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  Mozart had a sister. She was just as good—if not better—than her legend of a brother. But not a lot of people know this. I didn’t know this until I spoke with feminist flautist Leanne Friedman. We met at Sundaes and Cones, a small ice cream shop in the East Village—not too far from the NYU campus, where she’s finishing up her double degree (BA in Flute Performance, MA in Music Education). She got a double-scoop cup with Lavender and Green Tea ice cream. The 21 year-old...
   We're excited to share round two of our October/November 2017 music reviews — these 7 albums all come out this October and November, so get ready to rock out (or...Country out? Pop out?). We've put together a playlist of singles to help you out (at bottom). Check out part one of our reviews (for albums released in August and September 2017) here, and subscribe to BUST magazine so you never miss a review! COURTNEY BARNETT AND KURT VILELotta Sea Lice(Matador) Lotta Sea Lice is the result of...
Helen McCookerybook isn’t exactly a name you’re going to forget in an instant, is it? Especially if it's been bandied about on the UK’s punk scene since the 1970s. Growing up in the North East of England, a young Helen Reddington headed south to study at Brighton Polytechnic where she joined motley bunch The Chefs on bass and vocal duties. And this shift from the river to the sea feels very poignant for an artist who released a record of the very same name —...
  Poptarts is a twice-monthly podcast hosted by BUST Magazine editors Emily Rems and Callie Watts that celebrates women in pop culture. The first half of each episode is devoted to a hot topic in entertainment, and in the second half, a segment called "Whatcha Watchin'?," Callie and Emily dig into all the shows, movies, books, music, videos, and podcasts they've enjoyed since the last episode, and either praise or pan each experience. The latest episode is allllll about Cardi B! She recently became the first solo female rapper to top the Billboard...
  Sophie Strauss is a singer-songwriter on the rise, characterized by her lush sound and witty, poetic lyrics. BUST is premiering her newest music video, “Quiz in a Magazine,” a short, incisive song about sexism and the murky, confusing nature of girlhood. "I wrote 'Quiz In A Magazine' as a way to capture the internal dialogue that girls and women have as we try to rationalize away the experiences of quotidian sexism and abuse," Sophie tells BUST. "I wanted to get at the little things that we...
"Mad as hell" is an apt way to describe being a woman in today’s world. Meg Remy, as U.S. Girls, channels those frustrations and disappointments with current politics into a disco-pop number that is both critical and inspiring at the same time. “We can never know the hands we're in, until we feel them grip / Choking off our air supply but I don't cry / Every day I look, every day I see / That good war music still getting written for me,” she sings. With...
  Vic Mensa is a rapper with a message for sexual predators at music festivals: “You’re not welcome here.” The "16 Shots" singer will be join Jay-Z's 4:44 tour in October. Mensa headlined the September 15 night of Chicago's Riot Fest, but before he took the stage, Mensa took some time to sit down with BUST and talk about rap, feminism, and sexual assault.  “My artistry is extremely influenced by my experience,” said Mensa, “and feminist women have been some of the biggest catalysts of my growth...
In every issue of BUST Magazine, we bring you reviews of the latest and greatest albums on our radar. Check out the most recent releases from our October/November 2017 issue right here, featuring new music from the Blow, Kim Boekbinder, Cold Specks, and more. We also made you a Spotify playlist where you can listen to all these tunes, which you can find below.    THE BLOW Brand New Abyss (Self-Released) Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne have been dishing out electro bedroom-pop since 2001 (aka before everyone was doing it) as the...
  OUR President is doing all she can to help a storm torn Puerto Rico, and this time, she’s using her music. This Thursday, Beyonce surprised fans with a new single and music video, announcing that proceeds of the song would be donated to Puerto Rican hurricane relief. "I am donating my proceeds from this song to hurricane relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other affected Caribbean islands," she wrote on Instagram. “To help go to Beyonce.com/reliefefforts.”   I am donating my proceeds from this song to...
  When I popped my headphones in for a first listen of Atlanta singer Mattiel’s debut single “Whites of Their Eyes," I’m pretty sure I held my head higher and puffed out my chest almost immediately. This is the kind of song I would listen to before an important meeting to trick myself into a state of badass confidence. Then I watched the video for the single and the aesthetic is absorbing. It’s crisp, clean, vibrant, and never stops being gorgeous. Narrative takes a backseat to style,...