Karen Elson's new album, The Ghost Who Walks, is a compilation of haunting, southern gothic melodies that will make even the most hardened of city dwellers want to lounge in the evening sun with a piece of grass between their teeth. Her folk/blues infused style is a refreshing change from what we've come to expect from your typical model-turned-musician.
The very beautiful and talented Ms. Elson, featured in the BUST Music Issue, will be performing in New York ... Read More
in Music Stuff
on Jun 14, 2010
Sister Kinderhook (Filthy Bonnet)
Perhaps no artist alive embodies the creaky, creepy, ornately detailed steampunk aesthetic more than Rasputina’s Melora Creager. Instantly recognizable on stage in her bloomers, petticoats, and vintage corsetry, Creager has been creating compelling cello-fueled art rock since the early ’90s, with help from a rotating cast of supporting cellists and drummers. Her current lineup, appearing on Rasputina’s ... Read More
Izzy B, a 12-year-old rapper, tells it like it is: “You don’t need temporary friend—a pencil or a pen— always trying to leave when you’re really in need. You need a Sharpie in your life— one who’s permanent and true!”
Besides being one of the coolest 12-year-olds, this little rapper’s sweet friendship message is backed up by the “dope” website FriendScents, which is sponsored by the tween clothing ... Read More
Going to see a band that you like, but don't know all that much about, can be a complex experience filled with intrigue and a roller coaster of emotions. Basically it's like this ... I accidentally made fun of one of the girls from Mountain Man right behind her head, not knowing she was in the band.
The other night my friend and I made our way to Knitting Factory in Brooklyn to see Mountain Man open for Junip. The band is an all girl, folky three-piece from ... Read More
The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra has folk-rocked our little socks off with this performance of Randy Newman’s 1977 hit “Short People” at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand. Nothing is better than a band with a ukulele, but this group has a man we love, Bret McKenzie from Flight of the Conchords, and BUST writer Gemma Gracewood. We love ukes!
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Last night at the Town Hall Theater in New York City the phenomenal Patty Griffin and her smokin' band brought down the house. Featuring songs from her latest release, the Gospel inspired Downtown Church, Patty and her five peace band tore it up on songs like `Wade In The Water', `The Strange Man' and Big Mama Thorton's `I Smell A Rat'.
Quieter numbers like the original composition `Little Fire' and the Gospel classic `Waiting For My Child To Come Home' ... Read More
Starting tomorrow night, all-female rock band The Donnas will embark on a four-day mini tour sponsored by Gibson, The Rock-n-Royalty Tour, in support of advocacy organization Autism Speaks with special guests The Vanguard, The Happiness (NYC only), Turbogeist (NYC only), Elevator Fight (all other shows except NYC) and my good friends The Click Clack Boom. The first show will be at The Gramercy Theater here in NYC on Thursday night, 6/10, doors at 8 ... Read More
in Music Stuff
on Jun 09, 2010
It never surprises me when I stumble upon an amazing, independent musician in the vast depths of the internet. They are out there; multiplying; so it will always be impossible to find them all. Recently, however, I came across Noemi Calumarte (from Barcelona) on her MySpace page and fell in love. Calumarte has the kind of voice that is thick and soulful, reminiscent of Nina Simone but with the heart wrenching poetics of Leonard Cohen. One might compare her to Lhasa ... Read More
in Music Stuff
on Jun 09, 2010
Welcome to the world of New York musician Nellie McKay; where too classic simply means too good for the times. The irony is that McKay’s music is all about the times; with lyrics crossing the strange boundaries of political ugliness into sweet piano riffs that are at times soft and reminiscent of show tunes. Nellie’s musical bag seems itself to be a sarcastic stage where hot, politically incorrect topics become marionettes dancing on the same platform ... Read More
Cate Le Bon's album Me Oh My was released in the states last month, and we're still thinking about it. That's a great sign! Our writer Katie Bain put together her thoughts on the album, and here they are ...
Exploring the folk tendencies of the minor keys, Wales’ Cate Le Bon presents haunting, confidently arranged songs of love and existence on her debut Me Oh My. Hypnotic in its intensity, the music hinges on Le Bon’s voice, birdlike in its ability to ... Read More