Jen Dan is an established and enthusiastic music writer who currently edits the News/Premieres section at this website. She publishes premieres, writes reviews and news, and interviews acts/artists for various music sites, including Rebel Noise, Stereo Embers Magazine, and The Record Stache. She is also the owner of Stratosphere Fanzine Yahoo Group and gives feedback to bands/singers at Fluence. She has written extensively for Delusions Of Adequacy and has contributed to Northern Transmissions, Indie Music Review, and more music sties. A long-time reader of The Big Takeover magazine, Jen is excited to contribute to both the magazine and website. Her focus is on rock of all kinds, dream-pop/shoegaze, and post-punk/darkwave music, but she is not limited to those genres.
Big Takeover writer Jen Dan revisits the discography of the captivating, lyrically insightful shoegaze/dream-pop/guitar-pop band Lush(1987 – 1996 and 2015 – 2016).
Big Takeover writer Jen Dan revisits the discography of the mesmerizing, compelling electronic rock/alternative guitar-rock band Curve (1990 – 2005).
Big Takeover writer Jen Dan revisits the discography of the cinematic, atmospheric rock/dream-pop/electronic band Cranes (1986 – 2008).
The Muffs (new album out soon!) and The Pandoras frontwoman shined brightly in the garage rock/punk music world and is dearly missed.
NYC-based indie rock trio Meyru balance laid-back and fiery rock on their latest single from their forthcoming album.
Poet, essayist, and (music) journalist Noah C. Lekas releases his debut book that explores mysticism and menial labor in contemporary America. The collection of narrative prose arrives April 13th via SoCal label Blind Owl Records, with various artists contributing short films to accompany each poem. The Big Takeover hosts the premiere of one of the videos for poem “Steamroll the Sky” featuring the gritty glory of New York City.
Miki Berenyi (Lush), Moose (Moose), Mick Conroy (Modern English), and Justin Welch (Elastica) unite as stellar and relevant new indie rock/dream-pop band.
Original member Stewart Anderson (Emotional Response record label), Jen Turrell, and more rev it up with call to unite and vote!
Denver-based alt-folk/Americana duo Alright Alright release a heartfelt and engaging debut album via Hooves and Sugar Record Co.
LA-based post-rock/orchestral/folk experimentalist Chris Karman unveils a distinctive, reflective, and hybrid album.
David J, solo artist and renowned co-founder of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets, recounts his time in Bauhaus, his upcoming world tour with Peter Murphy, the re-release of his second solo album, and much more.
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.