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Album Premiere: Passion Relapse by Ampline

19 January 2018

Indie/garage rock band Ampline (including Mike Montgomery of R.Ring) delivers its 5th LP of raw, propulsive, and tuneful tracks.

Kristin Hersh photo credit Peter Mellekas

Video Premiere: "Wonderland" by Kristin Hersh

19 January 2018

Renowned singer-songwriter/musician and author Kristin Hersh unveils a new video for a tune off her most recent, critically lauded album.

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Song Premiere: "Will U Cry?" by The Outside Voices

18 January 2018

Rustbelt rock band The Outside Voices unveils a gritty to psychedelic, vibrant rock number off its upcoming EP.

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Song Premiere: "On A Sweet Summer's Day" by The Hanging Stars

17 January 2018

UK-based cosmic/psychedelic folk outfit The Hanging Stars channels the sweet sounds of The Byrds and Big Star on its new single.

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Song Premiere: "Those Glorious Days" by Eraldo Bernocchi & Chihei Hatakeyama

16 January 2018

Eraldo Bernocchi and Chihei Hatakeyama join forces on an upcoming LP and new ambient and ethereal single.

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Song Premiere: "Heather Runs The Marathon" by Dream System 8

16 January 2018

Veteran musicians Erica Elektra (Hearts of Palm UK) and David Klotz (Fonda, TV show music editor) pair up on new synthwave project.

Math and Physics Club

Song Premiere: "Broadcasting Waves" by Math and Physics Club

15 January 2018

Pacific Northwest indie pop band Math and Physics Club gets inspired by the Posies on its latest charming, melodic single.

DavidMylesPhotoCreditMatDunlap

Video Premiere: "Look At Me" by David Myles

15 January 2018

Canadian singer-songwriter/musician David Myles draws from American roots music on his latest single and upcoming 10th album.

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Song Premiere: "Devil's Level" by Dwarves

12 January 2018

Seminal punk band the Dwarves returns with an explosive, but melodic track off its upcoming album on Burger Records.

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Album Premiere: Girls on Film 1979 Demo EP by Duran Duran feat. Andy Wickett

12 January 2018

Andy Wickett, the original frontman of Duran Duran, gets his due with Cleopatra Records’ release of an EP of early band demos.

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Video Premiere: "Gut Splinter" by Nova Flares

12 January 2018

Jason Wagers (The Corridors), recording as Nova Flares, drops a hazy imagery video for his debut jangle-pop/surf rock single.

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Jack Rabid’s Best of 2017 (250 Nods): Top 150 LPs (New Recordings), Top 70 Retrospective/Reissue releases, and Top 30 Stand Alone Singles and EPs

9 January 2018

My best bets on another great year for music, old and new. (Never mind the cranks, here’s the good stuff as ever.) Hope this little list inspires you to find, or give a second look to, a few cool releases you might miss otherwise that you end up truly loving.

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Song Premiere: "Strange Desires" by Corniglia

9 January 2018

Australian ethereal/indie pop duo Corniglia pairs light and shadow on a brisk, yet still reflective number off its debut self-titled album.

Margaret Chavez

Song Premiere: "Black Ambulance" by Margaret Chavez

8 January 2018

Marcus William Striplin, recording under the name of his revered mother, delivers a bittersweet number from his upcoming album.

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Album Premiere: Pulse by Galapaghost

7 January 2018

Casey Chandler, recording as Galapaghost, releases his fourth and last reflectively affecting and thought-provoking folk-rock album.

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Video Premiere: "Mama Said" by Jane Lee Hooker

4 January 2018

Explosive rock act Jane Lee Hooker unleashes a video homage to the Rolling Stones’ “Watin’” that is set in the same NYC’s East Village.

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Song Premiere: "Ladybug" by The Choir

3 January 2018

Renowned power pop band The Choir (with some members moving on to the Raspberries) releases previously unheard sonic nuggets from the ’60s.

Gibby Paul

Video Premiere: "Rock N Roll" by Gibby Paul

2 January 2018

Gibby Paul, previously of now-defunct Mammoth Life, comes back with a spirited rock-pop act and new music video for its lead single.

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Video Premiere: "I Feel Fine (Really)" by The Monochrome Set

1 January 2018

Influential and long-running art-pop band The Monochrome Set returns with an engaging album and creative premiere text intro to its new video.

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Video Premiere: "Tow Truck" by Mo Troper

29 December 2017

Power/baroque pop artist Mo Troper pays homage to ’60s pop videos in his new video for a track off his latest album.

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Song Premiere: "Time to Resign" by Rachel Mason

28 December 2017

Multi-platform artist Rachel Mason, under the persona of FutureClown, delivers a motivational anti-Trump anthem using his own words.

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Song Premiere: "Video Life" by Sean Morales

28 December 2017

Sean Morales, who is currently in James Arthur’s Manhunt, releases a retro indie rock track off his upcoming stylistically hybrid album.

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Song Premiere: "Don't Shut Me Out" by PJ Sparkles

27 December 2017

Soft Lions frontwoman Megan Liscomb unveils her solo music project PJ Sparkles with upcoming album out in January.

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Video Premiere: "March" by DateMonthYear

26 December 2017

New Zealander indie alt-rock band DateMonthYear unveils a new video for its upcoming atmospherically cinematic single.

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Video Premiere: "2 Under 2" by Mr. Chocolate

26 December 2017

Grammy award-winning songwriter and indie filmmaker Scott Sax drops a performance video from his new project Mr. Chocolate.

Blakeley

Song Premiere: "Holiday Vinyl" by Blakeley

25 December 2017

Folk/pop crossover songstress Blakeley delivers a NYC and Brooklyn-referencing, bittersweetly nostalgic holiday tune.

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Song Premiere: "Uncertain" by Robert Deeble

22 December 2017

Veteran bliss-rock artist Robert Deeble releases a touching track over the holidays from his upcoming personal and revealing LP.

Jagular

Song Premiere: "Move" by Jagular

21 December 2017

Nashville-located alternative rock band Jagular blends rock and synthwave on the latest single from its recently released album.

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Album Premiere: Swim Deeper by Phantoms vs Fire

21 December 2017

Electronic/ambient instrumental artist Thiago C. Desant, who records under the moniker Phantoms vs Fire, releases an expanded 13-track album.

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Song Premiere: "No Backbone" by Kudzu

20 December 2017

Missouri post-punk/synthwave duo Kudzu releases the infectious lead single off its upcoming album on Push & Pull Records.

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Video Premiere: "The Tannhauser Gate" by Blitz/Berlin

20 December 2017

Canadian instrumental/film composition act Blitz/Berlin releases a video for an outtake originally composed for the Blade Runner 2049 campaign.

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Video Premiere: "Circle" by Japan Suicide

19 December 2017

Italian post-punk/noise rock band Japan Suicide drops a dark and intense video for its recently released single.

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Video Premiere: "Reckless Lover" (live - Escape Routes: The Sudden Sessions) by Handsome Ghost

19 December 2017

Indie pop duo Handsome Ghost unveil a live performance video as part of a stripped back session of songs from its upcoming debut album.

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Song Premiere: "Prisoner's Dilemma" by Jim White

18 December 2017

Veteran Southern Gothic/experimental folk artist Jim White delivers a jazz-tinged story-teller from his upcoming 6th solo album.

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Video Premiere: "Spacegaze" by Vast Asteroid

15 December 2017

Space/noise rock super-group Vast Asteroid unleashes an involving narrative video for an epic track off its recently released self-titled album.

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Song Premiere: "Fireflies" by The Minnesota Child

15 December 2017

Indie folk/pop artist The Minnesota Child (AKA Ethan Buckner) delivers a sweet and warm tune from his upcoming EP.

Jeffrey Gaines Photo credit Joe Cicak

Song Premiere: "Bjorn Toulouse" by Jeffrey Gaines

14 December 2017

Long-standing singer-songwriter/guitarist Jeffrey Gaines returns with a new album in 2018 and reveals a bittersweet cut off the LP.

The Rotten Mangos

Video Premiere: "In Love With The Afternoon" by The Rotten Mangos

13 December 2017

Austin, Texas-based psychedelic rock (with a hit of pop) band The Rotten Mangos drops a fresh, retro-inspired video.

Mary And The Ram

Song Premiere: "The Dream" by Mary And The Ram

12 December 2017

British post-punk/electronic rock two-piece Mary And The Ram charges ahead with the sharply noir b-side off its upcoming single.

James Raftery

Video Premiere: "Everything" by James Raftery

12 December 2017

Electro-/synth-popper James Raftery, who once recorded as Rat Wakes Red, returns as solo artist with LP and joyous new video.

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Song Premiere: "Right All The Time" by Moon Darling

11 December 2017

Seattle-based psychedelic rock band Moon Darling delivers a dreamy and fluid rumination off its intense and captivating new EP.

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Big Takeover #81 (Slowdive cover) Out Now! Great holiday Gifts! Order - Subscribe – Renew!

9 December 2017

Great X-mas/other holiday gifts including Big Takeover magazine subscriptions and back issues (even the big enchilada, complete set 1980-2017)! Plus six children’s sizes for our T-Shirts (to go with several Men’s and Women’s sizes) in three colors, as well as our Big Takeover Beer Cozies and (signed if you like) Color 30th Anniversary Festival Posters!

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Album Premiere: Penguin Party by Sarah Schonert

8 December 2017

Experimental multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Sarah Schonert unveils her third eclectic and involving full-length.

Joel Gion

Video Premiere: "Come To Light" by Joel Gion

7 December 2017

Psych artist (and long-standing percussionist in Brian Jonestown Massacre) Joel Gion offers a warm and laid-back song with accompanying video.

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Video Premiere: "Nobody" by Kit & The Chardonnay Boys

7 December 2017

Nonchalantly saucy psych-pop/rock act Kit & The Chardonnay Boys delivers the goods on its new tune with accompanying video.

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Video Premiere: "Nested Infinities" by MIS+RESS

6 December 2017

NYC musician Brian Wenckebach, recording as MIS+RESS, unveils a dreamy and spacey instrumental (guitar-based) reverie.

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Video Premiere: "Rising Tide" by Twin Frames

6 December 2017

Ohioan bedroom pop trio Twin Frames delivers a smooth and buoyant live performance video of a number from its upcoming debut EP.

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Video premiere: "Quincunx" by Heroes of Toolik

5 December 2017

The latest from guitarist Arad Evans and his avant-folk ensemble does not disappoint.

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Song Premiere: "When The Hit Comes" by MOTORCADE

4 December 2017

Dallas, Texas-based MOTORCADE runs with a new ’80s-inflected synth single ahead of its debut album on Idol Records.

The Parson Red Heads

Song Premiere: "It's Hard For Me To Say" by The Parson Red Heads

1 December 2017

Oregon-located power pop band The Parson Red Heads reveals one of two bonus tracks off an expanded edition of its most recent album.