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  Here are the album reviews from our April/May 2018 issue! We're featuring new music from artists like Frankie Cosmos, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, and Sunflower Bean.  And we've got a Spotify playlist for you, too:   FRANKIE COSMOSVessel(Sub Pop) Whether she’s writing about eating leftover rice late at night, her phone dying, or wasting time on a train, Frankie Cosmos songwriter Greta Kline has a knack for weaving poetry out of small, simple moments. Though she’s moved away from home recording, the prolific songwriter (Vessel marks her...
  This coming Wednesday, female artists from Jade Bird to Lola Kirke will be performing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg to raise funds for the Americana Music Association. The association, also known as the AMA, aims to work closely with artists and media involved in American Roots music. The Tribute to Women in Americana benefit also will aim to tackle the gender imbalance within the genre by highlighting an impressive lineup of female artists covering songwriting legends like Dolly Parton and Carole King. The show is...
Janelle Monáe’s newest album and emotion picture, Dirty Computer, tells the story of Jane 57821. The story is set in a near future, where anyone who doesn't fit the government's idea of clean is marked as a "dirty computer." Once marked, dirty computers are put through a “cleaning” process: their memories are deleted, and slowly they are turned into torches who can light the way for others. When the deletion process commences, we are tsken into Jane’s memory and we get a snippet of the...
  Last October, a mysterious teaser video surfaced on Fever Ray’s website, hinting—with ghoulish imagery, explicit lyrics, and a personal ad on some made-up dating site called “Karma Kinksters”—that she would release new music after nearly a decade of dormancy. “Sadist, empathetic switch seeks same,” the video’s text began. “For hours of sharing: ideas, skin, warmth, breath, politics, dreams, and body fluids.” A week later, Fever Ray’s exhilarating full-length experimental pop album Plunge was released.  Karin Dreijer, 42, began making music as Fever Ray while the Knife—the...
Are you tired of the ukulele-playing, mustache-sporting, vape-loving men that seem to crawl around every bar, café, and corner of Tinder? Carsie Blanton is, too. The New Orleans-based singer/songwriter sings about all kinds of bad dates and dudes you just can’t quit in her latest song, “Fuck Yourself,” a cheeky parody of Justin Bieber’s Ed Sheeran-penned “Love Yourself.” “I like songs with great melodic hooks that get stuck in your head, I like lyrics that tell stories, and I like profanity. Covering this song seemed like...
Festival season has begun, and we just can't resist this one. Join The Mayday Collective for their third annual Mayday Festival of Resistance, an incredible celebration of the intersectional feminist movements led by women of color, black women, trans women, and femmes for their ongoing part in the fight against the patriarchy and social injustice. This Saturday, April 28th at Maria Hernandez Park in Brooklyn, you'll enjoy a free concert featuring a full lineup of talented Native, Latinx, and Afro-Latinx activist-musicians. Performers Nitty Scott MC with M.A.K.U* Sound System, Bushwick Jarocho Collective, NECIA, and DJ Sabine Blaizin (Oyasound) will...
To celebrate the release of Janelle Monae's third album and accompanying "emotion picture" Dirty Computer, we're digging into our archives and bringing forth our August/September 2013 cover story with Monae, who was about to release her second album, Electric Lady.Janelle Monáe may have been born to sing, dance, and write some of the most creative pop albums ever to hit an iPod, but the world wouldn’t have known about her if it weren’t for the video for “Tightrope.” The 2010 breakout single (featuring Big Boi) made...

The goddess who walks among us in the shape of Janelle Monáe has ended speculation about her sexuality. The pop star/actor/activist/model/excellent human being has officially come out as queer in an interview with Rolling Stone, saying, “I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker.”  Monáe opens up about her life and the realities of being a queer, black superstar in a very personal cover story with Rolling Stone: “‘Being a queer black woman in America,’ she says, taking a breath as she comes out, ‘Someone who has...
From our April/May 2018 issue, BUST's music editor Emily Nokes chooses the best new EPs and 7-inches:    Bipolar Lovers in Love EP by CUSI COYLLUR (Self-Released) Pianist, singer, and mental-health advocate Cusi Coyllur, aka Shannen Roberts, weaves her (now more important than ever) activism together with music, exploring healing via a collection of eight avant/experimental tracks on Bipolar Lovers in Love. Bipolar Lovers in Love (& Poem Zines) by Cusi Coyllur   Time EP by GHOST & THE CITY (Self-Released) Oakland neo-soul group Ghost & the City sets us up for warmer days...

Earlier this month, I filmed one of the greatest rock bands of all time, L7. The evening marked an important life moment, too—it was my first time seeing the band in concert, a fact that has been a deep source of shame as a longtime fan turned historian. I’m sure I’ve lied about this glaring ommission in the past, probably to validate my rock pedigree to some record store dude, so consider this my "coming clean" and day of redemption. I have interviewed women-identified rock musicians,...