Emperor X Releases New Album, The Orlando Sentinel [Post Contains Updates]

We recently hinted at Emperor X releasing a new EP. Well…the EP turned into a larger project with more tracks, and Chad Matheny released it just in time for his European tour, which is happening at the end of July. The album is called The Orlando Sentinel, and THE BOMBER JACKET is pressing limited edition vinyl […]

On The Road with Alexander and The Grapes

Last summer, Florida-based Alexander and The Grapes released their debut full length record Hemispheres via New Granada. Its 12-song tracklist offers a deeply personal and reflective vignette of frontman Alexander Charos. Now, nearly 10 months since its release, the band is touring venues across the East Coast, and will be performing alongside Boston’s Pretty & Nice this […]

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. […]

Songs and Stories with Dirty Three

I’m standing in the front row at Neumos, a mid-size music venue on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, wondering why there’s a mic stand on stage. It’s an object that most concert-goers take for granted, marking the place where the lead singer will stand (for most of the performance, at least). But at a Dirty Three show, […]

Stephen Steinbrink and the Great Greyhound Tour

If the lighter and darker music of The Beatles, The Shins, Elliott Smith, Ben Gibbard, and Nick Drake could all somehow melt into one sound of today, it would be called Stephen Steinbrink. Or maybe it would be called French Quarter. Or in this particular case, it could be either. Stephen Steinbrink is a 24-year-old musician who […]

The Brilliant State of Bee Thousand and Guided by Voices

It’s a big year for Guided by Voices. After calling it quits in 2004, some 21 years and 15 albums into one of the more prolific careers alternative music had ever seen, GBV resurrected in 2010 and, among other things, played the greatest rock ‘n’ roll show I have ever seen in my life. This […]

Bears in Brooklyn, Bears in Berlin, Bears…in…Heaven!

Brooklyn, New York band Bear in Heaven is one of those bands that never stops. They never stop touring, never stop writing, they never stop just to stop! Before they became a well-deserving buzz band back in 2009 they were an American band among a huge pool of others, trying to make it on the […]

Song Premiere from Emperor X + Euro Tour News

We at THE BOMBER JACKET are happy to premiere a new song from Emperor X today for our tenth issue. Stream here: Emperor X is the moniker for Los Angeles musician C.R. Matheny. In the last ten years of his career in music, Matheny has released six studio albums, the latest of which is Western Teleport–a […]

A Decade of Xiu Xiu

Xiu Xiu: a ten-year-old indie act piloted by Jamie Stewart, a man whose personal life becomes excessively intertwined within his band’s songs. In person, Stewart is a quiet and thoughtful character, thinking before he speaks when he talks to strangers. On stage, he’s a passionate musical wizard, mesmerizing crowds with his non-stop performances that exude […]