People use a variety of things to combat the grumpies. Booze, bad television, shopping excessively, and arguing with strangers is just a short list of things that can be brought into play to chase the blues away. But nothing quite does the trick like conjuring up an image of Zooey Deschanel in a sun dress, jumping up and down while banging on a tambourine - which is exactly what she did for about an hour and a half at the sold out She & Him show at Terminal 5 ... Read More
Seeing  Glass Candy, Portland’s Italo/Disco darlings, on a New York stage was, one would imagine, like seeing Elvis play Vegas. You're watching an artist you love, who sound as great as ever, but the setting is cheesy and wrong and it just feels weird. In Portland, Oregon, where Ida No and Johnny Jewel originate and perform regularly, their shows feel like family reunions—crowded, but exciting and intimate. They fill to capacity the ... Read More
Are you still crying over the fact that you missed The Blow at Glasslands in May? Well dry your eyes because you're getting another chance this very week! Khaela Maricich is performing solo again and has recently moved to Brooklyn where she's trying out some new stuff with installation and sound artist Melissa Dyne. Have a look for yourself this Friday at Joe's Pub. More info can be found ... Read More
Nothing says patriotic holiday weekend like Bjork singing songs to some whales. Well, she's mostly singing the songs to raise money for whales, but I'm sure she'd delight in singing directly to them as well. Bjork has teamed up with last Summer's musical mascots, Dirty Projectors, for an EP called Mount Wittenberg Orca, all proceeds of which will be donated to the National Geographic Society's Ocean Initiative. Stream this album while you fire up the grill ... Read More
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 ... what I'm trying to say here is that Thao Nguyen (Thao With the Get Down Stay Down,) and Mirah have discovered that they ... 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 ... 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

Cate Le Bon

BY Kelly McClure in Music Stuff

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
When I discovered that The Blow was going to be having a show in Brooklyn on the very day of my birth (May 13th,) I actually did a fist pump and exclaimed something along the lines of, "ALL RIGHT!" The last time I had seen Khaela Maricich in action was a few years ago at the Empty Bottle in Chicago where she performed songs off of Paper Television sans the help of her sometimes collaborator Jona Bechtolt. Since that time, Maricich has parted ways with Bechtolt ... Read More

Sword of My Mouth

BY Kelly McClure in Artsy

I learned of Sword of My Mouth, the post-rapture graphic novel by Jim Munroe and Shannon Gerard through a vanity prompted fluke. I came across a blog that mentioned a release party for the novel, and as a bonus for helping spread the word, Gerard was offering to draw original portraits of anyone who sent her a picture. I sent in my picture and received a portrait back the very next day, which is shown down below. Making actual contact with one of the authors of the ... Read More
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