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 […]

The Strafing Run: Dead Channel Goes Off the Air, But Not Before Releasing a Killer Debut

Hi there, readerfaces! A while back, The Strafing Run column introduced our readers at a great local band in State College, Pa., Dead Channel. Recently, they released their debut album, Last of the Big Time Splendors. Most bands follow up a quality debut album with touring, interviews, and celebration. Dead Channel has skipped past all […]

Andrew McHenry and his Double EP Extravaganza

Local State College, Pa musician Andrew McHenry really enjoys making music, but he doesn’t feel as if he has to be locked into a single genre or style. Like many musicians of his generation, he likes to mix multiple elements into his music, not allowing himself to be handcuffed by his audience’s expectations. So it’s […]

The Strafing Run: Having a Psychic Conversation of 20 Questions with Charles Rowell of the Crocodiles

Dayum. Sometimes, life is actually pretty great. I’m talking Cheezeburger great. Hulk bodyslamming Andre great. High Times quality great. Seeing the Crocodiles rock faces off at a hookah lounge with a hundred other freaks is great. Yes, Crocodiles came to little ole State College, Pa to play a wild show at Chronic Town Hookah lounge, […]

The Strafing Run Samples A Refreshing Parlormint

Well hello there, dearest readers. Last week I had the pleasure of attending a drag party at the Houseasaurus Co-Op, where a bunch of great bands played. Now I wasn’t in drag, mind you (too beardy) and neither were the bands, but it was a fun, wild party with girls dressed as boys, boys dressed […]

The Strafing Run Talks to Lawrence Brown, a Local Musician Finding His Voice

Hi there, bombers! This week, I have a very special interview with a local musician making his way in the musical world. I met Christopher “Lawrence” Brown (he changed his stage name to Lawrence Brown for obvious reasons) a few years ago through his sister. Every time I’d see him, he’d be carrying his guitar, or playing […]

The Strafing Run: Talking to Republicans We Actually Like

Well hello there, dearest readers of mine. I’m back with a new local band I think is worth checking out. In my continuing effort to bring our readers the best independent music State College, Pennsylvania has to offer, I try to catch as many local shows as I can. At one of those recent shows, […]

The Strafing Run: A Musical Journey With Swiss Alps

Hello there, dear readers! This article, I’d like to take you on a journey to Swiss Alps. Not to THE Swiss Alps, but to a local band with a great sound that happens to be called Swiss Alps. They may be based in State College, Pennsylvania, but their sound is good enough to reach a […]

The Strafing Run: A Deep Talk with Talented Local Musician, Deathbeforedigital

Hello, dear readers. I confess, I was worried about this issue. I didn’t think I’d find anything to write about in time. I couldn’t get ahold of any of the musicians I wanted to get in touch with, I’d already done a top 25 of 2012, and there were no huge shows going on that […]

The Strafing Run: Let’s Make Brownbird Flap his Wings

On May 30, 2012 Reltone recording artists Los Bastardos Magnificos and Brownbird Rudy Relic performed at The Darkhorse Tavern here in lovely downtown State College, Pa. THE BOMBER JACKET was on hand to see the show and talk to the artists afterward. Here for your viewing pleasure is our two-part interview, painstakingly (and amateurishly) assembled […]