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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Piled Up and Dripping in Boston

Brace yourself for the latest full-length album release from the Boston band Pile: a thrashing work of art titled Dripping. It’s been two years since the band’s last release, Magic Isn’t Real. Raw and explosive, this new album develops from start to finish. It is encouraging to hear a rock band create such a listenable collection of songs. Containing […]

Ben Gibbard Plays New Record and Old Songs on his Solo Tour

Everyone has their soundtrack to their middle school, high school, and college years: songs that connect memories with feelings, making you recall specific moments of your past that you were sure you had forgotten. On and off throughout those years, Ben Gibbard‘s youthful voice used to blast through my car stereo’s speakers, helping me figure […]

In the Belly of A Whale in Brooklyn

Walking into the belly of a whale would likely be a frightful experience full of intestinal ooze and devoured fish. But listening to Brooklyn, New York’s Whale Belly is like walking outside into a corn field on an early fall day. There are winding, beaming guitar riffs, powerful, full-ranged vocals, and a violin that creeps in […]

Pretty & Nice and US YOU ALL WE

Pretty & Nice Releases EP | Plays Boston and NYC | Fundraises | Commiserates About the Weather Feeling down now that Summer’s over? Need a little sonic sunshine to get you through the day? Boston’s Pretty & Nice understands. Their energetic new EP, US YOU ALL WE, is just what you need! The world first […]

TBJ FIRE ESCAPE SERIES: Maquina Supervium

Maquina Supervium. It sounds like something from outer space, or some term the folks at NASA use to describe what happens to matter once it’s absorbed by a black hole. But no, in real life Maquina Supervium is a new [Bushwick] Brooklyn-based band that rocks hard and soft music, fast and slow…they’re a three-sided refreshing […]

The Strafing Run Samples A Refreshing Parlormint

Well hello there, dearest readers. Last week I had the pleasure of attending a drag party at the Houseasaurus Co-Op, where a bunch of great bands played. Now I wasn’t in drag, mind you (too beardy) and neither were the bands, but it was a fun, wild party with girls dressed as boys, boys dressed […]

The Front Bottoms to Cruise Europa with The Menzingers

The “pop-punk” genre is sometimes overshadowed by newer, trendier forms of music today, but the genre is making huge strides in its third decade, with fresh bands vying for an audience that is still very much thriving. One band that is fairly new to the genre is New Jersey’s The Front Bottoms. They are heading […]

The Strafing Run Talks to Lawrence Brown, a Local Musician Finding His Voice

Hi there, bombers! This week, I have a very special interview with a local musician making his way in the musical world. I met Christopher “Lawrence” Brown (he changed his stage name to Lawrence Brown for obvious reasons) a few years ago through his sister. Every time I’d see him, he’d be carrying his guitar, or playing […]

Bob Mould’s Silver Age Worth at Least A Silver Medal

Bob Mould (Merge Records), is the musical equivalent of grandma’s fancy silverware. Old, perfectly functional, beautiful to look at, locked in another era, more ornate then its newer contemporaries, and a delight to hold. Not that being old is bad. Mould, now in his fifties, was ahead of his time when he was playing in the […]

The Strafing Run: Talking to Republicans We Actually Like

Well hello there, dearest readers of mine. I’m back with a new local band I think is worth checking out. In my continuing effort to bring our readers the best independent music State College, Pennsylvania has to offer, I try to catch as many local shows as I can. At one of those recent shows, […]

Teengirl Fantasy Takes Fans on an NYC Boat Tour

There are a million ways to release an album. One of the more expensive methods is to throw all your fans on a party boat that coasts around the borough of Manhattan. On Thursday August 23, Teengirl Fantasy released its new album Tracer (True Panther Sounds) on a thrilling three-hour sunset boat ride with their friends […]

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 […]