In every issue, we here at BUST share lots of music we absolutely love in the BUST guide. Check out some of the best songs from our most recent issue, featuring Lizzo, Lush, Santigold, Yoko Ono and more.
Beyoncé is one of the most prolific pop stars of our time. She continues to push boundaries and change the way we think about women in music and black women in particular. Her image of perfection is well noted and often used as a way to criticize her for not being as authentic as starlets such as Rihanna. Although this particular gripe rings hollow, it is understandable that Beyoncé being so good at what she does, as well as her sheer dominance as a force in music and pop culture, can be alienating for those who want less-than-perfect performers that they can identify with.
The very prolific Lucinda Williams’ 12th studio album is another successful blend of folk, blues, and Americana. She displays her masterful songwriting skills with pondering ballads like “House Of Earth,” bluesy tracks like “I Know All About It” and “Death Came,” and the acoustic songs “Place In My Heart” and “Louisiana Story.” Williams and her band go electric on “Bitter Memory,” and on the climactic “Faith & Grace,” where she repeats, in her road-weathered rasp, that she needs a little more faith and grace.
  After 17 years of silence, British rockers Lush are making their faithful fans’ dreams come true with the release of their anthology Chorus. The box set first leads listeners through the shoegaze-y Gala, a compilation record of Lush’s first three EPs. Gala debuts the band’s signature sound of illusory noise with ethereal harmonies on songs like “Sweetness and Light.” The set moves into Lush’s three ageless studio albums, Spooky, Split, and Lovelife, and then segues into the B-sides collection Topolino, for lovers of Lush’s more polished, Britpop-influenced material.
With buzzy singles like "Treat Me Like Fire" and the Pharrell Williams-produced "Wonder Woman," a tour with Childish Gambino, and a feature on a recent Disclosure track, Lion Babe is on fire—and their album isn't even out yet. The two-piece band from New York City featuring vocalist Jillian Hervey and producer/musician Lucas Goodman has won fans over with their modern take on funk and soul.The duo's highly anticipated debut album, Begin, is set to be released on Polydor/Outsiders on Friday, February 5th.
Singer/songwriter Anya Marina has been quietly releasing some of indie rock’s best tracks for years. Her fourth full-length album, Paper Plane, is full of the same witty lyrics, accessible pop hooks, and images of a complicated woman’s life that have made her songs favorites of music supervisors in TV and film. This time, Marina focuses on romantic relationships; “Shut Up” is a slow burn about an unlikely hook-up, and the energetic “Ordinary Dude” is about a turning point in a relationship, with nicely contrasting vocals from Eric Hutchinson.
What happens when a songwriter pens a tune for a client, but it gets rejected? Does it get wadded up and tossed in the trash? Or does the writer sing it herself? The latter approach is Sia’s solution on her new album, This Is Acting: every song but one was originally written for another artist.Sia’s side-business of writing hits for pop stars like Rihanna and Beyoncé is well known. After a successful alternative pop career, Sia took a break from being a singer to write hits (or, more accurately, co-write them) for others.
So, I know what you’re going to say: you’re a sore loser.  You knew the rules when you signed up, and you have no right to complain about them.  So maybe you’re right.  But sometimes, as much as we may try to tailor our expectations to fit the stupidity of the system, our frustration does not always decrease in just proportion. My band The Very Rich Hours and I recently took part in Emergenza, an international battle of the bands type festival for unsigned acts. We made it to round two of the Paris leg.
Your favorite anthropomorphic riot-kittens debut their teaser track from their upcoming album 7 Hearts today! Kitten Forever, a three-piece punk band from Minneapolis, merge Lisa Frank girl power with childhood riot grrrl faves in "Brainstorm," a chanting unofficial tribute to Kanye West. Not actively seeking to be labeled as riot grrrl or feminist, they have been described as such by fans for being kickass ladies kicking ass. Helping to maintain women’s contribution to a white male-dominated punk underbelly, these ladies know their shit.
Last November, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott officially announced her return to the studio with "WTF (Where They From)," a bombastic video that is 100% Misdemeanor and her first in 10 years. The 44-year-old writer, producer, and prominent female rapper has been the recipient of 5 Grammys, has sold more than 7.6 million records, and is the only woman in hip-hop to have released 6 platinum albums.