BY BUST Magazine in Music Stuff on Nov 12, 2013 |
Many have claimed to be “the hardest-working man in show business,” but in the case of drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, the title may actually be true. “The only things I have time to do are everything I have going on,” he explains between rehearsals for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in N.Y.C., where as bandleader of the legendary hip-hop/soul group the Roots, he musically directs the coolest house band on TV. “In a ... Read More
Cate Le Bon’s third album, Mug Museum, inspired by the death of her grandmother, takes an even more personal look at the Welsh singer-songwriter’s life. While working on the album, Le Bon began rethinking her family structure, specifically the female dynamics.
“I felt a very palpable shift in the maternal line of the family,” Le Bon said over the phone in October. “It got me thinking about these relationships, how your ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich in Music Stuff on Nov 11, 2013 |
Universally-renowned violinist Hilary Hahn, at only 33 years old, is on top of the classical music world. With the release of her latest album, out today, marks a classical music first: an album entirely composed of original encores. Hilary recently spoke with BUST about her new record, "In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores" and beyond. Check out our chat to find out about her process, her current Netflix-obsession, and why she just doesn’t have time for ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich in Music Stuff on Nov 08, 2013 |
"We Gonna Take It," the latest track from crazy-cool F.O.B. (Friend of BUST) Eaves, is going to be my jam for a looong time. Eaves says the track is "Dedicated to my sisters in pussy riot who remain unjustly incarcerated. #freepussyriot."
Three members of Pussy Riot, a Russian punk band, have been imprisoned for months and continue to face oppressive conditions. Most recently, one member, after a disappearance, has been transferred to a Siberian Gulag.
Eaves' ... Read More
Annie Lennox has made it a point throughout her long career with the Eurythmics and as a solo artist never to compromise herself or her integrity. And she’s succeeded. In discussion with BBC News on her recent music industry trust award, she discusses her own personal journey, women in pop, and growing up.
As she receives recognition for charity work and her innovations in British music, her face wells with emotion, and she tells ... Read More
BY BUST Magazine in Music Stuff on Nov 07, 2013 |
Last Friday night, the Tinderbox Music Festival celebrated its fourth year with performances by seventeen kickass female artists at The Music Hall of Williamsburg. Founded by singer/songwriter Alyson Greenfield in 2010, the festival serves as a platform for up and coming female artists. With acts like Deerhoof, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Awkwafina (featured in BUST & a performer at our 20th Anniversary Party), this year did not disappoint. But it wasn't ... Read More
It’s hard for women to break into the music industry, especially women of color, but Nicki Minaj is one star who has helped pave the way. As if we needed yet another reason to love her, she recently broke another glass ceiling of sorts.
She’s partnered up with Myx Fusions, serving as both the brand’s spokesperson and part owner. Of her decision to endorse the alcoholic beverage, she told MTV News, "I was just feeling like with ... Read More
Last night’s Communion Records gathering at the Lower East Side’s Rockwood Music Hall brought together a plethora of indie rock/folk bands of varying popularity, including Brooklyn’s own Savior Adore. Other fine acts included Tennis, On an On, Poor Remy, The Districts, Belle Mare, Salt Cathedral, Great States, Night Sweats, Tor Miller, Michael Daves, and Leif Vollebekk, whom we had the pleasure to meet outside the venue.
Each band had space to ... Read More
Amazing singer-songwriter and all-around fabulous lady Patti Smith, wrote a lovely piece for The New Yorker honoring Lou Reed.
Recalling their mutual love for poetry, as well as her appreciation for the late musical legend, Smith addresses both the enigmatic and beautiful qualities of Reed in her essay.
She writes, “I didn’t understand his erratic behavior or the intensity of his moods, which shifted, like his speech patterns, from speedy to laconic. ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich in Music Stuff on Nov 04, 2013 |
M.I.A.'s much-anticipated fourth studio album, Matangi, is set for release tomorrow, November 5th. But you don't have to wait another 24 hours to hear the new tracks--Matangi, in its entirety, is currently streaming on YouTube.
It's everything you would expect from M.I.A.--heavy beats, witty rhymes, references to political movements you have to look up on Wikipedia later, and last but not least: a serious dose of bad-ass-ery. The album, which she describes ... Read More