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The Big Takeover #84

Big Takeover Exclusives

The Cult of Lip

Video Premiere: "A Glow" by The Cult of Lip

15 July 2019

Minneapolis-based psych-/shoegaze duo The Cult of Lip unveil a dreamy video for a driving, distorted post-punk track off their latest EP.

Little Slugger - Photo Credit: Meera Jagroop

Album Premiere: I Want to Live Here Forever by Little Slugger

12 July 2019

Brooklyn (by-way-of-Vermont) indie pop/rock band Little Slugger hit it out of the park with their dynamic and engaging debut album.

Michael Paul Lawson

Album Premiere: Some Fights You Never Win by Michael Paul Lawson

12 July 2019

Virginia-based Americana singer-songwriter Michael Paul Lawson drops a heartfelt and vibrant debut album that deals with real life relationships.


Video Premiere: "Carnival" and "Otherworld" by Mercvrial

11 July 2019

International shoegaze/dream-pop-band Mercvrial drop videos for two dreamy and melodic tracks from their upcoming EP.

Versus - live - Photo Credit: Chris Sikich

Song Premiere: "Gravity" by Versus

11 July 2019

Renowned and influential ’90s indie rock band Versus returns with a vibrant and spacey stunner from their upcoming full-length album.

Salt - Photo courtesy of Beehive Records

Video Premiere: "Crime Spree" by Salt

10 July 2019

Tasty supergroup Salt (Ken Stringfellow, Anton Barbeau, and Stéphane Schück) stirs up an enjoyable performance video for a track off their latest album.

Nature of Wires by Russ Dalen

Song Premiere: "Madame Serena" by Nature of Wires

9 July 2019

Stalwart British electronic band Nature of Wires returns with their forthcoming double album that includes remixes by a variety of artists.

Le Big Zero

Song Premiere: "Dryer Lint Trap" by Le Big Zero

9 July 2019

Brooklyn-based slacker-pop/rock band Le Big Zero release an engagingly shambling track from their upcoming long-awaited debut album.

BLUNDERBUSST - Photo Credit: Chris Carnel

Song Premiere: "Wicked" by BLUNDERBUSST

8 July 2019

Reno, Nevada-based shoegaze/noise pop band BLUNDERBUSST return after a hiatus with a vibrant track ahead of their double 7” release.

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7 July 2019

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Song Premiere: "Black and White" / "Cracking" by Sleepspent

5 July 2019

El Paso, TX-based indie rock band Sleepspent double the interest with the release of two dynamic and tunefully crafted tracks.

Steve Kilbey and Gareth Koch - Photo Credit: Tony Mott

Song Premiere: "Lost At Sea" by Steve Kilbey & Gareth Koch

5 July 2019

Renowned artist Steve Kilbey (The Church) and guitarist/composer Gareth Koch collaborate on a dreamily wistful and beguiling single.

Ryan Weitzel - photo credit Byran Sargent

Song Premiere: "Circle" by Ryan Weitzel

4 July 2019

Ryan Weitzel (Mystery of Two, owner of Exit Stencil Recordings) jumps into the fray with a restlessly kinetic classic post-punk track.

Origami Ghosts - Photo Credit: MJ Haha

Song Premiere: "Solitary Beast" by Origami Ghosts

3 July 2019

Austin-by-way-of-Seattle duo Origami Ghosts reveal a brisk and sparkling jangle pop/rock number from their upcoming album.

Adam Hirsch as Abe Hollow

Album Premiere: A Palace in Time by Abe Hollow

2 July 2019

Songwriter Adam Hirsch explores his Jewish roots on a contemplative and engaging debut album that delves into folk and orch-pop genres.

Temple Canyon

Video Premiere: "I Tangled With The Serpent" by Temple Canyon

1 July 2019

Seattle-based retro-vibed alt-folk-rock band Temple Canyon release a lyrically and emotively potent track from their upcoming LP.

Super City

Song Premiere: "High" by Super City

28 June 2019

Baltimore-based indie pop/rock band Super City spark it up on a slyly strutting to dreamy and rhythmic one-off mash-up single.

Royal Teeth

Album Premiere: Hard Luck by Royal Teeth

27 June 2019

New Orleans-based indie rock/electro-pop band Royal Teeth find the joy and vibrancy in creating music on their invigorating and scintillating 2nd album.

The Lows - Dan Plucinski

Song Premiere: “Love Xtinction” by The Lows

26 June 2019

Detroit-based traditional rock ‘n’ roll band The Lows drop the first catchy and dynamic single off their upcoming two-song EP.

The Pull of Autumn collage

Song Premiere: "Not Coming Down" by The Pull of Autumn feat. Luke Skyscraper James

26 June 2019

Boston-based art-rock collective The Pull of Autumn drop a new collaborative track ahead of the release of their 2nd LP via RBM Records.

Wayne Hussey

NEWS: The Mission frontman Wayne Hussey announces Salad Daze tour with Evi Vine

25 June 2019

Wayne Hussey has also been collaborating with collective Beauty in Chaos (led by Michael Ciravolo) and will release his autobiography soon.

Heatmap 2

Song Premiere: “Bloom” by Heatmap

25 June 2019

Philadelphia/Brooklyn-based post-punk band Heatmap unveil a stark, but vibrant track from their upcoming second EP.

We Melt Chocolate

Album Premiere: We Melt Chocolate by We Melt Chocolate

24 June 2019

Italian shoegaze band We Melt Chocolate unveil gauzy, expansive, and propulsive dreamscapes on their transporting self-titled LP.

Dots - Mitch Cardwell

Album Premiere: Dots by Dots

21 June 2019

Oakland-located self-described outer space punk/psych-hardcore band Dots unleash a rambunctiously rampaging debut LP via Dirt Cult Records.

Hearken - Jadon Donaldson

Song Premiere: “Last Time” by Hearken

20 June 2019

Pittsburgh-based indie grunge duo Hearken unveil an introspective, yet powerful, lyrically potent song about addiction from their debut LP.

A. harlana

Video Premiere: "Textile Workers" by A. harlana

20 June 2019

Brooklyn-based A. harlana release a long-form video directed by their frontman for a recent beguiling track off their latest EP.

The Needs

Song Premiere: "I Regret It" by The Needs

19 June 2019

Norwegian pop-punk band The Needs delivers a catchy, anthemic alt-‘90s-inspired alt-rock/power pop single from their new album.

Figure Walking - Photo Credit: Kristian Jordan

NEWS: Tulipomania & Richard Hartline weave a wicked remix for Figure Walking

18 June 2019

Canadian indie rock duo Figure Walking get remixed by Philadelphia’s experimental music band Tulipomania and producer Richard Hartline.

Vlimmer 2

Song Premiere: "Kaskatoner" by Vlimmer

18 June 2019

Alexander Leonard Donat, the man behind the mask of Vlimmer, reveals another atmospheric darkwave cut from his upcoming EP.

Karyn Kuhl Band

Album Premiere: Hey Kid EP by Karyn Kuhl Band

17 June 2019

The Karyn Kuhl Band (led by Karyn Kuhl of Gut Bank and Sexpod) kick up some righteous, uplifting rock during these turbulent times.

The Bobbleheads 2

Video Premiere: "Listen You Know" by The Bobbleheads

17 June 2019

San Francisco-located indie pop/rock band The Bobbleheads deliver a tuneful performance video for a catchy track off their recent LP.

The Microdance

Song Premiere: “Lovesick Kisses" by The Microdance

14 June 2019

London-based alt-rock/shoegaze hybrid band The Microdance release a dreamily abrasive single with a gentle reverie B-side via Somewherecold Records.

Pere Ubu – Photo Credit: Kiersty Boon

Video Premiere: "What I Heard On The Pop Radio" by Pere Ubu

14 June 2019

Long-running experimental art-rock band Pere Ubu take on pop music and unveil a disorienting video that mirrors their off-kilter music.

The Black Fever

Album Premiere: Unarticulated Wants EP by The Black Fever

13 June 2019

Canadian post-punk/indie rock band The Black Fever release an entrancing, lyrically resonant, darkly shining and dynamic EP.


Song Premiere: “In My Brain” by Kingsbury

13 June 2019

L.A.-based indie pop artist Caroline Kingsbury unleashes her latest spirited, catchy, and thoughtful track.

Brett Sullivan of American Anymen

Video Premiere: “No Peaceful End” by American Anymen

12 June 2019

NYC-based anti-folk/punk band American Anymen returns with founder Brett Sullivan front and center in an intriguing video.

The Velvet Hands

Song Premiere: “Don’t Be Nice to Me” by The Velvet Hands

12 June 2019

British indie rock band The Velvet Hands unleash a kicky and melodic, high-energy single from their upcoming second LP.

Daydream Deathray - Photo Credit: Johnwesley Wilson

Song Premiere: “Bloom” by Daydream Deathray

10 June 2019

Kentuckian shoegaze/melodic rock band Daydream Deathray unleash a spacey and radiant single from their upcoming EP.

Richard X. Heyman

Album Premiere: Pop Circles by Richard X. Heyman

7 June 2019

Acclaimed NYC-based melodic pop singer-songwriter Richard X. Heyman delivers his 13th album, a love letter to the Baby Boom generation.

Lexi Freider

Album Premiere: Highland by Lexi Freider

7 June 2019

St. Petersburg, Russia-located dream-pop/synthwave artist Lexi Freider unveils his sparkling to driving debut album.

Dead Heart Bloom - Photo Credit: Michelle Repiso

Song Premiere: "Run Like Spies" by Dead Heart Bloom

6 June 2019

Brooklyn-based space-rock/ambient act Dead Heart Bloom unveil an atmospherically foreboding and nocturnal single via Ephemeral Arts.

The 5:55

Album Premiere: The Five Fifty Five EP by The 5:55

6 June 2019

Washington, D.C. indie rock band The 5:55 release a stylistically diverse debut EP that moves through indie, alt-, and pop-rock.

Nebula Glow

Album Premiere: Nebula Glow EP by Nebula Glow

5 June 2019

Parisian shoegaze band Nebula Glow radiates exquisitely shimmering and powerfully eruptive sonics on their thrilling debut EP.

Chapell - LeonardoMascaro

Song Premiere: "Ride" by Chapell

5 June 2019

NYC-based prog-rock/art-pop singer-songwriter Alan Chapell, as Chapell, delivers a vibrant and melodic classic-‘70s-style folk-pop song.

David J and Rose McGowan - Photo Credit: S.T.R. Anger

NEWS: Bauhaus’ David J and actress Rose McGowan present "The Auteur (Redux / The Starlet's Cut)"

4 June 2019

Fresh off a world tour with Peter Murphy, David J Haskins (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets) teams up with Rose McGowan on a lyrically relevant track.

Oliver Kennan - Photo Credit: Julia Drummond

Video Premiere: "Yes Ma'am" by Oliver Kennan

4 June 2019

NYC-born-and-raised Oliver Kennan delivers a heartfelt, soulful single-shot live performance video featuring him in full band mode.

Rat Fancy

Album Premiere: Stay Cool by Rat Fancy

3 June 2019

L.A. indie pop/rock band Rat Fancy adds punk spirit/lyrics to the melodic and dynamic mix on their debut LP, as well as a track-by-track rundown.

Def Robot

Album Premiere: Makers of Mountains by Def Robot

3 June 2019

Paul Taylor and David Hancox, under the moniker Def Robot (their 4th act together), release an eclectic and exciting album.

Eleventh Hour Adventists

Album Premiere: Eleventh Hour Adventists by Eleventh Hour Adventists

31 May 2019

Post-punk legend Jowe Head (Swell Maps, Television Personalities) joins fantastic and foreboding forces with Jasmine Pender (AKA Rotten Bliss) as Eleventh Day Adventists.

Stewart Anderson and Christina Riley of Boyracer - Photo Credit: Mario Hernandez

Video Premiere: "Bored and Lonely" by Boyracer

30 May 2019

Indie rock stalwart Stewart Anderson revs up the new line-up of beloved Boyracer, with Christina Riley (Burnt Palms, Art Sick) and others along for the ride.