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On her 2019 debut, Casualty, Anna Akana refuses to stick to one emotion: from the feisty “Intervention” to “Alone Together,” an ode to a complicated breakup, her songs are anything but ambivalent. The most heartbreaking track on the record, though, is the vulnerable “Selfish.” “I have been pretty vocal about the fact that I wrote the album during a dark period in my life, and I really wanted to address that depression head-on,” Akana tells BUST. About the lyrics, she adds, “Sometimes, you’re in a position where...
Billie Eilish, the Gen Z extraordinaire, has announced that she will be the next artist to sing the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film No Time To Die, making her the youngest person in history to land the gig. The Bad Guy singer began hinting at the collaboration on her Instagram stories, by posting a series of previous Bond girls, like Halle Berry, before the 007 page confirmed the news. It featured Eilish in a typical Eilish pose, crouched on the floor with...
FRANKIE COSMOSClose It Quietly (Sub Pop) On their fourth studio album, Greta Kline, Lauren Martin, Luke Pyneson, and Alex Bailey have found their groove as a unified group, giving them the freedom to play across different instruments, while Kline’s signature vocals provide the anchor for their expanding pop sounds. The result is a maturation and extension. This album is about finding oneself, whether it’s in the collaboration of the band or Kline’s delicate voice telling honest stories turned outward, exposed. Close It Quietly is an effort...
  STARCRAWLERDevour You(Rough Trade) Los Angeles band Starcrawler is back with its sophomore record. The quartet’s self-titled 2018 debut found lead singer Arrow de Wilde’s voice blended with the band’s high-energy sound (inspired heavily by rock royalty of yesteryear). On Devour You, de Wilde’s vocals are brought to the forefront while the music continues to expand on its 1970s punk/glam swagger. From guitar-slide heavy tracks like “Born Asleep” and “No More Pennies” to the absolutely head-bangable chorus of “Bet My Brains” to the slow build of...
Creator of Hot Girl Summer, Megan Thee Stallion, and Normani have teamed up for the latest Harley Quinn film adaption Birds of Prey, featuring Margot Robbie. While the copious amounts of superhero films can seem tedious, Birds of Prey is receiving positive attention around the female based cast, and now, soundtrack contributors too. The screenplay was written by Christina Hodson, directed by Cathy Yan, and produced by the film's protagonist Margot Robbie. Now, the soundtrack will include the aforementioned "Diamonds" singers and songs from Doja Cat,...
It’s that time of the year again—music festivals around the country are beginning to announce their show dates and lineups, taunting fans with the promise of warm weather, loud music and good vibes. This week, the famed Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival announced which artists would be taking to its stages come June. While previous years have sported big name acts like Childish Gambino, The Killers and U2, this year’s list took fans by surprise in the very best way. Why, you might ask? Because...
  Since her Grammy nominated 2006 debut, For Lovers, Dreamers & Me, and lauded 2013 follow-up, She, singer Alice Smith has largely earned her stripes old school style—more time gigging in major cities than making music videos. As a result she’s gained something of a mythic aura— the proverbial, elusive sprite—leaving those who catch the latest NYC or LA show rapturous at the rare sighting.  Those who have missed out on her live shows and albums remain in the dark about one of the most highly regarded performers who...

For over a decade, Drake has dominated our radio stations, wedding receptions, family functions, and house parties. Many of us Millennials and Gen-Z babies were introduced to him when he played the sweet and nerdy teenager Jimmy Brooks on the hit Canadian drama Degrassi: Next Generation. But the star has come a long way since graduating from his acting days. Drake has become a full blown superstar in the Hip-Hop world. He has had 35 top ten hits on the Billboard charts and has officially...
  KAREN & THE SORROWSGuaranteed Broken Heart(Ocean Born Mary Music) Karen & the Sorrows’ latest is cry-in-your-craft-beer music that starts with a two-step. On its third album, the self-proclaimed queer country band led by Karen Pittelman—a mix of Lisa Loeb and Emmylou Harris—line dances its way through heartbreak. The Neil Young-inspired record starts with wanting to be swallowed whole by a lover (the rootin’-tootin’ “Jonah and the Whale”) before admitting, on the pedal steel-driven “Third Time’s the Charm,” that she will be fooled again. Later, “Queen...
SASSYBLACKAncient Mahogany Gold(Space Theory Records) “Dance, feel, heal, repeat” was the “simple, yet complex” mantra that helped SassyBlack’s Cat Harris-White navigate a particularly wily headspace and fall into the rhythm of Ancient Mahogany Gold. Relationships (with the self and others) are the heartbeat on this record. With classic jazz vocal training and experience with her prior band THEESatisfaction, Harris-White’s upbeat sonic wisdom comes paired with boundless soul. Her ideals of hard work, harmony, humor, and intelligence create a clear-cut environment on every track. And her sweetly...