Music

JJ Mitchell and Hana Elion, who make up New York’s Overcoats, didn’t plan on releasing and promoting their second record in the midst of a global pandemic—despite, as they point out, the “apocalyptic” themes on The Fight (out now). And just over two months ago, Alaina Moore, one half of Denver duo Tennis, was kicking off a nationwide tour in support of her band’s sixth album, Swimmer. (All tour dates have since been postponed.) Mitchell, Elion, and Moore are all feeling the effects of the current crisis. “I feel...
If you didn’t know better, you might think Ashley McBryde was an overnight success. Girl Going Nowhere, her 2018 major label debut, received the sort of accolades and awards that many musicians only dream of. In addition to scoring McBryde a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album in 2019, it was championed by Rolling Stone, NPR, and The New York Times (among others). Perhaps most impressively, it helped her win the New Artist of the Year award at last year’s CMAs. But McBryde’s success story was far from overnight. She released...
THE SESHENCyan(Tru Thoughts) The Seshen’s CYAN is an idyllic 2020 entry point for the Bay Area group, as it’s both futuristic and nostalgic. Harnessing the power of electronic soundscapes with accents of house and dance-pop vibes, CYAN is a pleasantly diverse experience—from the ambiently rhythmic opener, “Take It All Away,” to the woozy closer, “Wander.” The in-between is a sonic journey; cuts like “4AM” flow beautifully, and the high-energy “Close Your Eyes” makes way for the smooth “1000 Lights.” It’s no wonder why CYAN arrives with...
FRANCES QUINLANLikewise(Saddle Creek)   Frances Quinlan just wants to be heard. So it’s fitting that the Hop Along frontwoman’s solo debut is a sincere meditation on our struggle to communicate. On the empathetic “Your Reply,” she tries to understand an unresponsive partner, while the guitar-driven “A Secret” has her trying not to make a fuss over a detached lover. With its cacophony of synths, digital beats, and harp, “Rare Thing” sounds like a lost Carly Rae Jepsen demo that yearns for a love that gives instead of...
Inside the kaleidoscope of Josie Cotton's psychedelic songbook, every pop culture reference holds an unexpected meaning, every late night B-movie a deeper story to tell. Today, BUST is thrilled to premiere Cotton's grooviest track to date, “Girl in Gold Boots,” inspired by the 1968 film of the same name, and what Cotton has herself has described as “one of the worst movies I have ever seen, in which insanely bad dancing hits an all-new low.” That's right. Grab the popcorn and don't you dare skimp on the...
It's a Houston Hot Girl musical link up! There are very few joys left during this quarantine. But this is a win, I will gladly take. Megan Thee Stallion, creator of the Hot Girl Summer, leader of the Hotties, just announced the release of the remix to her hit "Savage" with a surprise feature from fellow Houston, Texas native, Beyoncé.  If you're not a fan of rap, or less familiar with Megan thee Stallion as you are with Queen Bey, you have definitely come across her hit "Savage"...
POLIÇAWhen We Stay Alive(Memphis Industries) “Don’t you hold on to that hurt so long/Or do,” Poliça’s Channy Leaneagh sings on “TATA,” the second track on her band’s fourth full-length, When We Stay Alive. The self-proclaimed “busybody” suffered a tough fall last winter while clearing the ice dams on her Minneapolis home’s roof, damaging her vertebrae. Constricted to a brace to heal, Leaneagh grappled with reclaiming her emotions via deep reflections and realizing “the power in resurrecting her inner self.” When We Stay Alive stands its ground sonically, never straying...
HAYLEY WILLIAMSPetals of Armor I and II(Atlantic Records) In February, American singer-songwriter and Paramore front-woman Hayley Williams shared PETALS FOR ARMOR I, which featured five songs from her upcoming album, including “Simmer,” “Leave It Alone,” “Cinnamon,” “Creepin’” and “Sudden Desire.” PETALS FOR ARMOR II is the second extended play and was released on Atlantic Records on April 21, 2020. The second part includes “Why We Ever,” “Over Yet,” “My Friend,” “Dead Horse,” and “Roses/Lotus/Iris/Violet,” (featuring backing vocals from Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, and Phoebe Bridgers of...
“I’m not a pop star,” Lizzo insists. “I’m not an ‘It’ girl. I’m one part  Detroit gospel, one part Houston rap, and one part Minneapolis weird.” This pronouncement isn’t surprising, since much of Lizzo’s appeal lies in her refusal to be limited by genre. Backed by years of classical music training and girl-group cred, the 27-year-old has one of the most multifaceted voices in hip-hop. She does it all, delivering effortless, gospel-inflected hooks and tart-tongued verses that touch on everything from race and gender to cannibalism...
SHOPPINGAll Or Nothing (Fat Cat)     All Or Nothing, the fourth LP from London threesome Shopping, was written across an intense 10-day period, and the urgency of those power sessions is clear. The album opener, “Trust In Us,” brings a propulsive bass line that sets the momentum for the entire album. All or Nothing is true to Shopping’s notable no-frills post-punk sound, but they have found space within that to experiment. Songs like “For Your Pleasure” and “Initiative” add in tightly wound synths and ditch their signature guitars entirely. In...