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.
Duncan Reid and the Big Heads return with a new album Don’t Blame Yourself, it is a good time album that blends power pop and punk
As Bob Dylan turns 79, writer Kevin Burke takes a look back at some of his seminal sixties moments.
The third album from Los Angeles based Beauty In Chaos is their finest outing, The Storm Before The Calm is the inevitable slice of brilliance fans have been waiting for.
Kevin Burke looks at two key releases from Big Stir Records, both of which donate funds to the Sweet Relief’s Musician Assistance Fund
On May 15th comes the debut long-player Woke Up In Hollywood by the UK’s It’s Karma It’s Cool. A stylish, and enjoyable piece of work.
German based Vlimmer release their latest Ep Pulmo. A recording of dark musings in a nightmare landscape
Brandi Ediss releases the unique Bees And Bees And Bees, a sultry, soulful, and jazz-inspired work of brilliance
This May first, as Bandcamp give artists 100% of the profits, Kevin Burke shares 50 recommendations worth checking out
SPYGENIUS release the new single “Spite” on April 24, all proceeds will be donated to the Matthew Seligman Tribute Fund
The New Fools sophomore release Mershmellow, offers nostalgia through a number of enjoyable stylistic changes.
Writer Kevin Burke examines the actual threat facing the music industry from COVID-19, including the loss of the brilliant Matthew Seligman
On April 28th, Cherie Currie releases her solo album Blvds of Splendor on streaming platforms, including an updated rendition of “Queens Of Noise”
Musician Iwan Gronow completes a hat trick of excellence with his latest single “Highest Symbol”
The Well Wishers along with Big Stir Records stand up to the mark, and raise money for the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.
the black watch return with Brilliant Failures, an album which is anything but what the title suggests
Kevin Burke points out the damage dishonesty brings to an already damaged industry
Gigaton by Pearl Jam is a politically inspired, personally driven piece of mature, middle-aged grunge and it sways and erupts with a needed hopefulness
Trans-Atlantic supergroup Professor And The Madman drop the title track “Séance” from their upcoming album, summoning up the old school sounds of our youth
Due for release April 3rd, Dolph Chaney manages to captivate once again with the stylish Rebuilding Permit.
This week, writer Kevin Burke discusses the importance of the Miles Davis classic Bitches Brew released 50 years ago this week
Today Super 8 release Head Sounds. The feel good vibes that society needs today to lift spirits from the virus abyss
Jonny Polonsky’s latest Kingdom Of Sleep raises more questions than its thirty-two minutes can answer
Morrissey has returned less than a year after the uneven Californian Son with a much more refined effort titled I Am Not A Dog On A Chain.
Backwards Compatible by Chris Church acts as a mixed tape of old-school sounds, forming a soundtrack to our youth.
On May 8th, Glass Records Modern release the excellent Mercurial 1978-2018, a celebration of Alec Novak, The Venus Flytrap and his lesser known projects
On April 3rd The Lovely Eggs release I Am Moron, an album which sums up the global mood perfectly
Prior to the April 11th album launch, I take a look at the complex but enjoyable Two Chairs, One Day by Welsh act The Jesus Fairies
On Saint Patrick’s Day, writer Kevin Burke celebrates the Irish that crossed the Atlantic, and their influence on American pop culture
On Friday March 20th, Bobby Conn releases the aptly titled Recovery, brave, ambitious and delicious with attitude
Sophomore release from Mayflower Madame offers low creativity from high expectations.
The gap of 36 years between albums, does not help the Boomtown Rats to create something great.
This March 27, Elektrafied- The Elektra Years 1979-1982 brings together the three albums recorded for Elektra by historic power pop outfit Shoes
Fontaines D.C are the subject of a new documentary Sold For Parts, a fly on the wall view into the recording of their debut masterwork Dogrel.
From Big Stir Records comes a new compilation in the digital singles series. The Fifth Wave brings the best of global power pop bands and labels together.
On April 18th, RSD will mark the return of the debut studio album by Scottish legends the BMX Bandits. C86 is an album worthy of the title masterpiece, which will see a release on white vinyl with a brand new remaster.
As 2020 steers us into uncharted territory, writer Kevin Burke discusses how it will take old school methods for the music industry to survive
A diamond worth mining from the plethora of RSD releases, Dandy Warhols and Bebe Buell who do a blistering take on Femme Fatale
A hive of activity has kicked off surrounding the influential, and totally indispensable Buzzcocks. With a new single “Gotta Get Better”, comes news of a new box set on May 29th spanning the ’91 and onwards work of the band.
On March 6th, The Domestiques debut lands, The Domestiques Vol.1 is a well-structured and expertly crafted work of noise art
On March 6th, Futureman Records release Garden Of Earthly Delights ~ An XTC Celebration. An album featuring a plethora of talent covering songs by XTC and crew. This is something really special.
On May 22, Throwing Muses return with a new album Sun Racket, and here is the first track to drop “Dark Blue”.
Skillfully put together by Esoteric Recordings, a deep dive into the crucial period of experimentation by Eric Burdon & The Animals.
UK producer Steve Whitfield and Fabrice Nau come together to form electronic outfit Scenius, and release their debut slice “Glass Rain”.
The good nature of Southern California comes to the fore in the latest album Under The Tidal Wave by Blaine Campell
Jack Whites’ Third Man Records is set to release a batch of albums by the late French starlet France Gall
Writer Kevin Burke looks at the importance of last years release by The Coolies, along with the upcoming tribute to Kim Shattuck at the ALS benefit concert in Los Angeles
The latest by Dot Dash Proto Retro, is an album that went under the radar but is a worthy work of investigation
Scrap the Valentine’s Celebrations, as The Forty Nineteens return with the double digital download of Tell Me b/w It’s For Fun
Writer Kevin Burke reinforces the power of Bob Marley’s music, 75 years after the reggae legend was born.