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Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke has just begun at The Big Takeover. An Irishman who has lived his life in the company of music and sounds from around the world. He is currently a regular contributor and reviewer for Ireland’s HeadStuff online site where he dives into popular music culture along with art and movies. Kevin also contributes to Belgium’s Peek-A-Boo alternative-rock magazine, print and online versions contain his interviews and reviews. Along with past contributions to Metal-Temple online and Music News, his path has finally led here.

Sparks - Past Tense: The Best Of Sparks (BMG) 

8 November 2019

Writer Kevin Burke looks at the importance of Sparks as they release a comprehensive collection, Past Tense: The Best Of Sparks.

Blaine Campbell - Happy Faces B/W Movin' On (Big Stir Records)

7 November 2019

This Friday November 8, Blaine Campbell releases the digital single “Happy Faces” via Big Stir Records, a taste of his upcoming Under The Tidal Wave album.

Yates And Delany - Lost And Found (Self-Released) 

6 November 2019

Peter Yates and Andy Delany release a sublime set on the Lost And Found Ep

Best Coast - For The First Time (Concord Records)

5 November 2019

Best Coast are back with a new single and the promise of a new album in 2020

The Doors - The Soft Parade 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Elektra Catalog)

5 November 2019

The Doors release a much expanded celebration of The Soft Parade, by no means a lazy collection put together without forethought.

The Kut - X-Ray Eyes (Criminal Records)

4 November 2019

The Kut present a new single “X-Ray Eyes”, a brash banger, energetic and magnetic which draws audiences into their aura.

Chrissie Hynde - Valve Bone Woe (BMG) 

1 November 2019

Chrissie Hynde has released her latest solo work Valve Bone Woe, an album which is anchored in a jazz-psychedelia sound with sprinkles of electronica.

R.E.M - Monster 25th Anniversary Super Deluxe (Craft Recordings)

31 October 2019

R.E.M. are set to release an expanded edition of Monster, marking twenty-five years of the modern classic

Gozer Goodspeed - Running with the Outliers (Self-Released)

30 October 2019

On November 15, Gozer Goodspeed releases his new album Running With The Outliers, an album of gravel soaked grace with an in-your-face presentation. 

Lightning In A Bottle - Fifty-Years Of Led Zeppelin II

26 October 2019

Writer Kevin Burke discusses the sublime masterpiece Led Zeppelin II, fifty-years after its release.

The Venus Fly Trap - Europa (Glass Miniature)

25 October 2019

On October 31st, The Venus Fly Trap re-release “Europa”, a slice of bleak, goth-drenched brilliance

Theatre Royal - Incidental Friend EP (Medlar Records/Vacilando '68)

24 October 2019

Theatre Royal announce an upcoming Ep, a teaser for their next long-player due in 2020.

The Same Old Song And Dance - The Hall Of Fame Travesty Continues 

24 October 2019

Writer Kevin Burke discusses the shortcomings of the recent Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame nominations.

Sonny Winnebago - Take Me For A Ride (Trackd)

22 October 2019

The debut single by Sonny Winnebago offers up a promise of what’s to come

PJ Harvey - All Bout Eve {Bonus Track Ep} (Invada Records)

22 October 2019

PJ Harvey celebrates the release of the All About Eve soundtrack on vinyl with an Ep of bonus material.

Concrete Jungle - Ska, Two-Tone & The Specials

19 October 2019

Writer Kevin Burke looks back forty-years to the start of The Specials and Two-Tone

The Armoires ‎– Zibaldone (Big Stir Records) 

17 October 2019

The Armoires latest long-player Zibaldone is a well-oiled good time machine of pop-psych thrills that is the effervescent soundtrack to a sunny day.

The Egg Eaters - Gimme Gimme Gimme Ep (Self-Released) 

15 October 2019

The Egg Eaters have released the Ep Gimme Gimme Gimme, a harmonious blending of genres and eras.

Kim Gordon - No Home Record (Matador) 

14 October 2019

Kim Gordon has just released her debut album No Home Record, a work of divine and dynamic confidence

Art Rock - The Drug Of Dog Man Star

14 October 2019

October 10th marked a quarter century since the release of the modern classic Dog Man Star by Suede. Kevin Burke pays tribute to the slow burning masterpiece

Mick Ronson: Only After Dark – The Complete Mainman Recording (Cherry Red Records)

12 October 2019

On November 29th Cherry Red Records release the complete sessions recorded by guitarist Mick Ronson’s solo work. An essential release for hard rock fans.

The GoAllTheWays - Silly Girl b/w Tourist (Big Stir Records)

11 October 2019

The makeshift supergroup The GoAllTheWays release the single “Silly Girl” b/w “Tourist”, a piece of art to highlight another vehicle of art.

The Coolies - Uh Oh! It’s… The Coolies (Wicked Cool Records) 

10 October 2019

The Coolies announce a third pressing of their explosive Ep Uh Oh! It’s… The Coolies, with 100% profits towards ALS Charity in memory of Kim Shattuck

Rose McDowall & Shawn Pinchbeck - Far From The Apple Tree Soundtrack (Glass Records Modern) 

8 October 2019

The Far From The Apple Tree Soundtrack is a joint venture between Rose McDowall and Shawn Pinchbeck, an electro-acoustic affair of enthralling textures with alluring lyrics

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen (Ghosteen/Bad Seed Ltd.)

7 October 2019

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds release Ghosteen, an emotionally fired masterpiece pulled from the soul of a man bravely putting his inner self on display.

Ginger Baker - A Hellraiser In Heaven 

6 October 2019

As the Hellraiser now resides in Heaven, writer Kevin Burke looks back on the career of Ginger Baker, one of last great drummers of influence and invention

Medicine - Scarred for Life (Drawing Room Records)

4 October 2019

Medicine make a welcome return to form with Scarred for Life, an album of cover versions that becomes an adventure in experimentation.

Whimsical - Bright Smiles & Broken Hearts (Self Released) 

3 October 2019

On November 5th Whimsical return with a new album Bright Smiles & Broken Hearts, that proves beyond doubt the ideas and the talent within the outfit,

RISE - Strangers (Wise Queen Records) 

2 October 2019

RISE acts as the siren summoning audiences to submit helplessly to her beautiful signature sound on Strangers, the latest  transcendent release by the Sussex born songstress.

Kai Danzberg - Euphoria Ep (Big Stir Records) 

2 October 2019

Kai Danzberg releases the Euphoria Ep, falling shy of thirty-minutes, but remains more engrossing than most full albums.

Slade - Feel The Noize: The Singlez Box (BMG)

1 October 2019

Slade release a ten disc vinyl set, Feel The Noize: The Singlez Box, a reminder of both their chart success and knack for catchy tunes

Venus Fly Trap - Rocket USA (Glass Records Modern) 

1 October 2019

On October 4, Venus Fly Trap celebrate the 30th Anniversary since they released “Rocket USA” with a digital reissue via Glass Records Modern

Beauty In Chaos Ft. Wayne Hussey -The Long Goodbye {Au Revoir} (33.3 Music Collective)

28 September 2019

Beauty In Chaos releass their fourth video, “The Long Goodbye {Au Revoir}”, which sees Wayne Hussey tinkle the ivories in what is a work of haunting brilliance

Right Hand Left Hand - Chacabuco (Bubblewrap Collective)

27 September 2019

Right Hand Left Hand release a new single “Chacabuco”, giving a further insight into their upcoming new album Zone Rouge , a statement of intent and a wake up call to humanity

The Persian Leaps - Catnip For Cupid (Big Stir Records)

26 September 2019

Big Stir Records continue their run of exclusive, Friday digital singles with the release of The Persian Leaps “Catnip For Cupid”, two-minutes of stupendous power-pop

Mercury Rev - All Is Dream | Deluxe Edition (Cherry Red Records)

25 September 2019

Cherry Red Records announced details of the Mercury Rev classic album All Is Dream, expanded to a hefty 53-tracks and due for release December 6.

Cup And Ring - Cup And Ring (Glass Records Miniature) 

25 September 2019

Cup And Ring, the latest project from Telstar Ponies and Macrocosmica guitarist Gavin Laird, takes the listener on a journey through chord progression.

The Darkness And The Promise - The Honesty Of Bruce Springsteen

23 September 2019

Bruce Springsteen reaches the milestone of 70 today, writer Kevin Burke looks back on what is considered his finest work, Darkness On The Edge Of Town.

Red Box - Chase The Setting Sun (Right Track Records) 

23 September 2019

Eighties cult legends Red Box return, hungrier than ever on their fourth long-player Chase The Setting Sun

The Legendary Pink Dots - Angel in the Detail (Metropolis Records)

21 September 2019

The Legandary Pink Dots release album number 39 Angel In The Detail, while announcing 40th anniversary tour dates

Emotion In Motion - Being Ric Ocasek 

20 September 2019

In the past 48 hours the music world lost the visionary talent of Ric Ocasek, writer Kevin Burke looks back on some of the highlights from his illustrious career.

Yates And Young - Splinters Ep (Self-Released) 

20 September 2019

On September 27, the pairing of Peter Yates and RISE release the Ep Splinters, the result of two visionary talents colliding on an artistic plane

In Deed - Everest | Expanded Edition (Big Stir Records) 

19 September 2019

Swedish outfit In Deed present an expanded edition of their 2017 Everest album, a playful and well executed album, with a sharpness which showcases the very chemistry within the band.

Super Marine - Decadent Flowers (Self-Released) 

18 September 2019

On October 4, Super Marine, a very interesting band, release a very interesting debut single in “Decadent Flowers”.

The Grief Brothers - Thirty Five Years On Woodfield Street (Country Mile Records) 

18 September 2019

The Grief Brothers release Thirty Five Years On Woodfield Street, the exceptionally executed sound of working mans music, dug straight from the soul.

Crooked Ghost - Colors Bleed Ep (Crooked Ghost Records)

16 September 2019

This coming Friday, September 20, Crooked Ghost unleash their latest Ep, Colors Bleed

From Glam Rock Star To Punk Rock Idol - The Importance Of Marc Bolan

16 September 2019

On this date in September 1977, the seventies rock star Marc Bolan was tragically killed in a road accident, writer Kevin Burke discusses his crossover to the punk movement before his passing

The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed (50th Anniversary Edition) (ABKCO) 

14 September 2019

On November 1st, the classic Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones gets the lavish anniversary treatment. Writer Kevin Burke discusses the box set release, both the good and bad points respectively.

The Hangabouts - Who Wants Cilla? (Big Stir Records/Futureman)

13 September 2019

The Hangabouts return with a reminder of how Detroit still produces bands of vivacious brilliance with the digital release of “Who Wants Cilla?“  b/w “Mrs. Greene”. 

Story Of An Artist - The Divine Cult Of Daniel Johnston 

13 September 2019

This week the music world mourns the loss of Daniel Johnston, writer Kevin Burke looks back on the career of the outsider, lo-fi artist who will continue to speak to generations.