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The Big Takeover #79

Tim Bugbee

Tim Bugbee‘s real life job (manufacturing director in a biopharma company) has nothing to do with music, music has been a central core element all along. He first started writing about music (record reviews and some interviews) with The Big Takeover in the early 90s, and then also contributed to local Boston zine Popwatch. After Popwatch folded, he took a break from the ‘zine game (and not so coincidentally, also during this time he started a family, and lived briefly in Ireland), but recently photography has rekindled this passion, and he is glad to back on board with Jack and the BT staff.

The Buzzcocks, Residuels @ Royale - Boston MA - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

19 October 2016

The Buzzcocks hit town for the first time in six years, with their prodigious songbook of earworms in tow.

X, Dead Rock West @ Brighton Music Hall - Monday, August 15, 2016

22 August 2016

Billy Zoom battles cancer to hit the road with X once more.

Jane's Addiction, Dinosaur Jr. and Living Colour - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston - Thursday, July 19, 2016

9 August 2016

The heady days of alt.rock return, with Jane’s Addiction headlining a bill that includes Dinosaur Jr. and Living Colour.

Swans with Okkyung Lee @ Royale, Boston - Thursday, July 7, 2016

17 July 2016

The final knockout blow was the title song of The Glowing Man, a thirty minute opus that alternately led to dropped jaws or shut eyes, the audience enrapt as the sonic tsunami washed over them.

Boston Calling 2016 - Sia, Robyn, Haim, etc - May 27-28, 2016

31 May 2016

The final chapter of Boston Calling to be held in the brick-lined plaza at City Hall features Sia, Robyn, Sufjan Stevens and a host of others.

Parquet Courts, Pill and Psychic Blood - 3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH - Saturday, December 5, 2015

14 December 2015

The frenetic strumming of The Feelies in full force, married to the upturned lip sneer of Richard Hell and the je ne sais fuck you of Lou Reed.

Hej! An interview with Gustav Ejstes of Dungen

26 October 2015

Gustav Ejstes of Dungen is back in the US after a five year absence, with a new record and a short tour.

Boston Calling @ City Hall Plaza (Boston) - September 25-27, 2015

30 September 2015

Boston Calling’s wildly varying lineup tries to be all things to all people and somehow succeeds.

Royal Headache, Sheer Mag, The Channels @ Great Scott - Monday, August 24, 2015

11 September 2015

Royal Headache blows away a sold out Great Scott.

Truckfighters

1 July 2015

An interview with the prophets of fuzz, Truckfighters

Boston Calling, Spring 2015: Day 3 with Pixies, Tenacious D, TV On The Radio, Vance Joy, Jason Isbell and more - Boston City Plaza - Sunday, May 24 2015

25 May 2015

The Pixies had a most triumphant homecoming, Jack Black played Jack Black, and both TV On The Radio and St. Vincent transmitted from an exotic, remote location.

Boston Calling, Spring 2015: Day 2 with My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper, St. Vincent and more - Boston City Plaza - Saturday, May 23 2015

24 May 2015

Photos from Day 2 of Boston Calling, featuring My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper and St. Vincent

Boston Calling, Spring 2015: Day 1 with Beck, Tame Impala, Sharon Van Etten - Boston City Plaza - Friday, May 22 2015

23 May 2015

The Spring edition Boston Calling kicks off with a shimmying set by Beck and a slightly dozy performance by Tame Impala.

Gruff Rhys - Brighton Music Hall - Friday, November 7, 2014

13 November 2014

Did the Welsh settle America? Find out what Prince Madog and John Evans have been up to.

Pentagram, Bang, and Kings Destroy @ The Met - Providence, RI - Sunday, November 2, 2014

8 November 2014

The very roots of metal, on display in two different forms.

Interview With Mike Watt - Musings On Blue Öyster Cult, The Stooges, And Thurston Losing His Shit (Part 2)

12 October 2014

This was in the ‘hood, and you know you’ve got ethnic people; you don’t have “White Riot” on your jacket. They don’t know about The Clash song. You want a white riot? OK!

Interview With Mike Watt - Punk Rock Legend, Plaid Enthusiast, And Honorary Italian (Part 1)

18 August 2014

“When I found out about bass, D Boon’s mom put me on bass – this is the 70’s. This is where you put the retarded friend, it’s like right field in little league. Punk changed a lot of that shit.”

Guided By Voices with Crystal Stilts - The Paradise Rock Club (Boston, MA) - Saturday, July 12, 2014

14 July 2014

The classic lineup rolls on like an out of control freight train, only on roller coaster rails with insane grip.

Boston Calling 2014: Sunday (Day 3)

26 May 2014

Day 3 of Boston Calling, featuring Modest Mouse, Brand New, Tegan and Sara, Phosphorescent, Kurt Vile, Built To Spill and more.

Boston Calling 2014: Saturday (Day 2)

26 May 2014

Day 2 of Boston Calling, including sets from Death Cab For Cutie, The Decemberists, Warpaint and more.

Boston Calling 2014: Friday (Day 1)

25 May 2014

Day 1 of the Spring edition of Boston Calling, featuring Jack Johnson, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and Cass McCombs.

Interview With Stuart Braithwaite Of Mogwai

12 April 2014

LOUDsoftLOUD discussion with a master of the form, Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai

Jon Bernhardt's Midlife Crisis Of Champions (Bevis Frond, Dump, Barbara Manning) - TT The Bear's, Cambridge MA - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

5 April 2014

WMBR’s Jon Bernhardt rallies some ’90s indie rock heroes for a celebration.

An Interview with Mark Arm and Steve Turner of Mudhoney

9 January 2014

Mark Arm and Steve Turner of Mudhoney talk about growing up grunge, the shitty tour with Blind Melon, and GG Allin’s dick.

Soundgarden - The Orpheum Theatre (Boston) - Sunday, January 20, 2013

21 January 2013

Cornell howls, Thayil slays, Camerons slams, Shepherd sways – grunge lives in 2013.

Tame Impala with The Amazing - Royale (Boston, MA) - Friday, November 9, 2012

11 November 2012

Tame Impala find the locus of The Beatles, Pink Floyd and hacky sack.

Slug Guts at Crafts House - Tufts (Medford, MA) - Saturday, October 13, 2012

28 October 2012

Australian imports with enough tremolo to shatter windows

Rush - TD Garden (Boston) - Wednesday, October 24, 2012

25 October 2012

Canada’s longest running trio tours on their newest record, Clockwork Angels.

Swans with A Hawk And A Hacksaw - The Paradise Rock Club (Boston) - Thursday October 12, 2012

17 October 2012

When Reverend Gira pulls in your town and sets up the revival tent, it’s a call to all pilgrims. Heed the call, join in the triumph.

ZZ Top with Lynyrd Skynyrd - Comcast Center (Mansfield, MA) - Saturday, September 8, 2012

9 September 2012

The old dogs don’t have any new tricks, but why mess with a successful formula?

Jane's Addiction with Band Of Skulls - Bank Of America Pavilion (Boston) - Saturday, August 11, 2012

14 August 2012

At least in Jane’s Addiction case, it wasn’t better to burn out than to fade away.

Radiohead - Comcast Center (Mansfield, MA) - Tuesday, May 29, 2012

2 June 2012

Radiohead continue their mastery of the live stage.