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Lisa Marie Basile, poet witch of the internet age and founder of Luna Luna magazine magazine, has created Light Magic for Dark Times, a self-care witchcraft spellbook for our darker moments, bursting with practical and poetic advice. Thanks to her creative writing, Basile's magic feels like a dip into The Artist’s Way for witches, structured with journal prompts to help the reader get a better sense of their goals, ailments, and passions. This allows for a good amount of self-discovery and autonomy, and the opportunity to use...
AVA LUNAMoon 2(Western Vinyl) Ava Luna’s fourth LP imagines what life could be like if Earth had a utopic second moon, exploring the pseudo satellite through its signature, genre-bending style. “Childish” and “Leaf” capture the expansive nature of outer space, building mysteriously echoing vocals over playful, semi-tropical beats; the ’80s-inspired chanting choruses on “Deli Run” and “Set it Off” will invade Earthlings’ eardrums for days. While a few tracks float too far out into the galaxy, overall, the quintet blends glimmers of soul, R&B, and...
A new month is here, and it's a great month for books! See which October books by women and nonbinary authors we're most excited about—we'll note when we've reviewed or covered them, or have coverage planned. All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole ChungNicole Chung's debut memoir tells the story of growing up as a Korean adoptee in an all-white town, and her search for her birth family as an adult. Out October 2. Read our review here. What If This Were Enough?: Essays by...
We're excited to premiere powerhouse Kristina Esfandiari's, of King Woman and Miserable, new video for the track "Loverboy" off of her new Miserable EP Loverboy. Brought to you by Sargent House Records, and released in tandem with the Dog Days EP, the Loverboy EP is a vulnerable and raw look into the mind of Esfandiari. If you have ever gotten a chance to see Esfandiari, then you know how authentically striking and intense her performances are. You can hear the vulnerability in her inflictions as she commands the attention of...
All You Can Ever Know: A MemoirBy Nicole Chung (Catapult) Nicole Chung was born severely premature to Korean immigrants who put her up for adoption after their doctor warned the baby would struggle her whole life. Growing up, this is all Chung knew about her origins. But when she became pregnant with her first child, Chung began a search for her birth family that led to her learning the difficult truth about her birth mother; developing a close relationship with her biological sister; and reconnecting...
  What If This Were Enough?: EssaysBy Heather Havrilesky(Doubleday) What if this were enough? It’s the seemingly simple, but ultimately profound question that permeates Heather Havrilesky’s first essay collection. In it, she delves into her own personal grievances and those she has with culture as a whole. (Let’s just say, she’s not sold on the fact that Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth.)Just like in “Ask Polly,” her advice column for The Cut, Havrilesky’s essays urge readers to dismiss society’s concept of “enough” and instead...
American Like Me: Reflections on Life 
Between Cultures Edited by America Ferrera(Gallery Books) For many immigrants or children of immigrants in America, the concept of identity is complicated. “We live as citizens of a country that does not always claim us or even see us,” writes American Ferrera (star of Ugly Betty and Superstore) in her intro to the anthology American Like Me, a collection of essays by actors, athletes, writers, and other pop-culture personalities exploring the challenges of living between cultures. Many of these...
In every print issue, BUST managing editor Emily Rems chooses her 10 best bets for new pop culture releases. Here's the list from our October/November 2018 issue: Suspiria Alessio Blozoni / Amazon StudiosThis remake of the Dario Argento 1977 horror classic stars Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Chloë Grace Moretz, and more in a tense female ensemble piece set in a German dance academy beset with disappearing students. Prepare for a spine-tingling good time when it opens in theaters October 26.Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay by...
  MARISSA NADLERFor My Crimes (Sacred Bones) Instrumentally sparse but thematically complex, Marissa Nadler’s eighth release advances her signature style of lo-fi indie-folk full of mystique. With songs ruminating on relationships, her soft strumming and fingerpicking send her sweetly seductive vocals into an eerily serene dreamscape. On the title track, a Southern-gothic ballad, she sings from the perspective of a death-row inmate, while friend and fellow songwriter Angel Olsen lends backing vocals. In “Lover Release Me,” her blunt lyrics about a breakup perfectly counter the melody...
  LALA LALAThe Lamb(Hardly Art) Lala Lala’s second LP, and debut on Hardly Art, is a sometimes-dreamy sounding and often soul-baring look into the life of its vocalist, Lillie West. The album opener “Destroyer” burns slow until it explodes into a repeating chorus of, “You are the reason my heart broke behind my back.” Throughout The Lamb’s 12 tracks, West continues to be just as frank about her feelings on topics such as death, friendships, and herself. “Dove,” “Spy,” “When You Die,” and “Copycat” are must-listens,...