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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 they/them pronouns, has gone through a transition, which they prefer to call a “gender...

Happy February! While you're inside hiding from the snow and cold, enjoy our picks for the best in feminist-friendly pop culture this week, including Natasha Lyonne's new TV series Russian Doll, new music from Girlpool, and The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang.  PODCASTS Poptarts: Feminist Folklore The hosts of the podcast Feminist Folklore join BUST editors Callie and Emily on the latest episode of our podcast Poptarts. Listen here or on iTunes.  MOVIES Miss Bala Gina Rodriguez stars as a makeup artist who has to take down a drug cartel...
Lady Gaga’s September 2017 deposition in Kesha’s ongoing legal fight with her former producer, Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, has been unsealed, according to The Blast. The Blast and Pitchfork viewed the unsealed document and reported on the heated questioning between Lady Gaga and Dr. Luke’s lawyer. Gaga is also a sexual assault survivor and according to the reports on the documentation, she was crying and struggling with PTSD throughout the deposition, which her lawyer addressed at the start of the testimony. During questioning, Lady Gaga said...
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 we've 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....