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Big Takeover Issue #83

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Video Premiere: "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" by Twilight Fields

15 January 2019

Twilight Fields (the moniker of singer-songwriter Allister Thompson) pays tribute to Bruce Cockburn by covering his classic protest song.

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Video Premiere: "The Barracuda" by The Boys Ranch

15 January 2019

Rock ‘n’ roll/surf rock 6-piece The Boys Ranch create a fun new dance on their delightful puppeteering (courtesy of Mr. Bonetangles) video.

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Album Premiere: Hollowed by Helium Horse Fly

15 January 2019

Belgium-based noise rock band Helium Horse Fly unleashes a riveting and icily noir album that alternates between tension and catharsis.

Matt Shapiro - Photo Credit: Jesse Anders

Song Premiere: "Rockaway Girl" by Matt Shapiro

14 January 2019

Montreal-raised, NYC-based singer-songwriter Matt Shapiro dashes out of the gate with the uptempo, reverb opener from his upcoming EP.

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Reformed Original Shoegaze-era band New York Band Springhouse, Celebrating Its 30th Anniversary, to Play Four East Coast Shows With Contemporary New Zealand Legends The Chills and Announces New Bandcamp site

11 January 2019

Fresh from their first show back together after eight years, successfully co-headlining November’s 12th edition of Kalamazoo, MI’s premier dreampop/shoegaze/beautiful noise festival, Kalamashoegazer 12 (appearing with Texas’s Ringo Deathstarr, California’s Soft Science, and five other stalwart groups), New York’s legendary proto-dreampop/shoegaze/indie-rock/post-punk trio—including our own Big Takeover editor Jack Rabid on drums and occasional lead vocals—is thrilled to announce they have added four shows on more home turf from New York to Washington D.C.—supporting The Chills, having once before played with them 29 years ago.


Video Premiere: "Zuni" by Grandchildren

10 January 2019

Philadelphia-based electro-folk/orchestral pop outfit Grandchildren release an engaging and melodic tune and natural world-centered video.

Cereal Banter - Photo Credit: Nicholas Gunzburg

Song Premiere: "Nepotism Prism" by Cereal Banter

9 January 2019

Experimental rock project Cereal Banter unleashes a wildly kinetic and riveting single from their upcoming concept album.

ShapeShiftingAliens - Photo Credit: Niklas Rundquist

Video Premiere: "Fade Away" by ShapeShiftingAliens

8 January 2019

Swedish electronic alt rock duo ShapeShiftingAliens unveil a dystopian video for a electro-noir single from their self-titled LP.

Warbly Jets - Photo Credit: Erina Uemura

NEWS: New EP and Tour Dates for Warbly Jets

8 January 2019

The Los Angeles-based rock band Warbly Jets just blasted off with a new EP and will kick off tours of North America and China ASAP.


Album Premiere: Light Reading by The Earthly Frames

7 January 2019

Veteran musician Gabriel Walsh (The Solililans, Timesbold, more) ushers in his heady second psych/electronic/rock LP as The Earthly Frames.

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Song Premiere: "Black Temptation" by The Flesh Eaters

4 January 2019

Renowed veteran punk rock outfit The Flesh Eaters (featuring members of X, The Blasters, and more) have reunited on an electrifying new album via Yep Roc.

LoFi Satellites - Photo Credit: Marc Belluomini

Song Premiere: "Static" by LoFi Satellites

3 January 2019

Californian indie psych-/alt-rock band LoFi Satellites beam down a melodic, gritty track from their upcoming EP.

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Song Premiere: "Face Off" by I Am A Rocketship

2 January 2019

Altanta-based electronic/rock duo I Am A Rocketship deliver a potent and alluring genre-hybrid single from their upcoming 2nd LP.

Pas Musique - Photo Credit: Chris Carlone

Song Premiere: "A Finnish Bedtime Story" / "Electronic Brain" by Pas Musique

2 January 2019

Brooklyn-based, French-named electronic collective Pas Musique release two new tunes from their upcoming LP out via NYC’s Alrealon Musique.

"Theresa" by Cabinet of Millionaires

Video Premiere: "Theresa" by Cabinet of Millionaires

1 January 2019

British agit-electro outfit Cabinet of Millionaires comes out a winner with a pointedly relevant video featuring a Theresa May puppet.

The Room in the Wood

NEWS: New sci-fi-inspired EP out from British act The Room in the Wood

1 January 2019

British indie folk/rock band The Room in the Wood (Paul Cavanagh and Dave Jackson) have landed with a socio-politically relevant EP.

Big Tide

NEWS: New Single from British indie rock outfit Big Tide

1 January 2019

British indie rock band Big Tide, led by long-time musician Ben Thomas, release a chiming-guitar single from their upcoming debut LP.

Dani Bell & The Tarantist - Photo Credit: Kristy Walker

Song Premiere: "Free" by Dani Bell & The Tarantist

31 December 2018

San Diego-based indie rock band Dani Bell & The Tarantist release an alluring hip-hop/psych-pop hybrid off their upcoming LP.

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Song Premiere: "On A Saturday" by J Hacha De Zola

29 December 2018

New Jersey-based wild musician J Hacha De Zola showcases just one facet of his diverse sound on a whirling cha-cha-cha number.

NEWS: Atmospheric ambient-rock artist Leava drops a new EP

28 December 2018

Seattle-based Simon Nicol, the man behind the moniker, experiments with sounds and techniques on his debut EP.

Phonseca - Photo Credit: Sarah Davis

Song Premiere: "Wait For Me" by Phonseca

27 December 2018

Bristol, England-based electronica artist Matthew O’Connor is set to release his electro-ambient debut album as Phonseca.

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Video Premiere: "Merritt Parkway" by Slum Summer

26 December 2018

U.S./U.K. indie rock-pop band Slum Summer get heavy (metal and psychedelic) on a foreboding, Black Sabbath-like song and video.

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NEWS: Irish singer-songwriter SOAK shares poignant cover song for Christmas

25 December 2018

SOAK, AKA Bridie Monds-Watson, releases a new video for her cover of Chris Rea’s holiday classic and announces a few U.S. shows.

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NEWS: Indie folk artist Craig Cardiff covers the Pogues' Christmas classic

24 December 2018

“Fairytale of New York” comes to life once again in this delightful cover that features Craig Cardiff and guest vocalist Ciara Lofaro.

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NEWS: Alt-pop/rock band Coach Hop drop new Christmas single

24 December 2018

The British band Coach Hop, led by Florida-raised Charlie Laurence, deliver a lyrically naughty, but sonically nice single for the holiday season.

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Big Takeover #83 (Alvvays cover) Out Now! Super holiday Gifts! Order - Subscribe – Renew!

23 December 2018

Cool gifts just in time for the holidays, including Big Takeover magazine subscriptions and back issues (even the big enchilada, complete set 1980-2018)! Plus six children’s sizes for our T-Shirts (to go with several Men’s and Women’s sizes) in three colors, as well as our Big Takeover Beer Cozies and (signed if you like) Color 30th Anniversary Festival Posters!

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Video Premiere: "Glide" by Gina Graves

21 December 2018

Dreamy indie folk/piano-pop singer-songwriter Gina Graves unveils a delightful stop-motion/hand-drawn video for an uplifting single.

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Video Premiere: "Lady of a Thousand Sorries" (live) by Gideon King & City Blog

20 December 2018

New York City jazz-rock collective Gideon King & City Blog offer up a soulful, flowing cut from their recent hybrid-genre second LP.

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Song Premiere: "Headstrong" by Viking Moses

20 December 2018

Baltimore-based singer-songwriter/musician Viking Moses (AKA Brendon Massei) showcases his spare, troubadour style on a new track.

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Video Premiere: "Just Passing By" by Anton Barbeau

19 December 2018

Renowned psychedelic pop-rocker Anton Barbeau unveils an engaging video for a dynamo track off his latest LP from earlier this year.

Hawk and Dove

Song Premiere: "A Medication List" by Hawk and Dove

18 December 2018

Brooklyn indie rock collective Hawk and Dove drop a lyrically harrowing, Krautrock track off their upcoming personal album.

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Song Premiere: "Andy, Please" by Van Duren

17 December 2018

A new documentary and soundtrack shines a light on 1970s power-pop/rock artist Van Duren (Baker Street Regulars, Good Question).

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Song Premiere: "Say It's OK" by Sunday Fed Creek Birds

14 December 2018

Zach Gabbard of American rock band Buffalo Killers collaborates with various artists on an engaging series of singles as Sunday Fed Creek Birds.

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Video Premiere: "The Season" by Tiny Kingdoms

13 December 2018

Chicago indie/alt-rock band Tiny Kingdoms releases a merry house party video for their bittersweet and wistful holiday-themed single.

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Song Premiere: "Every Living Thing" by Young Hunting

13 December 2018

L.A.-based dream-pop/indie folk band Young Hunting unveil a lyrically personal psych-soul single from their upcoming second album.

Jason T. Lamoreaux of The Corrupting Sea - live - Photo Credit: M. Cody McPhail

Album Premiere: Ghosts by The Corrupting Sea

12 December 2018

Soundscape music project The Corrupting Sea (AKAJason T. Lamoreaux) unveils a trance-like meditation on the past and hopeful future.

Norman Salant

NEWS: New Album from NYC-based singer-songwriter Norman Salant

11 December 2018

NYC-based veteran singer-songwriter Norman Salant (known as an innovative avant-pop saxophonist) releases a rich and vivid LP.

Allister Thompson of Twilight Fields

NEWS: Singer-songwriter Twilight Fields release "Demagogue" single

11 December 2018

Canadian singer-songwriter Twilight Fields (AKA Allister Thompson) releases a politically-charged single from his upcoming LP.

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Song Premiere: "Projectors" by James and the Transmission

11 December 2018

L.A.-based rock ‘n’ roll band James and the Transmission unleash a fiery and dynamic track from their upcoming second EP.


Song Premiere: "Hey Dragon" by HOLY WOW!

11 December 2018

Electronic rock music project HOLY WOW! (AKA NYC music scene fixture Dmitry Wild) delivers a pumped-up, melodic-noise cut.

Pablo Dylan

Video Premiere: "Undone" (Performance Video) by Pablo Dylan

10 December 2018

Pablo Dylan (grandson of legend Bob Dylan) comes into his own, delivering an entrancing insightful, storytelling live performance video.

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Album Premiere: Regicide EP by Pathetic Fallacy

7 December 2018

Central NJ-based metal/hardcore band Pathetic Fallacy release an aggressive, melodic, and socio-politically relevant EP.

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Song Premiere: "It's Christmas Time" by Dad Brains

6 December 2018

SoCal punkers Dad Brains (who are all dads) team up with Philly Ramones cover band Ramoms (who are all moms) for a fun ‘n’ furious holiday 7”.

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Video Premiere: "Somewhere" by Silent Carnival

6 December 2018

Italian dark folk/post-rock music project Silent Carnival (led by Marco Giambrone) releases a video for a meditative downtempo single.

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Video Premiere: "L I E" by Tennis System

5 December 2018

Acclaimed post-punk band Tennis System unleash a exhilarating performance video for their thrillingly propulsive and abrasive single.

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Video Premiere: "Calling Your Name" by Parabola West

4 December 2018

New Zealand-residing American and Celtic/Nordic-influenced singer-songwriter Parabola West unveils a mysterious fairytale noir video.

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Video Premiere: "Words are Faith and Water" by Perpacity feat. Neil Francis

4 December 2018

Electronic duo Perpacity drops a heartfelt and joyous symphonic pop single/video featuring vocalist/radio DJ Neil Francis on uplifting vocals.

Coach's Son - Photo Credit: Sean Varga Photography

Album Premiere: I Don't Know Much About Art, But I Know What Makes Me Mad EP by Coach's Son

30 November 2018

New Jersey punk rock band Coach’s Son releases a passionate, vulnerable, and dynamic debut EP via Jetsam-Flotsam.

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Album Premiere: Le Déséquilibre Originel EP by Alpha Du Centaure

30 November 2018

French post-rock band Alpha du Centaure release a vivid, dynamic, and transporting second EP that showcases their evolution in sound.

The Planets Won't Let You Sleep Tonight

Album Premiere: Destroy Beautiful Things by The Planets Won't Let You Sleep Tonight

29 November 2018

The vibrant, mesmerizing debut LP from electronic/pop artist Kasson Crooker and the late Sonja Eve Tea is finally released and serves as Sonja’s legacy.