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 On January 13, 2016, US Weekly reported One Direction had broken up. The band’s reps claimed hiatus, but the truth stands: In two years, each of our sweet boys has released solo material, and there has been no whisper of a reunion.  What do we do with this boy band-shaped hole in the universe? How do we commemorate 730 Directionless days? To process my own grief at the passage of time, I wrote a one-sentence review for every single One Direction song — a tribute, a...
  “I’m not saying it’s your fault. This year has been harsh," Lemuria sings on their new album Recreational Hate (Turbo Worldwide). And they’re not wrong. It’s been a tumultuous year for so many of us and somehow — in between the global madness of firearms and saying farewell to some huge heavyweights — we’ve clung on like weather-beaten barnacles. It’s not surprising then that the Buffalo bunch latest record is steeped in reflection. There’s a strong focus on improving, whether rightly or wrongly. Vocalist Sheena Ozzella...
  The name Patty Schemel might not be at the top of your list of musicians made famous by the Pacific Northwest’s music eruption of the 1990s, but as far as the “story of grunge” goes, Schemel’s life as the drummer of Courtney Love’s band Hole is crucial. First described in the 2011 documentary Hit So Hard: The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel, her trajectory of fame, addiction, rehab (and rehab, and rehab), and recovery is now the subject of a new memoir, Hit...
This Thursday, rock stars and aficionados alike will meet at Zebulon Café Concert in Los Angeles for a night of music, history, and empowerment. The Women of Rock Oral History Project, a collection of digital and written interviews documenting the careers of women in rock n’ roll, is primarily located at the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College, but the women highlighted by the project will be in L.A. for the initiative’s launch event. Tanya Pearson, an archivist and curator, founded the Oral History Project, hoping...
A teenage girl shouts into a microphone in a shaky YouTube video viewed over 160,000 times. She’s backed by two other girls, all three dressed in skinny jeans, sneakers, white tops, and white hijabs. This is Voice of Baceprot , an all-girl metal band formed in the Indonesian town of Garut in 2014, with Firdda Kurnia on vocals and guitar, Euis Siti Aisyah on drums, and Widi Rahmawati on bass. (Baceprot means “noisy” in Sudanese.)   Along with original songs, the girls’ repertoire includes Metallica, Muse, and Slipknot...

  Cardi B isn’t new to breaking records and making headlines. Over the summer, she dropped “Bodak Yellow,” her debut single with Atlantic Records; shortly after, the Bronx-born artist became the first solo female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 in almost 20 years. And now, Cardi B became the third artist ever—and first rapper—whose first three singles placed in the Hot 100's top ten all in one week. The only other artists to accomplish this so early in their musical careers were Ashanti in...
  Cardi B. performed on the The Tonight Show  Wednesday night and also sat down for a quick interview, an early holiday gift to us all. The “Bodak Yellow” singer joined Jimmy Fallon dressed in a festive Rubin Singer green fur-and-satin top and teased-up hair, sporting some decked-out nails that easily upstaged the late-night host, and probably anyone else who happened to be around her. Cardi shared the background on her name (a spinoff of the liquor brand “Bacardi"), talked about her home borough, the Bronx, and showed...

  2017 brought us some terrible politics, but some great music, thanks to new albums from Lana Del Rey, Princess Nokia, Kehlani, and many more. We've rounded up BUST cofounder and art director Laurie Henzel's and BUST music editor Emily Nokes' picks for the top 23 albums of 2017 — and, btw, we have to mention that if Cardi B. had put out an album, it would absolutely be on here and we can't wait to listen to her debut album in 2018.  And now, here...
    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....