A Real Conversation About Music with TV Buddhas

Some bands go through the highs and the lows of their careers thinking more about the system and less about the music, thinking things like: How do I make it in this scene? What websites need to review my music so that I can get big? Who should I work with so that my music can […]

The Strafing Run: Art Crawlin’ All Over The Place!

Hello, dear readers. It’s been a busy few weeks. This little town has been hearing a lot of great music lately and I’ve done my best to hear as much of it as possible. So I’ve told you all about the Roustabouts. Shows at the Darkhorse with Lemont and the Warmingtons and a show at […]

Drinkers, Lovers, Talkers, Shitheads, Eggheads and Wallis Bird

Wallis Bird is an Irish multi-instrumentalist (she actually knows how to imitate birds tweeting) and a very gifted guitarist–even though she just has four fingers on her left hand. THE BOMBER JACKET went to her concert, interviewed the musician and was amazed by the charm and character of the young Miss Bird. Standing in the crowd waiting […]

You’re Not on Acid, You’re Just Listening to Willis Earl Beal

April 2012 belongs to one of America’s newest buzz acts, Willis Earl Beal: a man who ignores today’s traditional marketing strategies and gets right down to the grit. Every article written about the musician reveals Beal’s humble beginnings and his unyielding ambition to make music for a living. He started off busking in Chicago’s subways […]

Pretty in Punk: The Pretty Things, more Punk than “Punk”

The term “punk rock” gets thrown around with such frequency that its meaning is now effectively vague. The term has been despoiled by idiots and charlatans over the years. But to be sure there are certain qualities associated with the platonic “punk rock,” and in retrospect many bands from the pre-punk era embody these elements, […]

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 […]

Story Time with The Golden Bears

Out of the magical woods of Portland, Oregon emerges the band The Golden Bears: An act led by Seth Lorinczi and Julianna Bright. The band’s second full-length album Write It Like You Find It (Jealous Butcher Records) is a collection of songs dedicated to the couple’s newborn daughter. The album is a new approach to […]

In the Belly of The Woodrow Wilsons

Jamaica Plain, a part of Greater Boston, is home to many talented musicians that are constantly creating unique and/or bizarre events and contributing greatly to the personality of the city’s DIY music. One such band from the area that has been playing for a few years without laying down a record is The Woodrow Wilsons. […]

Lost in the Woods…or in Translation with Naturalesa Salvatge

In Spanish, the word “tranquilo” is pretty versatile, being used for “relaxed,” “peaceful” and even the command “calm down!” Although slightly awkward and not a word that would normally be used to describe a band, its false friend (sort of) in English, “tranquil,” would serve as a good adjective for Naturalesa Salvatge. The Barcelona band’s […]

School of Seven Bells Takes State College to School

Hot damn, that was something. As you surely remember from last issue, School of Seven Bells kicked off the East Coast leg of their tour right here in the lovely town of State College, PA. Local mover and shaker Jeff Van Fossan booked the show through his Roustabout music showcase in a cozy, intimate venue: […]

New Platform for Musicians: CASH Music

The music industry is changing and so is its distribution and structure of success. What used to be a corporate model run by wealthy labelheads is now broken down into a more complex and less predictable system, causing people in the business to really question how musicians can achieve their goals in today’s world. Perhaps […]

Cymbals Have a Merciless and Insatiable Blood-lust for Guitars

Brooklyn-born Cymbals Eat Guitars take their name from something Lou Reed once said about The Velvet Underground. Yet, it wasn’t an overly whimsical metaphor like “my band sounds like cymbals eating guitars,” but instead something more musically technical. Reed was asked why the drummer, Moe Trucker, didn’t crash down on the cymbals a lot on […]

A Peek Inside Berlin’s Most Coveted Nightclub, Berghain

THE BOMBER JACKET sent one of its writers to Berlin’s Berghain nightclub to check out the venue and share his experience with readers. Alright, let’s talk about Berghain. If you live in Berlin, or have just been to Berlin, there’s a very good chance that you’ve at least heard of the legendary nightclub. If you […]

Close Encounters with T.E. Morris

When I first saw T.E. Morris live, I was at a venue called Beatpol in Dresden, Germany. I was expecting Her Name is Calla, his band, as the opening act, and when an unassuming man with only an acoustic guitar for company walked on stage, I was surprised. And I’ll be honest, I also set myself up for […]

The Pinnacle of Hipster Bands, Holy Esque

The Scottish indie-rock band Holy Esque fulfills many of today’s hipster band clichés. The band has a trendy name and symbol, and the singer sounds like he’s searching for the latest cool way to sing. What is he saying? Is he an old man? Has he lost his breath? Does he smoke too much? Who […]