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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Getting Bombed with The Young Evils at CMJ

Troy Nelson and Mackenzie Mercer met while working at West Seattle’s Easy Street record shop. Add Nelson’s former guitar student Cory Hurd and newly joined Michael Lee and Eric Wennberg, and you get The Young Evils: a poppy but edgy quintet that is semi-new to the industry as a whole, although each band member has years […]

A Night in London with Josh Flowers and his Wild Company

Dimmed lights and low ceilings awaited as I walked into one of London’s tightest venues with a hundred of its hipster elite. We were assembled at Off Broadway, one of East London’s trendiest if best-known bars, to catch some of the city’s recent folk children: Josh Flowers and The Wild. It was the opening night […]

Getting Bombed with THE RAW MEN EMPIRE at CMJ

Well, folks, this is our first installment of our CMJ “Getting Bombed with ____” series. Only a few of these video interviews ended up happening, mostly due to how hectic CMJ was, so sit down and soak these babies up. This first interview is with Nadav Lazar from the Israeli band THE RAW MEN EMPIRE. […]

Western America in Germany with Digger Barnes

There are classic attributes assigned to the “Western” genre in entertainment. Western-themed television shows, movies, and art all tell stories of the 19th century and America’s raw beginnings, replete with war, financial struggle, sickness, and everyday life on the range. With any good era and its treasured artifacts, it is generally frowned upon when individuals […]

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 […]

We Made A Compilation (AGAIN)!

You should know by now. Every ten issues will amount to a volume of THE BOMBER JACKET. To celebrate VOLUME #2, we made another compilation featuring many of the musicians we covered from issues 11 through 20. The compilation is completely free! Thank you to all the musicians who provided tracks, and thank you to […]

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 […]