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Jukebox the Ghost

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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, Brooklyn-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. They took a semester’s break to study abroad, and re-formed upon returning as Jukebox the Ghost. They came up with the name 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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  • ajablagargala

    I mean, they're great other than the constant screaming girls from the audience.

    26 Apr 6:32pm Reply
  • ajablagargala

    Their live show recordings are pretty fun, the banter is short, sweet, and funny. I wish they'd tour near me.

    26 Apr 5:15pm Reply
  • ajablagargala

    I heard Adulthood in the local Save A Lot today, I was pleasantly surprised.

    2 Apr 11:41pm Reply
  • Cat_007

    nice tunes)

    14 Mar 5:57am Reply
  • CagedElephants

    The Spiritual is such a hard-hitter.

    9 Mar 3:50am Reply
  • stmirren37

    I'm a bit disappointed with the new album, the lyrics are very forgettable and some of the tracks are way too similar. It doesn't show Ben's piano skills off well either. There's a couple of great tracks on there though in Hollywood and The Great Unknown.

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • CagedElephants

    I reviewed the new album and would love to hear everyone's thoughts. http://thealtvibe.tumblr.com/post/100862571686/album-review-jukebox-the-ghost-jukebox-the-ghost

    14 Nov 2014 Reply
  • kalsonberry

    I think The Great Unknown might be their push to get on the radio. Come back in a few months to find out...great song nonetheless!

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ajablagargala

    The new album is adorable and I really liked a few tracks. It doesn't look like these guys are going to progress anywhere past light-hearted piano driven power pop at this point, but at least I know what to expect.

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Mad_Hatter_Wolf

    I have to agree with the last two posters. The new album is a lot more "pop" then they were before. The songs still stay in your ear for a while, but it doesn't have the same impact that Safe Travels and Everything Under The Sun had. Im still glad to have more from this awesome band.

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • CagedElephants

    New album is pretty good, but its definitely a letdown. Its got a couple good moments like Girl and Made For Ending, but it's pretty basic compared to their old stuff. It's really unfortunate.

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • 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 2014 Reply
  • Kriste95

    Sound of a Broken Heart ♥

    21 Aug 2014 Reply
  • wadegundy

    These guys are so damn good.

    19 Jul 2014 Reply
  • beefigursk

    THEGREATUNKNOWN

    26 May 2014 Reply
  • Kriste95

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

    20 Feb 2014 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 2014 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
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