Drew and Jen’s South by Southwest 2012 Wishlist

Two years ago in 2010 I flew down to Austin, Texas to embark on an debacherous, adventurous week at South by Southwest Festival. I was covering the music portion of the festival as a college journalist. The week was positively arduous and long, with hardly any sleep and excessive amounts of alcohol. I carried my […]

The Strafing Run: Direct Hit! A Review of Cloud Nothings//Attack On Memory

Well hello again, sweet dear reader. I hope you’ve been well since last we met. Me? Oh, I’ve been fine. Drinking coffee, munchin’ on carrots, listening to great music, the usual. What have I been listening to, you ask? Glad you asked. It’s this week’s column, and my first review for THE BOMBER JACKET: Cloud […]

From Texas BBQ to German Beer with Shandy Mandies

Shandy Mandies is a four-piece rock outfit from Leipzig, Germany and is composed of Oliver Meisel, Patrick Burkholder, Gerald Költzsch, and Jan Helch. Shandy Mandies might be based out of Leipzig, but the band has a bit more international flair, as Burkholder is from the US and Meisel is from the Great Britain. THE BOMBER JACKET spoke with Burkholder about […]

Introducing You to New Radio Waves: FluxFM

In 2004, Markus Kühn, former musician and marketing manager for Germany’s ZDF and Universal Records, and Mona Rübsamen, the former head of MTV Germany, set up a German radio station that focused on alternative music, with roughly 45 percent of the rotation as new music. The attempt was significant at the time, and it still proves […]

Gomma Records Doesn’t Care

The bands on the Munich-based record label Gomma might seem like they reign in laser-infested underground German discotheques, but the collective’s projects and ambitions extend to lots of other settings. Gomma Records was conceived to be a multi-dimensional sonic and visual outet for the label’s artists. In addition to music the label produces an illustration […]

An Evening with Mr. M and The Great Lambchop

The following is a review of Lambchop’s latest album, Mr. M. This article treats the album as if it were a person. The narrative draws inspiration from the experience the writer had while listening to the album. The strings swelled as he sat at the piano with his back to an audience that was chatting […]

Female Pop Act “Boy” Making Strides in Germany

Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass are the brains behind the rather misleading musical group name “Boy.” Attention: Girls = Boy. Steiner was born in Switzerland, and Glass in Hamburg–totaling a geographical distance of 850 kilometers between cities–but not an inch came between the musical joining of the two young musicians. They first became acquainted with […]

All the Blogs Killed the Video And the Radio Stars

The music industry heavily relies on media outlets in order to introduce new albums and artists to a larger audience. One form of press that greatly affects contemporary musicians is the blogosphere. Music blogs are useful because they allow us to internationally dispense vast amounts of information on a daily basis, making it possible for any […]

Scottish Pop with Emeli Sande

One of our German writers, Elisabeth Hergt, reviews a major label favorite of hers, Emeli Sandé. The musician’s album, Our Version of Events, is out March 9 in Germany. Scottish singer Emeli Sandé, who started out as a songwriter for artists like Chipmunk, Susan Boyle, Leona Lewis, Cher Lloyd and Tinie Tempah, is releasing her debut […]