Introducing Scotland’s Washington Irving

Every year there’s a small group of Scottish musicians that emerge in the United States at international festivals, or they join fellow homeland bands for opening slots on U.S. tours. Successful names that have grown into their own and returned for tours consistently year after year include Belle and Sebastian, Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised […]

The So So Glos Reviewed In Several Stages of Sanity

One of the first things The So So Glos did during a show at the Metro in Chicago was to call for a mosh pit. It was a pretty ballsy move for an opening band. Most of the audience that could drink was milling about the bar, others were bobbing their heads to the punk rock […]

From Background to Foreground, Mikal Cronin II

How is it that so many people still don’t know who Mikal Cronin is? He’s only been making great music since 2005 (starting as a founding member of Epsilons with Ty Segall, followed by playing in Moonhearts, Party Fowl and Okie Dokie, as well as Ty Segall Band). Over half the bands Mikal Cronin’s been […]

Celtic, Afro-beat Guitar Pop from Scotland: Bwani Junction

Some musicians claim to have been “catapulted” to stardom. But for the Scottish band Bwani Junction, the road to success has been a slow-maturing and a moderate unfolding. It took a few years for the four members, Rory Fairweather, Jack Fotheringham, Dan Muir, and Fergus Robson, to create and publish their debut album that they recorded […]

Setting the Stage for America: An Interview with The Mariner’s Children

Far from being the soggy offspring of an aging seafarer, U.K. seven-piece The Mariner’s Children presents a deliciously and decidedly earth-bound proposal to its listeners. Banjos, guitars, violins and creaking, guttural harmonies converge in a great maelstrom of building, driving songs, which careen from moments of delicate beauty to those of furious abandon. The Brighton […]

In The Dark With The Haxan Cloak

There’s an assumed sigh when the term “drone” comes into play. As a sub-genre, it’s cryptic, off-putting, and faceless. There’s no flash. In fact, drone stands out solely on an aesthetic island for being as anti-flash as humanly expressible. But the passive disinterest misses nuance. Excavation, the newest album from London producer Bobby Krlic, a […]

Nat Lyon’s Paradigm Shift

“Problems do not go away, no matter how hard or desperately we want them to.” This is the first line from Nat Lyon’s press release for his new album, New England Paradigm Shift. It’s a line I keep coming back to as I try to decipher my feelings about this album. On the one hand, […]

The Thing In The Spring Is The Thing For Spring 2013

Bjork or Beach House? Grizzly Bear or Foals? These are just two questions Bonnaroo, one of the country’s largest and best-known music festivals, is asking its attendees this year. When music festival attendees are forced to make tough decisions, it raises their Fear of Missing Out to peak levels. Anything less than a perfect show from […]

I Can See for Miles: Omar Sosa’s Radical Reinvention of Kind of Blue

Omar Sosa’s new album rebuilds Miles Davis’ 1959 classic from the ground up. THE BOMBER JACKET spoke with the musician about Mr. Davis, jazz, and why the best note is often the one you don’t play. When Omar Sosa first got the call to revisit and reinterpret Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue for its 50th […]