TBJ Compilation: Volume #3 is Out!

We’re rounding out the last issue of VOLUME #3 of THE BOMBER JACKET, which means a third compilation! This compilation again features many of the acts we’ve covered, this time from issues 21 through 30. The compilation is free for all people far and wide. This is our way of sharing the music we care […]

Live in New York City: Laura Marling

Twenty years ago, I was lucky enough to watch Jeff Buckley perform solo on countless occasions. I knew he was great–I still remember the goose bumps I felt watching him perform. I couldn’t understand how it was physically possible for people to play one rhythm on their guitar, sing an entirely different vocal melody, and […]

An In-Depth Interview with Dan Goldin from Exploding In Sound Records

If you’ve explored the Boston or New York City music scenes in the last five years, you may have heard about “a guy” from something called Exploding In Sound, a name that began as an Internet blog to support up and coming bands in the local scenes and beyond. The “guy” is Dan Goldin, a […]

We Live in Impossible Times: Darren Hayman

English witch trials. Seventeenth century folk songs. Provincial towns. Greasy cafes. The countryside. These are not, in all honesty, the kind of subjects to which readers of THE BOMBER JACKET are accustomed as their regular fix of razor-sharp, long-legged, firewater-guzzling tunes come sneaking into view under hype radar. But what about fear, sex, xenophobia, love, […]

Introducing: New French Act, C.A.R.

Edgy French musician Chloé Raunet is pursuing a new solo project. Since 2006, the supercharged artist has been an accomplished musician as a guest vocalist, writer and arranger, contributing to over 20 recordings. Most famously, she recorded and performed with the London-based electronic duo, Battant.  But in September 2011, Battant’s multi-instrumentalist wunderkind and Raunet’s partner, Joel […]

Get Lost In Italy with The Vickers

Before James Bond was fighting Father Time and Julian Assange analogues, he and his films served two key purposes for the viewing population: they quenched the viewer’s thirst for danger, thrills and excitement, and they set Bond’s daring escapes overtop an array of exotic locales, enticing the audience to the wonders of another place. With […]

Looking out of London with Eyes & No Eyes

Living in London, it’s all too easy to be completely cut off from the rest of the U.K. (and even the world) when it comes to broadening your musical tastes. What can exist, you’re left to think, beyond these beautiful tower blocks, dirty streets and questionable public transport infrastructure? Well, truth be told, you’d only […]

An Interview with Travis Bretzer; or, How to Do the Solo Male Justice

There’s an interesting dialogue for the lone, mysterious, esoteric and (usually) profoundly male artist in the modern musical vernacular. Whether it’s Kurt Vile’s tortured lo-fi or Thom Yorke’s fragile egotism, there’s something inescapably attractive to listening audiences about a faceless youth delivering wisdom. Canadian-born Travis Bretzer offers listeners a bit of a twist on that. […]

A Breakdown of Matt Shadetek’s Empire

You’ll never find Matt Shadetek, producer, DJ, teacher, father, husband, former Berlin ex-pat, and founder of Dutty Artz, sans windbreaker and baseball cap in ­­classic New York street style. Even when it’s 20 degrees outside, his colors show. Shadetek is a proud member of a rare, understated, vanishing tribe; he’s a native New Yorker. One might […]

Primavera Sound 2013 Review

A lot had changed for the 13th edition of Primavera Sound, most notably that the festival was no longer “San Miguel Primavera Sound,” but “Heineken Primavera Sound.” The difference is relevant, because a lot of the local Spanish elements of the festival haven’t been as emphasized in more recent years (and the Primavera organization has […]