What happens when you really want to form a groundbreaking band with your friends, but don’t yet know how to play your instruments? In the case of New York’s all-female mariachi band Flor de Toloache, your band practices a lot—busking in the subway and near Times Square—until you all get really, really good. Founded in 2008, Flor de Toloache has a distinct and beautiful sound, fusing R&B, hip-hop, jazz, salsa, and soul influences with a traditionally Mexican format not usually known for including women. Read More

3 Must-Read Music Memoirs

BY BUST Magazine IN Music ON November 19, 2015

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A MemoirBy Carrie Brownstein(Riverhead Books) The ’90s were an exciting time for feminism as the riot grrrl movement gave women a voice, both musically and politically. Among the bands of that era with the most staying power was Sleater-Kinney, a group whose skill and inventiveness earned them a devoted following for more than a decade. Read More

Deap Vally Rocks Out In 'Royal Jelly': Live Video Premiere

BY Olivia Harrison IN Music ON November 19, 2015

Deap Vally is an LA-based rock duo made up of guitarist and vocalist Lindsey Troy and drummer and vocalist Julie Edwards. The duo formed in 2011, after the two women met at a crochet class, which is a totally rad band meet-cute. Deap Vally has been describes as "a scuzzy White Stripes-meets Led Zeppelin rock and roll duo."  Earlier this month, Troy and Edwards released a video for their newest song "Royal Jelly," featuring supermodel and fellow musician Georgia May Jagger. We have an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the live performance here. Read More

Grimes' 'Art Angels': Album Review

BY Liz Galvao IN Music ON November 12, 2015

  Electronic musician and producer (and former BUST cover girl) Grimes (a/k/a Claire Boucher) made a landmark record with 2012’s Visions, a DIY, feminist work of art that took inspiration from such varied sources as Nine Inch Nails and Mariah Carey. Her new album, the much-anticipated follow-up Art Angels, is more focused in its scope: pure pop for 2015.   Tracks like “Kill V. Maim” and “Venus Fly,” the latter of which features Janelle Monáe, are like dubstep fight songs for a fierce, alternative girl gang. Read More
Misdemeanor's in the house! And we couldn't be more excited. For the first time in seven years, Missy Elliott has a new music video out for her song, "WTF (Where They From)," featuring Pharrell Williams. The video from Atlantic Records dropped at 9 a.m. today, and it has us like:  With a futuristic, sparkly silver outfit (and lipstick)...   ...hip-hop dancing Pharrell and Missy Elliott marionettes... ...a Segway scooter... ...and all kinds of general badassery, this video was worth the seven-year wait.    Stop what you are doing and watch it now. Read More