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SNEAKS Highway Hypnosis (Merge) Highway Hypnosis is the kind of record that club basements were made for. The experimental songs are quick—tailored for those who like a clear beat and have a short attention span. A few tracks sound somewhat predictable, but the collections takes a turn halfway through. In "Money Don't Grow On Trees," Sneaks (aka D.C.'s Eva Moolchan) repeats the title line over an eclectic mash-up of synth and percussion, creating a hook of sorts. The overall effect of the album is interesting ati-pop, though some...

Picture this: A clear summer evening in NYC, 2001. While the city was already dying, it wasn’t yet the bloated corpse it is today. The Odessa, then, was still in full form—half dive bar, half cheap diner. It was the perfect place to "catch up" and "act out" with friends over inexpensive food and drinks. This is exactly what I am doing there with none other than Debi Martini, aka "Connie Champagne," aka the baddest bitch in the land. Anyone who has had the pleasure...
SHARON VAN ETTENRemind Me Tomorrow(Jagjaguwar) Sharon Van Etten hasn’t released an album since 2014, but you’ve probably seen her around—perhaps on Netflix’s sci-fi drama The OA, or in the much-praised Twin Peaks reboot. Thankfully, her foray into Hollywood hasn’t dampened Van Etten’s ability to make a killer album. Like Are We There (2014) and Tramp (2012) before it, Remind Me Tomorrow is packed with emotional shredders anchored by Van Etten’s deep, swooping voice. On “Comeback Kid” and “Seventeen,” Van Etten abandons the sparser sound of her...
Bikini Kill is back, baby! Pitchfork reported that the riot grrrl band from Olympia, Washington has announced a reunion tour for 2019. Singer/songwriter Kathleen Hanna, bassist Kathi Wilcox, and drummer Tobi Vail will be joined by a new guitarist, Erica Dawn Lyle, for three shows: one show in L.A. and two shows in New York. Bikini Kill disbanded in 1997, reuniting briefly in 2017 to play one song at an event celebrating the Raincoats, a '70s British punk band. Bikini Kill’s discography wasn’t added to streaming...
We’re barely two weeks into the new year, but have possibly already received the best news of 2019: Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, will be producing an upcoming Sleater-Kinney project. Both Clark and Sleater-Kinney shared the news on Twitter this morning, along with an ultra-cool behind-the-scenes photo of Clark, Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker, and Janet Weiss in the studio.   2019. @Sleater_Kinney produced by St. Vincent. pic.twitter.com/PY2JW15aIN — St. Vincent (@st_vincent) January 8, 2019   Sleater-Kinney’s last studio album, No Cities to Love, was released in 2015, and was the Portland-based trio’s first...

  The year of 2018 has been undoubtedly heavy. Marching into a new year through obstacles like political corruption, climate change, and various astrological retrogrades (to name a few), it is a good time to look back at the year and see how many artistic women have been making music and using their voices, regardless of the state of affairs. Cat Power returned after a 6-year hiatus. Neko Case is back after a quiet 5 years. And hell, it's been 8 years since we've heard anything...
This morning, Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced the newest class of inductees via video—most notably including superstars Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks. To be eligible for 2019 induction, the nominees’ first singles or albums had to have been released in 1993 or earlier, notes Rolling Stone. A nomination list of 15 artists was released back in October for the consideration of over 1,000 musicians, journalists, and historians, who voted in Jackson and Nicks, along with five other acts: The Cure, The Zombies, Radiohead, and Roxy Music....
Ariana Grande paid tribute to four iconic teen movies in the music video for “thank u, next”—Mean Girls, Bring It On, 13 Going On 30, and Legally Blonde. Some critics have said that Grande is just trying to prey on our collective nostalgia for our teen years, or trying to make good gif fodder—that the video is just trying to go viral and doesn’t have deeper thematic meaning. And the video certainly has generated some very good gifs and engendered a strong sense of nostalgia....
It’s been an amazing few months for women in music, and if you’re about due for a fresh new track that’s equal parts empowering and catchy, we’ve got a recommendation ready—Emmy Wildwood’s latest single, “Everything Hurts,” which we’re psyched to premiere here on BUST.com. “‘Everything Hurts’ is about the moment that survival instincts kick in during a crisis,” Wildwood tells BUST. “We’re taught as women to constantly withstand everything in all of our relationships, romantic or otherwise, so things have to be really bad to get...
We're bringing the heat with our October/November 2018 print issue album reviews, from Cat Power's first release in six years, to another raw and real compilation from Waxahatchee. It's the perfect time of year to listen to some jams—while commuting, with your new date, at that cute winter get together, or while you're bundling up and staying warm inside.   CAT POWERWanderer(Domino) It’s been six years since Cat Power, aka Chan Marshall, released her last album, which is a long time even by her standards. Thankfully, she’s back...