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Mexican Summer is turning out to be the record label to watch of 2010. Though some of their CMJ showcase choices this year seemed a little, ahem, questionable, it's hard to argue with the people who brought you Best Coast's Crazy for You. If there's any justice in the world, San Francisco group Tamaryn ought to become the next M.S. breakout act (except I'm pretty sure they're not going to be so into Twitter). The band is officially composed of lead singer Tamaryn and multi-instrumentalist Rex John Shelverton, but for their shows they enlisted a little help from a drummer and a bassist. Read More
Funnyman Chicago rapper Hollywood Holt just released a great clip of him doing "LaLaLa Freestyle," and MIA is in it! It's a simple video of them hanging out on a stoop, but his rhymes are real, and MIA makes for some great company. You can download his newest mix tape "These Are The Songs That Didn't Make The Album But Are Sill Cold As Hell So Shut The Fuck Up Vol. 1" for free on his website, and he also has an album slated for release next year on Chocolate Industries, so keep yer eyes peeled! Photo source: www.urb. Read More
I have to admit, way back in 2008 when I had my first dose of Crystal Castle's against my will at a dimly lit local watering hole I was more than a little skeptical. Abundant dance beats, standard new wave synths, androgynous haircuts, and generous amounts of distorted femme roaring all played their appropriate roles. All these things are of course mandatory ingredients to an ever so hip soundtrack to looking for romance in all the wrong places. I thought to myself, now here is a band that is not going to outlast the keg at which my beer is being tapped from. Read More
The last time Corin Tucker belted it out on a NYC stage was in August of 2006 when Sleater-Kinney played their final show here. Last night she rolled in, with babies and a new band in tow, and bitch slapped a crowd of adoring fans with her hair flips, just like the good 'ol days. Opening for the Corin Tucker band was Hungry Ghost, Portland's version of a party-rock band. Tucker's drummer, Sara Lund, moonlights as the drummer for Hungry Ghost as well, so by the time the final act rolled around, she was good and warmed up. Read More
Fans and music addicts be warned, the New York and Boston-based club/thrash/pop band, Hooray for Earth, have a residency in New York City's legendary Pianos every Wednesday throughout November! Stereogum.com saw them at CMJ and wrote them up as, "Hooray For Earth framed themselves as proper players, stewing electronics, nimble but unpretentious guitars, a sense of progressive psychedelics and percussive progressions. Read More
Tonight is the night you must take your booty shorts out of hiding, slap those puppies on and shake your fun buns till the break of dawn. New Orleans style sissy bounce queen Big Freedia will be performing at South Paw tonight for a fantastic  Friday fun time(Phew! Say that six times fast!) that is sure to go down in BUST party history. DJ Rusty Lazer, Dominique Young Unique and Javelin will also be performing for your listening and move busting pleasure. Don't get left in the dust. Read More
Every year when the temperature starts to decrease I find myself fumbling through albums that beckon story telling, invite group vocals and paint dream like images of autumn breezes flowing through my moth eaten flannel. Now I do recognize that many people do this all year round, but there is something so pleasing about seasonal record listening. Nothing says fall like the crunching of leaves and twigs beneath feet that are frolicking to a shoe gaze, experimental, Americana soaked record. Shadow Shadow Shades's debut record is all this and more. Read More
Come on out tomorrow, October 21st, to see our very own Crafty Lady, Callie Watts, speak at CMJ's panel discussion Take Back The Mic; Challenging Hip-Hop Stereotypes. The panel speakers will be addressing everything from female MC's to sissy bounce - "all walks of the lesser-heard voices from the urban, rap and hip-hop worlds speak up." Panelists include Marisa Aveling, Rah Digga, Starrene Rhett, Big Freedia, and Victor Vazquez of Das Racist. CMJ isn't all about getting schwasted and getting your groove on, so take a break from that, and come learn something and support one of our own. Read More
Calling all rockers, hip hoppers, groove shakers, shoe gazers, day trippers and night crawlers! CMJ 2010 is here.You know what that means? Heaps and I mean HEAPS of amazing performances by some of the best musicians to hit the East Coast. The five day music marathon is sprawled across the city like a wildfire. So dust off your dancing shoes and rehearse your sickest moves! You may even find a show that tickles your fancy right in your hood. Read More
I know it's CMJ madness, but one of the top shows to see this weekend will be Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips performing 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, at NYU's Skirball Center on Friday night. The duo will perform a live soundtrack to Warhol's Screen Tests (shot between 1964 and 1966 at the factory) and include such icons as Edie Sedgwick, Dennis Hopper,  Nico and Lou Reed, among others. I'm super stoked for this show, as we listen to the music here at BUST HQ pretty much all the time. Read More