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Song Premiere: "Elegy" by SP's

20 February 2019

Left-wing garage rock/punk-pop outfit SP’s fight the power with catchy and dynamic songs on their debut EP via Baby Robot Records.

Bromide - Alastair Indge

Video Premiere: "Magic Coins" by Bromide

19 February 2019

Hot London modern college rock band Bromide move into the future, as well as acknowledge the past, with a rhythmic, driving track.

Tiny Fighter - Rob Fitzgerald

Video Premiere: "Tell Me" by Tiny Fighter

19 February 2019

Swedish-Australian indie pop outfit Tiny Fighter drop the catchy title track from their upcoming EP.

Loose Wing - Doug Arney

Song Premiere: "Moving Blankets" by Loose Wing

19 February 2019

Seattle’s Loose Wing , formed by members of Black Nite Crash, Battle Hymns, Flop, and Fleet Foxes, drop an upbeat orchestral/jangle-pop track.

Raised On TV

Video Premiere: "Caroline" by Raised On TV

18 February 2019

Garage rock band Raised On TV release a cool video for a driving and distorted number off their upcoming 2nd LP produced by Mark Needham.

Patient Hands - Kyle Grimsrud-Manz

Album Premiere: Stoic by Patient Hands

15 February 2019

Canadian post-rock/ambient/folk singer-songwriter Alex Stooshinoff, (as Patient Hands) offers his personal, perceptive, and gently powerful debut LP.

She Sir 2

Song Premiere: "Torment Operator" by She Sir

14 February 2019

Austin, Texas-based shoegaze/retro-pop/soundscape band She Sir set to release artful and vibrant new EP via ATH Records.

Waterfall Wash

Video Premiere: "Colors" by Waterfall Wash

14 February 2019

Nashville-located fuzzed-out synth-pop band Waterfall Wash drop a new playfully surreal video for a re-worked older track.

Lenny Lashley's Gang Of One

Album Premiere: All Are Welcome by Lenny Lashley's Gang Of One

13 February 2019

Punk rock lifer Lenny Lashley (Street Dogs, Darkbuster) delivers the goods with members of The Bouncing Souls, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Street Dogs.

Ernest Moon by Brian Mugsy

Video Premiere: "Satdeenight Ready" by Ernest Moon

12 February 2019

Liverpool-located cheeky gents Steven Doran and Brian Murphy, as the act Ernest Moon, go pleasingly bonkers on a new tune and video.

Alilless by Auld

Song Premiere: "Alilless" by Auld

12 February 2019

London-based alt-/electronic pop band Auld release the restlessly kinetic second cut from their upcoming debut album.

Impala - by Dan Ball

Video Premiere: "Double Indemnity" by Impala

12 February 2019

Acclaimed veteran instrumental group Impala (with Emmy-winning Scott Bomar in the mix) drops a mysterious and artistic video.

Andrew Boles of No Alarms

NEWS: New Single and Video from indie pop/rock band No Alarms

12 February 2019

Detroit-based (via Texas) indie pop/rock band No Alarms (founded and led by Andrew Boles) releases an uplifting, energetic track and video.

Unknown Instructors

Song Premiere: "Out in the Cold" by Unknown Instructors

11 February 2019

Mike Watt, George Hurley (both of Minutemen and Firehose), and poet Dan McGuire recruit in-the-news J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. for their 4th LP.

Corey Philpot of Outward

Album Premiere: That's Life by Outward

8 February 2019

Sludgegaze artist Outward (AKA Corey Philpot) unveils his deeply personal, passionate, and potent LP, along with an exclusive track-by-track video.

True Sleeper

Video Premiere: "Heavy Life" by True Sleeper

7 February 2019

Italian solo project True Sleeper (Marco Barzetti of Weird. and Sonic Jesus) expertly blends heavy post-rock with dreamier shoegaze on new single.

Warbly Jets - Photo Credit: Erina Uemura

Video Premiere: "Propaganda" by Warbly Jets

6 February 2019

L.A. indie rock band Warbly Jets launch a socio-politically relevant video/song off their recently released vibrant EP.

Rose Berlin of SPC ECO

Song Premiere: "The Heart and Soul" by SPC ECO

5 February 2019

Ambient/dream-pop/downtempo duo SPC ECO (Dean Garcia and daughter Rose Berlin) drop a gentle to coruscating single from upcoming surprise LP.


NEWS: Mark Fisher announces new XTC Discovery Book, What Do You Call That Noise?

5 February 2019

The XTC Discovery Book What Do You Call That Noise?, which features all band members, as well as other artists, arrives March 4th.

Secret Smoker

Song Premiere: "Memo" by Secret Smoker

4 February 2019

Louisiana-based post-hardcore/-punk band Secret Smoker charge through with a pressing, kinetic single from their upcoming LP.

Amy Rigby

Song Premiere: "The President Can't Read" by Amy Rigby

1 February 2019

Renowned American songwriter Amy Rigby, recording with Wreckless Eric, lets the U.S. Occupier-In-Chief have it on a potent and relevant protest song.

I Am Casting - Photo Credit: Alex Boerner

Video Premiere: "Window" by I Am Casting

31 January 2019

North Carolinian singer-songwriter Cole Guerra, recording as I Am Casting, releases a politically relevant song/video off his upcoming LP.

Primer by Nicholas Alcock

Video Premiere: “Anesthetized” by Primer

30 January 2019

Detroit-based vocalist/producer Alyssa Midcalf (Parts) unveils a mesmerizing synths ‘n’ beats-steeped, politically relevant track/video from her upcoming LP.

Skydeck - Photo Credit: Eva Lazzaro

Song Premiere: "Tourniquet Too" by Skydeck

30 January 2019

Australian synth-pop/post-punk hybrid duo Skydeck drop their latest dispassionate, yet infectious single from their upcoming album.

Anthony Reynolds - photo by Thomy Kea

NEWS: Anthony Reynolds book explores life of Japan’s members following breakup (1983-1991)

29 January 2019

British indie label Burning Shed has announced it will be publishing a book bound to thrill lovers of the group Japan.

BrokenFieldRunnerbyMadison Stern

Song Premiere: "Put An Ocean Between My Self-Pity & Me" by Broken Field Runner

29 January 2019

L.A.‘s Broken Field Runner releases an emotive and airy first track from their upcoming record via Chicago-based label Jetsam-Flotsam.

Curtis Eller and The American Circus. Photo: Stephanie Leathers

Video premiere: "Radiation Poison" by Curtis Eller's American Circus

28 January 2019

A surreal and swinging rave-up from the band’s new “Murder Barn Session”


Album Premiere: Lamplight by paris_monster

25 January 2019

NYC-based electronic/acoustic garage rock duo paris_monster drop a vivid, gritty, and volatile debut LP.

Christina Castle - Photo Credit: Branden Bloom

Song Premiere: "American Hustle" by Christina Castle

25 January 2019

Australian singer-songwriter Christina Castle rules with bold, yet reflective pop single from her just-released EP.

Pixel Grip - Photo Credit: Oopey Mason

Song Premiere: "Plastic Enemies" by Pixel Grip

24 January 2019

Chicago atmospheric synth-pop outfit Pixel Grip delivers an enticing single from upcoming debut LP that melds synth-pop and electronica.

Pink Mexico in Brooklyn

Song Premiere: "Dirty & Stupid" by Pink Mexico

23 January 2019

Brooklyn-based garage rock band Pink Mexico delivers a roiling, yet tuneful noise rock track from their upcoming 3rd album.

The Room in the Wood - Sarah Ryan

Video Premiere: "Time Machine" by The Room in the Wood

22 January 2019

Liverpool-based The Room in the Wood (members of ’80s post-punk band The Room) unveil a mellow and engaging song/video.

Brim Liski - Photo Credit: Ryan Policky

Song Premiere: "A Different View" by Brim Liski

22 January 2019

Electrogaze duo Brim Liski (with one member from A Shoreline Dream) announce a new album and release a spacey single.

Song Premiere: "Third Eye" by OHAF

22 January 2019

Norwegian rock band OHAF (AKA One Hundred And First) releases a lyrically relevant, vibrant track that follows up their well-received debut EP.

Messthetics by AntoniaTricarico

Video Premiere: "Mythomania" (Live at Candyand) by The Messthetics

21 January 2019

Power-instrumental trio Messthetics (w/ members of Fugazi) unveil a vivid and dynamic Candyland Studios cut via a SofaBurn Records session.

Rose Ette - Photo Credit: Ryan Francisco

Album Premiere: Ignore the Feeling by Rose Ette

18 January 2019

Houston-based indie rock/dream-pop band Rose Ette unveils their engaging and tuneful debut LP along with a track-by-track synopsis.

Aneurysm by Tyler Hallet

Song Premiere: "Newport" by Aneurysm

18 January 2019

Hotly-tipped Boston-based punk/noise rock band Aneurysm unleash a raging and cathartic single from their upcoming debut album.

The Aints!

Jack Rabid’s Best Of 2018 (280 Nods): Top 160 LPs (New Recordings), Top 50 Retrospective/Reissue Releases, And Top 50 Stand Alone Singles And EPs

16 January 2019

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.

Twilight Fields 2

Video Premiere: "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" by Twilight Fields

15 January 2019

Twilight Fields (the moniker of singer-songwriter Allister Thompson) pays tribute to Bruce Cockburn by covering his classic protest song.

The Boys Ranch - Photo Credit: Matther Hunter

Video Premiere: "The Barracuda" by The Boys Ranch

15 January 2019

Rock ‘n’ roll/surf rock 6-piece The Boys Ranch create a fun new dance on their delightful puppeteering (courtesy of Mr. Bonetangles) video.

Helium Horse Fly

Album Premiere: Hollowed by Helium Horse Fly

15 January 2019

Belgium-based noise rock band Helium Horse Fly unleashes a riveting and icily noir album that alternates between tension and catharsis.

Matt Shapiro - Photo Credit: Jesse Anders

Song Premiere: "Rockaway Girl" by Matt Shapiro

14 January 2019

Montreal-raised, NYC-based singer-songwriter Matt Shapiro dashes out of the gate with the uptempo, reverb opener from his upcoming EP.

Springhouse kalamashoegazer 1 by John Cooperider

Reformed Original Shoegaze-era band New York Band Springhouse, Celebrating Its 30th Anniversary, to Play Four East Coast Shows With Contemporary New Zealand Legends The Chills and Announces New Bandcamp site

11 January 2019

Fresh from their first show back together after eight years, successfully co-headlining November’s 12th edition of Kalamazoo, MI’s premier dreampop/shoegaze/beautiful noise festival, Kalamashoegazer 12 (appearing with Texas’s Ringo Deathstarr, California’s Soft Science, and five other stalwart groups), New York’s legendary proto-dreampop/shoegaze/indie-rock/post-punk trio—including our own Big Takeover editor Jack Rabid on drums and occasional lead vocals—is thrilled to announce they have added four shows on more home turf from New York to Washington D.C.—supporting The Chills, having once before played with them 29 years ago.


Video Premiere: "Zuni" by Grandchildren

10 January 2019

Philadelphia-based electro-folk/orchestral pop outfit Grandchildren release an engaging and melodic tune and natural world-centered video.

Cereal Banter - Photo Credit: Nicholas Gunzburg

Song Premiere: "Nepotism Prism" by Cereal Banter

9 January 2019

Experimental rock project Cereal Banter unleashes a wildly kinetic and riveting single from their upcoming concept album.

ShapeShiftingAliens - Photo Credit: Niklas Rundquist

Video Premiere: "Fade Away" by ShapeShiftingAliens

8 January 2019

Swedish electronic alt rock duo ShapeShiftingAliens unveil a dystopian video for a electro-noir single from their self-titled LP.

Warbly Jets - Photo Credit: Erina Uemura

NEWS: New EP and Tour Dates for Warbly Jets

8 January 2019

The Los Angeles-based rock band Warbly Jets just blasted off with a new EP and will kick off tours of North America and China ASAP.


Album Premiere: Light Reading by The Earthly Frames

7 January 2019

Veteran musician Gabriel Walsh (The Solililans, Timesbold, more) ushers in his heady second psych/electronic/rock LP as The Earthly Frames.

The Flesh Eaters - Photo Credit: FrankLeeDrennen

Song Premiere: "Black Temptation" by The Flesh Eaters

4 January 2019

Renowed veteran punk rock outfit The Flesh Eaters (featuring members of X, The Blasters, and more) have reunited on an electrifying new album via Yep Roc.

LoFi Satellites - Photo Credit: Marc Belluomini

Song Premiere: "Static" by LoFi Satellites

3 January 2019

Californian indie psych-/alt-rock band LoFi Satellites beam down a melodic, gritty track from their upcoming EP.