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Queer musician Sister Rosetta Tharpe is FINALLY getting her place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, and you know what? IT’S ABOUT BLOODY TIME! This lady is a damn queen! via Wikipedia Rosetta was a singer/songwriter who rose to fame in the '30s and '40s by fusing gospel with seriously funky rhythms, helping give birth to rock and roll. Sadly, her contribution often gets forgotten by mainstream audiences. Some critics argue this is due to her music not being solely rock & roll as it fused...
Punk rock and feminist icon Alice Bag has released a new music video about equal pay, and we love it. “77” parodies the feminist classic film 9 To 5 to tackle the wage gap, and it rocks. This single is from Alice Bag’s new album Blueprint, which comes out March 23, and you can read more about it on her website. She became a formative figure in LA's punk rock scene in the 70s when she co-created the band The Bags. She hasn't stopped making music since, participating...
PLAG (Play Like a Girl) is a Los Angeles-based collective that empowers and elevates the voices of women and nonbinary people. The group takes empowerment to a new level, curating safe spaces in the arts through live performance, educational workshops, and other resources. PLAG is currently expanding from LA, holding their first ever event in NYC — featuring Scarlet Sails, Sharkmuffin, and Exgirlfriends — on February 23rd. We spoke with powerhouse Kimi Recor, a musician in DRÆMINGS, and the "smooth operator" of PLAG Presents, to get a better understanding of how important the work...
Fever Ray’s latest release Plunge was made available for download in October 2017 (see our review), and now the CD and vinyl versions will be available on February 23rd. In support of the album, Fever Ray, aka Ms. Karin Dreijer, is taking it to the streets with a full band and world tour which kicks off today in Vienna, Austria. Please visit feverray.com or mute.com for a complete list of dates, cities and venues where shows will be taking place. If you missed Fever Ray...
Nashville singer-songwriter Tristen has released her new music video, "Partyin’ Is Such Sweet Sorrow," and her luminous libretto won’t be the only thing imprinted on your mind. While making the video, Tristen explored a question that has tormented many women: why our lives, characters, and overall beings are so often created by, for, and through the male perspective.  Tristen soaked in the man-makes-woman perspective, turned the tables by casting a "lover boy" to lip sync her satisfyingly melancholic vocals in the music video, and took back...
London-based punk band Dream Nails has joined forces with Irish-Italian director Guen Murroni to create a spectacularly political video with a not-so-wee bit of mockery. The band’s 2018 single "Vagina Police" won’t only have you jamming out, but will also get you pumped up to continue the fight for you and your friends’ reproductive rights. Dream Nails wants to not only change the conversation about abortion, but to bring attention to the madness of the anti-abortion lobby ahead of the Irish abortion referendum. “It's absolutely ridiculous,”...
  Every issue of BUST, we review new albums — here's the first half of our February/March 2018 review section, with a playlist to go with it.   ANNA BURCHQuit the Curse(Polyvinyl) Does recognizing self-sabotaging patterns render us powerful enough to break them? Anna Burch explores this question on her solo debut, Quit the Curse—nine self-aware indie pop songs that lift the sounds of ’60s girl groups, but offer a more cynical take on their romanticism. In the warm reverb of “2 Cool 2 Care,” Burch investigates contradicting...
Are you in need of a V-Day date or do you just want a backup in case the red roses aren’t delivered on time? Not to fret, Planned Parenthood already hired Cupid to send a little arrow your way! Flutter on over to the Music Hall of Williamsburg on the eve of February 14th for NY Night Train, Panache, and BUST’s fifth annual Valentine’s Day Village of Love Rock Show and Dance Benefit! An array of babes, dames, and fast-paced fellas will be performing for...
Amanda Palmer is back with a tribute that’s heartfelt and unabashedly feminist. On January 26th, Palmer released the EP Quartet for Dolores, a two-song homage to the Cranberries’ lead singer Dolores O’Riordan, who passed away this January. “Quartet” covers two of the Cranberries’ songs: the cult classic “Zombie” and the lesser-known “No Need to Argue,” swapping “Zombie’s” grungy guitar-drum beat for a haunting string melody. “These two songs were the perfect pieces of music to cry goodbye to this incredible woman,” Palmer wrote to her followers...
  Hollywood isn’t the only industry changing its tune on sexual harassment. In solidarity with the TIME’S UP movement to end sexual misconduct, Kesha belted out her Grammy-nominated, empowering survivor anthem —"Praying"— on stage at the Grammy’s last night. Her powerful performance reached a cathartic pitch with  vocal backing from other pop artists, including Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rexha and Andra Day, and the musical activist group, the Resistance Revival Chorus. While many members of the “small army of women,” as Vulture dubbed them,...