Music - BUST Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:56:39 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb (BUST ) Nina Simone Will Finally Be Inducted Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame  

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2018 inductees, and the one we are most excited about is, hands down, Nina Simone. An accomplished singer, songwriter, and pianist known as “High Priestess of Soul,” Simone was also an important activist in the Civil Rights Movement and beyond, calling out injustice through her songs like “Mississippi Goddam,” “To Be Young, Gifted, And Black,” “Four Women,” and her version of “Strange Fruit” (originally written by Billie Holiday).

Simone has been eligible since 1986, but she’s never even been nominated before. Um, about time, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Don’t know much about Simone but want to fix that, as you should? The 2015 documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?, directed by Liz Garbus and executive produced by Simone’s daughter Lisa Simone Kelly, is a great film and is also available to watch on Netflix.


Gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, whose music in the ‘30s and ‘40s was hugely influential in the development of rock’n’roll, will also be inducted. She’s been called “the original soul sister” and “The Godmother of Rock and Roll.” Rolling Stone describes her as “A queer black woman from Arkansas who shredded on electric guitar, belted praises both to God and secular pleasures, and broke the color line touring with white singers, she was gospel's first superstar, and she most assuredly rocked.”

The other inductees are a bunch white dude rock bands: the Cars, Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues, and Dire Straits.

Top photo: Nina Simone, from "What Happened, Miss Simone?"

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]]> (Erika W. Smith) Music Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:01:29 -0500
17 New Albums To Get Obsessed With Before 2017 Ends: Playlist  

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From our December/January print issue, take a look at our reviews of 17 albums from late 2017 that you don't want to miss, featuring artists like St. Vincent, Princess Nokia, Mavis Staples, and Tegan And Sara. Scroll down to listen to a playlist below. Subscribe to BUST to see all our music reviews in print, or buy BUST on newsstands.

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Following her eponymous 2014 breakout album, St. Vincent—aka Annie Clark—is back with Masseducation, a rumination on fame, lost love, and surviving the news cycle. Clark’s gifts of reinvention and self-interrogation secure comparisons to icons. With cheek and deceptive humor, second track “Pills” recounts the dilemma of prescription drug dependence, set to a robotic melody that conjures the Stepford Wives. Slowing down near the end with a call to “Come all you wasted/Wretched, and scorned,” the song becomes an anthem for misfits in the vein of Bowie’s defense of the children on “Changes.” Buzzing guitar and perfectly provocative lyrics—“Mass seduction/I can’t turn off what turns me on”—on the title track evoke a modernized Purple Rain; while “Sugarboy” considers desperation and loneliness, kicked out to a propulsive “Baby, I’m a Star” backbeat.

Two standout tracks cement Clark’s ability to frolic and groove while remaining heart touching and clever. The surface meaning of “Los Ageless” is easily grasped, but it’s the refrain—“How can anybody have you and lose you/And not lose their mind, too?”—that tugs with universal bereavement. “New York” is also a masterpiece, a heartrending ballad smudged dirty. (In this scenario, the beloved is the “only motherfucker who could handle” her.) Like the existential experience of living in N.Y.C., the song brilliantly expands from a meditation of the personal to the inexorable changes that affect us all. If not the natural progeny of David Bowie and Prince, on Masseducation, St. Vincent is at least a godchild. 5/5 –CAMILLE COLLINS

Turn Out The Lights

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Julien Baker’s vulnerable side is again on display with the follow-up to her 2015 debut Sprained Ankle. Here, thanks to the addition of piano and a string section, there’s a more anthemic quality to Baker’s vulnerability. On the twinkly “Appointments,” Baker finds hope in unraveling her concerns about being a disappointment; on the plucky “Happy To Be Here,” she asks the listener to sing along as she argues whether she can ever change. Her somberness even begets hope on album closer “Claws In Your Back”—a compelling call to arms in which Baker screams about conquering her demons, somehow convincing you it really can be done. 4/5 –SHANNON CARLIN

No Fury
(New Moss)

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With a space-funk synth hook and punky guitar licks, “Ask Me To Stay” kicks off Jessica Boudreaux’s solo album with a bang worthy of a Gen-X indie movie soundtrack. The rest of No Fury proceeds in a similar vein. With compulsively singable break-up songs, Boudreaux (frontwoman of Summer Cannibals) and her producing partner Hutch Harris (the Thermals) have made an album that stands as a solid option for fans of speaker-blasting rock and pop anthems. Cue it up for highlights like the sexy slink of “Never Get You” and the bouncy "fuck you" of “Watch Me Walk Away.” 4/5 –JULIA BEMBENEK

(Sub Pop)

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For their second album, Nashville indie group Bully slows things down while preserving their “fuck off” attitude. Losing maintains the booming guitar riffs and impassioned vocals of frontwoman Alicia Bognanno while exploring anxious disillusionment. Album opener “Feel the Same” illustrates the daily quest for meaning—“Cut my hair/I feel the same/Masturbate/I feel the same”—set to a metronomic beat before the panicked crescendo. On “Guess There,” Bagnanno croons, “It’s a new year/And you made it clear/That you don’t wanna see me/I don’t get it, but I don’t care.” Bully is the perfect soundtrack to your next existential crisis. 4/5 –KELLI EBENSBERGER

If You’re a Boy or a Girl

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Elettrodomestico—aka Jane Wiedlin (the Go-Go’s) and multi-instrumentalist Pietro Straccia—whip up a spacey, beachy vibe with their debut album If You’re a Boy or a Girl. “Rabbit Stew” is a somewhat deadpan start, but it precedes a string of five potent songs, including the unexpectedly stirring “Aloha” and the dreamy “Stop, Drop & Swallow.” Of particular note are Wiedlin’s contributions—especially “Mail Order Bride” and closing track “The Next Night”—in case you’d forgotten just how influential she was to the Go-Go’s’ sound. Overall, the album is smart, boisterous, and sprinkled with surprises. 4/5 –WHITNEY DWIRE


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After storming the gates with her third studio album, 2016’s breathtaking My Woman, Angel Olsen is retreating long enough to show us how she got there. Comprising B-sides, rarities, and unreleased sessions, Phases is a peek into the singer-songwriter’s process: a haunting voice, a lonely guitar, and lots of raw, unadulterated space. Some songs are familiar (the Bandcamp-only “Fly On Your Wall” and both tracks from the Sleepwalker 7-inch), but the gentle roll of My Woman’s unheard “Special” or the home demos “Sans” and “How Many Disasters” make the album seriously irresistible. Phases is a gem for ride-or-die fans and newcomers alike. 4/5 –MOLLIE WELLS

Introduction to Escape-ism 

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Ian Svenonius, of many a D.C.-based band (the Make-Up, Chain and the Gang, Nation of Ulysses), has released his first solo record under the name Escape-ism. He heavily commits to electronic drums, muffled guitars, and moody vocals for all 10 tracks; on two, he gets it right. “They Took the Waves” and “Walking in the Dark” have a good mix of those ingredients and are distinguishable from the others, with the latter being the best on the album. Elsewhere, the sounds of Introduction to Escape-ism become redundant, especially on “Almost No One (Can Have My Love).” 2/5 –KATHRYN HENSCH 

Blue Dream

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On the Flavr Blue’s sophomore effort, Blue Dream, chill vibes reign supreme. The project’s title is a nod to an infamous Cali strain of weed and the songs live up to the dreamy moniker. Cuts like the opener “Top Down” and “365” are pop radio-ready, while “143,” “Pocket,” and “Faded,” bring a woozier element. Other songs, like “Picture Perfect” and “Live It Up,” zone in on the Flavr Blue’s crisp take on electronic music, a sound they’ve managed to perfect this second time around. Summer might be over, but Blue Dream will keep you warm. 4/5 –KATHY IANDOLI

Memory of a Cut Off Head

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Also known as Thee Oh Sees and the Oh Sees, the prolific garage/psych project of John Dwyer returns to its very first name, OCS, for the band’s 20th album. Welcoming back longtime collaborator Brigid Dawson for co-writing duties, Memory of a Cut Off Head is mellow folk—another nod to their sound of yore. Soft guitar, delicate strings, and gentle harmonies are charmingly refined—especially on “Cannibal Planet” and “The Remote Viewer”—but flickering tempos, sinister lyrics, and extraterrestrial blips reveal something weirder. “On and On Corridor” could pass as the sorceress/troll duet in a trippy fairytale rock opera. And “The Chopping Block” is a touching, underworld ballad. 4/5 –EMILY NOKES

April Fool
(Angrygal Records)

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Americana singer/songwriter Sara Rachele’s sophomore release, April Fool, continues her ethereal take on the country vibe she laid down on her 2014 debut Diamond Street. Rachele’s angelic voice channels Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton, and she has a gift for telling tales of hope and disappointment in classic troubadour fashion. Original material like “Tangled,” “Can’t Be Satisfied,” and “Missin’ My Baby” demonstrate Rachele’s insightful skills as a first-rate lyricist. If all that isn’t enough to love, there are also incredibly heartfelt renditions of the Beatles classic “If I Fell” and John Lilly’s “April Fool.” 4/5 –MICHAEL LEVINE

1992 Deluxe
(Rough Trade)

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In 2016, Princess Nokia dropped off her bittersweet love letter to New York City in the form of a mixtape titled 1992. With eight new tracks tacked on, 1992 Deluxe brings more heat from an artist who knows what she wants and raps it into existence. While 1992 Deluxe brings all of the mixtape faves like “Bart Simpson,” “Tomboy,” and the killer “Brujas,” it’s the new cuts that seal Nokia’s fate. “ABCs of New York” sanctifies the Big Apple, while “Goth Kid” gets introspective and dark. Pause for “G.O.A.T” to truly understand why Princess Nokia is well on her way to becoming royalty. 4/5 –KATHY IANDOLI

“all female rock and roll quartet”
(Empty Cellar)

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Hilariously titled “all female rock and roll quartet,” the second album from the She’s—a San Francisco-based foursome who have known each other since grade school—instantly takes a jab at the exhausting, gendered language surrounding female-identified musicians in the male-dominated music press. Enlisting help from tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus, the group distances themselves from the sunny, ’60s surf-pop of their 2011 debut with darker lyrics and heavier, experimental guitar layering. Songs like “Holly,” take lyrical cues from Whip-Smart-era Liz Phair, while the distorted wall of sound on “Sorry” echoes the raw pop sensibility of P.S. Eliot. 4/5 –BREE MCKENNA

If All I Was Was Black

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Mavis Staples’ voice transcends generations with a history that runs deep—for decades she has spoken her truth as a musician and as a civil rights activist. Interwoven with subtle guitar, backup gospel vocals, and drums, the minimalist soul-meets-country instrumentation—written for Staples by her longtime collaborator Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco)—puts all ears on the lyrics. Tracks like “No Time For Crying,” “We Go High,” and “Try Harder,” speak to the urgency of political change. In “Who Told You That,” Staples echoes the sentiment, “We don’t want to rock the boat,” but then asks, “Who told you that?” If All I Was Was Black calls on America to face its ugliness and its denial, and then fix it. 5/5 –CLAIRE MCKINZIE

(Big Legal Mess)

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Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn-born singer Bette Smith combines the sounds of vintage R&B, funk, and gospel with contemporary pop/rock on her dynamic debut album, Jetlagger. Equipped with a wide-ranging, powerhouse voice (in the tradition of Tina Turner and Betty Davis, with nods to Macy Gray and Sharon Jones as well) and a take-no-prisoners attitude, Smith gives her all on soul-inspired originals like “Shackle & Chain,” “Manchild,” and “Durty Hustlin’,” as well as on several covers, including kickin’ renditions of Lone Justice’s “I Found Love” and “City In the Sky” by the Staple Singers. 5/5 –MICHAEL LEVINE

The Con X: Covers
(Warner Bros.)

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For their 10th anniversary, Tegan and Sara have gathered their friends in the LGBTQ+ community to reinterpret their breakthrough album The Con. The original album best sums up the sisters’ ability to articulately explore the two-edged reality of relationships, and these refreshed versions prove it to be a record that still rings as poignantly true as it did in 2007. Standout contributions come from the electronic swathes of MUNA’s “Relief Next to Me,” Mykki Blanco’s moody, percussive version of “Knife Going In,” and Hayley Williams’ stripped-back, stirring rendition of “Nineteen.” The Con X: Covers is an eclectic, significant celebration of one of pop’s greatest groups. 4/5 –SAMMY MAINE

(Kill Rock Stars)

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Yes, that Cindy Wilson. The B-52s icon has officially dropped a solo record, and it’s every bit as spunky and adventurous as you’d expect. Wilson plays with the parameters of electronic pop here—from the glitched-out house of “Change” to the smooth-as-hell FM Gold of “Sunrise,” every track shimmies through its respective reference points into a fresh atmosphere that feels just as good in your bedroom as it does on the dance floor. Sure, you could draw a through line to Robyn, or even Goldfrapp, but Change mostly shakes off comparison. This is pure Cindy. And she’s coming (back) for your heart. 5/5 –MOLLIE WELLS 

Lost in Light 
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Lost in Light, the follow-up to singer/songwriter Sumie’s 2013 self-titled debut, is a collection of timeless lo-fi folk filled with enchanting melodies and poetic imagery. Her hypnotizing voice manages to be both sharp and delicate, and many of the songs are written in dizzying waltz timing, with gently plucked guitar and the occasional touch of strings or brass. With moody minor-key piano chords, meandering vocals, and a quiet horn refrain, “Night Rain” is a somber standout. And the evocative “Divine Wind” was inspired by a Swedish poem she translated into English. Ghostly, gorgeous, and mesmerizing, the entire album is one you won’t soon forget. 5/5 –CINDY YOGMAS

This article originally appeared in the December/January 2017 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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Blondie And Joan Jett Fight Sexism, Consumerism, And "Fake News" In New Music Video Doomordestiny 64805


Rock n’ roll fans, listen up! Today, Blondie (and Joan Jett!) released their new music video for “Doom or Destiny” on i-D. The song, featuring Jett's background vocals, is the opening track and fourth single off of their eleventh studio album, Pollinator.

“We wanted to comment on the bizarre state of media and news in the current political ‘idiocracy’ we are watching play out in real time,” Debbie Harry, Blondie’s frontwoman, said in a press release. She described the video to i-D as “the most openly political video Blondie has ever done.”

When the band goes political, it seems, they go big. Images of Jett and Harry flash next to a Donald Trump sock puppet and dancing Nasty Women in skintight suits. The video also touches on global warning, consumerism, and the declining bee population.

Pollinator which was released earlier this year, was largely a collaborative effort, featuring songs co-written by artists including Johnny Marr, Sia, and Dev Hynes.

Watch the music video here:

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]]> (Lydia Wang) Music Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:32:50 -0500
5 New Christmas Albums That Don't Suck TheOfficeXMAS 3de86

Happy holidays from BUST! Our gift to you: a brief round-up of the best new Christmas albums, and a playlist full of wintery anthems both new and old (but mostly new). No matter what kind of holiday season you're having, we've got you covered.

Various Artists – 13 Days of Xmas

This year, indie-country label Bloodshot Records gave us the gift of this glorious compilation filled with all kinds of jangly, jazzy, and folky goodness. A highlight is “I Slept Through Christmas,” a wistful but upbeat tune by Australian singer-songwriter Ruby Boots, and “Papa Barrence’s Christmas” by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages. 

Dude York – Halftime for the Holidays

This Seattle-based trio, currently on tour with Alex Lahey, has an album for anyone heartbroken, angsty, or just fed up this holiday season. With lyrics like “Gonna have to see him again / We still have all the same friends / If I don’t go out then that’s letting him win” and “It’s been hard out here on my own / Sometimes I feel so alone / I wish I could go back home but I can still hear you over the phone,” Halftime for the Holidays captures the feelings that aren’t necessarily all warm and fuzzy about Christmastime.

Fantasia – Christmas After Midnight

Sexy and classy at once, Fantasia’s first-ever Christmas album is soulful and timeless, a dedication to her grandmother who was born on Christmas Day, according to The record is comprised of twelve covers, including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night,” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” a duet with musician Cee-Lo Green.

Various Artists – Indie for the Holidays

Amazon Music has pulled together an incredible collection for the music fiend looking to get in the holiday spirit. Indie for the Holidays features 60 tracks by artists ranging from Best Coast to Dean and Britta, to Albert Hammond Jr. A standout is Savoir Adore's dreamy, futuristic take on "Baby, It's Cold Outside." 

Various Artists – Holidays Rule (Vol. Two)

In 2012, Capitol Records gave us Holidays Rule, a selection of cheery wintertime pop from musical acts including The Shins, fun., and Rufus Wainwright. This year’s sequel is—in my opinion — even better, thanks to MUNA, Kandace Springs, and Lake Street Dive. If you’re into electro-pop, you’ll adore U.S. Girls’ rendition of “Blue Christmas”; if that’s not your thing, you’ll probably still love the track by Flor de Toloache, an all-female mariachi band (!!!).

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She who Shreds: 8 Bands To Fall In Love With at The BUST School For Creative Living sheshreds51 bd2f9

On December 9th and 10th, BUST will be a hosting an indie craft fair at the Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Brooklyn NY.  NYC's longest running indie craft fair, The BUST Craftacular celebrates DIY culture by featuring an array of eclectic handmade and vintage vendors from all over the United States. There will also be music, food, delicious cocktails, and DIY activities for all ages. The music we have planned for you is all female-led and happens to be some of NYC's most beloved acts:



Haybaby are a power trio and one of Brooklyn’s hardest working bands. Their music, self proclaimed “sludge pop” and “slop rock,” is adept at dynamics, blending loud and violent guitars with soft and enticing pop. On their song “Yours,” they keep the balance of loud and soft under perfect control. They are grooving and still unapologetically punk, music with driving bass lines, catchy melodies, and guitars that oftentimes sound like they are on the edge of disintegrating into madness. Their first full length album Sleepy Kids was featured on Stereogum’s 50 best albums of 2015, and they are currently releasing more music under record label, Tiny Engines.

2. New Myths

Another Brooklyn-based power trio, New Myths is a culmination of Synth-Pop, New Wave, and Grunge. They layer synthesizers with rock guitars, like a punk rock version of disco—all fuzzy and distorted. The music is artfully rhythmic and guaranteed to get you dancing. The vocals are unique in that they are treated like another instrument in the band as they seamlessly weave in and out of the arrangements. New Myths have opened for major acts such as Metric, Warpaint, and Cindy Wilson (B-52s), and their hit, “False Gold,” was featured by Lou Reed on his XM radio station, Lou Reed’s New York Shuffle.

3. A Deer A Horse

A Deer A Horse is a beloved up-and-coming local Brooklyn band that the Village Voice described as “searing guitar rock.” Their newest EP Backswimmer is proggy, dark, and heavy as f***. Their lyrics are extremely clever and have poetic hooks that are bound to make you stop in your tracks. This band is smart, well practiced, and obviously has chops. In “Once Or Twice,” front person Rebecca Satellite declares “Once or twice/I’m right.” The drums are skillful and the bass is heavy in its attack, relentless, and always coming back for more.

4. Sic Tic

This Brooklyn power trio are admirable lo-fi indie rockers. Staying true to lo-fi and garage rock aesthetic, this music is no bullshit in the sense that what you see is what you get. The guitars are crunchy, noisy, and full of surprising hooks. “In Our Stillness,” the opening track from their self titled EP, begins with a melodic line reminiscent of Eastern scales.The repetitive guitar riffs and lyrics have the ability to lock you into a trancelike state. “I fall into you/You fall into me” repeats over a guitar line that doubles the melody. This band clearly stretches what it means to play in this genre, continuously leaving you guessing what’s next.

5.Parrot Dream

Parrot Dream is self proclaimed “dream pop from Brooklyn by way of Santiago Chile.” They were named one of the “Best New Bands” by Argentina’s Mute Magazine and “Best New Bands from NYC” by The Deli Magazine, and their debut EP Set Sail Someday was released on Chilean label Beast Discos. Parrot Dream is synthy and ambient, creating a dense landscape driven by seductive guitar arpeggiations. On their song “Sound & Light,” reverb soaked vocals wrap you up in a warm blanket. The ambiance creates a pleasant listening experience heightened by a tension, which creates a feeling of transcendence.

6. Fiona Silver

Fiona Silver is a singer-songwriter who is a modern day throwback. She draws on the nostalgia of classic rock n roll, invoking strong imagery that is timeless. Her video “Smoking Gun” takes us through a desert scene calling on the nostalgia of the great West: the leather, bikes, cactus, all reminiscent of California rock n roll. Silver’s confidence and sex appeal is unmistakable. Her music demands attention with soulful vocals, meaty guitars, and choruses that you can always return to. She was nominated for GO! Magazine’s Nightlife award for Best Performer and her songs have been featured in many publications including Paste Magazine, Glamour, Galore Magazine and many more.

7. Kino Kimino

Kino Kimino are the songs of front woman Kim Talon. Reminiscent of The Julie Ruin, it is off kilter, a little angry, punky, and topped with strong female vocals. The guitar riffs are catchy with frantic rolling drums. It is hip but doesn’t take itself too seriously. The album Bait Is For Sissies is an extremely tight and well produced record which features Sonic Youth members, Steven Shelley and Lee Ranaldo.The live band currently consists of Tara Thiessen (Sharkmuffin, Ex-girlfriends) and drummer Jordan Blakely.

8. Lea

Lea is a throwback to 80’s New Wave with a strong R&B spine invoking influences such as Fiona Apple and Sade.  Her arrangements, which feature synths and keys, are sparse but complex, seamlessly cycling through surprising changes. Her deep and sultry voice soars over skillful compositions that are moody and sensual. Lea recently released an EP titled Fever Dream and has shared the stage with acts such as Jakob Dylan and India.Arie, as well as garnering writing credits with some of the industry's top professionals.

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I Found My Strength Through Kesha’s Music  

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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 on the scene. So, when her new song was released over the summer, I was hesitant to give it a chance. I have never been so glad to be proven wrong.

“Praying” is not just a nod towards forgiveness and moving forward in life. Her song tells the importance of discovering beauty within yourself and the strength you never knew you possessed. In the hearts of abuse victims everywhere, this is a song that was written for them. For me. As former victim of domestic violence, my struggle only intensified once the abuse ended. Despite the professional help and support I received from loved ones, the loneliness and emotional pain I felt was unbearable. There was no one who truly understood my anguish. It wasn’t until I driving down the I-15 Freeway and listening to Kesha sing about her pride in herself that I felt heard for the first time. She reminded me that no matter the hell my abuser put me through, he can never take away my strength. My beauty. My core self.

I hope Kesha realizes the incredible impact her music has had on millions of people. Through her own painful experience, she gave strength to so many. She is a shining star who truly deserves every praise.

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]]> (Emily Simons) Music Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:20:17 -0500
Cardi B's Instagram Live About Libya Is "A MotherF*cking Fact"  cardi b video for bodak yellow

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.” Cardi B, who recently topped Billboard’s 100 List with the banger “Bodak Yellow,” took to Instagram Live to tell us all what the fuck is up.

While wearing a bathrobe and on/off talking to someone offscreen, Cardi B. monologued about the travesty happening in Libya and the United Nations’ obligation to do something — and why they haven’t. She suggested that due to Libya’s rocky political landscape and lack of permanent leadership for almost two years, the UN stands to gain financially from not helping them in any way. She says, “You wanna know why they not making it a priority?...Because it’s convenient for them. It’s convenient for them because they want free resources, they want their free goods and that’s why they don’t give a fuck.” She went on to say, “ wanna know something? They might kill me for this, but it’s a FACT — it’s a motherfucking fact — what’s going on over there is shameful and disgusting,” which is obviously 100% right and the UN really needs to release a statement responding to these slaying remarks.

As a young, black, brassy and BOSS rapper, Cardi B has a lot to lose to take on social causes right now; it may be hip to be “woke” right now, but the mainstream media still hates an opinionated woman. She’s no dummy, and clearly knows she will inevitably get some kickback for her comments — but she knows her shit, and she’s RIGHT.

She finished her Live video with “as much as we say ‘pray for this, pray for that,’ it’s just like...those people, the United Nations and these countries, they could help. They just don’t fucking want to, because it’s convenient for them.” Drop the mic. Become a UN Ambassador.

Nothing but respect for my president.

 Header photo via Atlantic Records; video via The Cut 

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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 of Hurricane Maria.”

“We want to support the music community and preserve it,” Berrios wrote. “And the first step is to provide emergency financial aid.”

PRIMA has been providing $500 “micro-grants” to musicians, sound engineers, videographers, and also writers, photographers, and web designers involved in the community. The funds will help artists who have lost not only their equipment and studios but their homes and means of income.

Learn more about the initiative or make a donation on PRIMA’s website.

Top photo via Buscabulla

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Björk's "Utopia" Tests The Boundaries Of Pop Music: BUST Review bjork 891d9


(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 issues like texting, mixtapes, and MP3s. Björk weaves these seemingly contradictory parts into a complex, elegant, and cohesive whole. While her previous release, Vulnicura, chronicled a brutal heartbreak, Utopia is a refreshingly blissful, hopeful album. Even the dark and suspenseful centerpiece, the epic “Body Memory,” ends on a triumphant note. Only Björk could have created an album that feels so ancient and futuristic at the same time.

By Sarah C. Jones

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The New Album From This All-Female Indie Music Collective Makes The World A Better Place TCTH 742c5

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 star Lisa Brigantino. The songs span everything from folk to shoegaze, from pop to punk, neo soul to roots Americana.

 As well as collecting, recording and promoting great new music by women, TC&TH has a long history of supporting causes that support women. This year, all proceeds from Volume Four will be donated to Safe Horizon to benefit survivors of domestic violence, and TC&TH hopes to continue to use its platform to combine music and community.

The City & The Heart Volume Four is available on Spotify and Bandcamp.

Header image by TC&TH artist Olivia Ahn

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