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  THE COATHANGERSThe Devil You Know(Suicide Squeeze) The Coathangers’ latest effort, The Devil You Know, is everything we’ve come to love about one of the best bands in contemporary punk rock. While the majority of the wrecker bears the bite mark of the signature Coathangers sound (see track “F the NRA”), the band also finds success in its forays into newer sonic territory. “Bimbo,” the album’s opener, and lead single, is sweet and sour in unmistakably pop, wow “Lithium,” the closer, is a stripped-down, melancholic ode/ballad/plea to...

  Folk and country have had a recent resurgence in modern pop culture. From Dumplin’s popular Dolly Parton soundtrack to folk and country groups/singers like The Wailin’ Jennys, Brandi Carlile, Hozier, the Fleet Foxes, Iron & Wine, and a smattering of small Seattle-based groups, the genre seems to be making a comeback. A number of women who helped define the genre have been overlooked in recent decades, one whose music wasn’t “discovered” until the mid-2000s. Here’s a list of four women folk singers you need to...

  TEENGood Fruit(Carpark) The fourth studio album from TEEN is big, bold, and ambitious. On Good Fruit, the trio of sisters continues to play with musical tropes of the 1980s in fresh, interesting ways. While the lyrics address painful topics like misogyny and terminal illness, the sheer energy and danceability of these electro-pop songs keeps the album vibrant. Standout tracks like “Only Water” and the Prince-tinged “Ripe” are layered, complex, and fun. The album does drag, however, when TEEN tries a mellower approach, like on the seven-minute...
  SPELLLINGMazy Fly (Sacred Bones)   If you need a darker, goth soundtrack to your life, SPELLLING’s Mazy Fly is the perfect album. Heavy yet minimalist synths build suspense under Chrystia Cabral’s expressive, operatic vocals, which are reminiscent of Kate Bush. The effect is sometimes dreamy (“Golden Numbers”) and sometimes nightmarish (“Real Fun”). SPELLLING’s sound is overwhelmingly ’80s and can at times come close to being campy, however, the album’s 12 tracks are made unique with interesting aspects like Cabral’s strategic use of dissonance and hints of ’90s R&B...
  FEELSPost Earth(Wichita Recordings) Post Earth is an album created in, and for, our modern age. The first single, “Car,” channels the frustration and anger many of us are feeling in the current political climate. We’re disillusioned, while realizing the land of the free is “one nation under fraud.” Producer Tim Green (who previously worked with Sleater-Kinney and Melvins) channels his punk background with Post Earth. Songs like “Sour” and “Deconstructed” play with this dissonance, both sonically and lyrically. The album wasn’t intentionally politically charged, according to FEELS bassist Amy...
JULIA JACKLIN Crushing(Polyvinyl) Julia Jacklin’s second LP, Crushing, is a testament to the singer/songwriter’s sullen genius. One only needs to listen to melancholic opener “Body” or the unsettling track “Good Guy” to hear Jacklin’s striking emotionality. Throughout Crushing, mind, heart, and body aren’t exactly in sync, and themes of boundaries and limitations are a vague (but looming) narrative. With twinges of almost-country and almost-folk melodies, Jacklin’s mid-tempo pop is intentionally bare, accentuating her lyrical rawness. Varied songs with fingerpicked guitar, piano compositions, and upbeat anthems make...

We're getting musical at BUST with album reviews from our January/February 2019 print issue! GIRLPOOLWhat Chaos Is Imaginary(ANTI- Records) Girlpool’s Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad have always been in perfectly imperfect harmony with one another. So much so, that on their first two albums, the BFFs-since-high-school’s voices were often hard to tell apart through all the charming dissonance. With What Chaos Is Imaginary, they’ve both discovered their own voices, and together have found a new sound that’s more refined yet as earnest as ever. Tucker, who uses...
Early this year, Lifetime premiered the groundbreaking docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, renewing public awareness of Kelly's decades-long predatory behavior. In 2002, Kelly was indicted in Illinois on 21 counts of child pornography in relation to a videotape reportedly showing a then-32-year-old Kelly sexually assaulting athen-14-year-old girl. The case didn’t make it to trial for six years, during which public attention waned and Kelly re-branded his image, even going so far as to poke fun at the allegations against him (Remember Trapped In The Closet?). Kelly...
You enter the crumb-laden church of Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries ready to laugh, cry, and maybe even catch a flying slice of pizza with your mouth. Kathleen Hanna knew that to witness Fatty Cakes live was to unofficially join their ravenous ranks—to be reborn, covered in a fine dust of powdered sugar (or, depending on the mood, parmesan). Alice Bag of pioneering LA punk band the Bags felt the hunger pangs, too, swiftly jumping into the role of producer and “fairy punk mother” about...
Seven women and over a dozen associates have spoken out against singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, exposing his manipulative, inappropriate behavior towards women. According to a report by The New York Times, Adams would promise career opportunities, pursue artists for sex, harass his victims over text and social media, and he would rescind his support the minute he was spurned. Mandy Moore was married to Adams for about six years and remembers a relationship full of verbal and emotional abuse. She told the Times, “music was a point...