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Washington, D.C. (2003 – present)

Hailing from Philadelphia, Jukebox the Ghost writes a fresh breed of melodic pop tunes driven by fiery rock momentum. With quirky lyrics and inventive songwriting, fans and critics have drawn parallels with the pop sensibility of Elvis Costello, the flamboyance of Queen, the wit of They Might Be Giants, and the creative rock of The Flaming Lips.

Jukebox the Ghost is a Washington, D.C.-born, Philadelphia-based three-piece rock band. The band consists of Ben Thornewill (vocals & piano), Tommy Siegel (vocals & guitar) and Jesse Kristin (drums). Since 2006, Jukebox the Ghost has toured extensively.

In 2003, Ben, Tommy, and Jesse met while attending George Washington University. Shortly after, they formed a band called The Sunday Mail. After two years, the band decided to take a hiatus.

During that time they ended up writing a lot of new material and wanted a new identity to coincide. They came up with the name “Jukebox the Ghost”, after combining lyrics from a Captain Beefheart song and a line from the book Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov.

In 2008, they released their first album “Let Live & Let Ghosts”, and began playing new songs in concerts.

Jukebox the Ghost recorded a cover of Ace of Base’s “Beautiful Life” for Engine Room Recordings’ compilation album Guilt by Association Vol. 2, which was released in November 2008.


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  • DreadfulHero

    Can't say I agree with that ♥ . Musically there's nothing too offensive about the new song, but man, are those lyrics some of the most trite lyrics I've heard from the band. I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt though, because even on the last album (which I loved) there was a number of tunes with some solidly clever lyrics (Adulthood) for every song that had more simplistic lyrics (Somebody).

    29 Aug 3:53am Reply
  • Kriste95

    Sound of a Broken Heart ♥

    21 Aug 7:11pm Reply
  • wadegundy

    These guys are so damn good.

    19 Jul 6:02pm Reply
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  • Kriste95

    Can't wait for the new album! Love them <3

    20 Feb 5:20pm Reply
  • Mad_Hatter_Wolf

    Still one of the best examples of Indie Rock/Indie Pop. I would be so happy with a new album.

    2 Feb 8:39am Reply
  • ajablagargala

    Forgot how good Everything Under The Sun is.

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • beefigursk

    One of the most underrated bands of all time. [2] I used to be one of those assholes who wanted to keep bands all to myself, but everyone should love Jukebox the Ghost. If you don't, then it's the same as kicking a newborn puppy off a cliff.

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • accordant

    >100k listeners now!

    20 Apr 2013 Reply
  • caiomozer

    The Popular Thing = Hipster Anthem hahahahaha Amazing song , awesome lyric!! *-*

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • CagedElephants

    One of the most underrated bands of all time.

    27 Feb 2013 Reply
  • jaydodge

    went to their concert as a casual fan, came back wanting to hear more of their stuff! great show! if you ever get a chance to go see them, please do!

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Empty_Skies

    Fantastic show at Arch Street Tavern last night! Bravo!

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • casiotonesoul

    i saw these guys a few years back with my girlfreind at a small bar in ybor, ever since then, my life has been wonderful!! and I still love these guys

    12 Nov 2012 Reply
  • mellowmelin

    I will not hold it in...-gushing with cuteness-.

    28 Aug 2012 Reply
  • whowrotezalexb

    Jukebox the Ghost is the best band in the world, your argument is invalid.

    28 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ladykatiepasta

    There's really no band like Jukebox the Ghost.

    24 Aug 2012 Reply
  • fuckcarmic

    Jukebox the Ghost is amazing. Cant wait for their show in philly this fall. Also can't wait for Ben Folds Five! They have reunited and have a new album coming out in september. I can't stop listening to the one track that was released, Do it Anyway.

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ajablagargala

    oh pitchfork

    14 Aug 2012 Reply

    Dead is amazing <3

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
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