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A veritable Jane-of-all-trades, Rayya Elias has been a musician, hair stylist, inmate, addict, and now, author. Harley Loco begins in 1967, when seven-year-old Elias and her family flee their home country, Syria, for Detroit. As she struggles with bullying by her peers, Elias gains the respect of her classmates by taking her first hit of mescaline at school. Drugs quickly become a source of power and help to soothe the internal rift created by the life she left ... Read More
  Lisa Germano’s albums always remind me of a car accident—her lyrical stories contain elements that both attract and repel, like she can’t stop picking at certain wounds, even if it hurts a little. Her newest album No Elephants is rife with similar dualities. Germano’s breathless voice is simultaneously ecstatic and on the verge of a meltdown, especially when she sings lyrics like, “All is not well outside.” A ... Read More
“It’s your favorite number under the O—69!” says Linda Gerard (also known as Linda Fabulous, cause she is) into her head mic, during a recent Saturday evening at her legendary bingo night at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs. I love a dirty joke, especially out of the mouths of senior babes, and the 74-year-old Gerard doles ’em out like my grandma does Werther’s. She also intermittently breaks into song and works the ... Read More
  With the new James Bond film, Skyfall, opening in theatres on November 9th, it’s time for a new jam to accompany it. As one of the most successful artists to come out of the UK, Adele was the obvious choice to sing the signature theme song for this installment of the franchise. And of course, her classic lady-crooner sound works perfectly with the classy feel of the Bond films. So why haven’t I melted into a pool of my own tears, ... Read More
  These days, eccentric ice cream flavors are as popular as Phish Food, but San Francisco ice creamery Humphry Slocombe was one of the originators. Now you can make their kooky cones yourself–40 types to be exact. The book’s got classics like Tahitian vanilla and malted milk chocolate, but also has recipes for salted licorice and balsamic caramel, most of which, if using an ice cream maker, are easy to whip up (sans-machine instructions are also ... Read More
At 17, I waited for hours on end to be front-row-center for my favorite new songstress Regina Spektor at Austin City Limits. The festival experience was grueling yet thrilling, and as the show came to end, all I could think was, “That was totally worth it.”  So at her recent show, as she started to sing, a wave of nostalgia came over me. The venue for this performance, the United Palace Theater, was quite grandiose and seemingly fit for an opera. ... Read More
Reviewed by Amber Tamblyn The Bigger World By Noelle Kocot (Wave Books) Noelle Kocot’s 2006 book Poem For The End Of Time and Others Poems—a collection about the death of her husband and the subsequent burning cyclone of grief that followed—contains some of the most painful and powerful verses ever unearthed on the subject. But today, Kocot is looking at The Bigger World (Wave Books) and telling the dark, triumphant, and often ... Read More
No more dillydallying, y'all. That infamous lioness of a seasonal gateway month has officially arrived, and it's time for us to take a moment of silence for our cold-weather mental struggles and then forget 'em. But fear not this task! The Montreal-born boy maestros of Plants and Animals can help you rile you up for summer road-trip fantasies with their third album, The End of That. In making The End of That, Plants and Animals abandoned their nervy, ... Read More

Vive La Justice

BY Molly Simms in Music Stuff

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I should come right out and say it: my name is Molly, and I’m a Francophile. Clichéd, but true—I read French street-style blogs, I am an obsessive stinky-cheese fan, I’ve visited France on multiple occasions, and I studied the language for close to nine years. (Which means I can speak it well enough to order something complicated in a restaurant, but not well enough to have a discussion about ... Read More
My nails were lookin’ mad depressed 'til Callie--BUST's Crafty Lady and nail-art enthusiast-- asked me if I wanted to test out these new NCLA nail wraps (for those not in the nail know, wraps are enamel stickers that can be applied to the nails). Egyptian symbols in pink designed by Melody Ehsani?  Gimme NOW.  The thing is, I am really lazy, and in true South Florida girl manner, I never do my own nails. I cannot perform the left handed acrobatics ... Read More
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