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You might recognize Eleanor Friedberger as one half of experimental indie-pop duo the Fiery Furnaces. After the band went on hiatus in 2011, Eleanor didn't stop singing, and began working hard on her debut solo album, Last Summer. After the success of the NYC-inspired record, she set out to create a collection of songs that are more relatable and universal than her last. I'd say she hit the nail on the head with Personal Record (out June 4 on Merge), where you'll ... Read More
Robin Enrico is known for his quirky comic Jam In The Band, a story about a sassy all-girl band named Pitch Girl. He is a talented artist born from the multifaceted world of music and DIY culture. We yearn for more comics like Robin’s. Here is a recent interview with this indie cartoonist:Dre: When I first saw your comic Jam In The Band online, I was really surprised to see your characters handling a flyer for a BUST magazine party. Could you please tell ... Read More
Sundance has come and gone this year, and the Tribeca and Telluride film festivals still seem eons away. But don’t despair, cinephiles, because there is another festival in town that's chockfull of films and events you're sure to love. The Athena Film Festival is kicking off its third year of programming next week. From February 7th to February 10th, makers and lovers of movies will assemble at Barnard in New York City to celebrate women and leadership in ... Read More
Tavi Gevinson, 16-year-old fashion blogger, business owner, author, feminist, and BUST cover girl, was interviewed by Stephen Colbert on his show last Thursday. She was promoting her book Rookie Yearbook One, which commemorates the one-year anniversary of her online magazine Rookie. The magazine is a feminist website for teens that covers a variety of serious issues, and also includes fun fashion tips and the like. Tavi is the youngest guest that Colbert has ever ... Read More
The words “save the date” immediately bring forth images of white gowns, floral arrangements, and choosing between chicken or fish. But the film Save the Date, directed by Michael Mohan (who co-wrote the film with Jeffrey Brown), doesn’t focus on those clichés. Instead, it centers on Sarah (played by Lizzy Caplan), who’s trying to figure out what she wants in life. Instead of saying yes to her boyfriend Kevin’s public proposal, made soon ... Read More
From the moment I saw I Was Told There’d Be Cake on the bookshelf, I knew Sloane Crosley was a girl after my heart and taste buds. As a 17 year-old, I have looked to my fellow New Yorker’s escapades as letters from an imaginary older sister. Although I am interested in a career as a style journalist, I also am very interested in keeping up with all of my mini-essays that I hash out in my own diary. Sloane herself is part ... Read More
  A story about a man paying someone to take his virginity sounds like your typical high school sex romp, but The Sessions is the furthest thing from that.     On the surface, the film is about Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes), a man who hires a sex surrogate, Cheryl Cohen Greene (Helen Hunt), to help him lose his virginity. He does so not because he’s just unlucky with women, but because he contracted polio when he was six and has to ... Read More
  I have been following Dame Darcy's career for several years, ever since we met on a book and music tour with Lisa Crystal Carver. Dame Darcy has been writing and illustrating a hilariously mischievous and zany comic book series called Meat Cake since those wonder years, in addition to writing music; making films, videos, dolls and crafts; performing sea shanties on a banjo while dressed as a mermaid; producing shows; painting murals; hanging out with ... Read More
Musical maverick Amanda Palmer opens up about Scientology, stripping, and going solo Amanda Palmer is so impossibly busy that the week I meet her, she has a show every night and a photoshoot almost every day. Her iCal is Beyoncé-level packed, but that’s just the way she likes it. After a nasty split from Roadrunner Records in 2010, the 36-year-old singer/songwriter/pianist is now putting out her own music and loving her newfound creative freedom. ... Read More
By Kase Wickman“Just keep it in your room.” That’s what For a Good Time, Call... co-star/co-writer/co-producer Lauren Anne Miller told her then-roommate, Katie Anne Naylon, when Naylon admitted that she held a job as a phone sex operator to earn cash. Nowadays, Miller and Naylon are far from their Florida State University dorm room, but they're still making dirty talk pay: For a Good Time, Call... is loosely based on Naylon’s former occupation, and ... Read More
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