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Happy International Pronouns Day!

By Francesca Volpe  In Feminism  On Oct 16, 2019

Being addressed or described with the correct pronouns is an experience that many cisgender people take for granted. But for many trans and non-binary people, the simple measure of being called the accurate pronouns can be a significant instance of validation and support for one’s identity. Additionally, it can have a positive effect on one’s physical and mental health. Today, Wednesday October 16th marks the second International Pronouns Day. Started by a group of LGBTQ activists in 2018, the campaign “seeks to make… Read more
Parable of the SowerBy Octavia E. Butler(Grand Central Publishing) The user manual for 2019 could very well be Octavia E. Butler’s 1993 dystopian novel, Parable of the Sower, newly re-released for a millennial audience. Set in 2024, the story’s main character, Lauren, is a Black woman who records the days of her people and their resistance to the lawlessness outside their community gates. These writings eventually become the basis for a religion called Earthseed: The Books of the Living. The new foreword in this… Read more

Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club" Remains Golden On 30th Anniversary

By BUST Magazine  In Books  On Oct 16, 2019

The Joy Luck Club: A NovelBy Amy Tan (Penguin Books) Amy Tan’s bestselling novel turns 30 this year. Published at a time when Asian voices in American fiction were scant, The Joy Luck Club’s popularity and scope made it a modern classic. Its stories of four immigrant women from China and their American-born daughters feel so real that many assume the book is memoir masquerading as fiction. In a new foreword for this anniversary edition, the author examines the permeable border between fiction and fact. Tan shares her… Read more

Can We Talk About Ellen and George Bush's Friendship?

By Kerry Cunningham  In TV  On Oct 16, 2019

Last week, Ellen DeGeneres was shown at a Cowboys football game laughing with former President George W. Bush and to her surprise, got tons of criticism for it. Soon after, she brought up the video on her talk show and said that it was important to “be kind to one another”—as she says at the end of every show—and not only “the people that think the same way you do.” Since that show aired, DeGeneres has been receiving almost as much praise as criticism. Some celebrities, including Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Bell, and… Read more

Put A Spell On Your Skin With Brujita's All-Natural Products

By BUST Magazine  In DIY  On Oct 15, 2019

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic A COUPLE OF years ago, Leah Guerrero was in a Mexico City mercado when a vendor asked why she was buying so many clays and powders. When she told him it was for her skincare concoctions he said, “Eres una brujita” (“You’re a witch”), and something clicked. “A whole self-empowerment thing happened,” Guerrero says. “I was like, Yeah, I am. This is me now.” Guerrero had been an esthetician since she was 18, immersing herself in holistic skincare traditions after realizing how many… Read more

How To Teach Children About Consent

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On Oct 15, 2019

Their Bodies, Themselves EVER SINCE I birthed a baby with a penis almost two years ago, there’s one question that has taken up a lot of my parenting brainspace: How do I raise a feminist son? As someone who’s had more #MeToo moments than I care to recollect, the notion of consent is a priority. I want my child to respect the bodily autonomy of others, and to be empowered to assert his own boundaries as well. But as parents, how do we teach consent? And is it ever too soon to start? I sought out the advice of experts to… Read more

High Uranium Levels Found in Women from Navajo Nation

By Stephanie Tinsley  In Feminism  On Oct 11, 2019

A federally funded study conducted by the University of New Mexico found that hundreds of Navajo women have dangerously high levels of uranium in their bodies. The study is extremely concerning considering the abandoned uranium mines (AUM), that are likely responsible for this poisoning, have been closed since 1986. Yet, the effects of this operation continue to place people dwelling within the Navajo nation at serious risk. Uranium is a natural metal found commonly in the Earth in small particles. But radiation from… Read more

Jane Fonda Arrested For Protesting Climate Change

By Francesca Volpe  In Feminism  On Oct 11, 2019

Jane Fonda was arrested in Washington D.C., earlier today for protesting climate change, Entertainment Tonight reports. The arrest came after the legendary Hollywood actor and activist set off on her “Fire Drill Fridays” civil disobedience campaign, calling for action on climate change. A press release sent out today stated: “Inspired by the growing movement of young climate strikers, Fonda decided to move to the nation’s capital for four months to take up their baton. She will be joined at every ‘Fire Drill Friday’… Read more
Breaking news! Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got a haircut. A conservative newspaper criticized the New York representative after she reportedly paid about $300 for a haircut and hair coloring. The Washington Times, which cited sources at the Last Tangle Salon in Washington, D.C., wrote that the Congresswoman “shelled out $80 for a haircut and $180 for lowlights,” plus an estimated 20 percent tip. The headline of its article read: “EXCLUSIVE: Self-declared socialist AOC splurges on high-dollar hairdo.” “Rep. Alexandria… Read more
During Thursday’s CNN town hall, dedicated to issues concerning the LGBTQ community, protesters took center stage and called attention to the rampant violence against trans women of color, The New York Times reports. They first made their appearance as Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana and Democratic presidential candidate, began to answer a question. During this, they held up a transgender pride flag with the words “we are dying” written on it and demanded more awareness for violence against trans women of… Read more

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon Goes Solo On "No Home Record"

By BUST Magazine  In Music  On Oct 11, 2019

KIM GORDONNo Home Record(Matador) Kim Gordon, Sonic Youth’s former de-facto leader, has now unveiled her debut solo album, No Home Record, and it’s got everything we’ve come to know and love about her group work. There were glimmers of solo Gordon throughout the duration of her decades-long career, and here we get a culmination of all of that. Opener “Sketch Artist” features Gordon cooing over distorted guitars and bass before switching gears into a smooth melody and then returning to chaos. She cleverly utilizes sound… Read more

Alt-Rock Group Bodega Wants To Boost Our Spirits

By BUST Magazine  In Music  On Oct 11, 2019

BODEGAShiny New Model(What’s Your Rupture?) Art-rock group Bodega shows off its intriguing instrumental prowess on this eight-song EP. On their second offering of 2019 (they released a live album, Witness Scroll, in February), these New York punks have created more tunes to boost our disillusioned spirits. While the vocals are delivered in an intentionally blasé manner, the guitar work by Ben Hozie and Madison Velding-VanDam, and Heather Elle’s bass skills, are relentless in their exciting deviations and innovative… Read more

Starcrawler's Arrow De Wilde On Music, Feminism, And "Devour You"

By Michael Levine  In Music  On Oct 11, 2019

Starcrawler has just released their second album Devour You on Rough Trade. The L.A.-based rock band is comprised of members Austin Smith (drums), Henri Cash (guitar), and Tim Franco (bass) and Arrow De Wilde (Vocals/Lyrics). De Wilde's parents are renowned photographer Autumn De Wilde (Beck, The White Stripes) and drummer Aaron Sperske (Beachwood Sparks, Father John Misty), which allowed her to grow up around many eclectic artists and musicians. De Wilde took some time out to speak with BUST about her band, touring,… Read more

Week Of Women: October 11-18, 2019

By Lydia Wang  In Entertainment  On Oct 11, 2019

Is there any better way to spend a free October evening than in a café with a great book—or a new favorite song set on repeat? We say no—and these are our top picks, if you’re in need of a new memoir, album, or star-studded romantic comedy anthology. MOVIES/TV Modern Love This rom-com anthology, based on the wildly popular New York Times column, will star all our favorites, from Anne Hathaway to Tina Fey to Dev Patel to Andrew Scott. Premiering October 18 on Prime Video. MUSIC/PODCASTS No Home Record by Kim Gordon… Read more
Iranian women will be able to officially enter a soccer stadium on Thursday for the first time in nearly 40 years to watch Iran's 2022 World Cup qualifier against Cambodia, a historic feat after FIFA threatened to suspend the country over its controversial male-only policy. Last month, FIFA ordered Iran to lift the ban and allow women access to its stadiums “without restrictions and in numbers determined by demand for tickets.” After the initial allocation of 3,500 tickets for female fans quickly sold out, an… Read more

Thanks To Kami Garcia, "Teen Titans'" Raven Gets Her Own Story

By Isabel Sophia Dieppa  In Books  On Oct 10, 2019

With so many awesome characters in Teen Titans, it is hard to pick a stand-out. For me, Raven is my favorite character—no, wait, Starfire is. No, no, Beast Boy. I love them all. Although it is hard to choose a favorite, one thing is for sure: I’m always hungry for more individual screen time from each. If, like me, you’ve ever wanted to see more Raven, your wishes have been answered in graphic novel form with Raven, written by Beautiful Creatures co-author Kami Garcia. The origin story is set in New Orleans, and the… Read more

The Racist Origins Of Fatphobia

By BUST Magazine  In Feminism  On Oct 10, 2019

Why do Americans cherish thinness while condemning heaviness? According to sociologist Sabrina Strings, contemporary fatphobia has roots in anti-Blackness. Here, she explains how corpulence became associated with both Black women’s bodies and “savagery,” which led to white society’s embrace of slenderness When Saartjie “Sarah” Baartman arrived in France in 1814, the air was electric. Bulletins declaring “Just arrived from London! The Hottentot Venus!” met the tantalized gazes of 19th-century urbanites. All were invited… Read more
This article contains graphic descriptions of sexual assault After having obtained an advance copy of Ronan Farrow’s new book Catch and Kill, Variety released information about Farrow’s “explosive” interview with former NBC News employee Brooke Nevils. The interview provides graphic details about the night when Nevils said that Today Show Host Matt Lauer anally raped her while they were covering the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Nevils alleged that Lauer had invited her up to his hotel room when she was drunk and pressed her… Read more
Just before midnight on June 25, 1891, a police detective encountered two women strolling arm-in-arm down Regent Street. One of the women struck him as being rather odd in appearance. He approached to investigate, but when he attempted to raise the heavy black veil on the lady’s hat, she firmly knocked his hand away. It was then that the detective realized that the lady was, in fact, a very elderly gentleman in women’s clothes. He promptly arrested him. The elderly gentleman—who stated that his “nom de guerre” was Luke… Read more

Rachael Sage's New Single To Fundraise for Cancer Research

By Joline Faujour  In Music  On Oct 08, 2019

Rachael Sage has just released a new single – “Bravery’s On Fire” via MPress Records that is now available online. Sage recently revealed that she was diagnosed with endometrial (uterine) cancer in 2018. She’s now in complete remission, and hopes to raise awareness of it. Endometrial (uterine) cancer is one of the most common type of women’s cancers in the U.S. with an estimation of 60,000 new cases to be diagnosed this year, and worldwide it is the 15th most common occurring cancer, overall, with 380,000 cases that… Read more
A recent study, conducted by researchers from Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, set out to assess whether men or women were more likely to rate their own work performance positively, reports MarketWatch. Needless to say, the results don’t come as a surprise. In a series of experiments, researchers found that women on average deemed their performance less favorably, even though both men and women performed equally well on the tests. In one experiment, 900 workers were… Read more
Q: What do you get when you invite 36 influential women to a world-class auto racing course and let them loose on a fleet of gleaming Mercedes-Benz AMG race cars? A: A newly minted girl gang of fierce, feisty feminists moving very, very fast. As a lead-up to their annual Women of the Year summit, Glamour and their presenting partner Mercedes-Benz invited female media makers from all over the country to Carmel, CA, October 2 – 4 for a high-octane 36 hours of dining and driving. The author, ready to hit the road Out on… Read more
It's Spooky Season, but Emily Duke presents Canal Yards Project still has the jokes for October. Some of the freshest and funniest comedians around continue appear in the intimate setting at Frying Pan Brooklyn, located inside Industry City. Bring a date, bring your friends, bring a sense of humor because these comics don't hold back! Special guest host: Mary Kate Doherty Featuring:Carolyn Bergier (SiriusXM)Xazmin Garza (Edinburgh Fringe)Xazmin Garza (Laughing Skull)Carolyn Castiglia (Comedy Central)Dan Pyatetsky… Read more
When Tanvi Barman started joining her parents on their volunteer visits to homeless shelters at age seven, she realized something; the kids living in shelters never had birthday parties. At 14, she set out to change that with a project called No Birthday Left Behind. The non-profit’s site explains that their mission is “to provide every homeless shelter child an opportunity to celebrate their birthday in a special and memorable way!”. They do this by working with vendors that provide services like cake and face… Read more

Be Savvy About Rideshare Safety With #WhatsMyName

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On Oct 08, 2019

Know Before You Go WHEN 21-YEAR-OLD University of South Carolina student Sami Josephson got into a car she thought was her Uber on March 29, she paid for that mistake with her life. The driver of that car stabbed Josephson to death and dumped her body 65 miles away. In the wake of this tragedy, Josephson’s parents established the #WHATSMYNAME Foundation to educate others about rideshare safety. At whatsmyname.org, visitors are encouraged to use the acronym SAMI to remember the following guidelines: Stop Review the… Read more

Simone Biles Was Penalized For Being Too Good At Gymnastics

By Sophie Hayssen  In Feminism  On Oct 07, 2019

Simone Biles is a superstar athlete, and everybody knows it. But despite all Biles has accomplished, including having two moves named after her, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) won’t give her proper credit for her achievements. Because Biles is able to perform moves that literally no one has done before the FIG’s women’s technical committee has to evaluate the levels of difficulty of each move and assign it a point value for scoring. In this points system moves are given letters, starting with A. An A is… Read more
A Moroccan journalist was sentenced to one year in prison last week after being found guilty for allegedly obtaining an abortion and having premarital sex, both of which are illegal in the North African country. Hajar Raissouni, who works for the independent Moroccan daily Akhbar al-Youm, was arrested on Aug. 31 with her Sudanese fiancé, Rifaat al-Amin, as they left a doctor’s office in the capital city of Rabat, the couple’s attorney, Abdelaziz Nouidi, said in an interview with CNN. Raissouni's uncle, Souliman… Read more
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Staceyann Chin is a poet, actor, performing artist, and activist. Her 2009 memoir The Other Side of Paradise received critical acclaim, she was a co-writer and in the original cast of Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, and she’s written and performed four one-woman shows off-Broadway. She proudly identifies as Caribbean, Black, Asian, lesbian, a woman, a resident of New York City, and a Jamaican national. And the first full-length collection of her poems, Crossfire: A Litany for Survival is out now. In this… Read more
Two women are suing actor James Franco, his two business partners, and his production company Rabbit Bandini for allegedly sexually exploiting women who paid to take classes at his acting and filmmaking school, Studio 4. According to the New York Times, the two former students, Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, filed a lawsuit on Thursday that alleges the men “engaged in widespread inappropriate and sexually charged behavior towards female students by sexualizing their power as a teacher and an employer by dangling… Read more

3 Ways To Cook Turnips, Just In Time For The Fall Season

By BUST Magazine  In Eat Me  On Oct 04, 2019

Turnips get a bad rap. We either forget that they exist or relegate them to some depression-era food of yesteryear. But turnips are as versatile as potatoes and as tasty, too. Just be sure to clean or peel your turnips, and trim off the stem and root ends, before cooking them. There’s another reason turnips should be the stars of your spooky season: they’re the O.G. jack-o’-lanterns! As lore has it, the pumpkin-based jack-o’-lantern we know today is rooted (ha) in an Irish folktale about a sly dude named Jack who… Read more

Netflix's "Unbelievable" Is Worth The Watch

By Joline Faujour  In TV  On Oct 04, 2019

Unbelievable spoilers ahead. Netflix recently released a mini-series, Unbelievable, based on The Marshall Project/ProPublica article “An Unbelievable Story of Rape.” The series tells the true story of Marie Adler who was raped and then, when she tried to report her case, was silenced by male policemen and shunned, only to be validated years later by two female detectives. Marie (Kaitlyn Dever) has spent her life in the foster care system and then living on her own. When we meet her, she was just assaulted by a man who,… Read more
Just two years ago we spoke with Leah Lizarondo, co-founder of Food Rescue Hero, an app that redirects food that would’ve gone to landfills into the mouths of the hungry. To say it’s been an impressive couple of years for the organization would be an understatement. In 2017, Food Rescue Hero had saved nearly 2 million pounds of food and was operating in just one city—Pittsburgh. Since then, it has more than quadrupled the amount of food it's rescued and now reduces food insecurity in five additional… Read more

Pop-Punk Princess Lisa Prank Returns On "Perfect Love Song"

By BUST Magazine  In Music  On Oct 04, 2019

LISA PRANKPerfect Love Song(Father/Daughter Records) Quirky pop-punk princess Lisa Prank (the moniker of musician Robin Edwards) returns for a third album of ’90s-influenced songs with wry lyrics that speak to flawed romantic relationships. The fast-paced “Rodeo” features Ramones-style power chords alongside catchy vocals that comment on becoming jaded towards romantic connections: “By now I know/This isn’t my first rodeo.” “Ignore It” reflects on avoiding the flaws in a new relationship in order to prolong those first… Read more
American track and field sprinter Allyson Felix was previously the only runner tied with Usain Bolt in holding the most medals – but Felix just broke that tie with her 12th gold medal, only 10 months after having given birth. Felix won the medal on September 29 at the 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar in the mixed – gender 4x400 meters relay. Humbled🙏🏾💛 https://t.co/wJ10Ge88dz — Allyson Felix (@allysonfelix) September 30, 2019 And it isn't only amazing that Felix just set a new world record for… Read more

Week Of Women: October 4-10, 2019

By Lydia Wang  In Entertainment  On Oct 03, 2019

It’s finally fall! We’re celebrating October with new music by Angel Olsen and Lisa Prank, Zadie Smith’s debut short story collection, and more. Here are our picks this week. MOVIES/TV Nancy Drew Kennedy McMann plays an all-new, grown-up Nancy Drew on The CW’s latest adaptation, premiering October 9. Check out our preview of the show here. Lucy In The Sky Natalie Portman stars in this film, loosely based on a true story, as Lucy, an astronaut whose life gets complicated once she comes back to earth. Out October 4.… Read more
Manny Jacinto arrives for his BUST photo shoot wearing a gray T-shirt and black slacks, not a track suit like his lovable goofball character, Jason Mendoza, sports on NBC’s The Good Place. We meet on a Saturday in the Hollywood photo studio because he’s busy during the week shooting the final season of the philosophical comedy (which premiered September 26). He describes wrapping the show as “bittersweet.” “Everything we do now is the last time,” says Jacinto. The camaraderie between the cast is well documented and… Read more
Feminism and disability advocacy share several parallels: both deal with a population often marginalized, their needs ignored even as society makes strides toward equality in other areas. It’s more crucial than ever to advocate for communities that are often sidelined, and this fall, we would all be better off teaming up, educating ourselves, and celebrating these fall events that honor the strength people with disabilities display daily. September: Deaf Awareness Month Try this exercise — don a pair of noise-canceling… Read more
On Tuesday, US District Judge Steve Jones issued a temporary injunction against Georgia’s heartbeat bill, which was signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp in May. The term ‘Heartbeat bill’ refers to any law that outlaws abortion after six weeks because, it argues, a fetus earns personhood once a heartbeat can be detected. The six-week ban is particularly restrictive since most women don’t even know they’re pregnant at such an early stage, and it is well before the age of viability, which according to AJC, Roe vs. Wade… Read more
Throughout history, particularly in social justice movements, marginalized communities have lacked a space in which their voices are adequately validated and heard; both media outlets and the public often selectively elevate some (typically white) angry, determined voices, while leaving others (primarily Black and Brown voices) silenced and ignored. In the current youth climate movement, there are a growing number of teens who are fighting to protect their lands from the tainted hands of capitalists and colonialists.… Read more
During the nineteenth century, blue was considered a versatile color, as suitable for elegant evening gowns and demure day dresses as it was for fashionable bonnets, slippers, and parasols. In shades ranging from the palest cerulean blue to the deepest navy, it adorned women of every age and every station, harmonizing with a wide range of hair colors and complexions. In today’s article, we look at some of the loveliest examples of the color blue in Victorian fashion. *Please note: Deep blues were generally achieved… Read more

These 3 Plastic-Free Shampoo Bars Clean Up Nicely

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On Oct 02, 2019

Bar Talk CUTTING BACK ON waste has turned into a low-key obsession for me, and finding ways to eco-consciously tweak daily rituals is my new favorite game. (Except losing means accelerating the fiery implosion of our decimated planet, nbd.) I switched to using bar soap in the bathroom ages ago, but it only recently occurred to me that a bar could replace the big ol’ ugly plastic bottle of shampoo in my shower, too—you just rub the shampoo bar into your wet scalp and wash like normal. Turns out, there are a lot of… Read more
Last week, author and activist Chanel Miller released a short animated film about her experience after she was assaulted by Brock Turner, which she wrote, illustrated, and co-directed. Though the video highlights the emotional trauma of assault, it ends on a positive note, focusing on the network of support Miller found from total strangers after her victim impact statement went viral. “The world breathed life into my words,” she said, narrating the video. “I spent all this time absorbing, listening to their voices… Read more

This Mother-Daughter Suffragist Duo Almost Got Left Out The Movement's Memory

By Kate Clarke Lemay & Martha Jones  In Feminism  On Oct 01, 2019

The hidden story of two African American women looking out from the pages of a 19th-century book We are two historians whose work focuses on American art and on how African Americans have shaped the story of American democracy. Our two subject areas converged recently when one of us had a question, and the other helped her research the answer. Kate was in the midst of organizing the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition, “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence,” commemorating the more than 80-year movement for… Read more
Pictures Worth A Thousand Words “THERE WERE NO other Arabs where I grew up, which contributed to me always feeling like an outsider,” recalls Iraqi-British artist and data journalist Mona Chalabi of her childhood in East London. This outsider perspective has always informed the 32-year-old’s career trajectory, a course that is refreshingly self-defined and self-aware. After earning her master’s in International Security from the Paris Institute of Political Studies, Chalabi worked for the Bank of England and the United… Read more

Lilly Singh Has A New Talk Show, And It’s All The Talk

By Joline Faujour  In TV  On Oct 01, 2019

Lilly Singh has started her new talk show A Little Late with Lilly Singh two weeks ago on September 16. This is exciting – Singh is the first openly bisexual Indian-Canadian woman to host a late-night show on a major network. Not only that, but she’s in the world of late-night, that’s dominated by white men; so, of course, she has a lot to say. Singh debuted her opening monologue to her new talk show right off the bat with addressing the elephant in the room: her white male counterparts. She broke out in a rap about… Read more

5 Spooky Feminist Publications To Read This Halloween

By Sophie Hayssen  In Entertainment  On Sep 30, 2019

October is upon us, which means it’s now the season for all things spooky and scary. But while the horror genre has often reveled in the torture and harm of marginalized bodies, there is another wave of horror fans that are looking to counter that narrative. Below is a collection of magazines and zines that explore all things horror, macabre, sci-fi, and witchcraft without forgetting about marginalized voices. If you’re in the mood for some good old feminist Halloween fun, these sites are great to read, or, if you’re… Read more
Hooray for Doris Day! When actor, singer, and activist Doris Day died this past May at age 97 of pneumonia, the world lost a sunny screen icon whose legendary career spanned six decades. Think you know how Day did it her way? Then take the quiz! 1. Born on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, OH, Doris’ birth name was ______.a. Doris Mary Kappelhoff b. Doris May Greenc. Doris May Tayler d. Doris Helen Kearns 2. In which of Doris’ 39 movies did she sing her trademark song, “Que Será, Será”?a. Pillow Talkb. Lover Come Backc.… Read more

“Pause” Gets To The Heart Of A Loveless Marriage

By Deborah Krieger  In Movies  On Sep 27, 2019

Elpida (Stella Fyrogeni) just wanted to get her doctor’s opinion on treating her symptoms of menopause. Instead, she leaves his office after an examination with every kind of pill and cream imaginable, a laundry list of side effects that are somehow delivered with a straight face, and confirmation that even when she seeks out help or advice, it won’t come in the form she wants. This opening sequence sets up Pause to be a much more darkly humorous story than it ultimately is. Elpida is trapped in a loveless marriage of… Read more

Taraka Larson Is Soldiering On After Prince Rama's Breakup

By Nick McManus  In Music  On Sep 27, 2019

Taraka Larson has struck out on her own this fall with the recent dissolution of her band Prince Rama, the dance-rock powerhouse she's fronted with her sister Nimai since 2009. Eight albums and countless tours later, Nimai recently decided to retire from music, leaving Taraka to soldier on following the band's goodbye to the world. She decided that only a true funeral pyre could properly consecrate the band's remaining three songs, which inspired her vinyl EP titled Rage in Peace, made from the melted remains of the… Read more