Sleep-hiking Bastard Mountain

Traveling to Edinburgh for just a few days, it was hard to imagine that the namesake for the group Bastard Mountain wasn’t in fact Arthur’s Seat, the city’s highest crag with a patchwork of yellow wild flowers and spotted with bunnies darting from stone staircases, behind broken fences and into the bushes. Or to imagine that […]

The Thing in the Spring Is Still the Thing For Spring

Festival season is already underway, and with it means painful choices. Those choices aren’t limited to which artists to see, however. They also include how much money to spend, and unfortunately, that can end up being a fair amount. Between unforgiving schedules and high price points, attendees who simply want to see some good music […]

Experimental, Theatrical, Unpredictable: Shaban

The world of theater might not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering experimental hip-hop, but for Shaban, the stage name for producer Hannes Gwisdek, it served as an organic touchstone for his style. After scoring a number of pieces in Germany and working with rapper Käptn Peng, Shaban is now releasing […]

Talking Need to Feed with Roz and the Rice Cakes

Roz and the Rice Cakes may not yet be famous worldwide, but in the hearts of those that have gotten to know their music—particularly via one of their engaging, high energy live gigs—they hold a very special place. In fact it was the band’s super loyal fan base that foot the bill for the production […]

Papernut Cambridge Versus Picturebox: Swaps EP

Note from the editor: Usually we maintain a variation of AP-guide styling in our articles and employ “American English” instead of “British English.” This article is however an exception, due to its subject matter, the way in which it is written, and the fact that it is written by a British author. Changing the language […]

Dueling Banjos Kiss and Make Up: The Lowest Pair

Instead of dueling it out, The Lowest Pair picks banjos and sings in perfect equilibrium. Despite the duo’s midwestern origins and current home base of Olympia, Washington, their music is coated in the sparkling dewdrops of the Appalachian dawn. It will resonate with any person who has even the smallest place carved out in his […]

Introducing: OHIOS from Spain

THE BOMBER JACKET recently received an album release Email from the Spanish band OHIOS–a group that is part of the Famèlic collective that TBJ has covered in the past. This article serves as a brief introduction to the band’s debut album that the group is striving to share and promote internationally (according to the Email we […]

The New Future Islands Record, Reviewed By A Professional Vocalist

Over time, music fans have been conditioned to expect less and less from the vocalists in our favorite bands. Instead of focusing on vocal ability, fun hooks, distracting synths and catchy samples are delivered to amuse us. Auto-Tune, which we found abhorrent 10 years ago, is now accepted as the way things are done. It’s […]

New York via Uruguay, Juan Wauters Releases Debut on Captured Tracks

While Juan Wauters’s foray into music began as guitarist and vocalist of the garage-folk band, The Beets, he’s taking a turn to a new solo career, evident by the February release of his solo debut album, N.A.P. North American Poetry (Captured Tracks). Wauters recorded N.A.P. in a two-year span (2010-2012), at Marlborough Farms in Brooklyn, New York. On […]

Frankfurt’s Young Hare Releases Debut Album

 There’s a small label in Germany called Altin Village & Mine that’s been releasing record after record of high-quality dance tunes (among other genres of music) since 2001. Their latest act is a duo from Frankfurt, Young Hare, that’s celebrating its full-length debut this month. Unbreak My Heart includes nine songs that explore movement and depth […]