On this week’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the show followed in the footsteps of Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model and mined the world of wrestling for inspiration. For the main challenge, the queens were divided into three teams of four to compete in a ringside bout of WTF: Wrestling Trashiest’s Fighters. I’m not sure why this continues to be a theme on reality shows—is wrestling even a thing still?—but since it’s Drag Race, I’ll allow it. Read More
Die Antwoord are no cakewalk--they're more like a hayride on the highway. They’re all over the place and everyone’s scared. Like a cross between Twista and Lords of Acid, DJ Hi-Tek creates a beat-heavy playground for the vocals of Ninja (who reminds me of Egon Schiele) and Yo-Landi Vi$$er on their sophomore album Ten$ion (out now on ZEF Recordz). The single “I Fink U Freeky” is straight-up rap and rave music, perfect for glow sticks. Read More
Just when you thought you might die of the midwinter blues, the greatest reality show of all time—RuPaul’s Drag Race—has returned to cure your Seasonal Affective Disorder. Based on Monday night’s premiere, it looks like season four is gonna be good, with synthetic hair, catfights, and gloriously bitchy insults galore. Before the episode even properly begins, the preview montage gives us, “Go back to Party City where you belong.” Oh Ru, It’s been too long. Read More
Gotye’s highly-anticipated third release Making Mirrors (out now on Samples'n'Seconds/Fairfax/Universal Republic) is filled with percussion-driven songs in a wide range of compositional styles. Recorded in a barn down under in remote Australia, Belgian multi-instrumentalist Wouter "Wally" De Backer creates an intricate, expansive sound on what's sure to be a breakout album (FYI: Gotye is pronounced "Gauthier," from the French translation of Wouter). The lead-off title track is a quiet one-minute introduction, with layers of echoing vocals over waves of synths. Read More
Let January 31, 2012 be known as the day that it happened: the day that Born to Die (out now on Interscope) finally dropped. After months of furious Internet opining, illegal downloads of leaked tracks, tons of grainy live footage, and one questionable Saturday Night Live performance, we now have an entire record of moody, lilting pop songs with which to rightfully judge Lana Del Rey. So what is the verdict?  It is—wait for it—not that bad. Some of the songs, in fact, are actually pretty good. Read More
In a little less than a year, Dylan Baldi--as well known for his precociousness as the thrashy, fun music he’s been producing for the past few years--has turned into a brooding, broken-hearted misanthrope. Not to say that I minded this: Attack on Memory, Cloud Nothings' third full-length release (out now on Carpark Records), is a fun listen from start to finish. But I did miss the old days a little by the end of opener “No Future/No Past,” a song that sounds ever-so-subtly like a Nirvana/Microphones mashup. Read More
As a person who is currently in the process of redecorating her room to look like the Black Lodge, I get really excited every time I receive an email about David Lynch. This excitement was only doubled today when I saw an email that involved both David Lynch and my favorite goth-pop singer Zola Jesus, whose amazing album Conatus (out now on Sacred Bones) was on repeat in my headphones for months last fall (and whose performance on the first night of CMJ caused me to be disappointed in all the poor suckers who had to follow her). Read More
Oh, Meryl. Is there anything you can’t do? You’ve been nominated for 16 Academy Awards, won two, and recently became the oldest cover star in the history of Vogue magazine. Now you’re racking up rave reviews for your stunning performance as Margaret Thatcher, a woman slightly less whimsical than say, Julia Child, but a woman who you nonetheless convince us to root for. This is what’s confusing about The Iron Lady (directed by Phyllida Lloyd)—Streep is so good as Thatcher that you sort of forget you’re cheering for somebody you maybe shouldn’t be. Read More
Last month, BUST had the pleasure of checking out Caithlin de Marrais at a couple of her NYC shows. De Marrais, the former frontwoman for beloved indie band Rainer Maria, released her second solo album Red Coats this fall (available on End Up/Polyvinyl), and it's a real gem. The record is full of gorgeous tunes anchored by her airy, lilting vocals. De Marrais' voice is really the star of the show. Sometimes husky, sometimes sweet, she can turn a low-key track into a slow-burning, emotional jam. Read More
It's the most wonderful time of the year--you know, when every magazine, blog, and 13-year-old with a Tumblr compiles a "best of 2011" list and makes you feel old and out of touch for not having heard of half of the people on it. So hold on to your butts, because BUST is jumping into the fray with our very own Best of 2011 Spotify playlist. Yeah, Drake is on it. I'm just as ashamed as you are. Click here to listen and subscribe!Notable omissions: "212" by Azealia Banks, which runs circles around Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass." Unfortunately, Ms. Read More