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 […]

Take A Break from the Busy Life: Three Bands To Fill Your Empty Spaces

Music is weird. I say that as someone who gets paid to write about music. It really is strange. What do I mean? Well, there’s just so MUCH of it around these days. Any kind of music you want to hear, hours and days of it at your fingertips. And no matter how much you […]

Andrew McHenry and his Double EP Extravaganza

Local State College, Pa musician Andrew McHenry really enjoys making music, but he doesn’t feel as if he has to be locked into a single genre or style. Like many musicians of his generation, he likes to mix multiple elements into his music, not allowing himself to be handcuffed by his audience’s expectations. So it’s […]

A Tame Impala Won’t Bite: Let’s Listen To Lonerism

Australia is a funny place for us Americans. When we think of Australia, we think of dingos, absurdly large knives,  kangaroos, Ugg boots, shrimp on BBQs, men in khaki hunting crocodiles, and the systematic repression of native indigenous peoples (dammit Australia, that’s America’s thing! Get your own style and stop copying). Australia is “upside down” […]

The Strafing Run Talks to Lawrence Brown, a Local Musician Finding His Voice

Hi there, bombers! This week, I have a very special interview with a local musician making his way in the musical world. I met Christopher “Lawrence” Brown (he changed his stage name to Lawrence Brown for obvious reasons) a few years ago through his sister. Every time I’d see him, he’d be carrying his guitar, or playing […]

TBJ Interviews Jamin from JEFF the Brotherhood As He Looks For A Dipstick…

For this issue, we tracked down Jamin Orrall, one half of JEFF the Brotherhood, a fantastic brotherly duo that is currently getting handfuls of well-deserved buzz since their June 2012 release, Hypnotic Nights. THE BOMBER JACKET met Jamin’s brother Jake at the band’s New York City album release show, where our mutual friends from the […]

The Strafing Run: A Deep Talk with Talented Local Musician, Deathbeforedigital

Hello, dear readers. I confess, I was worried about this issue. I didn’t think I’d find anything to write about in time. I couldn’t get ahold of any of the musicians I wanted to get in touch with, I’d already done a top 25 of 2012, and there were no huge shows going on that […]

The Strafing Run: Let’s Make Brownbird Flap his Wings

On May 30, 2012 Reltone recording artists Los Bastardos Magnificos and Brownbird Rudy Relic performed at The Darkhorse Tavern here in lovely downtown State College, Pa. THE BOMBER JACKET was on hand to see the show and talk to the artists afterward. Here for your viewing pleasure is our two-part interview, painstakingly (and amateurishly) assembled […]

The Top 25 of 2012 (A Stereogum Rebuttal)

If I’ve learned anything from surfing the Interweb, it’s that people love lists. Top ten lists, grocery lists, “best of” lists; You make a list, people are going to read it, out of curiosity if nothing else. Perhaps that’s why Stereogum decided to put out a top 25 of 2012 list… in May. Maybe it’s just […]

Four 2012 Albums You May Have Missed

Right now is a great time to be a indie music journalist. Every week brings a flood of new music from great artists, only to be washed away by a fresher flood of newer releases before you can fully digest the last album you heard.  Even people who make a living off of staying on […]