A Real Conversation About Music with TV Buddhas

Some bands go through the highs and the lows of their careers thinking more about the system and less about the music, thinking things like: How do I make it in this scene? What websites need to review my music so that I can get big? Who should I work with so that my music can […]

The Strafing Run: Art Crawlin’ All Over The Place!

Hello, dear readers. It’s been a busy few weeks. This little town has been hearing a lot of great music lately and I’ve done my best to hear as much of it as possible. So I’ve told you all about the Roustabouts. Shows at the Darkhorse with Lemont and the Warmingtons and a show at […]

Drinkers, Lovers, Talkers, Shitheads, Eggheads and Wallis Bird

Wallis Bird is an Irish multi-instrumentalist (she actually knows how to imitate birds tweeting) and a very gifted guitarist–even though she just has four fingers on her left hand. THE BOMBER JACKET went to her concert, interviewed the musician and was amazed by the charm and character of the young Miss Bird. Standing in the crowd waiting […]

You’re Not on Acid, You’re Just Listening to Willis Earl Beal

April 2012 belongs to one of America’s newest buzz acts, Willis Earl Beal: a man who ignores today’s traditional marketing strategies and gets right down to the grit. Every article written about the musician reveals Beal’s humble beginnings and his unyielding ambition to make music for a living. He started off busking in Chicago’s subways […]

Pretty in Punk: The Pretty Things, more Punk than “Punk”

The term “punk rock” gets thrown around with such frequency that its meaning is now effectively vague. The term has been despoiled by idiots and charlatans over the years. But to be sure there are certain qualities associated with the platonic “punk rock,” and in retrospect many bands from the pre-punk era embody these elements, […]

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 […]

Story Time with The Golden Bears

Out of the magical woods of Portland, Oregon emerges the band The Golden Bears: An act led by Seth Lorinczi and Julianna Bright. The band’s second full-length album Write It Like You Find It (Jealous Butcher Records) is a collection of songs dedicated to the couple’s newborn daughter. The album is a new approach to […]

In the Belly of The Woodrow Wilsons

Jamaica Plain, a part of Greater Boston, is home to many talented musicians that are constantly creating unique and/or bizarre events and contributing greatly to the personality of the city’s DIY music. One such band from the area that has been playing for a few years without laying down a record is The Woodrow Wilsons. […]

Lost in the Woods…or in Translation with Naturalesa Salvatge

In Spanish, the word “tranquilo” is pretty versatile, being used for “relaxed,” “peaceful” and even the command “calm down!” Although slightly awkward and not a word that would normally be used to describe a band, its false friend (sort of) in English, “tranquil,” would serve as a good adjective for Naturalesa Salvatge. The Barcelona band’s […]

School of Seven Bells Takes State College to School

Hot damn, that was something. As you surely remember from last issue, School of Seven Bells kicked off the East Coast leg of their tour right here in the lovely town of State College, PA. Local mover and shaker Jeff Van Fossan booked the show through his Roustabout music showcase in a cozy, intimate venue: […]