Dueling Banjos Kiss and Make Up: The Lowest Pair

Instead of dueling it out, The Lowest Pair picks banjos and sings in perfect equilibrium. Despite the duo’s midwestern origins and current home base of Olympia, Washington, their music is coated in the sparkling dewdrops of the Appalachian dawn. It will resonate with any person who has even the smallest place carved out in his […]

Introducing: OHIOS from Spain

THE BOMBER JACKET recently received an album release Email from the Spanish band OHIOS–a group that is part of the Famèlic collective that TBJ has covered in the past. This article serves as a brief introduction to the band’s debut album that the group is striving to share and promote internationally (according to the Email we […]

The New Future Islands Record, Reviewed By A Professional Vocalist

Over time, music fans have been conditioned to expect less and less from the vocalists in our favorite bands. Instead of focusing on vocal ability, fun hooks, distracting synths and catchy samples are delivered to amuse us. Auto-Tune, which we found abhorrent 10 years ago, is now accepted as the way things are done. It’s […]

New York via Uruguay, Juan Wauters Releases Debut on Captured Tracks

While Juan Wauters’s foray into music began as guitarist and vocalist of the garage-folk band, The Beets, he’s taking a turn to a new solo career, evident by the February release of his solo debut album, N.A.P. North American Poetry (Captured Tracks). Wauters recorded N.A.P. in a two-year span (2010-2012), at Marlborough Farms in Brooklyn, New York. On […]

A Celebration of Virginia Woolf’s ‘Orlando,’ Via con_cetta and MonoLogue

In less than a month it will be the 73rd anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s death. On March 28, 1941, the famous writer committed suicide by drowning herself in River Ouse near her home Sussex, in the west of England. She’d filled the pockets of her overcoat with stones to counteract any possibility of her floating […]

Spring Offensive Prepares for Debut Album, Tours Europe

Having spent, by their own admission, quite some time putting together their debut album, the band members of Spring Offensive played their first of two album-preview shows in the packed Cellar in the heart of Oxford, England. They’re releasing Young Animal Hearts in March, but fans received an advance copy of the album at the concert, as […]

The Road Less Traveled with Alex Highton

“City life was really kicking us in the balls,” says Alex Highton, as he sips a cup of tea. I wince and nearly choke on my toast. I’m sitting at the singer-songwriter’s kitchen table in the tiny village of Wooditon near Cambridge, and he’s telling me how he left the grime of north London for […]

Wrapping Up 2013 With Favorite Album Picks from TBJ’s Friends, New and Old

There have been a multitude of lists out since the start of the month, hell, even before December began. There’s usually a ranking and a boatload of opinions involved in such lists. We thought a nice alternative would be to round up friends, new and old, and gather their picks of the year. This group […]

TBJ is Moving Back to Deutschland

Nearly two years ago THE BOMBER JACKET was in its initial planning stages. There were conversations about its purpose, likely audience, goals, and more. The name TBJ began as a long-form journalism platform working to cover international acts under one roof, and it grew to a brand that represented more than journalism. TBJ launched in […]

Lost in Space with Spain’s Berlina

THE BOMBER JACKET gets lost in space with Madrid’s very own rocket men Hurtling out of Madrid like the European Space Agency’s latest mission for the outer reaches of the universe comes Berlina, four elegant honchos playing dark, spacey alt-rock reminiscent of Echo and the Bunnymen or a more streamlined version of Brit shoegazers Ride. […]