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 […]

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 […]

Maria Rodés has Triangle Dreams

Maria Rodés’ voice comes through her music like a morning dove on a vintage 1920s radio. The acoustic guitar and Spanish lyrics conjure a concert in a dusty park’s gazebo somewhere in Spain, but the experimental decorations littered throughout the music has an irrevocably contemporary air. The nylon string guitar, piano riffs, and Rodés’ lullaby vocals are accompanied […]

Multitudinous Cheers for Rah Rah

It’s hard to know where to begin when describing Canada’s Rah Rah. Despite the band’s vague name, the group has handfuls of details that make them unique, like their small-town stomping grounds of Regina, Saskatchewan, or the fact that they have three lead singers commandeering their own strengths. Rah Rah is releasing its third full-length […]

Introducing Vancouver’s Jordan Klassen

On September 13 Vancouver radio station 102.7 The Peak held the first of five showcases at The Red Room in Vancouver, featuring Canada’s Jordan Klassen. Klassen performed before an audience of around 400 people who hushed themselves as he began to play his storm-calming song called “On Your Collarbone,” which ends with a gentle refrain […]

Kashka Emerges from Forest City Lovers

What once was a side project for Toronto’s Kat Burns, KASHKA is now the musician’s full-time outlet for musical expression. Ms. Burns is known for her work with her previous folk-pop band, Forest City Lovers: a project that truly made any dark moment lighter and brighter through flirtatious, charming, upbeat melodies. KASHKA, on the other […]

Jherek Bischoff’s Invisible Orchestra

The instruments started disappearing in the evening, as the last rays of sunlight seeped into the room through the stained glass windows. Trumpets and trombones were blown away, while violins and violas crept out from under tucked chins. Yet the orchestra played on, feeling for invisible strings with their invisible bows, making the drums and […]

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 […]

Barcelona’s Famèlic Family

Exploring live music in Barcelona led to overhearing every once in a while about a group of crazy dudes from a place called Vic. I first heard about a collective called Famèlic when speaking with the Barcelona band Mujeres. The name Els Famèlics is Catalan Spanish that actually means “the hungry” rather than the false friend, “the […]

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 […]

From Little Norway to Nagahama: A Q&A with Lemolo

While THE BOMBER JACKET was on hiatus for the summer, Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood hosted its 16th annual Block Party: a three-day music festival featuring over a hundred artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Each day, local radio station KEXP selected a handful of bands to play an additional set during its live broadcast […]

The Strafing Run: A Musical Journey With Swiss Alps

Hello there, dear readers! This article, I’d like to take you on a journey to Swiss Alps. Not to THE Swiss Alps, but to a local band with a great sound that happens to be called Swiss Alps. They may be based in State College, Pennsylvania, but their sound is good enough to reach a […]

“There Is No Nature,” Mount Eerie under the Clear Moon

The following article is a narrative written after an interview with Mount Eerie’s Phil Elverum. It’s intended to be a reaction to his latest album, Clear Moon, and the things discussed in the interview. The full transcript can be found below the narrative, at the end of the article. Mount Eerie loomed in white with curtains […]

The Real Fairy Tales of Fanny Roz

Once upon a time there was a musician named Fanny Roz. Her story involved snail races, tree houses, smokey French jazz bars, magical beaches in Chile, and a tale of two cities. It was the best of times…yeah, okay, it all really sounded like it was pretty much the best of times… The whole story of […]