lazer, Santigold, and Art Brut, are playing the Downtown Music Festival next week. Between them, and the other artists on the line-up, these two shows are not to be missed! In partnership with The Fund for Public Schools, the Downtown Music Festival is fundraising for the first ever New York City Public School alumni organization. They want to encourage greater community involvement for all New Yorkers. Read More

STRFKR Reptilians review

BY Laurie in Music

On their second full-length album, Reptilians (out on March 8th on Polyvinyl), Starfucker makes a solid attempt to gain notoriety for something other than their radio-unfriendly handle, but they mostly stay within familiar synth-heavy, dance-pop territory. First single “Julius” stands out for its glittery sound effects and infinitely hummable melody, while tracks like “Bury Us Alive” and “Astoria” are readymade for Friday nights at the hipster disco. Underneath all those fun little bleeps and boops, the lyrics are actually kind of depressing. Read More
Emma Roberts, niece of Julia Roberts, and Dave Franco, brother of James Franco, both starred in MTV’s Supervideo. In an attempt to resurrect the music video, collaborators, MTV and Mean Magazine have created a Supervideo series using great directors, awesome music, big stars, and an artistic approach. Directed by Patrick Hoelck, this supervideo is a mini movie, rather than a music video, that plays over Cults’ “Go Outside.”  Roberts and Franco make a rather cute couple as they embark on a nightlong adventure of shopping, dancing, and kissing. Read More
South Padre Island and Las Vegas will both be amazing destinations for Spring Break craziness! Red Bull Soundclash presents two live music shows on March 12th and 17th.   Red Bull Soundclash is an opportunity for two artists with different music styles to collaborate in one venue at the same time.  In the fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada- both Cee Lo Green and The Ting Tings will perform on March 12th at the MGM Resort International Property across from the Luxor on Las Vegas on Boulevard. Read More
Atlanta grime-rock masters, The Black Lips, announced a month of additional dates to their already packed North American tour in support of their forthcoming album. The album is produced by Amy Winehouse hit maker Mark Ronson, a far cry from the directly to tape analog recordings of their 2007 album, Good Bad Not Evil. As the Vice blog noted, it's "the most anticipated collaboration since Sid and Nancy." Infamous for puking on stage, the Black Lips are giving you two months worth of shows. Plenty of time to wow you with their heavy jams and gross you out with their bodily fluids. Read More
"Who is opening for Interpol?" I think I heard that 10 times while waiting for the School of Seven Bells / Interpol show @ Radio City Music Hall to begin on Thursday night. These days my statuesque gods in 3-piece suits tend to draw the Burning Man mob. (Remember Kelly'sreview?) So, of course I smelled skunk weed. And the dude who sat next to me played air drums during their entire set. But the real heartbreaker? Some of these people were unfamiliar with School of Seven Bells. “Who are they? Never heard of ‘em.” Really? I feel sorry for these cave dwellers. Read More