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I wasn't expecting to love ex-X-Ray Spex’s Poly Styrene's new release, My Virtual Boyfriend, quite as much as I do. By the unfortunate mathematics of aging and rock'n'roll, it's rare that a past their prime rocker releases new and relevant material. The fireball that is Ms. Poly Styrene has failed to disappoint. The single is a far cry from the fierce caterwaul of 1977's Oh Bondage! Up Yours!.  The energy's different: it's frenetic, disorganized, and utterly bored with the technical sludge the singer has to wade through in order to get close to her virtual boyfriend. Read More
Grimy blues-rock duo, The Kills, have released the video for their new single, Satellite. Satellite is the first release off their forthcoming album: Blood Pressures, which drops April 5th in North America. To promote the album, the two are hitting the road for with Cold Cave and the Entrance Band. The tour starts off in Texas at the Domino Records Showcase for SXSW and wraps up three months later in Pomona, California. Read More
BUST's managing editor, Emily Rems, squared off against Phil Freeman, writer of Headbanger metal blog for MSN Music and editor of Burning Ambulance, on NPR's Soundcheck Smackdown this afternoon! The two fiercely debated the musical significance of the well-loved and sorely missed Detroit duo the White Stripes. Read More
So maybe he’s not a band per se, but Brooklyn-based producer DATALOG  and his new EP, Threads, is worth an alert. Threads is a hazy, warm blend of electronica, jazz, and world beats, all wrapped up in one kicked-back, noir-tinged package. Fans of everything from Flying Lotus to Massive Attack take note. Songs like “Sink Babies” offer subtle samples and thumps aplenty; the title track is a melancholy acid trip that demands ass shaking. Not only are the songs refreshingly chill, but his face is a welcome addition to the au courant world of knob-turners. Read More
Today the White Stripes made the announcement on their site that they are calling it quits, something about setting the music free, no hard feelings etc. I really loved the White Stripes, some of the best concerts that I attended in this decade were played by them, but I'm not sad really. I've got the records and at least they won't get into any embarrassing Mick Jagger territory.  I will, however, miss Meg's drumming. This reminded me of a photo shoot and interview we did with them way back in 2001. Read More
Grammy-nominated English duo, La Roux, is digitally releasing Gold Edition that will feature remixes, b-sides, and acoustic versions of their self-titled 2009 debut album. Gold Edition will be available on both iTunes and Amazon on February 8 with photos, artwork, and video footage that have never before been seen. Co-producers and songwriters, Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid have made an incredible impact in the states and continue to live up to their Grammy nomination as “Best Electronic/Dance Album. Read More
BUST HQ is one of those places that's crawling with all kinds of new music. As I'm sort of a strange person with pretty particular taste, I don't often listen to a lot of it, but today I was forwarded the music of Arron Dean, and loved it.  Raised on a small farm in an area called Knoppieslaagte outside of Johannesburg, amid the country's political upheaval, Arron followed his muse stateside to play jazz in Boston. Read More
"You guys ready to get all fuckin' mellow?"   This is how Iron and Wine (aka Sam Beam) opened his set to a sold-out crowd at Radio City Music Hall Saturday night. Of course, we all answered by going batshit crazy. I&W's music has this magical way of whisking you off to a very quiet place, a non-New York City place—with a campfire and hobo pies.   And when the dude with the velvet voice grabbed his guitar and began to play 'He Lays in the Reins," presto! I was at summer camp circa 1991. Capture the Flag, canoeing, and fireside sing-alongs flashed in my mind. Read More
Singer-songwriter Mirah and Thao Nguyen of Thao With the Get Down Stay Down, have been getting down and staying down with each other in their personal lives, but now they are joining forces as Thao & Mirah and releasing a self-titled debut. The album will be released on April 26th with label, Kill Rock Stars. The couple, which went on tour together last year, recorded the album in a two week period with help from producer, Merril Garbor of tUnE-yArDs, and other Bay Area musicians. Read More