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It's fun to imagine our favorite musical artists having their own favorite musical artists, and who those might be. Sometimes, while listening to albums, I create supergroups in my brain and think of how awesome it would be if the artists who create the soundtrack for my days and nights got together to share a stage. It would be, well, anyway ... Read More
Holy crap. If you have not heard up and coming, indie songwriter Emily Jane White yet you need to head to her website and check her out. Now. If you’re a sucker for female voices like Jolie Holland, Edith Piaf, Cat Power, Hope Sandoval or Shannon Wright you will love Emily Jane White. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this video Almost three years ago I was heading to the San Fran International Airport just lolly-gagging through Potrero Hill when I simply bumped right into Emily Jane White and her lovely band playing a street festival for the arts. Read More
So, wanna do something fun this Thursday evening?  Check out CrushFEST at Public Assembly. The event features Big Freedia (who was featured in the 2010 Men We Love issue!) and Rusty Lazer, along with many other fine musical artists for you to enjoy. Tickets are available here for $15 advanced tickets. Woo! For more info click to the Facebook event page.   Now for your viewing pleasure: BIG FREEDIA from VIDEOTHING.COM on Vimeo. Read More
It’s been three years since the seven piece (plus guests) Canadian ensemble Arcade Fire toured the United States. Which is ironic because they seem so, well, American.  When Arcade Fire released Neon Bible in 2007 they ended up articulating an image of disenchantment so real to Americans it hurt. Delivered with the hollow, melodic voice of vocalist Win Butler and accompanied by the soulful droning of a church organ and the metallic lick of string instruments, Neon Bible tapped into the jugular vein of American sadness and fear. Read More
The First Aid Kit album has been in heavy rotation here at the Bust office for quite some time now. Our writer, Aurora Montgomery, got the chance to see them play their songs live at The Bell House in Brooklyn last week. Here's what she had to say about the show: First Aid Kit played their first New York show at The Bell House in Brooklyn last week. Klara & Johanna Söderberg ,accompanied by a drummer for their set that evening, played acoustic guitar and lead vocals. Read More
When your favorite band starts getting successful there are many potential pitfalls, but among the two deadliest are overproduction and happiness. The verdict was still out on The National when I went to last night's show at Radio City Music Hall. Though there's much to love in their latest contribution, High Violet, the album is certainly overproduced for my liking. So when the horns and strings sections took the stage, I worried. Knowing that Matt Berninger has settled with his family in Brooklyn didn't do much to ease my concern. Read More
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. Read More
Rasputina 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 seventh full-length album, Sister Kinderhook, is among the best she’s ever recruited. 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 store Justice. It’s like an exclusive girl-only Facebook that aims “to redefine beauty for girls. 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 Vermont and is comprised of Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Amelia Randall Meath. Read More
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