Like many others, we were shocked and appalled by Robin Thicke and Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines.” As the song’s title suggests, the song contains concerning lyrics that blur the very clear divide between consensual sex and abuse: New York Magazine's Ann Friedman explains that “phrases like ‘good girl’ and ‘I know you want it’ uttered in rapid succession [sound rapey].” The song stirred up more ... Read More
As soon as Natasha Khan, or as everyone knows her, Bat for Lashes, took the stage at Webster Hall last Friday night, decked out in a multi-patterned flared jumpsuit, you knew you were in for a treat. As the band stood slightly behind her, Natasha had all the space she needed to sing, sway, and dance. She slinked across the stage, her microphone in hand, belting her loud and powerful voice to the packed shimmying room. At some point, someone threw a lily on the ... Read More
This weekend, I got caught in the crossfire of yet another Miley Cyrus twerking debate, and I realized that race is a feminist issue now as much as it ever was. For decades (centuries!), the fight against race and gender inequality have been intimately bound together, all the way from Ida B. Wells’s anti-lynching papers, which completely disrupted stereotypes applied to both black and white women, to the public outcry against the ... Read More
BY Katharine Ernst in Crafty on Aug 28, 2013 |
Courtney Love is unsmotable. As Hole’s frontwoman and Kurt Cobain’s wife, Love was the leading lady of ‘90s grunge. Since then, she has gone through her fair share of highs and lows, from punching Kathleen Hanna in the face to being the muse of Givenchy designer Ricardo Tisci. Now, she has a bunch of other projects on her plate ... including tons of "crafty shit."
Love's just like the rest of us - she's promoting her clothing ... Read More
BY Molly Simms in Music Stuff on Aug 27, 2013 |
At some point during last weekend’s AfroPunk fest in Brooklyn, I realized that I was in the midst of greatness. It wasn’t the killer food trucks, on-point bands, or fantastic craft vendors that were making my jaw drop, though: it was the crowd. I’ve been to more than my fair share of outdoor summer festivals, and AfroPunk (which bills itself as “a platform for the other Black experience”) had some of the best-dressed, happiest ... Read More
Heads up, sun-drenched, mason-jar-drinking, fishtail-braid-wearin’ lovelies: Brooklyn singer/songwriter Gina Cimmelli has a new tune out for your aural pleasure. “Like I Did” comes off her forthcoming EP “Summer Singles,” and packs a serious sonic punch. Cimmelli’s music echoes the stylings of Leslie Feist and June Carter, with the vocal power and angst of a female Conor Oberst.
“Like I Did” laments a lost love who ... Read More
When was the last time you heard some jack-off say that women don’t make music, or that chick-fronted bands pale in comparison to bands of Big, Strong Men? Well, tell those jerks to whine no more, because I have a playlist for you that will prove them all wrong.
Extremely funny Twitter lady Amber Earnest (@rare_basement, and if you don’t follow her yet I suggest you do) made a 1,000+ song Spotify playlist composed entirely of female-fronted bands, ... Read More
BY Amy LaCount in General on Jul 30, 2013 |
Miley Cyrus was veritably born into the industry – as the daughter of famous country singer Billy Ray, she was a household name by the time she was 15, starring as Hannah Montana in her very own Disney channel show. There, she cultivated a persona as a modern southern belle: fresh-faced, down-to-earth, and unpretentious.If you’ve paid attention the last couple of years, she’s been busy doing what plenty of teenaged starlets do as they transition into ... Read More
BY BUST Magazine in Music Stuff on Jul 24, 2013 |
From Prince to Bob Dylan to Ray Charles, Mavis Staples has made music with a diverse array of great songwriters over the course of her 53-year career. She continues this tradition on One True Vine, her second collaboration with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. The record is mix of covers and new songs, all performed with minimal instrumentation. A few tracks (including a striking rendition of Parliament Funkadelic’s “Can You Get to That”) ... Read More
BY Amy LaCount in General on Jul 11, 2013 |
Tell me, how stoked are you for the BUST 20th Anniversary Extravaganza?
You can’t stop thinking about it? You’re kept awake at night because all you can do is listen to old Cibo Matto records in anticipation? I’m right there with ya.
Cibo Matto, for those of you who don’t know, is…basically the coolest.
Hatori and Honda
Formed by two Japanese women – Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori – in the early '90s, ... Read More