New Sounds from New York: A.K.

On Tuesday, December 11, four bands played a tightly packed show at the Legion bar in Brooklyn. Presented by The Louisiana Purchasing Company, the show was the first in a while for Brooklyn’s own Alexandra Kalinowski, known to her friends and fans simply as “A.K.”  A.K. is semi-new to the Brooklyn scene, although she’s been playing […]

Stories From A Canadian Musician In Germany

Traveling outside of Canada can be a bit overwhelming, especially for a Canadian musician who has never left his Continent before. But all it took was one click on the Lufthansa website and I was on my way. Oktoberfest was almost over and I was told that if I missed this Bavarian festival I would […]

New Music from Chicago: Soft Candy

Alex Brettin, singer and guitarist of Chicago-based band Soft Candy, kind of looks like a Who. Not a member of The Who, although Soft Candy’s roots run deep into the Mod sound, but the actual Dr. Seuss, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” kind of a Who. His mustache is a little wonky and his hair […]

New Songwriter Act from Montana: D A W N S

This article is about a month overdue. I’m writing most of it in first person, due to the personal, internal conflicts I’ve had while pursuing this story. I want to be open about it. As our readers know, THE BOMBER JACKET went on a mission during CMJ to discover and meet new projects from all […]

An Interview with Iceland’s Ólöf Arnalds

Ólöf Arnalds is an Icelandic singer and multi-instrumentalist. She was classically educated on the violin and viola, and later taught herself to play guitar and charango. Her record label describes her music as “instantly captivating and possessed of a magical, otherworldly quality.” After completing her studies in violin and classical singing, Arnalds studied composition and […]

The Wooden Sky Wraps Up Tour, Preps for New Album

The Canadian band The Wooden Sky formed during lead singer Gavin Gardiner’s college years. They started playing music in 2003 under the name Friday Morning’s Regret before changing their name in 2007 right before the release of their debut album, When Lost at Sea: an intimate acoustic record replete with stripped-down melodies and lyrics. In 2009 […]

The Young Resurgence of Hip-Hop’s Jazz Roots

Since its beginning, hip-hop has been a fusion of jazz, funk, and soul music laced with the lyrical influences of spoken word poetry and storytelling. From the raw creation of the culture to the current age, DJs have delved deep into their parent’s record collections in hopes of finding the exact sample that pays homage […]

New Band TOY emerges in London with Release of Self-titled Album

London singer/guitarist Tom Dougall (younger brother of Rose Elinor Dougall of The Pipettes) formed the band TOY in 2010 with Dominic O’Dair (guitar), Maxim “Panda” Barron (bass), Charlie Salvidge (drums), and Spanish keyboard player Alejandra Diez. Dougall, Barron and O’Dair had previously played together in Joe Lean & the Jing Jang Jong. The band’s first live […]

Photography Through the Lens of New York’s Shervin Lainez

The world of photography can in many ways be its own microcosm that lives and breathes solely for those who understand the efforts and mechanics behind the actual art. But, like every art form, the best and the brightest shine through at different points, catching the eyes of curious people outside of the microcosm, garnering […]

Subsource A Dubumentary, Not A Documentary!

Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in south London during the latter end of the 1990s. It is characterized by wavering bass lines, syncopated rhythms, and the minimal use of voice. Dubstep is generally thought of as “production electronic music,” created in studios, and often played by performance DJs. Subsource is […]

Uncovering the Anonymity of England’s Burial

What I’ve noticed in the last half-decade is a capitalistic ideal that strips some fantastic movements or projects of their luster, especially within modern American art. Take for example, the film industry, with stalwarts who love the idea of “series reboots.” Some work, like Chris Nolans’ “Batman” indeed reset well while others do not, like […]

A Hurricane Sandy Benefit Show with Lost Boy, Grand Resort, Eula, and Turnip King

There is a clandestine venue in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It is in a storage facility. It is in a cheap storage facility. It is in a storage facility called Cheap Storage! The venue’s shows are curated by a couple musicians and music lovers who have an apartment in the building. They’ve genuinely made the large, concrete […]

Airwaves in Iceland

Living just below the Arctic Circle, the Icelandic people are stubborn, determined survivors. Proud of their almost miraculous strength of purpose, they have an almost fanatical willingness to endure almost anything that nature hurls at them. They also possess an enviable sense of community that is reinforced by their proud history of self-sufficiency. The Icelandic […]

An Impression from Abroad: The End Tree and The Revival Tour

As I walked through the backstage poster-ridden corridor of Beatpol in Dresden, Germany, I could hear Chuck Ragan’s growling baritone voice warming up along with tenor Jay Malinowski, who sung as he fixed his hair. To my left was the band’s work station, with computers meant for updating websites and coordinating the next half of the tour. […]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Welcome Lack of Personality

When reviewing a band you feel like everyone else knows and loves–and has done for a very long time–it’s hard to find anything new to say about them. Sure, you can describe their music with a thesaurus to hand, or relay your live experience via the edgy medium of Haiku*, but you’re not really going […]