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.
Russian dream rock band Champanes goes the stoner pop route (and originates the descriptive term?) on its heavy-dreamy new single.
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.
Quintessentially British band Saint Etienne takes a leisurely, but keenly observed stroll through the English suburbs on its new album
Seminal UK shoegaze giants Slowdive returns with a resplendent and raved about album over two decades after its previous album.
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.
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.
Seminal indie shoegaze/dream-pop band Secret Shine returns with the gloriously dreamy and sublimely spectacular There Is Only Now.
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.
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.
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.
Daring electronic pop noir artist Ramsey enthralls with her darkly rich, powerfully raw, and riveting debut EP.
Izzy Baxter, the engaging frontwoman of UK indie rock band Black Honey, spills the latest details about the act’s ascendant trajectory.
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.
Brooklyn-residing indie pop artist COTE brings her singer-songwriter chops and elegant, expressive vocals to her classic (circa 1970s) music.
Electronic noir artist Ramsey offers another slow-burning stunner that features her tormented, yet alluring vocals.
Swedish electro-punk queen Rein unloads a ferocious new single that packs an aggressive, yet exhilarating punch.
Long-standing NJ-based band Miss Ohio delivers American indie rock at its finest on its new single.
Rock noir artist Rykarda Parasol reveals a bittersweet video shot in Paris, France for her latest richly stark single.
British indie rock newcomers The Velvet Hands exude classic Stones ‘n’ Strokes laid-back swagger on their 4th single.
Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Hank Midnight gently shines on his lyrically disquieting alternative folk single.
Singer-songwriters Maggie McClure (pianist) and Shane Henry (guitarist) collaborate on their new holiday-themed live performance video.
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.
UK-based cinematic trio Fassine fascinates with a haunting track from its upcoming 2nd album Gourami.
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.
German-Australian alternative/blues rock band The Blue Poets, led by master guitarist Marcus Deml, bows a resonant, smoldering rocker.
Darrin James trenchantly tackles timely American topics on his sonically dynamic and lyrically-blistering new single.
NYC-based creative Phoebe Nir brings a brash enthusiasm to her colorful cover of an Iggy Pop classic.
Gabriel Wolfchild sends a powerful, positive, – and timely, message into a world that is in dire need of unity and peace.
Liam McKahey and Davey Ray Moor of reformed CousteauX spotlight their darkest, starkest cinematic track yet.
Thirteen-piece musical collective The Urban Renewal Project teams up with hip-hop duo Camp Lo for a laid-back, but swingin’ single.
Mutemath dives into the electronic pool on the smoothly cool and refreshingly luminescent future bass tune “Changes.”
Alt-rock/power pop act Paper Pilots flies high with the release of a video for its sweeping single “The Weather.”
Long-running electronic act Symbion Project delivers new album and captivating lead single featuring guest vocalist Jenni Potts.
The LA-based indie rock duo The Second Howl releases a highly energized and catchy pop-rock single.
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.
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 collaborators Steve Moore and Casey Braunger drop a hypnotizing ambient-industrial track.
Renowned veteran musician Jim Peterik releases a timely and relevant single that takes a stand against intolerance, hatred, and violence.
Alternative artist Katie Burden casts a captivating spell with her shape-shifting vocals and tunes on debut album Strange Moon.
Charlie Nieland of dream-pop band Her Vanished Grace warms the senses with new single from his Ice Age EP.
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.
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.
Long-standing, Mancunian psychedelic rock/folk band Politburo drops an epic, retro-60s hybrid lead single.
Portland, Oregon-based electronic/shoegaze band Vibrissae enchants on its stylistically varied debut album.
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.
U.K. musician/songwriter/artistic collaborator Barry Snaith flies high with his new electro-rock single “Bold Ego Fledgling” featuring Ang Kerfoot on vocals.
Brett Sullivan and cohorts of anti-folk/punk band American Anymen deliver an explosive, expletive-filled politico-socio-economic rant on “Selectively Stupid”.
Steve Kilbey of The Church and Frank Kearns of Cactus World News collaborate on a captivating, atmospheric dream-folk/electronic album.
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).