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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

GET BOMBED WITH US AT NEW YORK’S CMJ FESTIVAL

Our current headquarters are in Brooklyn, New York. The annual CMJ Music Festival is coming up, and many musicians will be traveling through Brooklyn. We have therefore decided to do an exciting video series for the festival. We would like to do special video interviews with bands, featuring alcohol, current events, and jokes. The whole […]

Cuss Words for Your 4th of July Hangover

“It’s the 5th of July. You’re hungover, tired, and kinda sad: This EP is built for that kind of day . This is some Yallbeat Acnepolitan songstuff. Get drunk to it, or better yet, play it when you’re near oblivion. It might help you get out of there.” –Brandon White, frontman of Cuss Words The […]

Duck Eggs, Salad Days, and Sorcery with Here We Go Magic

American indie rockers Here We Go Magic hit the road this Spring to promote their new album, A Different Ship. Guitarist Michael Bloch kindly granted us a few minutes before their show on May 15 at Brillobox in Pittsburgh, Pa. THE BOMBER JACKET ordered whiskey and discussed the pressures of Mother’s Day, what makes a […]

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 […]

Sharing a Beer Bong with The Men

The following is a review of The Men‘s latest album, Open Your Heart. It imagines the album is a party to which anyone who is listening is invited. We heard music as we walked from our car that we parked on the side of the road. A ton of people were already at the party, so […]

Sharon Van Etten’s Beautiful Tramp

Change is usually a good thing in the arts. Some artists contend they plan to move in new directions with their music and say things like, “The next album is going to be a lot more mellow,” or, “I want to get away from the ‘cutesy’ stereotype of my work.” Some artists succeed with such […]