J. Roddy Waltson & The Business

Blips: Two Under The Radar Bands

In our never-ending quest to dig up great bands whose tickets cost less than a corned beef sandwich at Katz’s, we bring you another round of Blips. Blips highlights some great bands that are largely still in their larvae stage, but will soon morph into their beautiful butterfly. In this edition, we have some really cool new music, so take a sec, poke around the bands’ various websites, and see what you think of these two under the radar acts…


Jukebox The Ghost


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It’s not too often that I get a chance to write about a band that got its start at my alma mater, so I thought I’d seize the opportunity to do just that by telling you about the music of Jukebox The Ghost. The three piece act, consisting of of Ben Thornewill (vocals & piano), Tommy Siegel (vocals & guitar) and Jesse Kristin (drums), formed while students at The George Washington University in Washington, DC during the early aughts. JTG’s name comes from a Captain Beefheart song and a line from the book Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov.

While DC had previously been the epicenter of the hardcore movement in the 1980s, the music of Jukebox The Ghost couldn’t be more different from the aggressiveness of those bands. Blending synth-y, uptempo, piano-pop with bouncy rhythms, the trio sound is influenced by the likes of Ben Folds, The Postal Service and Passion Pit. The band, who released their sophomore full length effort Everything Under The Sun via Yep Rock earlier this month, recently stopped by the Ed Sullivan Theater where they made their network television debut performing the album’s lead single Schizophrenia on Late Night With David Letterman.

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Jeffrey Greenblatt


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