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The Big Takeover Issue #88

Big Takeover Exclusives

Rykarda Parasol

Rykarda Parasol: A Mesmerizing Storyteller merges Music & Lyrics

2 August 2021

International rock/pop noir artist (and poet/writer, and illustrator) Rykarda Parasol returns with a captivating new album and lyrics book.


Video Premiere: "Fit Back In" (acoustic version) feat. Kaiser Quartett by BOY

2 August 2021

Celebrated Swiss-German music duo BOY return with a captivating studio performance video for the acoustic version of a recent poignant single.


Album Premiere: Lauds EP by Lauds

30 July 2021

Wilmington, North Carolina-located guitar-based dreampop band Lauds unveil their captivating debut EP via Fort Lowell Records.

Jeff Elbel + Ping "Waiting Room" video

Video Premiere: "Waiting Room" by Jeff Elbel + Ping (Marathon Records)

29 July 2021

“Waiting Room” paves the way for Chicago-area prog/roots-pop collective Jeff Elbel + Ping’s new album The Threefinger Opera. The tongue-in-cheek video is directed by Andrew “frosh.” Pickett.


Rockford: Heavy and Gritty - Alternative Rock as it should be!

28 July 2021

Dutch stoner rock/grunge band Rockford deliver the alternative rock goods on their new single and accompanying music video.

Fat Cops

Video Premiere: "High Expectations" by Fat Cops

28 July 2021

Six-piece music group Fat Cops release a storytelling music video for a single produced by Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake that features Loki – The Scottish Rapper.

P.J. O'Connor

NEWS: NYC’s P.J. O’Connor Shares Gratitude & Hope with New Video for “Summer Squall”

28 July 2021

The veteran troubadour who’s played for/with The Bogmen, Radio 4, and Gordon Gano of Violent Femmes shares a vibrant and inspiring NYC-centric music video.

The Speed Of Sound

Video Premiere: "Tomorrow’s World" by The Speed Of Sound

27 July 2021

British rock stalwarts The Speed Of Sound return with an engaging sci-fi themed single and accompanying animated music video.

Harry Stafford and Marco Butcher

Video Premiere: "There's Someone Tryin’ To Get In" by Harry Stafford & Marco Butcher

27 July 2021

Manchester-located blues king Harry Stafford and punk blues veteran Marco Butcher collaborate on a gritty and raw upcoming LP.

Orefice Roth

NEWS: Music collective Orefice Roth brings modernity and a new trajectory to traditional C&W music

27 July 2021

The Ohio-based music project of songwriter Skylar Keffer will release their debut EP this August, which is preceded by a reflective single.

The Roomsounds

Song Premiere: "Waiting Out The Storm" by The Roomsounds

26 July 2021

Texas-based veteran rock ‘n’ roll band The Roomsounds release a tuneful and engaging Americana lead single from their upcoming LP.


TRISHES: Blending Activism and Art to reflect our Humanity

26 July 2021

Trinidadian Trish Hosein uses spoken word, vocal effects, and live looping on her upcoming album that mixes pop, hip-hop, and more.

Black Tape For A Blue Girl

Projekt Records’ renowned Black Tape For a Blue Girl to return (hopefully) with New Album

25 July 2021

Sam Rosenthal, owner of Projekt Records, darkwave pioneer, and mastermind of electronic/Gothic/darkwave/ambient BTFABG needs your help to fund Kickstarter campaign to create this album! Only 4 days to go!

Dread Eyes

Album Premiere: Dread Eyes EP by Dread Eyes

23 July 2021

Veteran NJ-based rock/punk musicians Ryan Struck (Scary Hours, The 65’s) and Joe Pugsley (The 65’s) release a compelling EP as new project Dread Eyes.

Crash the Calm

Album Premiere: A Town Named Nowhere: Volume 1 EP by Crash the Calm

22 July 2021

Long Island, NY-based post-hardcore band Crash the Calm unfolds the beginning storyline of a stirring album set in the hardscrabble 1930s Southwest.

Acid Tongue

Album Premiere: Blossom EP by Acid Tongue

22 July 2021

Garage rock ‘n’ roll band Acid Tongue, with a host of guest artists (Calvin Love, Death Valley Girls, more), deliver a retro rockin’ to soulful record.

Creux Lies

Video Premiere: "Misunderstanding" by Creux Lies

21 July 2021

Fast-rising darkwave/post-punk outift Creux Lies unveil a darkly alluring electropop track/music video ahead of their 2nd album come October.

Harry the Nightgown 2

NEWS: Art pop duo Harry the Nightgown sign to Dangerbird, share infectious "If You Were Wrong"

21 July 2021

LA-based Spencer Hartling and Sami Perez (Cherry Glazerr, The Shes) have both have worked as engineers/producers at Tiny Telephone.

Pink Turns Blue

Song Premiere: "You Still Mean Too Much To Me" by Pink Turns Blue

20 July 2021

German darkwave trailblazers and post-punk veterans Punk Turns Blue return with a contemplative and melancholic song ahead of a new LP.

1st Base Runner - "Break Even"

NEWS: Mysterious musician 1st Base Runner unveils moody music video

20 July 2021

Music veteran and 1st Base Runner mastermind Tim Husmann will release his atmospheric debut solo album at the end of July via Souvenir Sound.

Emmaline Twist

Emmaline Twist: Melancholic melody and moody textures in equal measure

19 July 2021

Kansas City-based band Emmaline Twist blend vibrant art-rock and haunting post-punk on their latest single and are currently recording new music.

Manners Manners

Song Premiere: “Deaccession Now” / "Game of Pricks" by Manners Manners

19 July 2021

Baltimore, MD-located alt-rock/noise pop band Manners Manners drops a passionate 2-track single composed of a vibrant A-side and kicky GbV cover.

Cielo Oceano 3

Album Premiere: Have You Ever Stared At The Sea? by Cielo Oceano

16 July 2021

Philadelphia/Baltimore-based atmospheric rock/pop group Cielo Oceano (the non-related Tom Lugo and Andres Lugo) unveil their captivating second LP.

Kiwi Jr.

NEWS: Kiwi Jr. Comic Book, KEXP Session, & Tour Dates

16 July 2021

The Canadian indie rock band line up a run of tour dates and drop both a live performance video via KEXP and comic-based lyrics book.

Prince of Lilies

Prince Of Lilies: Grunge, punk, and garage rock rule!

15 July 2021

The grunge-punk outfit drop a new single/music video, and get the royal treatment from renowned Steve Albini for their upcoming debut album.

Tarah Who?

Video Premiere: "Bad Time" by Tarah Who?

15 July 2021

Los Angeles-located grunge-punk duo Tarah Who? unleash a powerful music video that speaks to the need for and catharsis of the #MeToo movement.

The Convenience

NEWS: New Orleans indie pop duo The Convenience sign to Winspear; share "Fake Roses"

14 July 2021

Influenced equally by ’80s and modern synth- and electro-pop acts, The Convenience (members of Video Age) offer up their new single/lyric video.

Broken Baby

Broken Baby: Creating dance-punk music for the End Times

14 July 2021

The LA-based outfit’s anthemic single gets the party started before the arrival of their pop-loving, punk-spirited second album in September.

Colin Moulding

NEWS: Colin Moulding releases The Hardest Battle, first solo EP since XTC disbanded

13 July 2021

XTC co-frontman Colin Moulding is back now as a solo artist, presenting The Hardest Battle, released as a CD single via Burning Shed.

Sons of Southern Ulster

NEWS: Sons of Southern Ulster and Boomtown Rats’ Pete Briquette shine on "Polaris" single

13 July 2021

The band will release an EP in August that features re-imagined and remixed songs by Pete Briquette among other tracks.

Holsapple and Stamey

Video Premiere: "Today Could Be The Day" by Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey

13 July 2021

Renowned musicians Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey drop a nostalgic lyric video for an engaging track from their The dB’s tribute album.

Sam Barron

Video Premiere: “Karaoke Queen” by Sam Barron

12 July 2021

New York City folk singer-songwriter Sam Barron unveils a storytelling song/video about a downhearted woman who finds release in karaoke.

Murray McLauchlan

Album Premiere: Hourglass by Murray McLauchlan

9 July 2021

Renowned Canadian folk musician Murray McLauchlan returns with a socio-politically relevant, perceptive, and philosophical new album about inequality, racism, and hope.

$100 Girlfriend

Video Premiere: "Paper" by $100 Girlfriend

8 July 2021

Baltimore, Maryland indie pop trio $100 Girlfriend release a nostalgic video about loss and renewal that was filmed during quarantine.

Miss Cantaloupe 2

Miss Cantaloupe: Bringing Back Sweetness & Light

7 July 2021

After over a year of devastation, we are slowly coming back to life and Philadelphia indie (dream)pop outfit Miss Cantaloupe celebrate with a lovely new album.

Tobin Sprout

Video Premiere: "Supersonic Chairman" by Tobin Sprout

7 July 2021

Renowned musician/artist Tobin Sprout (Guided By Voices) reveals news about tour dates and limited edition 7” single w/ booklet of his paintings.

Gavin Murphy

Song Premiere: "Alive" by Gavin Murphy

6 July 2021

Irish musician Gavin Murphy unveils an uplifting song that focuses on simple pleasures in life and reflecting upon good memories.

Alan Brown of The Great Leap Forward

Video Premiere: "Revolt Against An Age of Plenty" by The Great Leap Forward

6 July 2021

Multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/lyricist Alan Brown, recording as The Great Leap Forward, offers up socio-political commentary with his music.

Daydream Review

Song Premiere: "Petals" by Daydream Review

6 July 2021

Chicago-located (by-way-of-Austin, TX) ’60s/‘70s-influenced psych-pop artist Daydream Review (AKA Elijah Montez) unveils a copacetic love song.

Star Collector 2

Video Premiere: "Super Zero Blues" by Star Collector

5 July 2021

Acclaimed Canadian power pop band Star Collector unveils a tuneful and compelling psych-rock/pop number/video from their latest album.

Big Takeover magazine issue #88

NEWS: Big Takeover Issue #88 (Dinosaur Jr. cover) Out Now (and Digitally Via Flipsnack)! Super Birthday and/or Other Gifts! Order – Subscribe – Renew!

3 July 2021

Good news! Big Takeover Issue #88 Spring 2021 with Dinosaur Jr. on the cover is now on the stands, being sent out, and available digitally via Flipsnack!

And it’s just in time for the perfect birthday or other gift, even to yourself: Big Takeover Magazine subscriptions and back issues (like the big enchilada, complete set 1980-2021)! Plus 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, or our CDs!


Album Premiere: Meantime Fades by Risley

2 July 2021

Portland, Oregon-based guitar-driven outfit Risley release an LP about connection that ties in threads of indie pop/rock, Americana, and post-punk music.


Video Premiere: "Turn On You" by Abbreviations

1 July 2021

Dallas, Texas-based indie rock/pop group Abbreviations (filled with veteran musicians) unveils a dreamily melancholy single/performance video.

Guided By Voices 2

Album Premiere: Clang Clang Ho​! by Cub Scout Bowling Pins

30 June 2021

Guided By Voices Robert Pollard and company do it again, under the moniker of Cub Scout Bowling Pins, delivering a tuneful and trippy new LP.

The Academy of Sun

NEWS: Graham Duff / Heaven’s Lathe to release exclusive The Academy of Sun 7" lathe-cut vinyl

30 June 2021

Brighton, England-based orchestral/psych post-punk ensemble The Academy of Sun to unveil 2 songs via new label Heaven’s Lathe.

David Long & Shane O'Neill

Video Premiere: "Far From Home" by David Long and Shane O'Neill

29 June 2021

Renowned Irish musicians David Long (Into Paradise) and Shane O’Neill (Blue In Heaven) team up on a reflective folk art garage rock maxi-single.

Reb Fountain - "Beastie" video still

Reb Fountain: Mysterious, Mesmerizing, and Meaningful Music

29 June 2021

The Christchurch, New Zealand-residing singer-songwriter unveils a relevant new single/video that’s a dark harbinger for her upcoming album on Flying Nun.

Moon and Bike

Song Premiere: "Two of Us" (with drums) by Moon and Bike

29 June 2021

Portland, Oregon-based instrumental guitar duo Moon and Bike unveil and entrancing remix of an earthy/dreamy track from their latest record.


Video Premiere: "Things" by LMNOP

28 June 2021

Stephen Fievet, creator of comic strip/fanzine Babysue and recording as LMNOP, drops a romping garage rock/power pop number from his upcoming LP.

The Naysayers

Album Premiere: The Naysayers by The Naysayers

25 June 2021

Yukon, Canada-based indie rock ‘n roll band The Naysayers reveal a direct and potent self-titled album with personal, yet universal lyrics.