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    Happy mid-April! Everyone here at the BUST office has been talking about the return of Game of Thrones, but if that’s not your thing, we have tons more brand new book, movie, and music recommendations. Enjoy!

    MOVIES/TV

    Game of Thrones

     

    It’s the end of an era! HBO’s hit show is coming back for a final eighth season, premiering on Sunday, April 14.

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    Directed by Tina Gordon, this comedy about a tech mogul who wakes up one day as her younger self features an incredible cast including Marsai Martin, Regina Hall, and Issa Rae. In theaters April 12, and stay tuned for our review on BUST.com.

    Wild Nights with Emily

     

    Director Madeleine Olnek takes on Emily Dickinson’s story in this biopic, which has been earning starred reviews for its unique and vivacious portrayal of the iconic poet. In theaters April 12.

    MUSIC 

    The Seduction of Kansas by Priests

     

    According to our music editor, Emily Nokes, Priests’ latest ups the band’s ante with a fresh, critical outlook and dizzying guitar work. Out April 15, and stay tuned for our review on BUST.com.

    Only You Can See It by Emily Reo

    Sparkly, Brooklyn-based artist Emily Reo returns with Only You Can See It, out April 12.

    “Shallow” by Lizzo

     

    Lizzo covering Lady Gaga? Um, yes. The track, out now, was recorded Tuesday afternoon at Sirius XM, and we can’t stop listening. 

    BOOKS 

    BUST’s Poptarts podcast interview with the hosts of “Guys We F****D

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    On the latest episode of BUST’s Poptarts, co-hosts Emily and Callie chat with sex-positive writers and performers Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson. Listen now! 

    Normal People by Sally Rooney 

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    Normal People, Rooney’s follow-up to the uber-popular Conversations With Friends, follows two on-off friends, on-off lovers throughout their college years. Out April 16.

    Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg

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    Goldberg’s first novel in almost a decade tells the story of a photographer balancing her artistic career with motherhood. Out April 16.

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    Top photo via Legendary Entertainment / Little 

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    It’s Beyoncé week! If you’ve already seen the Netflix doc and listened to the album start to finish, don’t worry: we have a lot of other recs for you this week, too, from a new Tessa Thompson film to even more music by Lizzo. Enjoy!

    MOVIES/TV

    Homecoming

    Out now on Netflix, Homecoming offers a full and behind-the-scenes look into Beyoncé’s Beychella performance at last year’s Coachella. Stay tuned for more coverage on BUST.com.

    Little Woods

    Tessa Thompson and Lily James play sisters grappling with financial struggles in Nia DaCosta’s first feature film. Out April 19, and find our review soon on BUST.com.

    Family

    In Family, Taylor Schilling plays a me-first career woman whose life is shaken up when she’s put in charge of her preteen niece. Out April 19, and read our review soon on BUST.com.

    Gentleman Jack

     

    Based on a fascinating true story, HBO’s newest drama follows Anne Lister, a woman trying to revive her home of Shibdhen Hall and find a wife in 1830s England. Out April 22.

    Red Joan

     

    Judi Dench stars in Red Joan as a widow reliving her past while facing an interrogation for providing the Soviet government with classified scientific information. Out April 19, and watch out for our review on BUST.com.

    MUSIC

    Homecoming: The Live Album by Beyoncé

     

    Yes, we mentioned the film earlier, but also worth noting is the full live album, now out on streaming services. (Also, this time next week we’ll have Lemonade on Spotify—excellent news all around.)

    Big Wows by Stealing Sheep

     

    Stealing Sheep explore life in the digital age with Big Wows, out April 19. Our review coming soon on BUST.com.

    Cuz I Love You by Lizzo

     

    At long last, Lizzo’s album is here! Cuz I Love You is out April 19.

    BOOKS

    Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting by Anna Quindlen

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    Writer Anna Quindlen made a name for herself talking about motherhood and family, and in her latest book, she explores the ups and downs of being a grandmother. Out April 23.

    Top photo via YouTube / Beyoncé

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    We’ve got an amazing line-up of fresh pop culture picks to bring you from April to May! From Jenna Wortham to female politicians to Stevie Nicks making history, it’s a pretty great week of women. Here are just some of our top choices.

    MOVIES/TV

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    The 2019 ceremony will be premiering on HBO! Celebrate Stevie Nicks and Janet Jackson earning their rightful spots in the Hall of Fame this Saturday, April 27.

    Knock Down the House

    In this highly buzzed-about documentary, filmmaker Rachel Lears follows the 2018 campaigns of four women, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cori Bush, as they fight to take down established incumbents. Out on Netflix May 1.

    MUSIC

    Grim Town by SOAK

    SOAK’s latest album, all about confronting the scary, uncertain, and fresh parts of adulthood, is the Irish musician at her best. Out April 26, and hang tight for a review—and more coverage—on BUST.com.

    Designer by Aldous Harding

    According to our reviewer, Harding’s album is heavy, evocative, and—above all—a brilliant showcase of her stunning vocals. Out April 26, and check BUST.com for an exclusive interview and album review.

    Anger Management by Rico Nasty

    Rico Nasty’s newest mixtape, created with producer Kenny Beats, dropped Wednesday, and offers a follow-up to last year’s Nasty that definitely lives up to the hype. Out now.

    “Cellophane” by FKA Twigs

     

    This gorgeous ballad is FKA Twigs’ first release in three years—and hints at the artist’s first album since 2014. Available to stream now. 

    BOOKS

    What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About edited by Michele Filgate

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    Featuring essays by fifteen writers including Carmen Maria Machado and Leslie Jamison, this collection is all about the wide range of fears and secrets we hide from our mothers. Out April 30.

    Jenna Wortham on BUST’s Poptarts

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    In case you missed it, New York Times staff writer and podcaster Jenna Wortham was a guest on BUST’s Poptarts! On our latest episode, Wortham talks about importance of self-care, black excellence in pop culture, and more. 

    Spring by Ali Smith

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    The third book in Smith’s quartet is all about connections between strangers, Britain’s political climate, and ultimately, hope. Out April 30.

    Top photo via YouTube / Janet Jackson

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    It’s going to be a thriller of a weekend with the returns of both Killing Eve and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina—but we’ve got plenty of suggestions for sweet books, music, and films released this week. Check ’em out:

    MOVIES/TV 

    Killing Eve 

    Sandra Oh’s Golden Globe-winning show is coming back! Eve and Villanelle will make their returns on BBC Sunday, April 7. 

    The Chaperone 

    Starring Haley Lu Richardson, The Chaperone follows a teen girl with big dreams of dancing in the 1920s. Out April 5.

    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

    The second official installment of Sabrina, following Kiernan Shipka as a teen witch torn between high school and her future as a young witch is streaming on Netflix. Released Friday, April 5. 

    MUSIC

    Titanic Risingby Weyes Blood 

    Weyes Blood’s magical latest album questions everything from modern dating to the psychological side effects of movies, writes our reviewer. Out April 5, and stay tuned for our full review on BUST.com.

    Even in the Tremorby Lady Lamb 

    Brooklyn-based musician Lady Lamb’s third studio album is “about facing who you are and fighting your way toward self-acceptance,” the singer-songwriter writes in a press release. Out April 5 through Ba Da Bing Records.

    “Barefoot in the Park” by James Blake and Rosalía

    Both Rosalía and Blake rarely disappoint, and this song (and video!) is another gem.  Released April 4.

    BOOKS

    Southern Lady Codeby Helen Ellis

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    This essay collection from the bestselling author of American Housewifeis about everything from thank-you notes to gynecology. Out April 6, and be sure to check out our forthcoming review in BUST’s May/June print edition.

    Brightby Duanwad Parwana 

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    This story of a boy’s coming of age in Thailand made a name for Parwana in 2003, and the novel is finally translated into English. Snag a copy April 9.

    Top photo via BBC / Killing Eve 

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    Happy almost-March! Is it just me, or did February pass super quickly? We’ve got some feminist pop culture picks to bring you into the new week, featuring the return of FX’s Better Things and Julia Jacklin’s newest album. Check ’em out!

    MOVIES/TV

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    There will be no host this year, but presenters will include Amandla Stenberg, Brie Larson, Elsie Fisher, Constance Wu, and so many other ladies we love. Celebrate Roma, The Favourite, and all the other awesome films and performances of this past year on ABC this Sunday, February 24.

    Better Things

    Pamela Adlon’s FX comedy centered around the antics of a single mother juggling three kids and an acting career is back for a third season sans Louis C.K. Catch the first episode Thursday, February 28 on FX.

    RuPaul’s Drag Race

    Drag Race is back for an eleventh season! Guest judges this season will include Lena Waithe, Natasha Lyonne, and Gina Rodriguez. Check it out Thursday, February 28 on VH1.

    MUSIC

    Crushing by Julia Jacklin

    Julia Jacklin’s second melancholic LP offers moody goodness and “almost-folk melodies,” writes BUST. Out Friday, February 22, and you can find our review here.

    Post Earth by FEELS

    Also out Friday, February 22 is this album by FEELS, which is full of all the angst and frustration many of us have been feeling lately. Stay tuned for coverage on BUST.com.

    Mazy Fly by SPELLLING

    SPELLLING’s sound is overwhelmingly ’80s and delightfully goth – you’ll want to check this one out ASAP. Out Friday, February 22. Review to come on BUST.com.

    BOOKS

    Vacuum in the Dark: A Novel by Jen Beagin

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     Beagin’s second zany, hilarious novel follows Mona, a young cleaning lady struggling to move beyond her past heartaches and discover herself. Out Tuesday, February 26.

    Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

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    In Lisa Gardner’s latest crime thriller, three very different women come together to solve a murder. Check out our review—and a link to an excerpt—here.

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    This week, we’ve got a variety of albums, books, and movies to keep you entertained, from a new thriller to Aubrey Plaza’s Child’s Play remake. Keep reading for what’s on our radar.

    MOVIES/TV

    Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

     

    This documentary offers a close look at Toni Morrison’s life and career, featuring thoughts from luminaries like Oprah Winfrey and Angela Davis. Writes our reviewer, “Fans of Morrison’s work will fall even more in love with her here.” Out June 21, and catch our review in the July/August print issue of BUST.

    Child’s Play

     

    Starring Aubrey Plaza, Child’s Play is a comedic horror remake about a mother who gives her son what appears to be an innocent doll—but which then takes a life of its own and wreaks havoc around town. In theaters June 21. 

    MUSIC

    Patience by Mannequin Pussy

     

    Mannequin Pussy’s third album—and debut through Epitaph Records—explores life after love. Out June 21, and check out our forthcoming review on BUST.com.

    Keepsake by Hatchie

    Breezy Australian native Hatchie delivers pure summertime bliss, emotion, and ’80s synth on her debut full-length album. Out June 21, and catch our review soon on BUST.com. 

    The One by Trina

     

    We’ve been even more excited for Trina’s sixth studio album since she released “BAPS,” her new collaboration with Nicki Minaj. Out June 21. 

    BOOKS

    I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum 

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    This collection of essays by The New Yorker’s award-winning culture critic is all about television: the showrunners, the fans, and the stories. Out June 25.

    How Could She? by Lauren Mechling

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    Mechling’s novel follows three old friends navigating New York City, love, and their complicated relationships to one another. Out June 25.

    The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean

    71 o8Zv8lqL 3d700In this thriller, three Australian sisters disappear—and years later, their friend is ready to divulge some secrets she’s been keeping. Out June 25. 

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    Top photo via Orion Pictures / Child's Play

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    Happy July! If you’ve got the holiday off work and the beach isn’t an option, we have several movie recommendations—and also books, podcasts, and shows, if you’d prefer something a little different. Check out our top picks this week.

    MOVIES/TV 

    Maiden

    This documentary tells the incredible story of Tracy Edwards, a charter boat cook who became the skipper of the first all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World, a high-profile sailing race. Out June 28. 

    Stranger Things 

    Netflix’s breakout show is finally back! What will our favorite residents of Hawkins, Indiana contend with this season? Find out on July 4.

    Ophelia

    Directed by Claire McCarthy and starring Daisy Ridley as the titular character, Ophelia is a retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy—from the perspective of one of his most compelling heroines. Out through IFC Films June 28.

    Midsommar

    In A24’s newest horror movie, Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor co-star as a young American couple who take a trip to a remote Swedish village that quickly takes a sharp and terrifying turn. Out July 3.

    MUSIC/PODCASTS 

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    On the latest episode of “Poptarts,” our hosts were joined by Castiglia and Sharpe, the comedians and co-hosts of Laying It Down with Carolyn & Shalewa.Check out their conversation about their hopes for the future, their relationships, and stand-up.

    Waves by Sofia Bolt

    French artist Amélie Rousseaux (a.k.a. Sofia Bolt) moved to L.A. to create Waves, an album full of “dreamy, lo-fi tracks that feature beachy and sea-influenced sounds,” writes our reviewer. Out June 28, and check out our review in the July/August print issue of BUST.  

    BOOKS

    Whisper Network: A Novel by Chandler Baker

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    Heralded as a feminist thriller examining the #MeToo movement, Baker’s novel is about four women working under a cruel boss—each holding her own secrets about him—who come together to stop his promotion. Out July 2.

    The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar

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    Out July 2, this novel—inspired by true events—follows a woman joining the Women Airforce Service Pilots program in the 1940s.

    Top photo via Netflix / Stranger Things

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    With the returns of Pose, Big Little Lies, and Queen Sugar, it's a pretty beautiful week for TV — and for all other kinds of entertainment, too. Here are just a few of the things we're looking forward to right now.

    MOVIES/TV

    Pose

     

    Finally, finally, finally, FX’s groundbreaking drama all about New York’s ballroom culture in the ’80s is back! Following a time jump, the show’s second season will pick up in the era of "Vogue." Premiering June 11. 

    Late Night

     

    Written by Mindy Kaling and directed by Nisha Ganatra, Late Night stars Emma Thompson and Kaling as a talk show host-and-writer duo. Out June 7, and check out our review soon on BUST.com.

    Queen Sugar

     

    Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar, which famously features an all-female directing team, is returning for a fourth season in which the family at the heart of the show will continue to fight for their farm—and for their father’s legacy—while confronting other challenges and changes. Premiering June 12 on OWN.

    Big Little Lies

     

    The superstar team—including Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Zoë Kravitz, and more—who bring HBO’s dark drama to life will be returning this weekend, this time with Meryl Streep in tow. Premiering June 9. 

    MUSIC/PODCASTS

    Black Friday by Palehound

     

    Ellen Kempner—better known as Palehound—explores themes of love and friendship on her third-length album, out June 7.

    “Aute Cuture” by Rosalía

     

    Rosalía brings her characteristic mix of electro-pop and classic Flamenco sounds to her newest single and its gorgeous accompanying video. Available to stream now.

    Our Lady J on BUST’s Poptarts

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    Multi-hyphenate Our Lady J—most recently known for her role as a writer and producer for Pose—stopped by BUST to talk all about the show’s new season, out June 11. Listen to the podcast now!

     

    BOOKS 

    Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

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    Weiner’s latest novel traces two American sisters’ lives, speckled with tragedy, trauma, and expectations, from the ’50s to today. Out June 11.

    Bunny by Mona Awad

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    Awad, whose debut novel 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl made waves in 2016, returns with a novel about complicated and dangerous female friendships that’s been earning comparisons to Heathers. Out June 11.

    Top photo via FX / Pose

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    All anyone seems to be talking about these days is the new Captain Marvel(and honestly, it looks amazing)—but if that isn’t your thing, we’ve got so many other movies, albums, and books out this week to keep you busy, from Alfre Woodard's new Netflix film to a literary deep dive on Lizzie Borden.

    MOVIES/TV

    Captain Marvel

    We’re psyched to see Brie Larson star as the MCU’s Captain Marvel in this new film, out in the U.S. on Thursday, March 8.

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    Julianne Moore stars as a hopeful, hilarious office professional in Gloria Bell, a delightful film out March 8. Review to come on BUST.com.

    Juanita

    Alfre Woodard plays the titular character in Juanita—a woman who, tired of her mundane day-to-day, takes a bus to Paper Moon, Montana to get her groove back. Streaming on Netflix March 8.

    MUSIC

    Beware of the Dogs by Stella Donnelly

     

    Australian singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly’s debut album brilliantly balances sharp wit and soft melodies, according to our review. Out March 8. 

    The Devil You Know by The Coathangers

     

    The Coathangers are back! From pop to punk rock, The Devil You Know has a little something for everyone. Our review is online; the album is out March 8.

    This Is How You Smile by Helado Negro

     

    According to our review, Helado Negro’s album is a “dreamlike journey [magnifying] scars and snapshots.” Out March 8.

    There Will Be No Intermission by Amanda Palmer

    Amanda Palmer’s crowdfunded solo album is finally here! Listen to the artist on our podcast, and stay tuned for further coverage on BUST.com. Out March 8.

    BOOKS 

    The Trial of Lizzie Borden: A True Story by Cara Robertson

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    Can’t get enough true crime? Cara Robertson’s immersive look at the Lizzie Borden trial is sure to satisfy. Review to come on BUST.com. Out March 12. 

    The Summer of Dead Birdsby Ali Liebegott

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    Ali Liebegott’s novel-in-verse is a story of divorce, mourning, depression, and—ultimately—self-love. Out March 12.

    Top photo via Netflix / Juanita

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    Our pop culture picks this week include new music by Ciara and Charly Bliss, new stories by Karen Russell, and a new movie directed by (and starring!) Amy Poehler—it's a good week! Check out our full list below.

    MOVIES/TV 

    Charlie Says

    Directed by Mary Harron and starring Suki Waterhouse, Merritt Wever, and more, Charlie Saysfollows the “Manson girls” during their incarceration. Out May 10, and our review to come on BUST.com.

    Wine Country

    Amy Poehler’s directorial debut is here! Co-starring Rachel Dratch and Maya Rudolph, Wine Country is about six friends who take to Napa to celebrate a 50thbirthday party. Out May 10 on Netflix.

    The Hustle

    In this scam artist comedy that—honestly—looks perfect for a girls’ night in, duo Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson team up to con the men who have wronged them. Out May 10. 

    MUSIC 

    Legacy Legacy by Jamila Woods

     

    Our reviewer describes Woods’ latest album as “a blend of soulful rhythm, baroque melody, and deep bass [that] supports Woods; voice through the journey of a narrative both oppressed and liberated.” Out May 10, and our review soon to come on BUST.com.

    Young Enough by Charly Bliss

    Brooklyn’s Charly Bliss is back with some more indie pop goodness, this time with a heavier ’80s-inspired synthy sound. Out May 10, and check out our review soon on BUST.com.

    Beauty Marks by Ciara

    Ciara’s latest album, Beauty Marks, is the R&B artist’s first record as an independent artist—and is already garnering rave reviews. Out May 10. 

    BOOKS 

    Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell

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    In our top May/June lit pick, Swamplandia! author Karen Russell rewrites fairy tales to fit our modern world—and the political discussions we’re currently having. Out May 14, and check BUST.com soon for our review.

    Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

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    Phillips’ debut novel is a thriller about two sisters who disappear off the shore of Russia—and the women who are affected by their absence. Out May 14.

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    We can’t wait for all the new music, TV, and more that’s coming our way this summer—and ladies we love like Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Lil’ Kim are starting the season early. Here are our top picks this week.  

    MOVIES/TV

    Fleabag 

    After a long wait (three years!), the second season of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s comedic drama is finally here! Catch the award-winning show’s newest installment on Prime Video May 17.

    Ask For Jane

    Based on the true story of the Jane Collective, an underground organization that helped thousands of women get abortions in ’70s Chicago, this historical drama is more relevant now than ever. Out May 17. 

    MUSIC 

    No Vision by Grim Streaker

    The Brooklyn-based, female-fronted Grim Streaker aims is bringing punk back into the forefront with “No Vision,” out May 17, a blend of animated angst and gorgeous melodies. Check out our review here. 

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    Lil’ Kim’s fifth studio album has been in the works now for awhile—“9’s” first single, “Nasty One,” was released back in July. We’re psyched to listen to the full record on May 17.

    She’s Back by Dionne Warwick

    Also returning May 17? Dionne Warwick with the appropriately titled She’s Back, a ten-piece collection of new songs and remastered versions of the legend’s classics. The album will be available on all streaming platforms this Friday.

    “Blame It On Your Love” by Charli XCX and Lizzo 

    Just in time for summer, two of our favorite pop princesses teamed up to create a contagiously good masterpiece we’re already playing nonstop. Streaming now.  

    BOOKS 

    Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke

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    Minnie Darke’s cute, astrological rom-com is perfect for romantics of all signs looking for a dreamy springtime read. Out May 21, and keep your eyes out for further coverage on BUST.com. 

    The Edge of Every Day: Sketches of Schizophrenia by Marin Sardy

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    Sardy’s memoir is a family history tracing the schizophrenia that’s affected her mother, along with insight into how neurodivergent individuals are treated in our world today. Out May 21.

    Top photo via Amazon Prime / Fleabag

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    We’ve made it to the end of May! And what better way to celebrate the start of summer than with a new book by Lindy West, two movies about complex female relationships, and the return of She’s Gotta Have It? Check this list for the rest of our recs this week.

    MOVIES/TV 

    Booksmart

    Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, starring Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, is a refreshingly female-focused coming-of-age comedy about two best friends trying to make the most of their final days as high school students. In theaters May 24, and you can find our review here.

    She’s Gotta Have It

     

    Spike Lee’s series, based on his 1986 film of the same name, returns to Netflix for a second season following a year-and-a-half time jump. Streaming May 24.

    The Perfection

     

    Starring Allison Williams as a troubled cello prodigy and Logan Browning as a star on the rise, The Perfection is a new thriller ripe with revenge, drama, and music. Out on Netflix May 24. 

    MUSIC 

    Reward by Cate le Bon

    Cate le Bon’s fifth LP is self-described “maxi-minimal deconstructionist music” with traces of art rock and new wave sounds. Out May 24, and check out our forthcoming review on BUST.com. 

    “Decoration/Currency” by Girl Friday

     

    L.A.-based quartet Girl Friday just premiered a video for “Decoration/Currency” off their EP, Fashion Conman, to be released June 28. You can jam to the single now.

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    Alyse Vellturo—a.k.a. pronoun—has previously made waves at SXSW and with a string of singles, and her debut album, i’ll show you stronger, is out May 24. Stay tuned for further coverage on BUST.com.

    BOOKS 

    The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West

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    The phenom behind Shrill returns with another book all about the patriarchy, the 2016 presidential race, and American culture today. Out May 28, and check out our interview with West here. 

    Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff

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    Hardstark and Kilgariff, whose hit podcast “My Favorite Murder” has earned the duo legions of fans, tackle mental illness, trauma, and—of course—murder in their dual in memoir, out May 28. Stay tuned for our review on BUST.com.

    PODCASTS

    Let's Get Civical on Poptarts

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    This week on BUST Poptarts, our hosts were joined by comedian Lizzie Stewart and political strategist Arden Walentowski of the podcast Let's Get Civical for a conversation equal parts fun and informative on the government - and the countless Democratic candidates running for President.

    Top photo via Booksmart / United Artists Releasing

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    As we move from May to June and spring to summer, there’s tons of new entertainment to keep us busy when we need to just hang in the A.C. From new Handmaid’s Tale to new books, here’s what’s on our radar this week.

    MOVIES/TV

    Ma 

    In this psychological thriller, Octavia Spencer plays Sue Ann—A.K.A. Ma—a lonely murderer who takes a group of teenagers under her wing, and then becomes obsessed with them. In theaters May 31.

    The Handmaid’s Tale 

    As we continue to uncomfortably joke that America is looking more and more like Gilead, Hulu’s breakout dystopian masterpiece returns for a third season. New episodes will begin streaming June 5.

    Always Be My Maybe 

    Starring Ali Wong and directed by Nahnatchka Khan of Don’t Trust the B---- In Apartment 23,this rom-com about childhood friends reconnecting as adults is sure to charm. Streaming May 31 on Netflix.

    MUSIC 

    Bayti Fi Rasi by A-Wa

    After catching global attention with 2015’s “Habib Galbi,” this trio of sisters is claiming their place in the spotlight with Bayti Fi Rasi. Out May 31, and catch our review soon on BUST.com.

    Boat by Pip Blom 

    According to our reviewer, post-punk band Pip Blom’s latest album is “green, gritty, and bound to persevere.” Out May 31, and stay tuned for our review on BUST.com.

    Run Around The Sun by Sacred Paws

    U.K. band Sacred Paws’ second album, Run Around The Sun, is a mix of pop, funk, and ’90s twee. Out May 31, and catch our forthcoming review on BUST.com.

    "Press" by Cardi B

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    Cardi B announced via Instagram that her next single "Press" — presumably off her next album — will be released on May 31, and we couldn't be more excited to see what moves she's making next.

    BOOKS 

    City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

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    Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest novel follows a young woman coming of age in 1940s Manhattan against a glittery theater backdrop. Out June 4, and review to come on BUST.com. 

    My Seditious Heart by Arundhati Roy 

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    Roy’s essay collection, compiled over the course of two decades, tackles themes of justice, freedom, and compassion. Out June 4.

    In The Deep End by Kate Davies 

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    Davies’ debut novel, about a young woman’s sexual awakening—and its ups and downs—in London’s gay bars and BDSM clubs is equally parts funny and insightful. Out June 4.

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    This week in feminist-friendly entertainment brings us a new Netflix rom-com, this one starring Shannon Purser; the premiere of Emmy Rossum's final season of Shameless; and a buzzed-about debut novel by Wayétu Moore.

    MOVIES

    Sierra Burgess Is A Loser



    Shannon Purser (Stranger Things, Riverdale) stars in this teen rom-com directed by Ian Samuels and based on the classic French play Cyrano de Bergerac. Out Friday, September 7 on Netflix. Read our interview with Shannon on BUST.com

    I Am Not A Witch



    Zambian-Welsh filmmaker Rungano Nyoni's wrote and directed this feature about an eight-year-old Zambian girl (Maggie Mulubwa) sent to a witches' camp. Out Friday, September 7.

    City of Joy

    This documentary directed by Madeleine Gavin follows Congolese women who have survived sexual abuse as they begin to find healing through at City of Joy, a women's center created by Vagina Monologues writer and V-Day founder Eve Ensler, gynecological surgeon Dr Denis Mukwege, and activist Christine Schuler Deschryver. Out Friday, September 7 on Netflix.

    TV

    Shameless Season 9



    Shameless' ninth season—and Emmy Rossum's last—returns, with Rossum's Fiona bent on seeing her apartment building succeed, no matter what it takes. Premieres Sunday, September 9 on Showtime.

    American Horror Story: Apocalypse



    American Horror Story's eighth season features an ensemble cast including Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, and Gabourey Sidibe and involves a Murder House/Coven crossover. Premieres Wednesday, September 12 on FX. 

    MUSIC

    Ruby by Macy Gray



    Macy Gray's tenth studio album arrives; Gray has said that the album's sound fuses pop, jazz, and R&B. Out Friday, September 7.

    Great Thunder by Waxahatchee



    Katie Crutchfield's project Waxahatchee's new six-track EP Great Thunder takes its name and material from Crutchfield's former work with Waxahatchee co-producer Keith Spencer. Out Friday, September 7.

    BOOKS

     Feminasty: The Complicated Woman's Guide To Surviving The Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself To Deathby Erin Gibson

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    Throwing Shade host Erin Gibson calls her essay collection " a book that combines hardcore feminism and really silly, absurdist jokes as a way to dilute the power of people in charge and find our collective power." Out now. Read our interview on BUST.com

     She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore

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    This critically debut novel follows three characters—a West African exile, an African American escaped slave, and a biracial Jamaican with magical powers—during Liberia's early years. Out Tuesday, September 11.

     Rage Becomes Her: The Power Of Women's Anger by Soraya Chemaly

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    A nonfiction book proclaiming the need for women's anger, Soraya Chemaly's manifesto has earned praise from Gloria Steinem. Out Tuesday, September 11. Stay tuned for coverage on BUST.com.

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