New Platform for Musicians: CASH Music

The music industry is changing and so is its distribution and structure of success. What used to be a corporate model run by wealthy labelheads is now broken down into a more complex and less predictable system, causing people in the business to really question how musicians can achieve their goals in today’s world. Perhaps […]

Cymbals Have a Merciless and Insatiable Blood-lust for Guitars

Brooklyn-born Cymbals Eat Guitars take their name from something Lou Reed once said about The Velvet Underground. Yet, it wasn’t an overly whimsical metaphor like “my band sounds like cymbals eating guitars,” but instead something more musically technical. Reed was asked why the drummer, Moe Trucker, didn’t crash down on the cymbals a lot on […]

A Peek Inside Berlin’s Most Coveted Nightclub, Berghain

THE BOMBER JACKET sent one of its writers to Berlin’s Berghain nightclub to check out the venue and share his experience with readers. Alright, let’s talk about Berghain. If you live in Berlin, or have just been to Berlin, there’s a very good chance that you’ve at least heard of the legendary nightclub. If you […]

Close Encounters with T.E. Morris

When I first saw T.E. Morris live, I was at a venue called Beatpol in Dresden, Germany. I was expecting Her Name is Calla, his band, as the opening act, and when an unassuming man with only an acoustic guitar for company walked on stage, I was surprised. And I’ll be honest, I also set myself up for […]

The Pinnacle of Hipster Bands, Holy Esque

The Scottish indie-rock band Holy Esque fulfills many of today’s hipster band clichés. The band has a trendy name and symbol, and the singer sounds like he’s searching for the latest cool way to sing. What is he saying? Is he an old man? Has he lost his breath? Does he smoke too much? Who […]

The Strafing Run: Roustabout Time for Some Great Indie Rock

Well hello there! Nice to see you again. What have I been up to? Glad you asked, because I just got back from a great indie show here in State College and I want to share it with you. For a while now I’ve been telling you about the local music scene here in State […]

228 Beers for Camden

Boston quartet Camden have made a purposeful start to 2012. In January, they released the two-song EP Getting Around, which was a peppy, pocket-sized sign of things to come. In March, the band made an indie pilgrimage to Austin, Texas for SXSW. THE BOMBER JACKET caught up with Camden a week after their return from […]

Dave Raymond and Hidden Hospitals

Hidden Hospitals (ex-Damiera/Kiss Kiss), a four-piece “alternative progressive rock” band from Chicago is probably the worst way to describe this group. Sure, it gives you a basic idea of what to expect, but it really does not do any justice to their sound, who they are, or what they’re about. And typically, you don’t expect […]

Manos de Topo and the Verge of Tears

The bipolar warbling vocals of Manos de Topo are somewhere between sounding like they are full of tears and like they fell out of the mouth of singer Son Miguel Ángel Blanca after he stubbed his toe. Yet the group manages to make its songs joyous with a well-honed pop sensibility, bright colors, games and […]