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 […]

The Music Tapes’ Traveling Imaginary, In Real Life

The Traveling Imaginary came to New York City for a few nights in September and for a few hours the third story of a chapel became a gateway to another world. A place somewhere in the imagination of Julian Koster and The Music Tapes crew, outside of space and reality, where time stood still. A […]

A Twitterific Interview: John Vanderslice VS. [Not] John Vanderslice

John Vanderslice has had an eventful and busy year.  He released two albums, Dagger Beach, and a full-length interpretation of a Bowie classic, John Vanderslice Plays Diamond Dogs. In addition, he owns Tiny Telephone Studio in San Francisco and is in the process of opening another full-service studio in Oakland. In support of the recently released […]

Pulco: The Art and Craft of The Sonic Biography

[Editor’s note: This article includes a new and free MP3 from the artist. If you’d like to listen to and download the song, please scroll below and find the SoundCloud embed. The song is “Double Denim,” from a forthcoming, untitled EP by Pulco.] Ashley Cooke once dreamed of going off to Acapulco and hanging out […]

The Steady Road Of The Dodos

The unconscious charm of The Dodos has been comfortably present for some time. The San Francisco duo of guitarist Meric Long and Logan Kroeber, whose most common claim to fame was playing background in a commercial for Miller Lite’s posthumous summertime half-breed Miller Chill, have been floating through the stream of indie’s more promising acts […]

Bent Shapes and the Art of Feeling Weird

Bent Shapes has strong connections to the band’s hometown of Boston and the music community there. Listening to the record almost drops you right into the streets, brick buildings everywhere and rats scurrying around corners. They’re the kids that worked behind the counter of the local thrift store, hocking treasures and oddities from lost decades. […]

You Go Your Way And I’ll Go Mine: Beth Rowley’s Creative Rebirth

London-based singer Beth Rowley tells THE BOMBER JACKET how stepping out of the limelight helped inspire a whole new set of songs. In 2009, Beth Rowley was poised to do big things. Her debut album, Little Dreamer, had been a U.K. top 10 hit just a few months previously, the elegant jazz-inflected song writing and […]

FOTOS: Boytoy, Rathborne and Roman

After an overcast day over Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a crowd gathers at the Knitting Factory on July 13. First on stage is ROMAN, armed only with a laptop connected to a pedal board, an electric guitar and his voice. As his intricately layered beats are cued perfectly by a tap on a pedal, the humble crowd […]