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 […]

A Twitterific Interview: John Vanderslice VS. [Not] John Vanderslice

John Vanderslice has had an eventful and busy year.  He released two albums, Dagger Beach, and a full-length interpretation of a Bowie classic, John Vanderslice Plays Diamond Dogs. In addition, he owns Tiny Telephone Studio in San Francisco and is in the process of opening another full-service studio in Oakland. In support of the recently released […]

The Steady Road Of The Dodos

The unconscious charm of The Dodos has been comfortably present for some time. The San Francisco duo of guitarist Meric Long and Logan Kroeber, whose most common claim to fame was playing background in a commercial for Miller Lite’s posthumous summertime half-breed Miller Chill, have been floating through the stream of indie’s more promising acts […]

From Background to Foreground, Mikal Cronin II

How is it that so many people still don’t know who Mikal Cronin is? He’s only been making great music since 2005 (starting as a founding member of Epsilons with Ty Segall, followed by playing in Moonhearts, Party Fowl and Okie Dokie, as well as Ty Segall Band). Over half the bands Mikal Cronin’s been […]

Quite An Extraordinary Craft: Holly Herndon

It’s February in London. Kraftwerk, whose influence has cast a looming shadow over electronic music since the early 1970s, are in town, bringing their note perfect renditions of their discography to the London’s Tate Modern art gallery. But for those more interested in the future of electronic music than its past, sound artist Holly Herndon’s […]

TBJ’s Favorite Records of 2012: Father John Misty

It’s only when I have a cold that I notice how dirty and dusty New York is. I’ve been told this by the people who have lived here and by the many more who just saw a picture of the city. Somehow when I’m well I can see the condition but not feel it. I […]

New Songwriter Act from Montana: D A W N S

This article is about a month overdue. I’m writing most of it in first person, due to the personal, internal conflicts I’ve had while pursuing this story. I want to be open about it. As our readers know, THE BOMBER JACKET went on a mission during CMJ to discover and meet new projects from all […]

Getting Bombed with The Young Evils at CMJ

Troy Nelson and Mackenzie Mercer met while working at West Seattle’s Easy Street record shop. Add Nelson’s former guitar student Cory Hurd and newly joined Michael Lee and Eric Wennberg, and you get The Young Evils: a poppy but edgy quintet that is semi-new to the industry as a whole, although each band member has years […]

Ben Gibbard Plays New Record and Old Songs on his Solo Tour

Everyone has their soundtrack to their middle school, high school, and college years: songs that connect memories with feelings, making you recall specific moments of your past that you were sure you had forgotten. On and off throughout those years, Ben Gibbard‘s youthful voice used to blast through my car stereo’s speakers, helping me figure […]

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, […]