M.I.A.'s much-anticipated fourth studio album, Matangi, is set for release tomorrow, November 5th. But you don't have to wait another 24 hours to hear the new tracks--Matangi, in its entirety, is currently streaming on YouTube.  It's everything you would expect from M.I.A.--heavy beats, witty rhymes, references to political movements you have to look up on Wikipedia later, and last but not least: a serious dose of bad-ass-ery. The album, which she describes as more "spiritual" than her past work, is already drawing in positive reviews from all sides. Read More
Just because Halloweekend is over doesn't mean you can't bring a little spooky spirit to your Monday. Last Friday, current BUST coverlady Neko Case performed with her band for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series. To add to the festivities, the group donned various confusing/weird/awesome costumes for the performance of their unplugged set. The set list included "Night Still Comes," "Calling Cards," and "Local Girl,"--all tracks from her latest release The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight... Watch the performance below (gorilla suit optional)!   Thanks to NPR. Read More
Suddenly, the internet seems to be running rampant with debates over the notorious "thigh gap." Tumblr is full of "how-to"'s that will guide you to supposed perfection, a Twitter hashtag explodes with a plethora of new 140-character musings each second, and now even models can't escape ridicule if their thighs aren't in possession (or lack thereof) of the perfect amount of flesh.  In case you are just tuning in, a "thigh gap" is a triangular area at the top of the thighs where the skin does not touch, even when one is standing with their feet together. Read More
Yoko Ono's newest video for her track "Bad Dancer" is what all music videos should aspire to be: part funky-fresh music, part all-star dance-party, part totally WTF-worthy. It's essentially what would happen if a bunch of kickass musicians got together for a high school art project.  In the clip, she and her crew--featuring Ira Glass, Questlove, and Roberta Flack among others--get weird in what appears to be Andy Warhol's Factory (but without cocaine on everything). Read More
Over the past 20 years, psychologist David Lisak has been researching rape and sexual assault on college campuses. He's asked over 2,000 men questions like "Have you ever had sexual intercourse with someone, even though they did not want to, because they were too intoxicated [on alcohol or drugs] to resist your sexual advances?" His results? One in 16 men answered "yes" to some version of that question.  Lisak describes the "narcissism" of a rapist and how they are "very forthcoming" in talking about their offenses. Read More
Anyone with a brain would agree that the rise of women like Marissa Mayer (Yahoo!) and Meg Whitman (Hewlett-Packard) to the coveted role of CEO should be cause for celebration. For the first time in history, women are in charge of some of the most important change-making companies out there. But Women's E-News is suggesting that we "hold the cheers." As it turns out, a woman at the top may be nothing more than a scapegoat for a  faltering company. Read More
It was a little more than a month ago that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, member of imprisoned feminist punk group Pussy Riot, announced she was embarking on a hunger strike until "until [the administration] starts treating us like humans." In an extensive and difficult to read open letter, Tolokonnikova revealed the deplorable conditions in which she has been forced to live as she serves her two-year prison sentence.  Now, following a transfer from her original location in Mordovia, Tolokonnikova is missing. On October 21st, she was transferred by train to a still undisclosed location. Read More
Jane Austen is one of the few writers who has truly survived the test of time. Countless salacious sequels, PBS specials, and costumed meetups continue to thrive despite the fact that Austen hasn't produced much work since 1817. So really, it was only a  matter of time before everyone's favorite witty woman made her way into the virtual world. Yes, I am talking about a Jane Austen video game.  Ever, Jane, an MMO currently campaigning on Kickstarter, invites you to navigate the world of England's Regency Period and all of the intrigue, impropriety, and ball invitations that entails. Read More
A study at the Columbia Business School recently exposed how, in the work place, women are asked for help more frequently, and that their help is less appreciated than that of their male counterparts.  Sharon Meers, contributor to the Wall Street Journal, thinks this behavior may be an after-effect of teaching our children that neatness and niceness are virtues primarily for girls. Later in life, she muses, women are looked at merely as "merry wives of the workplace. Read More
Gwyneth Paltrow talked about something unrelated to $250.00 sea salt and boy was it awesome.  In a recent interview with Red Magazine, Paltrow addressed the criticisms she, along with working mothers 'round the world, receive for the way they choose to balance their life. Check it: "It makes me cross. I personally think that the work-life balance for a woman should be exactly what she feels is right for her. And nobody else can set her time schedule. And nobody else can tell her how many hours a week she needs to devote to this, that or the other … fuck what anybody else says. Read More