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    Described as how Anne Brontë wrote it, “The ties that bind us to life are tougher than you imagine,” Shovels & Rope's music and marriage best embody that bond. For ten years, Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst have delivered astounding collaborations from albums to children, and now they've got more to give. From their lastest studio album, By Blood, Shovels & Rope premieres the music video for "I'm Comin' Out" with BUST. Director Michael Parks Randa details the inspiration for the video, "With the uplifting...
SASAMISasami(Domino) On her debut full-length, Sasami shows up strong, with an impressive arsenal of soundscapes and stories. The multi-instrumentalist, classically trained in French horn, wrote the self-titled album while touring with Cherry Glazerr, for whom she played keys. The content is personal; the lyrics like letters never sent and diary-style admissions to people from her past. Sasami sings over herself with an intimate candor that confesses as it shares. The instrumentation, however, gets playful: with bending guitar on “I Was a Window” and raucous pop...
EMILY WELLSThis World is Too___For You(Thesis and Instinct) Emily Wells makes a dramatic statement on This World is Too___For You. The musician, composer, and producer has clearly hit her stride on her sixth release, a masterful, epic collection of songs. A striking blend of orchestral and goth music, this album is a slow-burner that is equal parts heart wrenching, sexy, and meditative. Wells follows in the footsteps of legends like Björk and Annie Lennox with ethereal, minimalist tracks including “Remind Me To Remember” and the...
  SHOVELS & ROPEBy Blood(Dualtone) Springsteen and Petty. Sweet and X. Shovels & Rope have certain threads running through their decade-long magic, but By Blood is its own sorcery. The latest from married duo Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst is about people—our hopes and disappointments, dreams and failures—all drawn perfectly over fuzzed-out stomping rhythm and crackling harmony. By Blood doesn’t seem to care much about breathing room—it’s varying shades of full force from the word “go”—but this kind of raw, goose-bump-inducing realness is so rare you...
  TAYLA PARXWe Need to Talk(Atlantic Records) With vast accolades for her work on Ariana Grande’s thank u, next and Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer, songwriting powerhouse Tayla Parx stands in the spotlight for We Need to Talk. These high-production R&B pop tracks deliver relatable tales of tumultuous romance and struggles between conventional womanhood and rebellion. Parx also playfully incorporates audio markers of modern social life, like iMessage pings, and riffs on 50 Cent classics. “Somersault” and “Homiesexual” bring confident vocals perfect for backyard parties and margs with...
  It's the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, and if you're still without end-of-Pride plans, head to the Bowery Electric after the NYC Dyke March on June 29 to rock out with some incredibly talented female-fronted bands, featuring trans and queer artists and allies. The celebratory event, hosted and organized by Katrina del Mar and co-hosted by Wendigo Productions, will take place from 8 to 11 PM that Saturday, and is perfect for anyone seeking a night of nonstop dancing and partying to live punk, riot grrrl,...
If you’re already a reader of BUST, then it’s very likely you’re an L7 fan as well, and co-founder, guitarist, and vocalist Donita Sparks needs no introduction. But I’ll give you one anyway, just because the band’s legacy deserves to be spread far and wide. After forming in 1985 and making waves with their grungy metal sound, L7 were also noted for their unapologetic feminism in a genre that was often incredibly misogynistic. With the help of the Feminist Majority Foundation, they formed Rock for...
    PARTNERSaturday the 14th(Father/Daughter Records) Joyous. Silly. Defiant. Stoned. Ontario band Partner is still hanging in the zone that made 2017’s In Search of Lost Time so much riotous fun, but this EP kicks the mood up to 11. The stadium energy is bigger and the cowbells are louder. “Tell You Off” uses barnyard samples to spin a weirdo-country yarn, and “Fun For Everyone (Minions)” is the new “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” but with, yes, Minions. It’s everything we adore about Lucy Niles...
  SACRED PAWS Run Around The Sun (Rock Action Records/Merge) Sacred Paws’ second album is a bright burst of curlicued conversational pop from London’s Rachel Aggs and Glasgow’s Eilidh Rodgers who earnestly intertwine their instruments and voices with ease. Busy percussion and radiant guitar lift innocently juxtaposed subjects on tracks like “Almost It,” “What’s So Wrong,” and “Shame on Me” where Aggs and Rodgers nimbly harmonize, “Remembering when/The sun went down on us.” Horns and synths splash modern elements of pop and funk onto Sacred Paws’ signature sounds of...

  PIP BLOMBoat(Heavenly) Pip Blom—a band named for its singer/songwriter—is completely unafraid on its full-length debut. Track to track, the post-punky quartet from Amsterdam masters sun-soaked beats sliced by sharp grunge riffs. Blom’s lead vocals are soft yet strong. No, not like a deodorant commercial, but more like a daisy growing through cracks in the sidewalk—green, gritty, and bound to persevere. Lyrically, there’s a lot of romance talk; it’s pensive, but in a liberated way. Boat feels freshly aware and a little vulnerable. It’s a “Get out...