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Her Face Says Freedom - A Celebration Of Stevie Nicks

20 August 2019

Writer Kevin Burke discusses the rise and early success of Rock Queen Stevie Nicks in Her Face Says Freedom.

Damien Lovelock

Damien Lovelock 1954- 2019

18 August 2019

On August 3, Australian music lost one of its most loved figures, in Damien Lovelock, vocalist for the iconic Celibate Rifles.

Orchestra Of Distortion - My Bloody Valentine's Loveless

17 August 2019

This week writer Kevin Burke looks into the heart of My Bloody Valentine’s sublime classic Loveless

Psycho Las Vegas 2019: The 19 Most-Anticipated Bands

15 August 2019

As the festival gets under way, we bring you the most authoritative “must-see” list, based on what 59 participating Psycho artists told us in interviews we published leading up to “America’s rock ‘n’ roll bacchanal.”

Running The Voodoo Down - Miles Davis & Bitches Brew

10 August 2019

This week, writer Kevin Burke reflects and discusses the importance of the Miles Davis masterwork Bitches Brew.

The Sixties Cease To Exist | The Beach Boy, The Beatles And The Beast

3 August 2019

Writer Kevin Burke looks back fifty-years and discusses the connection between Dennis Wilson, The Beatles and convicted murderer Charles Manson

The Hangmen: Country Punks Return With Cactusville

31 July 2019

“I’m proud of what we do and how this record turned out. There’s no mystery to what we do and we approach music not with some master plan or ultimate goal, except to take these songs and perform them the best we can. We always hope for some kind of response from people because even though songwriting is very personal to me, I’m still communicating with people.”

What’s Going On? -There’s A Riot Goin’ On!

27 July 2019

Writer Kevin Burke discusses the connection between two of the most remarkable musical statements of the 20th Century.

Psycho Las Vegas 2019: The YouTube Playlists

21 July 2019

To give you a taste of the panoply of musical strains in store for the long festival weekend, we’ve assembled video playlists for each day of the festival (including the pre-party).

Inciting The Riot Grrrl - Five Women Who Inspired A Movement

20 July 2019

Kim Deal, Kristin Hersh, Vanessa Briscoe Hay, Kim Gordon and Kat Bjelland, five women who inspired the sound of Riot Grrrl.

Nico - New York’s Gothic Princess

12 July 2019

On July 15th 1988, the world mourned the loss of Nico, the true gothic princess,

Light Years From Home - The Last Testament Of Brian Jones

6 July 2019

Fifty years after the death of Brian Jones, Kevin Burke looks back at the last surge of brilliance from the original Rolling Stone

David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The Future

29 June 2019

Kevin Burke shares his opinion on David Bowie’s game changing album The Man Who Sold The World

The Dogs: A Raucous Retrospective

23 June 2019

“How many people our age can just get out there and become relevant to a new generation? We don’t have any illusions of record deals and we’re thankful just to wake up every day and play rock & roll. How many people can be fortunate enough to say that?” said Molinare

The Funk Bible - Prince’s Black Album Explained

22 June 2019

Following the release of the posthumous Originals, Kevin Burke looks back at the unreleased album by Prince that became a cult all of its own.

Ambient Punk - Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music Explained

14 June 2019

Kevin Burke tries to make sense of the Lou Reed album Metal Machine Music

Lenny Lashley: Strength & Vulnerability

16 April 2019

“I was moved by the actual words of the Statue of Liberty and was especially drawn to the message of inclusion. Our parents and grandparents came to this country from rougher lives and to start creating something new. People have the basic human right to work and create a better life for themselves and loved ones,” stated Lashley in his hallmark Boston accent.

Noah C. Lekas – Photo Credit: Elizabeth Lekas

Noah C. Lekas: Saturday Night Sage

13 April 2019

Poet, essayist, and (music) journalist Noah C. Lekas releases his debut book that explores mysticism and menial labor in contemporary America. The collection of narrative prose arrives April 13th via SoCal label Blind Owl Records, with various artists contributing short films to accompany each poem. The Big Takeover hosts the premiere of one of the videos for poem “Steamroll the Sky” featuring the gritty glory of New York City.

The Ratchets: The Challenge of Simplicity

22 December 2018

“Guthrie said anything more than two chords and you’re just showing off. That’s a great sentiment because sometimes keeping things simple is the hardest thing to do,” exclaimed Engine.

Shattered Faith: Power To The Kids

18 October 2018

“I really am grateful for everything. As for the planned tour, I feel that if you’re touring you should be supporting a new record. Kerry and I will continue writing and we’re looking at recording next year. Kerry was the original catalyst for the band and he got my son and I into music. I forever love him like a brother for that,” concluded Bartsch.

Mudhoney: 30 Years On Top Of The Heap With Digital Garbage

24 August 2018

“I’ve never been the guy to say the newest record is the best. With Digital Garbage, I’m very happy with it because there has been some new dynamics. Dan (Peters) wrote a track and Guy(Maddison) added some synth. I know there might be a political statement or two in Mark’s lyrics but I don’t consider us a political band,” said Turner.

Street Dogs: With Purpose & Resolve

1 June 2018

“I was always raised to fight for my beliefs. My family goes back generations as being involved in unions and I’m still appalled at the ongoing disrespect toward the American worker,” he stated.

Beechwood: The Necessity of Rock & Roll

7 March 2018

“Our sound wasn’t planned or contrived in any way, we just play like we do because it’s all we know. With this lineup I feel this is the one; in it for life because this is really all we do,” stated Lawrence.

Doro Pesch: The Undeniable Force Majeure

3 February 2018

“People always ask how my new music will sound and I tell them, it’s me and will always have the power, passion, and energy. It’s a magical time and it fills me with joy to be able to do this every day,” exclaimed Pesch.

Lydia Loveless: The Authenticity Of Anger

16 October 2017

‘I talk about authenticity a lot and I don’t want to feel the more I mention it the less impacting it gets. There are many versions of someone’s persona when they’re part of the music or art world in general. I know onstage I feel I can settle into a character by using dry humor but I feel a lot of my songs rely on vocal melodies and that is what I don’t hide from,” stated Loveless.

Barrett Martin: Rejoicing With Singing Earth Memoir

16 September 2017

“When you take the time to look around you see the diverse ways people communicate within different cultures. With music, I understood that it didn’t have to have the end goal of being turned into something tangible, like a record but instead be utilized through musical storytelling to preserve a community’s tradition and values.”

Mourn by Noemí Elias

MOURN, Get Through This!

6 September 2017

“The album title is more or less related to the problems we had, we wanted to face them positively because they were directly affecting our daily life.” – Jazz Rodríguez Bueno on MOURN’s latest LP, ‘Ha, Ha, He.’

Silhouettes and Statues: A Gothic Revolution

Silhouettes & Statues: A Gothic Revolution – 1978 -1986

10 July 2017

Cherry Red Record’s 5-disc box set Silhouettes & Statues encompasses the Gothic revolution of the late ’70s to mid-‘80s, capturing the spirit of an essential era in (musical) history.

Jay Som - Credit: Cara Robbins

Jay Som - Wisdom Beyond Her Years

30 April 2017

“Knowing there are so many hardworking people in every DIY scene makes me grateful for all the opportunities that are handed to me.” – Melina Duterte

SubRosa: An Acquaintance With Darkness

6 March 2017

“I like to think our music always has darkness but with small rays of hope. The world is a dark place but we do have positive messages without making light of it. If our music makes someone feel less alone then I know what I’m doing is still worth it,” affirmed Vernon.

Sulfur City: Talking Loud & Playing Proud

31 January 2017

“I remember how poor we were at certain times. My dad worked hard and he always made sure we had two things, books and music. I grew up listening to anything I could get my hands on, from Cole Porter to African rhythm records. I didn’t care what it was, as long as it sparked something in me.”

Aldous Harding by Harriet Were

Aldous Harding: Spellbinding Folk from New Zealand

18 January 2017
“I’m tired of watching any musician put aside their boundaries for people who are under the illusion that we are public property. I’m not your girlfriend. My boyfriend isn’t your gymnasium.” – Aldous Harding

Juliette Lewis: Frenetic & Kinetic

27 December 2016

“I always felt rock & roll should be raw and dangerous. Playing live is an exorcism and really just a celebration of life; Owning pain, joy and emotion,” affirmed Lewis.

To Whitney- A Thank You

29 October 2016

A review and some thoughts on Chicago outfit, Whitney.

John “Stabb” Schroeder: In His Own Words

29 September 2016

I had formed this band to make everyone in the world suffer for the hell I’d endured back in high school, so this was the perfect setting to unleash my anger.

TiAM label partners Jay Cooper (Left) and Corey Flegel (right) - Photo by Caroline Fontenot

The Sound of A Revolution: This Is American Music

10 May 2016

“Southern Indie” label This Is American Music shows there’s more than meets the eye in their home region and reveals the importance of community in the music business.

RIP John Stabb

8 May 2016
I can’t believe that I’ll never see him at a show (or anywhere else) again, at least on this planet. I hope his soul is at peace. My heart goes out to his widow Mina. There will never be another one like him. Here’s to another one gone from us way too soon, this time at the tender age of 54. RIP John Stabb.

Laugh Through The Evening

19 April 2016

Two very short stories: more sludgy rumination on my salad days. 25 years ago today, nerds from New Jersey spent the night wandering around New York City and I check out CBGB for the first time. Then I recount the first time I got onto the radio.

How To Not Interview Dangerous Birds

5 April 2016

I tried to interview an old Boston band called Dangerous Birds and became thwarted by sinister powers of cunning and treachery. Then a crusty librarian handed me an old photo of a shoe collection from the Korean Airline Disaster of 1983 and their whole lie unraveled, along with my interview.

Vaadat Charigim photo by Goni Riskin

Vaadat Charigim: Music Is Universal

28 February 2016

A post-punk/shoegaze trio from Tel Aviv that exemplifies the notion of music being universal.

Michael Monroe: From ....Saigon Shakes To Blackout States

10 February 2016

“I’m never complacent. I always just try to get better and improve my work, which keeps me hungry and striving for greatness endlessly,” he concluded.

The First Time I Heard Punk Rock and Hardcore

22 January 2016

I thought about the Dead Kennedys as I sat silently on the bus. I couldn’t understand a single word the singer was saying, it all just sounded like incoherent babble. He sounded like some kind of depraved nerd. At the end of the day, I shook my head in disbelief about punk rock.

Frank Secich during his time with Stiv Bators

Frank Secich: Circumstantial Evidence And Other Rock N' Roll Truths

4 January 2016

“I still love everything about it. I guess quitting for awhile helped me get even more excited about music.I consider myself very lucky to be able to still write and I feel very free and more creative now than I have ever been. I’m going to ride it as long as I can,” laughed Secich.

Steve Stevens: Every Note Matters

24 November 2015

“I really don’t feel our rise to fame was that quick. First off, we were still touring in vans and I knew nothing when I went to record. I really have to give props to our producer, Keith Forsey. He taught me so much about music and sound and has been a huge influence on my growth as a musician,” complimented Stevens.

Jennifer Finch of L7 Photo by Ari Rosenschein

Finch Takes Flight Again: A Profile Of L7's Jennifer Finch

22 November 2015

Onstage, with her low-slung bass guitar and trademark bare feet, Finch epitomized grunge era cool.

Clutch

Clutch Prepare For Psychic Warfare

2 September 2015

“Personally, I’m all for the music aspect. I love blending different styles. We’re about music and inspiration and hopefully inspiring others to start creating.”

Lita Ford

Lita Ford: Iconic Metal Artist To Release Memoir

27 August 2015

“Never give up in what you believe in. I just remain true to myself. The newer fans now have a female guitarist they can look to for guidance and leadership. I stand still and the world revolves around me,” stated Ford.

Sister Sin Tour U.S. With Mayhem Fest

30 July 2015

“I was first inspired by Courtney Love. I know she’s not the best person but it wasn’t until I heard Pantera that I knew I wanted to try and make a career from music. I knew I wanted to do something to help people and inspire them and I do feel responsible to be positive,” she reflected.