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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

CMJ FOTOS: Kid Karate, Prides, Orbits, The History of Apple Pie, Islands

It can be easy to become lost in the wave of CMJ Music Marathon concerts that filled venues across New York City from October 15-19, challenging both audiences and performers alike to the ultimate endurance test. It is titled Marathon, after all. But more often than not, becoming “lost” is only part of the experience […]

FOTOS: Turnip King, Grand Resort, Sun Club, The Doozies and Girl Toy

On Friday, April 26 at Brooklyn, New York’s Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, the crowd’s electric energy through the night gave way to mosh pits. As Girl Toy, Washington D.C.’s The Doozies, Annapolis’ Sun Club, Brooklyn’s Grand Resort and Turnip King graced the stage, roaring sets ranging anywhere from garage punk to summery fuzz-pop to lo-fi […]

FOTOS: Low Fat Getting High, Ovlov, Geronimo!, Advaeta, and The Hot Flood

On Friday, April 12 in a small venue on Varet Street in Brooklyn, New York, better known as Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, Exploding in Sound hosted a showcase of loud and thumping sets from Low Fat Getting High, Ovlov, Geronimo!, Advaeta, and The Hot Flood. Past a think cloud of cigarette smoke and incense came The Hot Flood, […]

Young, Wily, Rugged NYC Hip-Hop Collective: Wiki & co. Ratking

With a pinch-lipped, high-pitched, nasally New York drawl, 19-year-old rapper Wiki, along with his wayside Ratking Crew, are making waves in the weathered streets of New York. Young hip-hop is about collectives right now; strong, tight-knit crews of kids, experimenting and progressing with what their role may be, and can be in the business. With […]

Introducing Marques Toliver

New York busker and self-made man of soul, Marques Toliver is a talented musician, singer, songwriter and producer. Originally from Daytona Beach, Florida, Toliver is currently based in London, where he works as an editor of his own magazine, Love is the Law, with regular guest editor, English model Daisy Lowe. As well as writing, editing and performing, […]

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 […]

TBJ’s Favorite Records of 2012: Das Racist

On December 3, 2012, we learned that Das Racist broke up. A video of Heems surfaced from a stage in Germany claiming that Das Racist is “not a band anymore.” Kool AD confirmed the news by tweeting “quit das racist 2 months ago and was asked by our manager not to announce it yet.” Dapwell […]