Purity Ring, the Canadian electronic duo of Corin Roddick and Megan James, sounds like water so freezing cold it shocks your skin—it’s surprising, uncomfortable, and disorienting. Icy-blue notes appear throughout their debut full-length album, Shrines, as James’ aloof-but-assertive vocals go in and out of focus, trading places moment to moment with spastic synthesizers. Roddick handles that instrument, turning delicate melodies ... Read More
U.K. singer Lianne La Havas is standing on the precipice of superstardom. She’s been buzzed about and blogged about, but until very recently, we’d only heard a few of her songs (including the amazing “Forget,” which you should check out on YouTube immediately). Luckily, we had the opportunity to check out an intimate showcase by La Havas here in NYC, and were blown away by her confidence on stage and by her powerful-yet-delicate voice. ... Read More
Past BUST “Man We Love” and New Orleans DJ Rusty Lazer is in town with rapper Nicky Da B and we’re ready to get groovin'. Primarily known as the live DJ and creative partner of Sissy Bounce rapper Big Freedia, Lazer also has some sweet solo spins that are worth getting familiar with. Combining an eclectic range of genres and cultures from the streets of his hometown, Lazer’s sets promise everything from '50s twists to '70s soul and R&B. ... Read More
The first time I heard about 24-year-old R&B singer Frank Ocean was in a Childish Gambino (Donald Glover's rap act) lyric: "I wanna suck your breasts and finger-blast to Frank Ocean." It's safe to say that I was introduced to his music as the baby-making kind. But Frank Ocean's debut album that dropped digitally last week and officially on Tuesday is more emotional than sexually charged. It's riddled with confusion and happiness, elation and conflict- an ... Read More
This news is going to kill you- in a good way. The ultra-awesome riot grrrrl group Bikini Kill is launching their own record label, Bikini Kill Records. Their 25th anniversary will mark the label's birth. The Bikini Kill back catalog is now available via bikinikill.com, eMusic and iTunes, as are the group's spin-off bands The Frumpies and The Casual Dots.
They plan to re-release their EP in the fall in honor of its anniversary, along with planned re-releases ... Read More