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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.

the black watch - Brilliant Failures (A Turntable Friend)

2 April 2020

the black watch return with Brilliant Failures, an album which is anything but what the title suggests

Nepotism - Damaging An Already Damaged Industry

1 April 2020

Kevin Burke points out the damage dishonesty brings to an already damaged industry

Pearl Jam - Gigaton (Monkeywrench Records)

1 April 2020

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

Professor And The Madman - Séance (Fullertone Records)

1 April 2020

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

Dolph Chaney - Rebuilding Permit (Big Stir Records)

28 March 2020

Due for release April 3rd, Dolph Chaney manages to captivate once again with the stylish Rebuilding Permit.

Running The Voodoo Down - Bitches Brew At Fifty

27 March 2020

This week, writer Kevin Burke discusses the importance of the Miles Davis classic Bitches Brew released 50 years ago this week

SUPER 8 - Head Sounds (Subjangle) 

27 March 2020

Today Super 8 release Head Sounds. The feel good vibes that society needs today to lift spirits from the virus abyss

Jonny Polonsky - Kingdom Of Sleep (Ghostworks Recordings)

27 March 2020

Jonny Polonsky’s latest Kingdom Of Sleep raises more questions than its thirty-two minutes can answer

Morrissey - I Am Not A Dog On A Chain (BMG)

24 March 2020

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.

Chris Church - Backwards Compatible (Spyderpop Records)

24 March 2020

Backwards Compatible by Chris Church acts as a mixed tape of old-school sounds, forming a soundtrack to our youth.

Venus Fly Trap / Alex Novak - Mercurial 1978-2018 (Glass Records Modern)

22 March 2020

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

The Lovely Eggs - I Am Moron (Egg Records)

19 March 2020

On April 3rd The Lovely Eggs release I Am Moron, an album which sums up the global mood perfectly

The Jesus Fairies - Two Chairs One Day (SWND)

18 March 2020

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

The Eternal Emerald - The Irish Crossover

17 March 2020

On Saint Patrick’s Day, writer Kevin Burke celebrates the Irish that crossed the Atlantic, and their influence on American pop culture

Bobby Conn - Recovery (Tapete Records)

15 March 2020

On Friday March 20th, Bobby Conn releases the aptly titled Recovery, brave, ambitious and delicious with attitude

Mayflower Madame - Prepared For A Nightmare (Only Lovers Records)

14 March 2020

Sophomore release from Mayflower Madame offers low creativity from high expectations.

The Boomtown Rats - Citizens Of Boomtown (BMG)

14 March 2020

The gap of 36 years between albums, does not help the Boomtown Rats to create something great.

Shoes - Elektrafied ~ The Elektra Years 1979-1982 (Cherry Red Records)

12 March 2020

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. – Sold For Parts Documentary (COLLECTIVE)

12 March 2020

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.

Various Artists - Big Stir Records ~ The Fifth Wave (Big Stir Records)

11 March 2020

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.

BMX Bandits - C86 {White Vinyl} (Glass Records Modern)

11 March 2020

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.

The Survival Of Music In The Age Of Coronavirus

10 March 2020

As 2020 steers us into uncharted territory, writer Kevin Burke discusses how it will take old school methods for the music industry to survive

Dandy Warhols And Bebe Buell - Femme Fatale (Cobraside) 

8 March 2020

A diamond worth mining from the plethora of RSD releases, Dandy Warhols and Bebe Buell who do a blistering take on Femme Fatale

Buzzcocks - Sell You Everything (1991-2014) 8CD Boxset (Cherry Red Records)

4 March 2020

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.

The Domestiques - The Domestiques Vol​.​1 (Glass Records Modern)

4 March 2020

On March 6th, The Domestiques debut lands, The Domestiques Vol.1 is a well-structured and expertly crafted work of noise art

Various Artists - Garden Of Earthly Delights ~ An XTC Celebration (Futureman Records)

29 February 2020

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.

Throwing Muses - Dark Blue (Fire Records)

26 February 2020

On May 22, Throwing Muses return with a new album Sun Racket, and here is the first track to drop “Dark Blue”.


20 February 2020

Skillfully put together by Esoteric Recordings, a deep dive into the crucial period of experimentation by Eric Burdon & The Animals.

Scenius - Glass Rain (Self-Released)

20 February 2020

UK producer Steve Whitfield and Fabrice Nau come together to form electronic outfit Scenius, and release their debut slice “Glass Rain”.

Blaine Campbell - Under The Tidal Wave (Self-Released) 

20 February 2020

The good nature of Southern California comes to the fore in the latest album Under The Tidal Wave by Blaine Campell

France Gall - Baby Pop, 1968 & Poupée de Cire, Poupée de Son (Third Man Records)

11 February 2020

Jack Whites’ Third Man Records is set to release a batch of albums by the late French starlet France Gall

A Celebration Of Kim Shattuck - The Coolies To Perform At ALS Benefit Concert 

10 February 2020

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

Dot Dash - Proto Retro (The Beautiful Music)

7 February 2020

The latest by Dot Dash Proto Retro, is an album that went under the radar but is a worthy work of investigation

The Forty Nineteens - Tell Me b/w It's For Fun (That's All We're Living For) {Big Stir Records}

7 February 2020

Scrap the Valentine’s Celebrations, as The Forty Nineteens return with the double digital download of Tell Me b/w It’s For Fun

Catching Fire - Remembering Bob Marley

6 February 2020

Writer Kevin Burke reinforces the power of Bob Marley’s music, 75 years after the reggae legend was born.

Adam Franklin - Drones & Clones (Glass Records Modern) 

5 February 2020

Adam Franklin’s Drones & Clones, his fourth and most interesting is getting a much appreciated vinyl release on March 27.

The Cosmic Array - Goldilocks (SWND)

31 January 2020

On April 17 this year, Welsh act The Cosmic Array are set to unleash their latest work Goldilocks. A blending of styles that creates a rewarding piece of work for the listener to indulge in.

Ricky Mirage - Hope And Hindsight Ep (Self Released)

30 January 2020

The son of Chicago, Illinois, multi-instrumentalist Ricky Mirage released this Ep a while back, but it remains deserving of some attention

Michael Simmons - Playlist 2020: The Originals (Crab Apple Records) 

29 January 2020

Michael Simmons of the legendary power pop zeitgeist sparkle jets UK presents Playlist 2020: The Originals. Twenty-one tracks, written and performed by students of Huntington Beach High School.

Neneh Cherry - Raw Like Sushi 30th Anniversary Deluxe (UMC/Virgin)

28 January 2020

On January 31st, Neneh Cherry releases a 30th anniversary edition of her iconic 1989 release Raw Like Sushi.

The Tor Guides - Backwards In Reverse (Futureman Records)

21 January 2020

The Tor Guides have made an excellent album in Backwards In Reverse, moving forward with ideas with a nod to the past

KT Tunstall - Golden State Vinyl EP (Rostrum Records)

20 January 2020

The 2016 release Golden State by KT Tunstall gets a well deserved vinyl release.

The Vertigos - Out Of My Head (Self-Released)

19 January 2020

Writer Kevin Burke explores one of the most interesting punk releases of last year by Japanese outfit The Vertigos.

Boy One - Broken Skies (Self-Released)

17 January 2020

Writer Kevin Burke discusses the latest video-single by Boy One, the brainchild of Irish music legend Brian Foley, “Broken Skies” is a tribute to the climate activists of the world

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Live In Adelaide ’19, Live In Brussels '19, Live In Paris ’19 (Proceeds To Wildfire Rescue)

17 January 2020

The exceptional King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have just unleashed three live albums on Bandcamp. With 100% profits going directly to the Australian Bushfire Relief fund.

Pet Shop Boys - Hotspot (Kobalt Label Services)

16 January 2020

On January 24, the Pet Shop Boys will release Hotspot. It is not the work of a band reinventing the wheel, but using the extent of their knowledge to build a work of contemporary,  outstanding music.

Anton Barbeau - Presente: Kenny Vs.Thrust (Big Stir Records) 

14 January 2020

On January 24, Anton Barbeau will release his latest work Kenny Vs. Thrust. What is pitted as the first go-to release of 2020 delivers on the promise, and then some.

Ambulette - Too Bad About All Your Problems (Self-Released) 

11 January 2020

Atlanta based Ambulette present their debut Ep Too Bad About All Your Problems, a work that is undeniably addictive, and even springs nostalgia from unexpected places

David Bowie | The Nineties Outsider

8 January 2020

Writer Kevin Burke celebrates David Bowie’s birthday by looking at one of his most underrated albums 1;Outside

Snowgoose - Hope (Glass Records Modern)

8 January 2020

Snowgoose release “Hope” on February 20, the first insight to their upcoming sophomore album The Making of You.