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 […]

An Interview with Travis Bretzer; or, How to Do the Solo Male Justice

There’s an interesting dialogue for the lone, mysterious, esoteric and (usually) profoundly male artist in the modern musical vernacular. Whether it’s Kurt Vile’s tortured lo-fi or Thom Yorke’s fragile egotism, there’s something inescapably attractive to listening audiences about a faceless youth delivering wisdom. Canadian-born Travis Bretzer offers listeners a bit of a twist on that. […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Strafing Run Interviews WHY?’s Josiah Wolf post-Arts Crawl 2013

As usual, Penn State’s annual Arts Crawl was a wild, noisy explosion of art and music. Hallways lined with art, rooms filled with paintings, sculptures and installations. Music coming from every direction, multiple genres and styles all playing in different parts of the event simultaneously, creating a wonderfully disorienting effect. A host of great local […]

Le1F: Gaudy, Gritty, and Rap

Khalif Diouf ‘s (Le1f) music is truly a representation and expression of his complex identity. Le1f grew up in New York City, surrounded by progressive music and ambitious peers. He frequented “Balls,” lavish dance room scenes and drag shows, a part of NYC’s LGBT sub-culture. He experimented with producing and making electro beats for various […]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Welcome Lack of Personality

When reviewing a band you feel like everyone else knows and loves–and has done for a very long time–it’s hard to find anything new to say about them. Sure, you can describe their music with a thesaurus to hand, or relay your live experience via the edgy medium of Haiku*, but you’re not really going […]

Getting Bombed with THE RAW MEN EMPIRE at CMJ

Well, folks, this is our first installment of our CMJ “Getting Bombed with ____” series. Only a few of these video interviews ended up happening, mostly due to how hectic CMJ was, so sit down and soak these babies up. This first interview is with Nadav Lazar from the Israeli band THE RAW MEN EMPIRE. […]

Speed Dating with KAKKMADDAFAKKA

People who don’t know the story behind the Norwegian band Kakkmaddafakka (pronounced Kahk-mah-dah-fahk-kah) might enter one of the band’s concerts and be taken aback by the spectacle, on and off the stage. Kakkmaddafakka’s crowd is young, loyal, and wild. They love everything about the band, and at any point in the night when one of the […]