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King Ropes; Photo courtesy of King Ropes

Video Premiere: "Shovel and a Pickaxe" by King Ropes

23 March 2017

Indie garage-rock band King Ropes isn’t afraid to get grimy, digging into a gritty single and video from its latest album Dirt.

Bettie Serveert; Photo Credit: Mark Bakker

Video Premiere: "Unsane" by Bettie Serveert

22 March 2017

Dutch cult indie band Bettie Serveert delivers a video for a track off recent album Damaged Good (with limited edition vinyl on Record Store Day).


Video Premiere: "Worlds Will Fall" by The Spider Ferns

22 March 2017

Seattle-based down-tempo electronic pop duo The Spider Ferns drops a relevant story-telling video from its recent EP.

Zombies - Odessey and Oracle

Final tour of original Zombies line-up commences in the U.S.

21 March 2017

49 and a half years after the original line-up split, all four surviving original members (R.I.P. guitarist Paul Atkinson), Colin Blunstone lead vocals, Rod Argent keyboards/vocals, Chris White bass/vocals, and Hugh Grundy on drums, have begun a rare farewell U.S. tour together; so rare, it’s only the second time they’ve done it—and the first time was 2015! It’s even more rare when you consider the original line-up only came over once in its young, commercial peak. Best of all, from now until April 29, they are once again performing the high water mark of their existence, 1968’s extraordinary, justly lionized, soft-psych masterpiece Odessey & Oracle start to finish to mark the 50th anniversary of its recording.

Cait Brennan; Photo Credit: Greg Allen

Song Premiere: "Benedict Cumberbatch" by Cait Brennan

20 March 2017

Transgender indie rock/power-pop singer-songwriter Cait Brennan gives an ex the kiss-off on the spiritedly upbeat “Benedict Cumberbatch”.

Mike Furey of Dangerous Muse; Photo Credit: Dalton Flint

Song Premiere: "Electric Eternity" by Dangerous Muse

17 March 2017

NYC-based electronic rock project Dangerous Muse, led by songwriter and vocalist Mike Furey, unveils the lead single from its electrifying new album.

A Thousand Hours; Photo Credit: A Thousand Hours

Album Premiere: Endless Grey by A Thousand Hours

16 March 2017

Alaskan slow-core dream-pop band A Thousand Hours delivers a continuously hypnotically absorbing debut album.


Video Premiere: "You Rebel, You" by Joseph & The Beasts

16 March 2017

Joseph & The Beasts reveals a haunting video for its recent single which touches upon feelings of loss and memory.

Allelujah; Photo Credit: Angela Marklew

Video Premiere: "Chariots on Fire" by Allelujah

15 March 2017

Music project Allelujah (Andy Byers of Minus Story and Lucas Oswald of Shearwater) unveils an enigmatic video for its latest single.

INHALT;Photo Credit: Geoff Smith

Song Premiere: "Walking on Glass" by INHALT

14 March 2017

San Francisco-based trio INHALT delivers a razor-sharp Kraut-rock influenced, industrial number from its upcoming album.


Song Premiere: "Throat" by I Am The Polish Army

13 March 2017

Brooklyn-based heavy rock band I Am The Polish Army packs a powerful punch on its latest single.


Video Premiere: "The Grand Experiment" by The Neal Morse Band

10 March 2017

Renowned progressive rock act The Neal Morse Band releases Morsefest 2015, a 2-concert, 2 Blu-Ray or 2 DVD and 4 CD set on Radiant Records.

ROBES; Photo Credit: Nathaniel Shannon

Song Premiere: "Lay Low" by ROBES

9 March 2017

Brooklyn-based, classic rock-inspired post-hardcore band ROBES lays down a heavy, but tuneful single.


Song Premiere: "Worn Skin" (Jürgen:Die Krupps remix) by Bestial Mouths

8 March 2017

Darkwave act Bestial Mouths gets remixed by Jürgen Engler of renowned German industrial band Die Krupps to menacing, yet melodic effect.

The Veldt - photo credit Ed Marshall

Song Premiere" "And It's You" by The Veldt

7 March 2017

American shoegaze mainstays The Veldt unveil a new dream-pop track with production from Rudy Tambala of A.R. Kane.


Song Premiere: "The Descent" by Bloody Knives

6 March 2017

Hardcore noise-rock band Bloody Knives drops a killer industrial electronic cut off its upcoming album White Light Black Moon.


Song Premiere: "That Wave" (XTC cover) by Fassine

6 March 2017

The compelling and cinematically atmospheric London-based trio Fassine re-works an XTC song to mesmerizing effect.

R. Missing; Photo Credit: R. Missing

Album Premiere: Unsummering EP by R. Missing

3 March 2017

Mysterious darkwave entity R. Missing (The Ropes in disguise) reveals its lyrically bleak, synths and detached vocals-driven EP.

Album Premiere: An Infinite Void EP by The Bourgeois

3 March 2017

Tulsa-based trio The Bourgeois drops a mesmerizing EP that delves into hypnotic psychedelia, fuzzed-out rock, and delicate melodies.

The Creation; Photo Credit; Courtesy of Numero Group

Song Premiere: "How Does It Feel To Feel" (US version; Stereo Mix) by the Creation

2 March 2017

Renowned British Invasion band the Creation receives a definitive career comp via Numero Group, including the never-before-heard ‘stereo mix’ US version of “How Does It Feel To Feel”.

Lunar Twin; Photo Credit: Lunar Twin

Song Premiere: "Waves" by Lunar Twin

1 March 2017

Cosmopolitan down-tempo/chillwave duo Lunar Twin journeys through the mind’s eye to exotic expanses on its new record.


Song Premiere: "Clean Couch" by Someday

28 February 2017

Italian indie rock band Someday reveals its opening track from its debut album This Doesn’t Exist.


Video Premiere: "That's What We Do" by Fawns of Love

27 February 2017

California duo Fawns of Love harks back to icons Kate Bush and Cocteau Twins on its new dream-pop/shoegaze album and video.

The Vibrators - The Epic Years 1976-1978 box set

News: The Vibrators: The Epic Years 1976-78 box set via Cherry Red Records

24 February 2017

Seminal UK punk band The Vibrators gets its due with an upcoming 4-CD box set via Cherry Red Records.


Song Premiere: "Hello Cruel World" by The Flywheels

23 February 2017

Psych-pop duo The Flywheel’s new album is a shining tribute to its bassist, Eric Scott, who passed away just over a year ago.

Young Astronaut; Photo Credit: Jack Fairey

Video Premiere: "Chasing El Dorado" by Young Astronaut

22 February 2017

UK indie rock/pop four-piece Young Astronaut drops a reflective to upbeat single and story-telling video that takes place at a rollerskating rink.


Song Premiere: "Hope" by Analogue Wave

21 February 2017

After a three year hiatus, Dublin, Ireland-based electronic duo Analogue Wave unveils its new single off its upcoming album.

Lindsay Murray of Gretchen's Wheel; Photo Credit: Amanda Warner

Song Premiere: "Left Turn" by Gretchen's Wheel

20 February 2017

Singer-songwriter/musician Lindsay Murray of Gretchen’s Wheel address the passage of time and making each moment count on her new single.

Secret Shine; Photo Credit: Secret Shine

Song Premiere: "For You" by Secret Shine

17 February 2017

Seminal British dream-pop pioneers Secret Shine return with a captivating album that evokes the heady shoegaze days as well as showcases their indie pop chops.

Freakabout; Photo Credit:Huy Nguyen

Video Premiere: "Yellow Light" by Freakabout

16 February 2017

Lincoln, Nebraska four-piece rock band Freakabout tackles the topic of overcoming setbacks on a strong single and video.

CryFace; Photo Credit: Jessica Irgens

Video Premiere: "Stone Me" by CryFace

15 February 2017

American indie rock band CryFace blends slacker pop and garage rock on its latest single with accompanying video.


Video Premiere: "Say Can You" by Divisionists

14 February 2017

British power pop/psych rock band Divsionists drops a catchy, lively, and wistful pop-rock single and animated video.

The Two Tens; Photo Credit: Chris Barber

Song Premiere: "Bama Lama Bama Loo" (Little Richard cover) by The Two Tens

13 February 2017

LA-based garage-rock duo The Two Tens twists ‘n’ shakes through a rousing cover of Little Richard’s 1964 tune.

The Muffs; Photo Credit: Alison Dyer

Song Premiere: "The Best Time Around" (Demo) by The Muffs

10 February 2017

Seminal alternative rock/pop band The Muffs gets the reissue treatment for its influential 3rd album Happy Birthday To Me from 1997.

Visceral Candy feat Tim Stiles; Photo Credit: TBASA

Song Premiere: "Plastic Sleep" by Visceral Candy feat. Tim Stiles

9 February 2017

Visceral Candy mixes it up hip-hop/rock style with Passion Party’s Tim Stiles on an lively, lyrics-centric new single.

Scott Taylor; Photo Credit: Terri Haskins

Video Premiere: "Alabama Babe" by Scott Taylor

9 February 2017

Veteran soul and blues artist Scott Taylor offers up a saucy new video from a cut off his latest album Blues Kitchen.

The Rizzos; Photo Credit: Seth Applebaum

Album Premiere: No Parents No Rules 2: Beneath the Planet of No Rules EP by The Rizzos

8 February 2017

Brooklyn-based garage rock band The Rizzos serves up an EP that mixes new studio cuts with live classic rippers.

Neville Staple; Photo Credit: John Coles

Song Premiere: "Return of Judge Roughneck" by Neville Staple

7 February 2017

Legendary music-changing ska pioneer Neville Staple (The Specials, Fun Boy Three, The Special Beat) is back with a fun ska dance track.


Song Premiere: "CR-VUC" by Snowball II

6 February 2017

Shoegaze/indie rock/noise collective Snowball II rolls along with a refreshing single featuring Kurt Heasley of Lilys.

Cindy Lee Berryhill; Photo Credit: Joe Murray

Song Premiere: "American Cinematography" by Cindy Lee Berryhill

6 February 2017

Renowned singer-songwriter/guitarist Cindy Lee Berryhill returns with an album that lovingly celebrates her partnership with, and the life of, her late husband, Crawdaddy! magazine founder/rock critic Paul Williams.

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - Live

Album Premiere: Albums & Singles 1982-1989: 4CD Clamshell Box by Red Lorry Yellow Lorry

3 February 2017

Cherry Red Records unveils the ultimate retrospective collection on UK 1980s (and still active) punk/goth band Red Lorry Yellow Lorry.

World War IX; Photo Credit: World War IX

Video Premiere: "Have You Seen My Drugs?" by World War IX

2 February 2017

Brooklyn’s World War IX carries the banner of vintage American punk music with a fun and manic video (with political commentary) for its latest single

Bastards of Fate; Photo Credit: Kent Moore

Video Premiere: "Dark Matter" by The Bastards of Fate

2 February 2017

The Bastards of Fate continues to puzzle and provoke with a new video for a single off its upcoming album on HHBTM Records.


Album Premiere: Doomsday EP by Reptilians From Andromeda

1 February 2017

Turkish underground garage rock/punk band Reptilians From Andromeda keeps it gritty, distorted, and real on its new EP.


Song Premiere: "Diminished Returns" by Crushed Stars

1 February 2017

Crushed Stars shines from the shadows on an introspective, ambient pop single from its upcoming album.


Monsterland to reunite February 24 for benefit show

31 January 2017

First show in 23 years by ’90s indie faves; one of three concerts to benefit radio station WFDU.

John Fryer; Photo Credit: Marquis

Song Premiere: "Swimming Through Dreams" by Black Needle Noise

30 January 2017

John Fryer of 4AD’s legendary This Mortal Coil returns with captivating collaborative music project Black Needle Noise.


Video Premiere: "Sun Don't Shine" by Allyson Seconds

30 January 2017

Allyson Seconds, wife of Kevin Seconds of 7 Seconds, reveals a new video for a track off her latest California-pop album.

The Big Takeover #79

Big Takeover #79 (Lush cover) Out Now! Great as a Gift for the New Year! Order - Subscribe - Renew

28 January 2017

Good news! Big Takeover #79 Fall 2016 issue with Lush on the cover is out on the stands! The magazine makes a perfect gift year-round: Big Takeover magazine subscriptions and back issues (like the big enchilada, complete set 1980-2016)! 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, buttons, and (signed if you like) Color 30th Anniversary Festival Posters! What a way to say “Happy New Year!”

RuckwaterPhotoCreditJarkko Metsälammi

Album Premiere: Bonehead EP by Rückwater

27 January 2017

Finnish three-headed stoner rock monster Rückwater runs amok on a raw, rampaging, riffs-filled new EP.