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  I was driving home from Las Vegas the first time I heard Kesha’s new single, “Praying.” I felt so overwhelmed with emotion that I had to pull my car over to avoid an accident. In all honesty, I was not the biggest fan of her music prior to Rainbow, her newly released album. Her past songs set the perfect environment for dance clubs and house parties, but I was certain her career would fade into the distance once a new wave of pop stars emerged...
  In case you didn’t already know, Cardi B is underrated and freakin’ fantastic. She held back no punches while on Instagram Live Monday night, where she took her newfound fame to discuss an international crisis: as Al Jazeera reported, there seems to be evidence of a literal slave trade happening in Libya. The coverage of what is happening in Libya is sparse and horrific – Al Jazeera reported, “hundreds of people are being auctioned in modern-day slave markets in Libya for as little as $400.”...
Music heals – and musicians do, too. In the wake of Hurricane Maria’s devastation and damage this fall, Puerto Rican artists in New York are sending grants to their independent counterparts based on the island. Puerto Rico Independent Musicians and Artists (PRIMA) was founded by musicians Ani Cordero and singer Raquel Berrios of the indie-electronic duo Buscabulla. In a press release, Berrios described the destruction Maria caused Puerto Rico’s vibrant music scene and her fear of “a whole generation of musical culture…washed away with the waters...
  Björk Utopia (Out November 24) Björk has always tested the boundaries of pop music, and Utopia is no exception. While the artist’s eighteenth release has moments that are reminiscent of earlier work, like the classic Vespertine and the ambitious Medulla, Björk experiments in new ways in this latest album. Utopia is built on a surprising foundation of baroque-style flutes—more than a dozen flutists are listed in the credits—and sound collages of Venezuelan bird calls. Even stranger, these pastoral elements are juxtaposed with lyrics about decidedly contemporary...
Last month, all-female music collective The City & The Heart released Volume Four of its regular compilation, a stunning, diverse showcase of female-identifying unsigned artists in New York. The City & The Heart (TC&TH) was born in the winter of 2012 with the intention of cultivating a supportive community for independent women in music in New York, and evolved into a philanthropic organization as well. 23 artists contributed to the record, including TC&TH founder and singer-songwriter Meghann Wright, Queens-based blues crooner Golda and acoustic rock...
  The dawn of the 1990s was truly a beautiful time. Teenagers started dressing like walking thrift stores. MTV started showing videos by bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden, who had previously been regarded as underground/hyper local favorites exclusively. And magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin started putting bands that still had day jobs at diners and hotels on their glossy covers. It felt like the dirt was getting kicked up in a widely exciting way, and bands that had spent long and hard years fighting for...
  The 2016 election results still feel shocking to many of us, but today it’s been exactly one year since since our country voted Donald Trump into office. There are many ways one might choose to celebrate this historic anniversary (cry? emigrate?), but Brooklyn singer-songwriter Rebecca Pronksy is doing it with the release of a new concept album imagining the mindstate of a defeated Hillary Clinton in the election aftermath. Volatile political climates have inspired some of history’s most exciting, innovative art, but for Pronsky, who campaigned...
Pussy Riot has never backed down from a fight, and their latest music video for "Police State" is a challenge to do even more to resist oppression in the current political climate. In the new video, released on the anniversary of both the Russian Revolution and the Trump election, the Russian feminist art collective create a haunting dystopia where any form of joy or dissent is ruthessly suffocated. Actress Chloe Sevigny, who plays a law-enforcement officer in the video, carries a baton for riot control....
If the sweeping landscapes and the sun drenched meadows displayed in girl-trio Candace's new music video for the song "Horizons," premiering exclusively today on BUST, won't be enough to bring you out of your November-grey gloom, the romantic and dreamy vocals (with the suitably, yet contrasting, darkly cool lyrics) definitely will. Or, if not completely bring you out of it, it will at least help to bring you into a well-deserved, temporary summer haze: something we all are in deep need of right now.  "Horizons" is...
    Happy birthday, Joni Mitchell! The iconic singer/songwriter turns 74 today (November 7, 2017), and we’re taking a moment to celebrate at her incredible career. I recently reread Zadie Smith’s 2012 essay on becoming a Joni Mitchell fan, “Some Notes On Attunement,” and her description of listening to Mitchell seems pretty perfect: This is the effect that listening to Joni Mitchell has on me these days: uncontrollable tears. An emotional overcoming, disconcertingly distant from happiness, more like joy—if joy is the recognition of an almost intolerable beauty. It’s...