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And the March Madness continues! That horrible pun is not a reference to basketball, but to a different kind of TV event--AMC’s Mad Men, whose new season premieres March 25th. Since the promo videos are comprised of old footage, fans have little to speculate about regarding the new season, beyond the cast photos released earlier this month. Befitting of a show about the creative process of advertising, though, the fanbase has mobilized, creating its own ... Read More
There are countless poster girls for reading and literature, but so few of them know how to spit dope rhymes. La Shea Delaney and Annabelle Quezada (aka the B*tches in Bookshops) set out to change all that. Parodying Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “N*ggas in Paris,” these literary ladies spin verses about reading on the subway, buying print books instead of digital (best lyric: “You use a Kindle? I carry spines/Supporting bookshops like a bra, ... Read More
Femcees have a hard time in the hip-hop game. The industry seems to think that it can only acknowledge the work of one female rapper at a time--and each new one gets compared to Nicki Minaj, no matter how little the two have in common. Though female rappers are often treated shittily, talented new acts are popping onto the scene every day. One of my current favorites is Nitty Scott, a Brooklyn-based rapper who spits ridiculous, clever, and insightful bars. Watch ... Read More
On our way out of the BUST office this past Friday afternoon, interns Maura, Ginny, and I were remarking on the difficulties of feminist blogging, namely that “We can only say ‘I hate Rush Limbaugh’ so many times!” Since calling Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke a slut, Limbaugh's been all over the news because of his ludicrous defense of his actions, and buzz has continued over the number of advertisers who've dropped his show. I’m certainly not the ... Read More
Phil Moore and Beth Tacular, the couple at the heart of Bowerbirds, journeyed through intense personal hardships—breakups, breakdowns, brushes with death—and returned with The Clearing (out now on Dead Oceans), their most rhythmically and lyrically complex creation yet. Combining elements of dissonance and darkness with moments of remarkable beauty and wisdom, this 11-song LP is an emotionally and visually evocative sonic cinema from start to finish. ... Read More
At this point in winter, it feels like our down jacket is melding with our skin, and that spring may never actually materialize. But watching "Be Still," the spacey-yet-cheery new video from The Curious Mystery, is making us believe that bare legs and beach parties are just around the corner. This psych/garage-rock band from Seattle, Washington will make you move with their lively beats, while simultaneously sending you into a mellow trance. This tune--which ... Read More
I fell in love with Lauryn Hill after listening to my aunt’s copy of “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” when I was 10. To this day, I get chills when I listen to that album, partly because of her incredible voice and songwriting skills, and partly due to lyrics like these: "You know I only say it 'cause I'm truly genuine/Don't be a hard rock when you really are a gem."Since then Ms. Hill has famously stayed away from the spotlight, popping up ... Read More
Splendor Squalor (out now on Kanine), the second full-length from Brooklyn-based Xray Eyeballs, finds the quartet in a much poppier place than they were on their first effort, Not Nothing. The raw, energetic sound backing O.J. San Felipe’s husky vocals is still present, along with the perfect blend of nostalgia for sounds of the past with a vision decidedly focused on the future. But if Not Nothing felt like a Velvet Undergound–hosted night of garage ... Read More
After an especially traumatic breakup, Islands frontman Nick Thorburn moved from New York to Los Angeles, looking to find solace in a new environment. On Valentine’s Day of last year, Thorburn sat down at a piano and began to play what would become A Sleep & A Forgetting (out now on Anti-), an album in which Thorburn exorcises the demons of his heartbreak, showing both despair and forward-looking optimism. Recorded in just two weeks, the album is less ... Read More
Unless you’re living under a rock (which somehow miraculously has internet access), you’re probably aware that today is Valentine’s Day. This means that the super-sappy love songs that make up so much of popular music are out in full force. Many of them are tear-inducing expressions of beautiful feelings toward the singer/songwriter’s partner of choice (whether the song is actually about being with that person or not). Some of them, ... Read More
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