Advertise with The Big Takeover
The Big Takeover #79

Connor Burgess

Connor Burgess is a host, critic, and Assistant Music Director for 91.5 WGRE, and does freelance work for SubPop Records, conducting interviews and doing reviews for bands of all genres. He started out reviewing punk and independent bands from the pacific northwest, and has done extensive reviews and interviews for the label to promote small-name groups. His coverage and promotion of bands caught the eye of Trouble in Mind Records, where he served as a PR and Press Associate for the label, doing tour and press work for both Doug Tuttle and Klaus Johann Grobe. Involved in music from an early age, as well as being both classically trained in both cello and piano, he enjoys covering live shows and festivals, and does a live concert series for his university. He currently attends DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and lives just outside of Chicago. When not at home or school, he can be found at a number of venues or record shops in Chicago, or out with friends or family.

Cold War Kids - L.A. Divine (Capitol Records)

6 April 2017

A review of Cold War Kids sixth studio album, L.A. Divine.

Natalie Cressman - The Traces EP (Self-Released)

10 March 2017

A review of Natalie Cressman’s self released EP, “The Traces EP”.

Syd Arthur (Liam Magill)

20 December 2016

I had the opportunity to chat with Syd Arthur’s Liam Magill a while back. Check out some Q&A!

Andrew Bird with Daniel Knox - Fourth Presbyterian Church - (Chicago, IL), December 16th, 2016 (PHOTOS)

17 December 2016

Photos from Andrew Bird’s final Gezelligheid show at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL.

To Whitney- A Thank You

29 October 2016

A review and some thoughts on Chicago outfit, Whitney.

M83 - The Riviera - (Chicago, IL) - October 20th, 2016 (PHOTOS)

25 October 2016

Photos of M83’s show at The Riviera on the 20th, check it out!

Riot Festival and Carnival - Douglas Park - (Chicago, IL) - September 17th, 2016 (PHOTOS)

18 September 2016

Photos from Saturday’s Riot Festival and Carnival in Douglas Park.

Alex Brettin

3 September 2016

Lollapalooza Day 4: (Grant Park, Chicago, IL) - Sunday, July 31st, 2016 (PHOTOS)

31 July 2016

Photos from the 4th and final day of Lollapalooza 2016.

Lollapalooza Day 1: (Grant Park, Chicago, IL) - Thursday, July 28th, 2016 (PHOTOS)

29 July 2016

Photos from Thursday (Day 1) of Lollapalooza 2016.

Yeasayer with Day Wave - Concord Music Hall - (Chicago, IL) - July 27th, 2016 (Lollapalooza Aftershow)

28 July 2016

Some shots from the first Lollapalooza aftershow, featuring Yeasayer with Day Wave, at Concord Music Hall.

Wicker Park Fest 2016 - Milwaukee Avenue - (Chicago, IL) - July 23rd, 2016

25 July 2016

I attended Wicker Park Fest this past Saturday, have a glance at some photos.

Pitchfork 2016 - (Chicago, IL) - July 17th, 2016 (Sunday)

23 July 2016

Some thoughts and photos of the final day of Pitchfork 2016.

Pitchfork 2016 - (Chicago, IL) - July 16th, 2016 (Saturday)

20 July 2016

A recap and photographs of Saturday at Pitchfork Music Festival, in Union Park, Chicago.

Pitchfork 2016 - (Chicago, IL) - July 15th, 2016 (Friday)

20 July 2016

A recap (and some photos), of the opening day of Pitchfork Music Festival, in Union Park, Chicago.

Pitchfork 2016 - (Chicago, IL) - July 15th-17th, 2016 (PRE-COVERAGE)

13 July 2016

A quick note on this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival, and some hints as to what to expect.

The Taste of Chicago - (Chicago, IL) - July 8th, 2016 (PHOTOS)

9 July 2016

I attended (if ever briefly) The Taste of Chicago. Read and (see) all about it.

Summerfest - (Milwaukee, WI) - July 6th, 2016

7 July 2016

A small recollection and some photographs from my one day at Summerfest Music Festival. Check it out.

Mamby on the Beach - Oakwood Beach (Chicago, IL), - July 3rd, 2016

5 July 2016

I attended Sunday of Chicago’s “Mamby on the Beach” at Oakwood Beach. Read some reviews, and see some photos!

Givers with Lower Dens - Pritzker Pavilion - (Chicago, IL) - June 30th, 2016 (PHOTOS)

1 July 2016

Read (and see) all about Givers and Lower Dens performing at Pritzker Pavilion this past Thursday.

Mamby on the Beach (July 2nd-3rd, 2016), Chicago- Preview

29 June 2016

Mamby on the Beach returns to Chicago’s Oakwood Beach this July 2nd and 3rd. Read a quick preview, get info on sets, afterparties, tickets, and a map here!

The Floozies

27 June 2016

I sat down with funk duo The Floozies at Bonnaroo earlier this June. Read all about what they had to say.

Bonnaroo 2016

Steve Gunn

15 June 2016

I chatted with Steve Gunn, virtuosic guitarist and former member of Kurt Vile and the Violators. Read all about what he had to say.

Bonnaroo 2016

Bonnaroo 2016, Day 4 (Festival Recap)

15 June 2016

I recount on my Bonnaroo experience, and attempt to tie it all in to one cohesive experience. Stay tuned for photos!

Bonnaroo 2016

Bonnaroo 2016, Day 2 (Daughter, Kamasi Washington, CHVRCHES, M83)

11 June 2016

A quick recap of Day 2 at Bonnaroo Music Festival

Bonnaroo 2016

Bonnaroo 2016, Day 1- (Waxahatchee, HINES, Twin Peaks, B├śRNS)

10 June 2016

I recap my first day at Bonnaroo 2016- read all about it here.

Bonnaroo 2016

Twin Peaks

9 June 2016

I got to chat with Chicago garage-punk band, Twin Peaks. Read what they had to say.

Bonnaroo 2016

Bonnaroo 2016 (Wednesday)

9 June 2016

A 9 hour car ride begins my journey to Manchester, Tennessee, where I will cover Bonnaroo 2016.

Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic and DJ Zone - The Metro - (Chicago) - June 3rd, 2016

4 June 2016

Aesop Rock delivers a masterful show at The Metro, proving that at the age of 40, the most lyrical artist in hip-hop still has it.

Rogue Wave with Hey Marseilles - Thalia Hall (Chicago) - May 26, 2016

27 May 2016

Rogue Wave and Hey Marseilles deliver masterful sets at Thalia Hall, setting off a great series of summer shows in Chicago.

Palehound with Pinkwash and Ursula - The Beat Kitchen (Chicago) - May 20th, 2016

22 May 2016

Palehound delivered a fantastic set at The Beat Kitchen on May 20th, one that lends great credence to the band’s future success.

Frightened Rabbit - Painting of a Panic Attack (Atlantic)

13 April 2016

Frightened Rabbit triumphantly returns with their 5th studio album, and it’s a subtle step in a new direction.

Painting of a Panic Attack - Frightened Rabbit

Frightened Rabbit - Die Like a Rich Boy (Atlantic)

5 April 2016

The closer of Frightened Rabbit’s 5th studio album, “Painting of a Panic Attack”, the song offers a profound view inside what looks to be a powerful new installment.

Laura Gibson, Empire Builder

Laura Gibson - Empire Builder (Barsuk)

1 April 2016

It’s wonderful to see Gibson’s 4th LP get some traction on major publications, following some smaller, but nevertheless wonderful albums.