Molly Hamilton has had a year. The type of year “up-and-coming” musicians emerge from and their less dedicated peers wither under. It's what turns a talented "somebody" into a notable "someone."  Widowspeak's early 2013 release "Almanac" was bathed in overwhelming attention from the indie press and reset the motion on a sound left fallow by forebearers Mazzy Star and Ennio Morricone. Hamilton, along with writing partner Robert Earl Thomas, spent ... Read More
This is a sponsored post. It’s coming close to the end of this project with NJOY and I gotta admit, successfully quitting smoking is the product of a relevatory decision. One day, you just gotta say “nope, that’s enough. Done.” Trying to make the transition with the e-cig was helpful in reducing the frequency of my smoking urges. I drastically reduced my spending on smokes and actually bought stuff with that extra money that I needed. By ... Read More
SPONSORED POST I’m puffing away at my desk, e-cig hanging from my mouth like some reporter from the 40’s in an old Manhattan newsroom, the loud AC unit keeping the early-Summer humidity at bay. We just closed the August issue of BUST and my bosses are on vacation for the week. I’m feeling good about the progress I’m making on the quitting angle. I’ve gone through the wracking cough that accompanies your esophagus getting accustomed to ... Read More
 'Tis a sponsored post. I’m sitting cross-legged on a massage table facing the equally pretzel-limbed Pilates instructor/spiritual-ritualist/receptivity coach Emily Tepper. She’s about to set afire a small square of paper that I’m holding in my hand. It goes up in brief cough of a blaze, like some enchanted parchment off to another fiery dimension. On it was scrawled one of the things I wanted to remove from my consciousness, bad habits ... Read More
It’s the 21st and the BED LIBS competition has come to an end. We’re not done having fun just yet! There’s a party to go to! The winning submission came from our new friend Eva Gantz, a marketing and publicity professional at the always-sexy (and good friends of BUST) Cleis Press - an erotica publisher. What a coincidence! A conspiracy? I’m investigating myself right now. Here’s her hilarious response to the email we sent ... Read More
'Tis a sponsored post The first rule of quitting smoking with NJOY e-cigs: bring it with you. It helps. Tuesday, the FIRST day of this experiment I referenced in this post, I orphaned my NJOY King e-cig on my desk. In my rush to catch the shockingly beautiful performance of Lily and Madeline (video below) at Joe’s Pub and then the launch of photographer Ben Watt’s new wine company WineAwesome, I doomed myself to straight-out-of-the-gate failure. ... Read More
  What the hell is a BED LIBS contest? Well if you read BUST,  you know what a One-Handed Read is, right? If not, it's a short erotic story found in each print edition of BUST best enjoyed, well, um, one-handed. You get the picture. Moving on... Also, you were a kid once, right? Well then I'm sure you remember MAD LIBS. If you didn't play MAD LIBS as a kid then I really need you to go stand in the corner and think long and hard about what kind of person ... Read More
You know your secret dark place you go to in your mind that feels all comfy and shit despite the cold puddles of despair and dark hallways of longing? (Whoa, Mr. Dramatic.) You know you shouldn’t be lingering there, but like picking a scab or cracking your knuckles, the hurt is just too good. Nadine Shah’s new single “To Be a Young Man” from her forthcoming album Love Your Dum and Mad has received quite the bit of praise from the indie ... Read More
THURSDAY - DAY 1 @ SXSW It's 5AM and I'm running down the stairs of a Greenpoint, Brooklyn walk-up with the wild delusion that I'll get a cab to get me to Newark airport in time for my 6:30 flight. $80 and an hour and twenty-six minutes later I'm panting, out of breath, in the remnants of a line boarding my plane to Austin. There are leather jackets, guitar cases, vanity sunglasses, and black band t-shirts everywhere. The mass exodus of the stereotypical is ... Read More
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