Bent Shapes and the Art of Feeling Weird

Bent Shapes has strong connections to the band’s hometown of Boston and the music community there. Listening to the record almost drops you right into the streets, brick buildings everywhere and rats scurrying around corners. They’re the kids that worked behind the counter of the local thrift store, hocking treasures and oddities from lost decades. […]

An In-Depth Interview with Dan Goldin from Exploding In Sound Records

If you’ve explored the Boston or New York City music scenes in the last five years, you may have heard about “a guy” from something called Exploding In Sound, a name that began as an Internet blog to support up and coming bands in the local scenes and beyond. The “guy” is Dan Goldin, a […]

An Interview with Travis Bretzer; or, How to Do the Solo Male Justice

There’s an interesting dialogue for the lone, mysterious, esoteric and (usually) profoundly male artist in the modern musical vernacular. Whether it’s Kurt Vile’s tortured lo-fi or Thom Yorke’s fragile egotism, there’s something inescapably attractive to listening audiences about a faceless youth delivering wisdom. Canadian-born Travis Bretzer offers listeners a bit of a twist on that. […]

Introducing Scotland’s Washington Irving

Every year there’s a small group of Scottish musicians that emerge in the United States at international festivals, or they join fellow homeland bands for opening slots on U.S. tours. Successful names that have grown into their own and returned for tours consistently year after year include Belle and Sebastian, Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised […]

Celtic, Afro-beat Guitar Pop from Scotland: Bwani Junction

Some musicians claim to have been “catapulted” to stardom. But for the Scottish band Bwani Junction, the road to success has been a slow-maturing and a moderate unfolding. It took a few years for the four members, Rory Fairweather, Jack Fotheringham, Dan Muir, and Fergus Robson, to create and publish their debut album that they recorded […]

Setting the Stage for America: An Interview with The Mariner’s Children

Far from being the soggy offspring of an aging seafarer, U.K. seven-piece The Mariner’s Children presents a deliciously and decidedly earth-bound proposal to its listeners. Banjos, guitars, violins and creaking, guttural harmonies converge in a great maelstrom of building, driving songs, which careen from moments of delicate beauty to those of furious abandon. The Brighton […]

I Can See for Miles: Omar Sosa’s Radical Reinvention of Kind of Blue

Omar Sosa’s new album rebuilds Miles Davis’ 1959 classic from the ground up. THE BOMBER JACKET spoke with the musician about Mr. Davis, jazz, and why the best note is often the one you don’t play. When Omar Sosa first got the call to revisit and reinterpret Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue for its 50th […]

Greg Mullen and A Tour of Cosmic America

Greg Mullen snubbed out the joint he’d been smoking just as the bus pulled up. He was wearing a cowboy hat with the sides curled in and big white, heart-shaped sunglasses. He was traveling with only a suitcase and a guitar. High and exhausted, he took his seat and the mystical voice of the bus driver […]

The Strafing Run Interviews WHY?’s Josiah Wolf post-Arts Crawl 2013

As usual, Penn State’s annual Arts Crawl was a wild, noisy explosion of art and music. Hallways lined with art, rooms filled with paintings, sculptures and installations. Music coming from every direction, multiple genres and styles all playing in different parts of the event simultaneously, creating a wonderfully disorienting effect. A host of great local […]

On The Road with Alexander and The Grapes

Last summer, Florida-based Alexander and The Grapes released their debut full length record Hemispheres via New Granada. Its 12-song tracklist offers a deeply personal and reflective vignette of frontman Alexander Charos. Now, nearly 10 months since its release, the band is touring venues across the East Coast, and will be performing alongside Boston’s Pretty & Nice this […]