Esmé Patterson is the true definition of an artist. If you can define an artist, of course. This may be an oxymoron, but give a listen to her newest album, We Were Wild, and you will know exactly what I am talking about. Patterson’s third solo album is her most thoughtful yet. This is understandable given the massive amount of change she was going through during the time she was writing. A Colorado native, Patterson recently made the move to Portland, Oregon.
The Dixie Chicks have always been feminist country queens, and they are continuing to prove their feminist credentials on their current world tour. By showing preshow ads for Planned Parenthood, the Human Rights Campaign and Proclaim Justice, showing their support for the LGBT community, and performing in front of a yuuuge defaced picture of Donald Trump, the Dixie Chicks are turning their comeback tour into a progressive political statement. But let’s not forget about their long history of defying the conservative submissive stereotype of southern women.
Sunflower Bean has been labeled a band on the rise from multiple outlets, from Rolling Stone to Consequence of Sound, after the release of their first album Human Ceremony in February. Human Ceremony is like taking a walk back into the dreamy rock music world of the '70s. It's hard to believe that only two members of the band are barely legal, and one can't even buy a beer yet. We sat down with Sunflower Bean's Nick Kivlen, Jacob Faber, and Julia Cumming  before their show at House of Vans in Brooklyn with The Paranoyds and DIIV.
You may not know the name T-Rextasy yet, but you will. I’ll even bet you BUSTies out there that you’ll have their new album, Jurassic Punk, on heavy rotation by the time this interview is over. Jurassic Punk by T-Rextasy T-Rextasy is made up of five fabulous women: Lyris Faron on vocals, Lena Abraham and Vera Kahn on guitar, Annie Fidoten on bass, and Ebun Nazon-Power on drums—they're all only juniors in college, and they all rock.
June has finally arrived y’all, in all of its sunny, sweaty glory. This means two things: First of all, it’s officially summer. Second of all, it’s PRIDE MONTH (fellow queers, rejoice)! So, to celebrate the changing of the seasons and Pride alike, I’ve compiled a list of queer musicians that you need to add to your summer playlist.Whether you’ll be spending the sweltering days beachside, poolside, or couchside (me), these artists, who are proudly representing the queer community, are summer playlist staples.  1.
Almost two years ago, I sat down with SHIRA — a poet, visual artist, and musician — hoping to introduce her work to BUST’s audience during my time as an intern for the magazine. After listening to her 2013 EP Shouts and Sparks, I was deeply moved in a way that I was not familiar with. Sometimes, I forget the power and truth in women’s voices; SHIRA’s music reminded me that those stories must be listened to. Because of this, I wanted to pick her brain, to perhaps ground my interpretation of her artistry, and then to listen to her beyond my interpretation.
Josephine Baker is easily one of the most badass women ever. She was not only a dancer and an actress but also a spy and political activist. Josephine was born in America, but moved from St. Louis to Paris when she fell in love with the city, while on a dance tour as a young woman. She became a famous dancer in Paris and was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture. Her beauty and skill in performance were what enabled her to become a spy for the French during World War II.
Before I knew I was queer, I knew I didn’t like The Backstreet Boys or *NSYNC as much as my friends, and everything about Ginger Spice was goals. When Blink-182 came out with their video for “I Miss You” in 2003, it was banned in my house because my mom caught me watching it and was disgusted by the two women making out. I didn’t need to see two girls kissing to get my mind wandering, though. This list of music videos made my face blush before I knew why. 1.
On last night's episode of the summertime variety series Maya & Marty, guest star Tina Fey took the stage with host Maya Rudolph to perform an epic musical medley the proved that 1) Tina Fey can sing, y'all! 2) Maya Rudolph is a hilarious shining gem 3) Tina and Maya need to do more things together, and 4) Musical medleys still kill.
Every gal needs a go-to badass feminist song as a soundtrack to her life. We found your summer anthem in Deap Vally’s “Smile More,” a self-titled “f*ck you anthem” from its up and coming album FEMEJISM. The rock/blues duo, made of singer/guitarist Lindsey Troy and drummer Julie Edwards, just dropped a video for “Smile More,” a documentary style of L.A. neighborhoods with a central message that Deap Vally is having none of the ageism/sexism/slut-viewing views of society. “Smile More” is wonderfully relatable.


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