Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2012 Wrap-up

The Pitchfork music festival in Paris took place at La Grande Halle nestled on the edge of the Parc de la Villette. Guiding audiences to the festival, the concert hall’s large neon letters bathed the plaza and fountain in front of it in red. Past the gates was a long pavilion with food and drinks outside […]

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, […]

Seven Kinds of Wonderful: An Evening with The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Amazing. Spectacular. Perfect. It is impossible to articulate what happened last weekend. No one word can truly describe the whole experience. Seeing The Brian Jonestown Massacre play at Webster Hall in New York City and in full effect  for the last show of their new tour was a mind-blowing, inspiring experience. Getting to actually meet some of the Massacre […]

Shearwater’s Animal Life

Shearwater vocalist Jonathan Meiburg’s unique voice is capable of evoking a wide range of emotions in a way that is notable in the age of mediocre “emotive” singer-songwriters. Meiburg begins the song “Dread Sovereign” off his album Animal Joy with a tenderness to his words that possesses a strong sense of urgency, and as the song […]

God’s Favorite Beefcake Shall Not Be Moved

This piece is not an obituary or memorial. It is not a news story either. Tragedy affects us all in different ways, and I am writing to try to process what happened in Seattle, Washington on May 30, 2012 and understand how the local music scene was affected by the loss of two of its […]

Primavera Sound 2012 Wrap-up

The Parc del Forúm is an excellent location for Primavera Sound, because the Spanish heat gets intense, particularly in the front row crowds, but there’s always a cool sea breeze that hits you just at the right moment. The three main festival days were full of a lot of excellent performances and I even had […]

Mujeres, Mujeres, Mujeres: Putting Their Fists Down

Luchador Records is down the street from the MACBA, Barcelona’s contemporary art museum where you constantly have to dodge skaters who are making videos, doing tricks off of the entrance’s ramps, staircases and the ample open space of the white stone plaza. More often than not, they’re also smoking weed and drinking a few San […]

All Hail Seattle’s Absolute Monarchs

Ask a Seattle native to describe the Seattle music scene and you will receive half-a-million different responses, a number representing the approximate population of the city. The thousands of people who crowded into Key Arena, former home of basketball team the Supersonics, to see Macklemore play the Bumbershoot Music Festival would probably portray Seattle as […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]