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  Are the winter blues getting you down? No fear, BUST favorites Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have a new album to keep you warm through the worst of the Polar Vortex. "Give the People What They Want," released yesterday, is full of the soul-funk music and high energy singing with which audiences and critics alike have fallen in love.   Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have been giving the people what they want since the mid-90s with their electric live ... Read More
We've blogged (gushed?) about her before - Dachiya Atkinson, the six-going-on-seven year old badass B-girl who has skills that will make you tear up with joy and envy. How can she be so cool?!Check out her feature in the music video for "Platoon" by Jungle. The tracksuit...the nodding...the effortless coolness! This tiny package of unlimited fierceness has confidence that I aspire to. Cheers to you B-Girl Terra, and to my 8th ... Read More
Scottish synth-poppers Chvrches (try saying that five times fast...) paid a lovely tribute to Janelle Monae's hit single "Tightrope" during Billboard's  recent "Women In Music" event, and a clip of that performance is now online! If you weren't already a fan of lead singer Lauren Mayberry's high, haunting soprano, recall that she's a fiercely loud opponent to sexism in the music industry. We reported on her defense of the female artist in an October ... Read More
I know we all live in a perpetual state of watching/talking about/admiring Beyoncé, Beyoncé, and the cult of Beyoncé, but what's St. Bey up to herself? Turns out she's watching covers of her own songs, and she took to Facebook to post a pretty fantastic one by sister duo Chloe and Halle. Chloe and Halle cover "Pretty Hurts" from Ms. B's new album, and augment it with gorgeous harmonies and simple piano. It's a very grown-up song for sisters ... Read More
You couldn’t put Mariel Maher into a metaphorical box if you tried. Maher, AKA Seasick Mama, isn’t going to settle for just one type of sound, instrument, musical influence, collaborator, or hair color for that matter. Maher is all about experimentation and trying new things, and it’s working out pretty well so far. With no vocal training, Seasick Mama made her debut onto the scene with her electro-poppy Dead Like Money EP back in February. In ... Read More
  2014 may just be the year in which our favorite pop divas start working together instead of trying to tear each other apart, or at least I hope it is! While you were primping for your New Year’s Eve party, Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera made a major power play. After their epic duet on The Voice (see below), Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera released a studio version of “Do What U Want” at midnight on New Year’s Eve.  Lady Gaga ... Read More
We know, we know. It's already New Year's Eve, so what do you want with another year-end list? To be honest, Laurie and I meant to do this weeks ago, but the traditional list-making season fell smack in the middle of our traditional February/March print deadline, so you can guess what took precedence. But think of all the things you can do with this appropriately timed year-end list: Play it tonight at your New Year's house party! Listen to it in its entirety ... Read More
Warning: This post may contain high velocity bitterness. The Righteous Retreat, hosted by the legendary songwriter and feminist activist Ani DiFranco, was billed as a four-night workshop in which attendees would attend workshops to develop creativity and performance skills. Who wouldn’t want to spend a few days outside of New Orleans surrounded by so much talent? But there was an issue with the retreat’s location: Righteous Retreat was being held at ... Read More
  From Potpourri of Pearls, the outstanding band that describes its music as "a perversion of 90s easy listening music,"comes this magical frenzy of Christmas cheer. With the help of some troll dolls, these artists have found a way to express the universal tensions that come with this time of year. And with introducing someone special to your “unusual” family. Watch the gleefully absurd and visually arresting “Hang Me” ... Read More
Charismatic, uplifting, and full of soul, Natalia Clavier’s songs are the kind that make you feel feelings, and a lot of them. The Argentinian singer-songwriter expertly incorporates elements of all different styles of music on her new album Lumen. You’ll find hip-hop beats, jazz instrumentation, soulful lyrics, South American rhythms, and gorgeous piano harmonies alongside Clavier’s brilliantly bold vocals. On this release, she shows off her ... Read More