An Impression from Abroad: The End Tree and The Revival Tour

As I walked through the backstage poster-ridden corridor of Beatpol in Dresden, Germany, I could hear Chuck Ragan’s growling baritone voice warming up along with tenor Jay Malinowski, who sung as he fixed his hair. To my left was the band’s work station, with computers meant for updating websites and coordinating the next half of the tour. […]

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 […]

Getting Bombed with THE RAW MEN EMPIRE at CMJ

Well, folks, this is our first installment of our CMJ “Getting Bombed with ____” series. Only a few of these video interviews ended up happening, mostly due to how hectic CMJ was, so sit down and soak these babies up. This first interview is with Nadav Lazar from the Israeli band THE RAW MEN EMPIRE. […]

TBJ FIRE ESCAPE SERIES: Maquina Supervium

Maquina Supervium. It sounds like something from outer space, or some term the folks at NASA use to describe what happens to matter once it’s absorbed by a black hole. But no, in real life Maquina Supervium is a new [Bushwick] Brooklyn-based band that rocks hard and soft music, fast and slow…they’re a three-sided refreshing […]

Old Soul, Young Folk: Willy Mason

It’s a sweltering night in the middle of July in New York City. The narrow and crowded Two Moon Art House & Cafe in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope is hosting a night of folk music. Musician Kristin Andreassen is entertaining a modest audience of around 20-some people, opening for a surprise act that the show’s curator announced […]

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 […]

A Special Strafing Run interview with Dan Collins of Apache Records

THE BOMBER JACKET recently got a chance to sit down with Dan Collins, producer of the Apache Records compilation of State College music, Now And Then: The State College Music Scene 1968-2012. The double disk album features 40 tracks of original music from half a century of local State College bands. The idea for the compilation was […]

Speed Dating with KAKKMADDAFAKKA

People who don’t know the story behind the Norwegian band Kakkmaddafakka (pronounced Kahk-mah-dah-fahk-kah) might enter one of the band’s concerts and be taken aback by the spectacle, on and off the stage. Kakkmaddafakka’s crowd is young, loyal, and wild. They love everything about the band, and at any point in the night when one of the […]

A Decade of Xiu Xiu

Xiu Xiu: a ten-year-old indie act piloted by Jamie Stewart, a man whose personal life becomes excessively intertwined within his band’s songs. In person, Stewart is a quiet and thoughtful character, thinking before he speaks when he talks to strangers. On stage, he’s a passionate musical wizard, mesmerizing crowds with his non-stop performances that exude […]

The Berlin Club Scene with Veteran Act Terranova

It’s common knowledge today that Berlin’s dance clubs dominate the electronic subculture on a global level. The subculture began in the late ’80s after the fall of the Berlin Wall with dance venues like Ufo and Turbine Rosenheim. Today, clubs like Tresor, Berghain, and Watergate reign among Berlin’s finest. With the growth of the scene […]