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    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2018 inductees, and the one we are most excited about is, hands down, Nina Simone. An accomplished singer, songwriter, and pianist known as "the High Priestess of Soul,” Simone was also an important activist in the Civil Rights Movement and beyond, calling out injustice through her songs like “Mississippi Goddam,” “To Be Young, Gifted, And Black,” “Four Women,” and her version of “Strange Fruit” (originally written by Billie Holiday). Simone has been eligible since 1986, but...
  From our December/January print issue, take a look at our reviews of 17 albums from late 2017 that you don't want to miss, featuring artists like St. Vincent, Princess Nokia, Mavis Staples, and Tegan And Sara. Scroll down to listen to a playlist below. Subscribe to BUST to see all our music reviews in print, or buy BUST on newsstands. ST. VINCENT Masseduction (Loma Vista Recordings) Following her eponymous 2014 breakout album, St. Vincent—aka Annie Clark—is back with Masseducation, a rumination on fame, lost love, and surviving the news cycle....
  Rock n’ roll fans, listen up! Today, Blondie (and Joan Jett!) released their new music video for “Doom or Destiny” on i-D. The song, featuring Jett's background vocals, is the opening track and fourth single off of their eleventh studio album, Pollinator. “We wanted to comment on the bizarre state of media and news in the current political ‘idiocracy’ we are watching play out in real time,” Debbie Harry, Blondie’s frontwoman, said in a press release. She described the video to i-D as “the most openly...

Happy holidays from BUST! Our gift to you: a brief round-up of the best new Christmas albums, and a playlist full of wintery anthems both new and old (but mostly new). No matter what kind of holiday season you're having, we've got you covered. Various Artists – 13 Days of Xmas This year, indie-country label Bloodshot Records gave us the gift of this glorious compilation filled with all kinds of jangly, jazzy, and folky goodness. A highlight is “I Slept Through Christmas,” a wistful but upbeat tune...
On December 9th and 10th, BUST will be a hosting an indie craft fair at the Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Brooklyn NY.  NYC's longest running indie craft fair, The BUST Craftacular celebrates DIY culture by featuring an array of eclectic handmade and vintage vendors from all over the United States. There will also be music, food, delicious cocktails, and DIY activities for all ages. The music we have planned for you is all female-led and happens to be some of NYC's most beloved...

  I was driving home from Las Vegas the first time I heard Kesha’s new single, “Praying.” I felt so overwhelmed with emotion that I had to pull my car over to avoid an accident. In all honesty, I was not the biggest fan of her music prior to Rainbow, her newly released album. Her past songs set the perfect environment for dance clubs and house parties, but I was certain her career would fade into the distance once a new wave of pop stars emerged...
  In case you didn’t already know, Cardi B is underrated and freakin’ fantastic. She held back no punches while on Instagram Live Monday night, where she took her newfound fame to discuss an international crisis: as Al Jazeera reported, there seems to be evidence of a literal slave trade happening in Libya. The coverage of what is happening in Libya is sparse and horrific – Al Jazeera reported, “hundreds of people are being auctioned in modern-day slave markets in Libya for as little as $400.”...
Music heals – and musicians do, too. In the wake of Hurricane Maria’s devastation and damage this fall, Puerto Rican artists in New York are sending grants to their independent counterparts based on the island. Puerto Rico Independent Musicians and Artists (PRIMA) was founded by musicians Ani Cordero and singer Raquel Berrios of the indie-electronic duo Buscabulla. In a press release, Berrios described the destruction Maria caused Puerto Rico’s vibrant music scene and her fear of “a whole generation of musical culture…washed away with the waters...
  Björk Utopia (Out November 24) Björk has always tested the boundaries of pop music, and Utopia is no exception. While the artist’s eighteenth release has moments that are reminiscent of earlier work, like the classic Vespertine and the ambitious Medulla, Björk experiments in new ways in this latest album. Utopia is built on a surprising foundation of baroque-style flutes—more than a dozen flutists are listed in the credits—and sound collages of Venezuelan bird calls. Even stranger, these pastoral elements are juxtaposed with lyrics about decidedly contemporary...
Last month, all-female music collective The City & The Heart released Volume Four of its regular compilation, a stunning, diverse showcase of female-identifying unsigned artists in New York. The City & The Heart (TC&TH) was born in the winter of 2012 with the intention of cultivating a supportive community for independent women in music in New York, and evolved into a philanthropic organization as well. 23 artists contributed to the record, including TC&TH founder and singer-songwriter Meghann Wright, Queens-based blues crooner Golda and acoustic rock...
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