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U.K. singer Lianne La Havas is standing on the precipice of superstardom. She’s been buzzed about and blogged about, but until very recently, we’d only heard a few of her songs (including the amazing “Forget,” which you should check out on YouTube immediately). Luckily, we had the opportunity to check out an intimate showcase by La Havas here in NYC, and were blown away by her confidence on stage and by her powerful-yet-delicate voice. ... Read More
Past BUST “Man We Love” and New Orleans DJ Rusty Lazer is in town with rapper Nicky Da B and we’re ready to get groovin'. Primarily known as the live DJ and creative partner of Sissy Bounce rapper Big Freedia, Lazer also has some sweet solo spins that are worth getting familiar with. Combining an eclectic range of genres and cultures from the streets of his hometown, Lazer’s sets promise everything from '50s twists to '70s soul and R&B. ... Read More
The first time I heard about 24-year-old R&B singer Frank Ocean was in a Childish Gambino (Donald Glover's rap act) lyric: "I wanna suck your breasts and finger-blast to Frank Ocean." It's safe to say that I was introduced to his music as the baby-making kind. But Frank Ocean's debut album that dropped digitally last week and officially on Tuesday is more emotional than sexually charged. It's riddled with confusion and happiness, elation and conflict- an ... Read More
This news is going to kill you- in a good way. The ultra-awesome riot grrrrl group Bikini Kill is launching their own record label, Bikini Kill Records. Their 25th anniversary will mark the label's birth. The Bikini Kill back catalog is now available via bikinikill.com, eMusic and iTunes, as are the group's spin-off bands The Frumpies and The Casual Dots. They plan to re-release their EP in the fall in honor of its anniversary, along with planned re-releases ... Read More
Dan Deacon’s new video for “True Thrush” off the new album America, out August 28th, is based on the game "telephone." Co-directed with Ben O'Brien, the video opens with a short scene created and filmed by the duo, which is then imitated by another team of two, and so on. Each pair was given one hour and one take to recreate the previous groups’ video from memory—costumes, set, acting and all. The game ends messier and more insane ... Read More
Last Thursday the 12th, at the strike of 6:00, I scooted out of the BUST office and excitedly headed straight to Pier 84 for the first free show of the Hudson River Rocks summer concert series, featuring Dan Deacon and John Maus. The show opened with Baltimore grunge-rock group, Roomrunner, who had a few technical issues and consequential commentary (“all of our shit is broken”), which ended up interrupting the potential loud/fast/hard energy the band ... Read More
After announcing the September release of their first studio album in over a decade, “Push and Shove,” No Doubt have officially released their first single “Settle Down.” The six-minute video features Gwen, Tony, Adrian and Tom driving trucks to a gathering at an outdoor parking lot where hugs are exchanged in what feels like a homecoming for the band members before they set off to what looks like the best party of the summer. So ... Read More
On October 2nd, Beth Orton will release Sugaring Season, her first album in six years, and make her Anti- Records debut. Sugaring Season was recorded in Portland, Oregon, with producer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists). With its deeply lyrical songwriting and newfound expressivity of voice, the album demonstrates Orton’s daring synthesis of her broad musical influences into a powerfully individual artistic vision. "I stretched myself as a ... Read More
Yup you read that right--Fleetwood Mac is getting back together. The ethereal gypsy that is Stevie Nicks spoke with “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday about the group reuniting for a handful of shows in 2013. “Next year, so far..it’s the plan.” The number of plays “Rumours” has in my iPod is up in the triple digits and I am crazy excited--like tween crying at boy band concert excited--for the chance to see Fleetwood ... Read More
Regardless of your opinions on her or her music, rapper Nicki Minaj makes some straightforward and seriously valid points about sexism in this short clip. The video's an oldie but a goodie--it's from her 2010 MTV documentary, My Time Now, but has been making the rounds lately. If you haven't checked it out, it's well worth a watch. She tackles double standards in the workplace, explaining, “When I am assertive, I’m a bitch. When a man is assertive, ... Read More