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It’s been three years since the seven piece (plus guests) Canadian ensemble Arcade Fire toured the United States. Which is ironic because they seem so, well, American.  When Arcade Fire released Neon Bible in 2007 they ended up articulating an image of disenchantment so real to Americans it hurt. Delivered with the hollow, melodic voice of vocalist Win Butler and accompanied by the soulful droning of a church organ and the metallic lick of string ... Read More
The First Aid Kit album has been in heavy rotation here at the Bust office for quite some time now. Our writer, Aurora Montgomery, got the chance to see them play their songs live at The Bell House in Brooklyn last week. Here's what she had to say about the show: First Aid Kit played their first New York show at The Bell House in Brooklyn last week. Klara & Johanna Söderberg ,accompanied by a drummer for their set that evening, played acoustic ... Read More
When your favorite band starts getting successful there are many potential pitfalls, but among the two deadliest are overproduction and happiness. The verdict was still out on The National when I went to last night's show at Radio City Music Hall. Though there's much to love in their latest contribution, High Violet, the album is certainly overproduced for my liking. So when the horns and strings sections took the stage, I worried. Knowing that Matt Berninger has ... Read More
Karen Elson's new album, The Ghost Who Walks, is a compilation of haunting, southern gothic melodies that will make even the most hardened of city dwellers want to lounge in the evening sun with a piece of grass between their teeth. Her folk/blues infused style is a refreshing change from what we've come to expect from your typical model-turned-musician. The very beautiful and talented Ms. Elson, featured in the BUST Music Issue, will be performing in New York ... Read More
Rasputina Sister Kinderhook (Filthy Bonnet) Perhaps no artist alive embodies the creaky, creepy, ornately detailed steampunk aesthetic more than Rasputina’s Melora Creager. Instantly recognizable on stage in her bloomers, petticoats, and vintage corsetry, Creager has been creating compelling cello-fueled art rock since the early ’90s, with help from a rotating cast of supporting cellists and drummers. Her current lineup, appearing on Rasputina’s ... Read More