This past weekend marked the final string of performances of the U.S. leg of St Vincent’s Strange Mercy tour and Mercy us, is BUST glad to have made it to one of the shows.For those who haven’t given it a listen yet, Strange Mercy is the album St Vincent (otherwise known as Annie Clark) describes as the one in which she is finally relenting to her more artless instincts in an effort to reveal the more candid side of her artistic ... Read More
  If ever there was a performing artist that could make me severely regret opting out of grade school music nerd extracurriculars prematurely, it is Shara Worden.  Today marks the U.S. release of her new album All Things Will Unwind. This past weekend, I saw Shara play in Brooklyn at combination gallery/performance space Littlefield and needed to restrain myself post performance from searching through the yellow pages for some sort of adult education ... Read More
BUST has returned from its pilgrimage to ATP’s I’ll be Your Mirror Festival and our ears are still (gloriously) ringing from the brain-rattling sounds of some of renegade music culture’s best in show. Similar to the original venue for this ATP festival (Pontin’s Holiday Camp in the U.K.), Asbury Park is a once prosperous seashore vacation capital turned economically (but photogenically!) desolate (perfect scenery for nerding out with your ... Read More
Tomorrow, BUST is making a pilgrimage to Mr. Bruce Springsteen's hometown--to check out a music and arts festival that's curated by a great, media-shy British band, and named for a Velvet Underground B-side.  Sweet Jane!  What a weekend! Starting at around mid-afternoon tomorrow, Asbury Park, birthplace of the Boss, will host three days of music (first and foremost), plus comedy, film, and even some literature.  It's the "I'll Be Your Mirror ... Read More
          Margaret Cho is very, very funny.  She is not, however, all that funny on the phone.  At least not with me, when she calls from Atlanta one weekday afternoon.  She's thoughtful, and sort of calm, and very polite.  So naturally I think, oh God, it's me.  I'm killing Margaret Cho's sense of humor.  But then I remember that part of what people love about Cho, aside from her funny faces and ... Read More
  "One person alone cannot push an elephant." Tune in to PBS tonight at 10 pm for the broadcast premiere of "Pushing the Elephant," a powerful new documentary about Rose Mapendo, a Congolese Tutsi, a mother of ten, a victim of genocidal violence and an activist for peace and reconciliation.   Ten years ago, Rose Mapendo, her husband, and her children were arrested by the Congolese government and held in a death camp, as the ethnic conflict that ravaged ... Read More
         Remember that moment in your Facebook life when Dad joined up? (I know you’re on there, Frank Magee, but I’m not ready to talk about it.)  What about your 14-year-old cousin (when did she start wearing eyeliner??)   While an older generation’s foray into social networking has spawned public jokes and private nervousness, it’s a younger generation’s participation that perhaps deserves our ... Read More
     As the New York Times continues to worry about me even more than my mother does, concerns over a generation, drifting are also being voiced by feminists--with baby-boomers who defined themselves in active protest often left perplexed by twenty-somethings who define themselves in semi-anonymous blog posts.  The generation gap is widening when it comes to reproductive rights in particular, and it's true that today both abortion clinics and ... Read More
One somewhat unusual event this Fashion Week took place Sunday at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, with the screening of Voula Duval's debut short "The Trophy Wife."  "The Trophy Wife" follows an Upper East Side woman's chance meeting with a "tomboy" music producer, and ends with the two women's new-york-minute romance.   Now I'm fairly new to this whole thing, but it seems to me that short films by first-time directors, not to mention short films by female ... Read More
  Listen up.  You have one week to prepare your bid for the 2010 Panties Princess crown (Princes are also welcome). Interested?  Intrigued? Unlike most bids for power, this is your chance to do something truly good for other people, and for young women in particular.  Days For Girls, a program that operates out of Washington State as part of the larger organization "Project Thrive," is asking for donations of new underwear to be sent to ... Read More
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