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The Big Takeover #80 Spring 2017

Jen Dan

Jen Dan is an established and enthusiastic music writer and artist interviewer. She writes reviews, premieres, and news and interviews artists for various music sites including Northern Transmissions, Delusions Of Adequacy, Rebel Noise, Stereo Embers Magazine, The Record Stache, and Indie Music Review. She also is the owner of Stratosphere Fanzine Yahoo Group and gives feedback to music artists at Fluence. A long-time reader of The Big Takeover magazine, Jen is excited to now come on board as a contributor. Her focus is on indie pop, indie rock, electronic, and alt-folk music, but she is not limited to those genres. She is an avid fan of the recently reunited U.K. dream-pop band Lush and a music-related highlight of hers was receiving lead singer Miki Berenyi’s interview replies via letter in the 1990s.

Silhouettes and Statues: A Gothic Revolution

Silhouettes & Statues: A Gothic Revolution – 1978 -1986

10 July 2017

Cherry Red Record’s 5-disc box set Silhouettes & Statues encompasses the Gothic revolution of the late ’70s to mid-‘80s, capturing the spirit of an essential era in (musical) history.

Saint Etienne - Home Counties

Saint Etienne - Home Counties (Heavenly)

2 June 2017

Quintessentially British band Saint Etienne takes a leisurely, but keenly observed stroll through the English suburbs on its new album

Slowdive - Slowdive

Slowdive - Slowdive (Dead Oceans)

29 May 2017

Seminal UK shoegaze giants Slowdive returns with a resplendent and raved about album over two decades after its previous album.

Kilbey Kennedy; Photo Credit: Martin Kennedy

Martin Kennedy (Kilbey Kennedy, All India Radio, Pray TV)

27 May 2017

Australian master soundscaper Martin Kennedy details his long-standing Kilbey Kennedy collaboration Steve Kilbey (The Church), their fantastic new album Glow and Fade, and his highly regarded downtempo/ambient music project All India Radio.

Kilbey Kennedy photo by Martin Kennedy

Song Premiere: "The Game Never Changes" by Kilbey Kennedy

26 May 2017

Renowned Steve Kilbey (The Church) and Martin Kennedy (All India Radio) join forces once more on an epic and transporting track from new album Glow and Fade.

Secret Shine - There Is Only Now

Secret Shine - There Is Only Now (Saint Marie)

8 May 2017

Seminal indie shoegaze/dream-pop band Secret Shine returns with the gloriously dreamy and sublimely spectacular There Is Only Now.

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Nate Jespersen (Ultrviolence)

21 April 2017

Nate Jespersen of post-punk/darkwave Ultrviolence reveals details about the band’s resonant, restless, noir sound, his magnetic vocals and therapeutic creative process, and riveting upcoming EP.

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Cristina Martinez (Boss Hog)

9 March 2017

Cristina Martinez of New York City garage/punk/blues rock legends Boss Hog (with husband Jon Spencer) reveals details about the creation of upcoming album Brood X and her NYC memories.

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Dean Garcia (Curve, SPC ECO, S T F U)

27 February 2017

Dean Garcia, the musical mastermind behind Curve (with Toni Halliday on vocals) and SPC ECO (with his daughter Rose Berlin on vocals), chats candidly about his collaborative projects, the current political/cultural climate, and his creative mindset.

Ramsey - Ramsey EP

Ramsey - Ramsey EP (self-released)

24 February 2017

Daring electronic pop noir artist Ramsey enthralls with her darkly rich, powerfully raw, and riveting debut EP.

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Black Honey

8 February 2017

Izzy Baxter, the engaging frontwoman of UK indie rock band Black Honey, spills the latest details about the act’s ascendant trajectory.

Vaureen - Violence EP

Vaureen - Violence EP (Self-Released)

3 February 2017

Brooklyn-based alternative rock band Vaureen displays its captivating range with a 3-song cycle of psych-rock, sludge rock, and shoegaze-tinged post-rock.

COTE; Photo Credit: Jen Trahan

COTE

18 January 2017

Brooklyn-residing indie pop artist COTE brings her singer-songwriter chops and elegant, expressive vocals to her classic (circa 1970s) music.

Ramsey - "Love Surrounds You"

Ramsey - "Love Surrounds You" (Self-Released)

13 January 2017

Electronic noir artist Ramsey offers another slow-burning stunner that features her tormented, yet alluring vocals.

Rein; Photo Credit: Jasmin Storch

Song Premiere: "Missfit" by Rein

12 January 2017

Swedish electro-punk queen Rein unloads a ferocious new single that packs an aggressive, yet exhilarating punch.

MIss Ohio - White Hot: The best of Miss Ohio

Miss Ohio - "14" (Pyrrhic Victory Recordings)

11 January 2017

Long-standing NJ-based band Miss Ohio delivers American indie rock at its finest on its new single.

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Video Premiere: "The Loneliest Girl in the World" by Rykarda Parasol

9 January 2017

Rock noir artist Rykarda Parasol reveals a bittersweet video shot in Paris, France for her latest richly stark single.

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Song Premiere: "I Don't Mind" by The Velvet Hands

16 December 2016

British indie rock newcomers The Velvet Hands exude classic Stones ‘n’ Strokes laid-back swagger on their 4th single.

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Song Premiere: "Sterile Robes" by Hank Midnight

14 December 2016

Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Hank Midnight gently shines on his lyrically disquieting alternative folk single.

Shane Henry and Maggie McClure; Photo Credit: Chris Jensen

Video Premiere: "When I'm Home" by Maggie McClure & Shane Henry

6 December 2016

Singer-songwriters Maggie McClure (pianist) and Shane Henry (guitarist) collaborate on their new holiday-themed live performance video.

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David Gedge of The Wedding Present

1 December 2016

David Gedge, the renowned British veteran musician/singer-songwriter and founder of the indie rock/post-punk band The Wedding Present, is still going strong with a new double album.

Fassine - band

Song Premiere: "Feather Jesus" by Fassine

24 November 2016

UK-based cinematic trio Fassine fascinates with a haunting track from its upcoming 2nd album Gourami.

We Three And The Death Rattle; Photo Credit: Paul Reno

We Three And The Death Rattle

14 November 2016

Amy Cooper and Jon Bennett of the UK-based indie/garage rock trio WTATDR dig into the details of their striking and seismic sound and upcoming second album.

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Song Premiere: "For a God" by The Blue Poets

11 November 2016

German-Australian alternative/blues rock band The Blue Poets, led by master guitarist Marcus Deml, bows a resonant, smoldering rocker.

Darrin James Band - Strange Storm

Darrin James Band - "Strange Storm"

9 November 2016

Darrin James trenchantly tackles timely American topics on his sonically dynamic and lyrically-blistering new single.

Phoebe Nir - Side Hustle EP

Song Premiere: “Lust for Life” by Phoebe Nir (cover)

4 November 2016

NYC-based creative Phoebe Nir brings a brash enthusiasm to her colorful cover of an Iggy Pop classic.

Gabriel Wolfchild and the Northern Light

Gabriel Wolfchild and the Northern Light – “Runaways” video

14 October 2016

Gabriel Wolfchild sends a powerful, positive, – and timely, message into a world that is in dire need of unity and peace.

CousteauX - EP

CousteauX – “The Innermost Light” (iTunes)

26 September 2016

Liam McKahey and Davey Ray Moor of reformed CousteauX spotlight their darkest, starkest cinematic track yet.

The Urban Renewal Project Camp Lo

The Urban Renewal Project – "Don’t Ask Y" feat. Camp Lo (Self-Released)

19 September 2016

Thirteen-piece musical collective The Urban Renewal Project teams up with hip-hop duo Camp Lo for a laid-back, but swingin’ single.

Mutemath - "Changes"

Mutemath – “Changes” (iTunes)

16 September 2016

Mutemath dives into the electronic pool on the smoothly cool and refreshingly luminescent future bass tune “Changes.”

Paper Pilots - "The Weather"

Paper Pilots – “The Weather” (Self-Released)

12 September 2016

Alt-rock/power pop act Paper Pilots flies high with the release of a video for its sweeping single “The Weather.”

Symbion Project - The Charmed

Symbion Project – “The Charmed” feat. Jenni Potts (Self-Released)

12 September 2016

Long-running electronic act Symbion Project delivers new album and captivating lead single featuring guest vocalist Jenni Potts.

The Second Howl - Hundred Dollar Bills

The Second Howl – “Hundred Dollar Bills” (iTunes)

31 August 2016

The LA-based indie rock duo The Second Howl releases a highly energized and catchy pop-rock single.

50FootWave - band

Kristin Hersh

29 August 2016

Trail-blazing independent music icon Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses, 50FootWave, solo) reveals details about her past, present, and future in an engaging and insightful interview.

Post Death Soundtrack interview

Post Death Soundtrack

22 August 2016

Steve Moore and Jon Ireson of the atmospheric alternative rock/electronic/industrial music project Post Death Soundtrack enlighten with info about their musical history, recent album, genre-blending sound, and future plans.

He Is Me - "Let It Drip"

He Is Me - "Let It Drip" (iTunes)

20 August 2016

He Is Me collaborators Steve Moore and Casey Braunger drop a hypnotizing ambient-industrial track.

Jim Peterik - The Songs

Jim Peterik - "We All Bleed Red" (iTunes)

20 August 2016

Renowned veteran musician Jim Peterik releases a timely and relevant single that takes a stand against intolerance, hatred, and violence.

Katie Burden - Strange Moon

Katie Burden - Strange Moon (Cautionary Tail)

16 August 2016

Alternative artist Katie Burden casts a captivating spell with her shape-shifting vocals and tunes on debut album Strange Moon.

Charlie Nieland - "Ice Age"

Charlie Nieland - "Ice Age" (Athame Music)

11 August 2016

Charlie Nieland of dream-pop band Her Vanished Grace warms the senses with new single from his Ice Age EP.

Rachel Mason - video still for "Tigers in the Dark"

Rachel Mason - "Tigers in the Dark" (Cleopatra Records)

30 July 2016

Renowned and imaginative performance artist/musician Rachel Mason releases a striking single, and video for, “Tigers in the Dark” off of upcoming album Das Ram.

Native Gold - A Man We All Admire EP

Native Gold

25 July 2016

Michael Weeks, one half of the electronic/post-rock duo Native Gold, spills details about working with musical partner and friend Lee Young, their atmospheric and restless sound, and accomplished debut EP.

Politburo - Barrington Way single

Politburo - "Barrington Way" (Leonard Skully Records)

20 July 2016

Long-standing, Mancunian psychedelic rock/folk band Politburo drops an epic, retro-60s hybrid lead single.

Vibrissae - Somewhere Away

Vibrissae - Somewhere Away (Vipchoyo Sound Factory)

20 July 2016

Portland, Oregon-based electronic/shoegaze band Vibrissae enchants on its stylistically varied debut album.

American Anymen band

Brett Sullivan of American Anymen

11 July 2016

Brett Sullivan, the founder of long-running anti-folk/punk band American Anymen, clarifies his stance against capitalism, the nature of art, and upcoming album Start My Center.

The Inconsistent Jukebox Bold Ego Fledgling

The Inconsistent Jukebox – “Bold Ego Fledgling” (Supersonic Media)

5 July 2016

U.K. musician/songwriter/artistic collaborator Barry Snaith flies high with his new electro-rock single “Bold Ego Fledgling” featuring Ang Kerfoot on vocals.

American Anymen Start My Center

American Anymen – “Selectively Stupid” (Self-Released)

5 July 2016

Brett Sullivan and cohorts of anti-folk/punk band American Anymen deliver an explosive, expletive-filled politico-socio-economic rant on “Selectively Stupid”.

Speed of the Stars - Speed of the Stars (Self-Released)

Speed of the Stars - Speed of the Stars (Self-Released)

1 July 2016

Steve Kilbey of The Church and Frank Kearns of Cactus World News collaborate on a captivating, atmospheric dream-folk/electronic album.

S T F U Photo by S T F U

Preston Maddox of Bloody Knives & S T F U

22 June 2016

Preston Maddox reveals details about his nightmare dream-rock band Bloody Knives and slow-burning dystopian music project S T F U with Dean Garcia (Curve, SPC ECO).