The Road Less Traveled with Alex Highton

“City life was really kicking us in the balls,” says Alex Highton, as he sips a cup of tea. I wince and nearly choke on my toast. I’m sitting at the singer-songwriter’s kitchen table in the tiny village of Wooditon near Cambridge, and he’s telling me how he left the grime of north London for […]

A Noisy Collective in New York City

In a time of bedroom production and twitter promotion, where bands can be made and broken in the flash of a viral marketing campaign, many might be forgiven for bemoaning the loss of community. Sharing a YouTube link online is, sadly, an experience somewhat removed from the friendly forking over of a self-curated mix tape. […]

FOTOS: Indian Rebound, Vundabar, Phone Home, Joes

The balcony is vacant, the door tightly shut to stave off winter’s air. On this particular night, Shea Stadium looks like just another nondescript building in the row of warehouses in Brooklyn’s Bushwick, but inside, a respectable audience huddles together, rocking to the music as 2013 comes to a close. Appropriately, Joes, brainchild of Harvard student Jason Hellerstein […]

Wrapping Up 2013 With Favorite Album Picks from TBJ’s Friends, New and Old

There have been a multitude of lists out since the start of the month, hell, even before December began. There’s usually a ranking and a boatload of opinions involved in such lists. We thought a nice alternative would be to round up friends, new and old, and gather their picks of the year. This group […]

TBJ is Moving Back to Deutschland

Nearly two years ago THE BOMBER JACKET was in its initial planning stages. There were conversations about its purpose, likely audience, goals, and more. The name TBJ began as a long-form journalism platform working to cover international acts under one roof, and it grew to a brand that represented more than journalism. TBJ launched in […]

Lost in Space with Spain’s Berlina

THE BOMBER JACKET gets lost in space with Madrid’s very own rocket men Hurtling out of Madrid like the European Space Agency’s latest mission for the outer reaches of the universe comes Berlina, four elegant honchos playing dark, spacey alt-rock reminiscent of Echo and the Bunnymen or a more streamlined version of Brit shoegazers Ride. […]

Climbing Mount Buddha: Lona Records’ Electronic Decade

Hong Kong-based label celebrates 10 years of existence with a free double album based on the Buddha Machine’s quirky drone loops. It’s fair to say that in the 10 years since Alok Leung launched his Lona Records label in Hong Kong, the music industry has had a few ups and downs. While technology has made […]

An Elliott Smith Tribute Concert: Why ?

Hello! My name is Jen. I work at Believe Digital in NYC and on the side I run thebomberjacket.com. ^That is how I started many emails a couple months ago when I decided to commit to organizing this Elliott Smith tribute show here in New York. I am writing this now because two nights ago, […]

FOTOS: Frankie Cosmos, Palehound, Kal Marks, LVL UP

On a rainy and unseasonably warm night in New York, Shea Stadium hosted the Exploding In Sound-heavy Frankie Cosmos, Palehound, Kal Marks, and LVL UP. As the crowd filtered in, Frankie Cosmos set the vibe for the evening. Greta Klein’s smooth voice and quirky lyrics drew in the crowd–some singing along, some dancing with a […]

Notes From the Underground: Caligine’s Strange and Fragile Sounds

The music of Caligine, a k a Italian-born musician and writer Gabriele de Seta, is rare and beautiful. His brittle, unsettling, folk-inflected explorations draw on fingerpicked guitar, eerie dronings and the clunks and whirrs of broken-down machinery to create a shifting hybrid of the pastoral reveries of Robbie Basho and the ambient rumblings of U.S. […]