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. […]

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 […]

Pretty & Nice Finally Release Their Golden Record, Golden Rules For Golden People

Editor’s Note: We try to refrain from first-person blog-style pieces on THE BOMBER JACKET. There are reasons behind this decision that we don’t need to explain now, but here is an immediate heads-up: This article is going to be a first-person, blog-style piece. Yeah! The New York University Journalism Handbook For Students (haha) defines a […]

Greg Mullen and A Tour of Cosmic America

Greg Mullen snubbed out the joint he’d been smoking just as the bus pulled up. He was wearing a cowboy hat with the sides curled in and big white, heart-shaped sunglasses. He was traveling with only a suitcase and a guitar. High and exhausted, he took his seat and the mystical voice of the bus driver […]

Steph Barrak’s Version of Pop Music

Words To Break Your Heart by Boston’s Steph Barrak is an 11-song release that finds a different home in every person’s music collection, depending on the listener. One of the songs could be a mainstream radio hit and another could be a highlight on an independent musician’s release. The album’s general aesthetics are very open […]

Piled Up and Dripping in Boston

Brace yourself for the latest full-length album release from the Boston band Pile: a thrashing work of art titled Dripping. It’s been two years since the band’s last release, Magic Isn’t Real. Raw and explosive, this new album develops from start to finish. It is encouraging to hear a rock band create such a listenable collection of songs. Containing […]

Pretty & Nice and US YOU ALL WE

Pretty & Nice Releases EP | Plays Boston and NYC | Fundraises | Commiserates About the Weather Feeling down now that Summer’s over? Need a little sonic sunshine to get you through the day? Boston’s Pretty & Nice understands. Their energetic new EP, US YOU ALL WE, is just what you need! The world first […]

Russian Blood from Boston

When you hear or read somewhere that an artist recorded his album in his bedroom, you’re probably thinking his songs are “chill-wave,” “lo-fi,” “dreamy,” or something along those lines. RIBS frontman Keith Freund recorded his band’s sophomore EP Russian Blood in his bedroom, but the EP itself sounds like it was produced for a much bigger space, […]

Post-Birthdays in Japan [Article in English and Japanese]

When asked how he ended up touring in Japan without a label’s support, American musician Samuel Yager explains simply, “I have a good friend in the U.S. who’s from Japan and worked with a radio station to get me there.” Touring on the other side of the world in a very foreign country without a […]

In the Belly of The Woodrow Wilsons

Jamaica Plain, a part of Greater Boston, is home to many talented musicians that are constantly creating unique and/or bizarre events and contributing greatly to the personality of the city’s DIY music. One such band from the area that has been playing for a few years without laying down a record is The Woodrow Wilsons. […]