Jonathan Pfeffer’s One-Man Show

Nowadays when it seems more difficult than ever for bands to pursue a full-time career in music, people are left finding new ways to make ends meet aside from daytime guitar lessons, occasional tours, and local gigs. Philadelphia’s Jonathan Pfeffer has been a musician his entire life and has explored many new directions in the past year […]

Iceage’s Likeable, Noisy Punk

There are few things that bring back such a powerfully nostalgic feeling than young, angry punk bands. Roaming house basements, drinking Mad Dog 20/20 while young bands play some of their first sets ever and pushing everyone around to try and get a good view of whatever’s going on in front of the crowd–there is […]

How Not to be Afraid of Fear of Men

It marks a pleasant time in any Londoner’s life when they can unwind, cup of tea in hand, to the lulling, polished tones of BBC 6 Music. More often than not an excuse to listen to David Bowie at work rather than a way to discover underground acts, I was surprised to hear Fear of […]

Young, Wily, Rugged NYC Hip-Hop Collective: Wiki & co. Ratking

With a pinch-lipped, high-pitched, nasally New York drawl, 19-year-old rapper Wiki, along with his wayside Ratking Crew, are making waves in the weathered streets of New York. Young hip-hop is about collectives right now; strong, tight-knit crews of kids, experimenting and progressing with what their role may be, and can be in the business. With […]

The Strafing Run: Dead Channel Goes Off the Air, But Not Before Releasing a Killer Debut

Hi there, readerfaces! A while back, The Strafing Run column introduced our readers at a great local band in State College, Pa., Dead Channel. Recently, they released their debut album, Last of the Big Time Splendors. Most bands follow up a quality debut album with touring, interviews, and celebration. Dead Channel has skipped past all […]

Fresh, Young Blood from the UK: Forest

Since Britpop’s highs in the 90s, British bands haven’t had quite the same overwhelming effect on the world. So when there’s a bright and shining new talent hailing from the United Kingdom, it is hard to not get excited. But what happens when the talent is comprised of a handful of 18-year-old boys? It feels […]

Quite An Extraordinary Craft: Holly Herndon

It’s February in London. Kraftwerk, whose influence has cast a looming shadow over electronic music since the early 1970s, are in town, bringing their note perfect renditions of their discography to the London’s Tate Modern art gallery. But for those more interested in the future of electronic music than its past, sound artist Holly Herndon’s […]

TBJ’s Guide to Electro-Swing

Call it electro-swing. Call it swinghouse, swingstep, gypsy jazz, or nu-swing. Call it whatever you want, really. One of the great things about this budding genre of music is that its fans don’t care much about its name, as long as it gets their feet tapping to the rhythm. And that is exactly what will […]

We Wanted to Talk More About Badass Guitarists, So…

I am not going to write an article diminishing three of the most accomplished female guitarists as leadership of the women’s coalition for equal rights in music. This is not an essay on the women of rock ‘n’ roll’s past present and future; this is not a hackneyed tribute to the strides made for women […]