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The Big Takeover #80 Spring 2017

Ryan Gabos

Ryan Gabos first cut his teeth as a music critic in 2011 with 402 Productions, for which he soon rose to the position of Editor through 2013. Since then, he has written for Good, Bad, Ugly Music Reviews, Next2Shine, and GrooveVolt. He also stays musically active, fronting the band Sotto Voce and representing one half of the punk group Hot to Trot.

Phoenix - Ti Amo

Phoenix - Ti Amo (Glassnote Records)

16 June 2017

Ti Amo is the aural equivalent of a by all means successful – and at times particularly elating – booze cruise.

Amber Coffman - City of No Reply

Amber Coffman - City of No Reply (Columbia)

5 June 2017

Coffman’s debut strips itself of any self-pity, granting universal empathy and a countering effect to the notion that it’s a breakup album and nothing more.

Elf Power - Twitching in Time

Elf Power - Twitching in Time (Orange Twin)

25 May 2017

Now fourteen albums deep, Andrew Rieger, Laura Carter, and company are still endlessly dedicated to crafting power pop via fuzzy, chugging powerhouse or wistful, shimmering acoustic number.

Girlpool - Powerplant

Girlpool - Powerplant (ANTI-)

16 May 2017

Girlpool may have enlarged their sound, but they still possess a nakedness to their performance that is unmistakably their own. If anything, expanding to a full band has strengthened their identity.

Arto Lindsay - Cuidado Madame

Arto Lindsay - Cuidado Madame (Northern Spy)

25 April 2017

Displaying a clamor of ideas and a cavalier misdirect of convention, Lindsay’s first album in 13 years sees his avant garde leanings at their most pronounced yet in his Brazilian influenced work.

Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 - Star Stuff

Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 - Star Stuff (Company Records)

17 April 2017

Combining forces with The Mattson 2 has granted Bundick with his most accomplished product to date, and although Bundick prefers to explore new territory rather than retread old digs, we may hope that should he choose to break tradition someday off in the future, he sees fit to return to this psychedelic powerhouse.

Nana Grizol - Ursa Minor

Nana Grizol - Ursa Minor (Orange Twin)

4 April 2017

Nana Grizol return with their first album in seven years without skipping a beat, continuing to craft intimate anthems for those who prefer their romanticism served with a side of reasoning.

Jay Som - Everybody Works

Jay Som - Everybody Works (Polyvinyl Records)

16 March 2017

Jay Som, the project of Oakland musician Melina Duterte, channels her bedroom-produced lovelorn ballads into its first proper LP, proving that headspace and recording space share no correlation.

Brokeback - Illinois River Valley Blues

Brokeback - Illinois River Valley Blues (Thrill Jockey)

2 March 2017

Whether on the move or sedentary, listening to the intensely atmospheric Illinois River Valley Blues will awaken your inner roughneck traveler/wanderer.

Tobin Sprout - The Universe and Me

Tobin Sprout - The Universe and Me (Burger Records)

10 February 2017

In Sprout’s conquest to bridge a semblance of meaning between our youth and its relation to maturity, he may have hit the mark with his greatest accuracy yet.

Joan of Arc - He's Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hands

Joan of Arc - He's Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hands (Joyful Noise Recordings)

24 January 2017

Joan of Arc have just turned in what is easily their most “challenging” album since “In Rape Terror and Fantasy Sex We Trust”, but the new direction in sound only serves to entice.