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The queen of country is teaming up with the queen of wigs. Dolly Parton and Sia have recorded a new rendition of Parton’s “Here I Am.” The song originally appeared on the album Coat of Many Colors, and NPR describes the new version as “a bit slower, as a gospel-infused statement of purpose.” The Parton/Sia version is featured on the soundtrack for Netflix’s Dumplin’. In addition to being the soundtrack’s executive producer, Parton contributed six new compositions, which were co-written and co-produced by Linda Perry. Jennifer Aniston, Miranda Lambert,...
With so much incredible new music surfacing each day, we owe it to our ears to take a look around every once in a while. Peruse this list of 26 female and femme-lead projects, and for more, check out our previous list of 21 female-fronted bands.   1. Parisalexa  Latest Release: Flexa (2018) Seattle-based rapper Parisalexa enchants with beautiful R&B-pop fusion tracks, hitting all the right curves with a liquid-smooth voice and flow backed by tight production that just manages to keep up with her brilliance.   2. Sapphic Lasers ...
A phenom for her time, Kate Bush debuted her first album The Kick Inside in 1978, when she was just 19 years old. This year marks the 40th anniversary of its release and our introduction to one of the most wildly unique performers of our time. Bush was not only one of the first British singer-songwriters to blend performance art and choreographed dance together (now categorized as “art rock”), but she was also the first female artist to reach #1 on the UK charts for...
Drake’s “Nice for What” is the biggest hit of the summer. The single has been on the Billboard Hot 100 for weeks. “Care for me, care for me, I know you care for me! There for me, there for me! Said you'd be there for me! Cry for me, cry for me! You said you'd die for me! Give to me, give to me! Why won't you live for me?” These are the lyrics to the chorus of this summer’s hit with a New Orleans bounce influence. With...
Meet Cassandra Jenkins. Known for her slick bass licks, Cassandra has shaped her own brand of cosmic alt-folk music, working with musicians including Eleanor Friedberger and Lola Kirke. Now, Cassandra is stepping out front and center and going solo. For her new music video “Honda’s Well,” featuring cameos from Adrianne Lenker (of Big Thief), Zannie Owens (of Potted Plant), and Lea Thomas, Cassandra draws influences from spirits, ancestors, mythology, and the occult world. We sat down with Cassandra to discuss her magical inspirations. What inspired “Honda’s...
The flagship Brooklyn Afropunk Festival happened again on August 25 and 26. Now in its thirteenth year, the festival has exploded exponentially from a community-based weekend of love and black pride to a massive gathering melding music, arts, fashion, activism and black culture into a rainbow swish not unlike the colorful hairstyles dotting the festival like bright pinwheels. For anyone who attended consecutively the past two years, it’s obvious from a mere bird's eye view that the numbers who’ve flocked across country and traversed borders...
Brooklyn's House of Vans held its final show on August 24, closing out with an Interpol concert held the same day that the band dropped its sixth studio album. Brooke Burt, Vans' Senior Manager of Lifestyle Marketing for North America and former House of Vans Programming Manager, shares her favorite House of Vans show memories with us 1. The Rapture with Tanlines (2012)Photo by Jonathan Mehring This show was special because I got to experience House of Vans as a fan—little did I know, a year later...
  To celebrate BUST’s 25thanniversary, we’re bringing some of our favorite cover stories online. Here’s our interview with Cher from our Summer 2003 issue. What can one say about Cher that hasn’t already been said? For the past 40 years, she has revealed herself in every medium known to man. From LPs to 8-track tapes to CDs, from TV to film to DVD, from tabloid fodder to Oscar-winning actress to purveyor of faux-medieval, biker-chick home furnishings—Cher has truly done it all. “THE ONLY TRUE DIVA” read the...
“Melt,” the newest track from Portland-based singer, songwriter, and electro pop producer Human Touch (AKA Natalia Rogovin) is the dreamy anthem we need for the end of the summer, and we're excited to premiere it here today: Human Touch told BUST over email that “Melt” is about “that rare and searing connection you get with someone when it transcends the emotional and physical. It’s chemical, magnetic–a pulsing that takes over your body and overwhelms your thoughts when they are near you.” With beautiful, haunting vocals, the...
You hear a lot of the same things when you tell folks you’re interviewing John Cho. It all boils down to “I love that guy!” and “Oh man, he seems like a good dude.” And the truth is, he does—off-screen and on—whether he’s portraying Sulu in the latest Star Trek movies, embarking on a stoner quest in Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, or starring in the new film Searching (out August 3) as the father of a missing teen. There’s something innately appealing...