The Strafing Run: Having a Psychic Conversation of 20 Questions with Charles Rowell of the Crocodiles

Dayum. Sometimes, life is actually pretty great. I’m talking Cheezeburger great. Hulk bodyslamming Andre great. High Times quality great. Seeing the Crocodiles rock faces off at a hookah lounge with a hundred other freaks is great. Yes, Crocodiles came to little ole State College, Pa to play a wild show at Chronic Town Hookah lounge, […]

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 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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

The Strafing Run: A Deep Talk with Talented Local Musician, Deathbeforedigital

Hello, dear readers. I confess, I was worried about this issue. I didn’t think I’d find anything to write about in time. I couldn’t get ahold of any of the musicians I wanted to get in touch with, I’d already done a top 25 of 2012, and there were no huge shows going on that […]

The Strafing Run: Let’s Make Brownbird Flap his Wings

On May 30, 2012 Reltone recording artists Los Bastardos Magnificos and Brownbird Rudy Relic performed at The Darkhorse Tavern here in lovely downtown State College, Pa. THE BOMBER JACKET was on hand to see the show and talk to the artists afterward. Here for your viewing pleasure is our two-part interview, painstakingly (and amateurishly) assembled […]

A Special Strafing Run interview with Dan Collins of Apache Records

THE BOMBER JACKET recently got a chance to sit down with Dan Collins, producer of the Apache Records compilation of State College music, Now And Then: The State College Music Scene 1968-2012. The double disk album features 40 tracks of original music from half a century of local State College bands. The idea for the compilation was […]

The Strafing Run: Dead Channel, Surgical Staff, and Kihap + Loveless Tribute

Hello once again, dear readers. I’ve come back from the wilderness of wonder that is State College, Pennsylvania to tell the interwebs about the most recent Roustabout where Dead Channel, The Surgical Staff, and Kihap put on a great show at The Darkhorse Tavern. The show served as a record release party for The Surgical […]

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: […]

The Strafing Run: Roustabout Time for Some Great Indie Rock

Well hello there! Nice to see you again. What have I been up to? Glad you asked, because I just got back from a great indie show here in State College and I want to share it with you. For a while now I’ve been telling you about the local music scene here in State […]

The Strafing Run: Three Local Bands To Fill Your Ears With

Well hi there, dear readers. Didn’t notice you there. I was just sitting here at my computer in Happy Valley, PA, USA, getting ready to turn some people on to three music projects from State College worth checking out. Sure, you can stay. Sit down, let me grab you some coffee. Now where was I? […]

The Strafing Run: A Friday Night in State College

Hello again, dear readers! I wanted to give you a glimpse into the town and music scene I’m currently a part of. What better way than taking you through a typical Friday night in the teeming metropolis of beer, football and accidental academia that is State College, PA? What’s a Friday night out on the […]

The Strafing Run: “Painfully Unhip”

Well Helllllllo there… I see you like music. Wow dawg, me too. You like good music? Yeah man, me too. So what’s good? The eternal question. Spend 100s of hours searching the corners of the interwebs for great music like I have, and you’ll still have a hard time answering that question. There has never […]