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The Big Takeover Issue #91

Katherine Yeske Taylor

Katherine Yeske Taylor began her rock critic career in Atlanta in the late ’80s, when she interviewed Georgia musical royalty such as Indigo Girls, R.E.M. and The Black Crowes while she was still a teenager. Since then, she has done hundreds of interviews with a wide range of artists. She first wrote for The Big Takeover during the ’90s, and she has also written for dozens of other magazines across the U.S. She contributed to two books (The Trouser Press Guide to the ’90s and Rolling Stone’s Alt-Rock-A-Rama). Additionally, she has written liner notes and artist bios for several major acts. She currently lives in New York City. Like/Follow her Facebook page: “Katherine Yeske Taylor – Music Journalist.”

Karl Wallinger of World Party

Interview: Karl Wallinger of World Party

18 November 2022

World Party frontman Karl Wallinger discusses reissuing early albums – and previews the band’s upcoming release

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Interview: Kid Congo Powers

12 November 2022

Kid Congo Powers (member of The Cramps, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Gun Club, etc.) discusses releasing his memoir and two new albums

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Interview: Darren Hayes

11 November 2022

Former Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes discusses his latest solo album, Homosexual

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Interview with Fran Healy of Travis

9 November 2022

Travis frontman Fran Healy discusses touring, new music on the way – and laundry

Robyn Hitchcock

Interview: Robyn Hitchcock

6 November 2022

Robyn Hitchcock discusses his surreal, witty new album, Shufflemania!

Amy Ray

Interview: Amy Ray (of Indigo Girls)

15 October 2022

Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) discusses her tenth solo album, If It All Goes South

Tim Burgess

Interview: Tim Burgess (The Charlatans)

23 September 2022

The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess discusses his ambitious latest solo album, Typical Music

Trapper Schoepp & Leroy

Interview: Trapper Schoepp (with Leroy, the Boston Terrier)

13 September 2022

Trapper Schoepp discusses his single “I Am a Rider” (and its video co-starring Leroy, the Boston Terrier)

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Interview: Freedy Johnston

12 September 2022

Freedy Johnston discusses Back on the Road to You, his tenth studio album (and his first in seven years)

Goo Goo Dolls

Interview: John Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls

8 August 2022

Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik discusses the band’s 13th album, Chaos in Bloom

ABC frontman Martin Fry

A Brief Chat with ABC Frontman Martin Fry

7 July 2022

ABC frontman Martin Fry discusses COVID’s effects, and what comes next for the band

JB Dunckel

Interview: JB Dunckel of Air Discusses Solo Album

24 June 2022

JB Dunckel – half of the celebrated electronic band Air – discusses his new solo album, Carbon

Slowdive's Neil Halstead

Interview: Neil Halstead of Slowdive Discusses The Unknown Country

16 April 2022

Slowdive frontman Neil Halstead talks about working on the soundtrack for indie film The Unknown Country

Day Wave

Interview: Jackson Phillips of Day Wave

29 March 2022

Jackson Phillips, the mastermind behind acclaimed dream pop act Day Wave, discusses the band’s latest single, upcoming album, and his career overall

Stabbing Westward

Interview: Stabbing Westward frontman Christopher Hall

27 March 2022

Christopher Hall of Stabbing Westward discusses Chasing Ghosts, the band’s first album in 21 years, as well as their career overall

Wolf Alice

Interview: Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice

21 March 2022

Wolf Alice frontwoman Ellie Rowsell discusses the band’s current North American tour, their distinctive sound, and why their fans are so fervent


Interview: Quinquis

10 March 2022

Quinquis (f/k/a Tiny Feet) discusses Seim, the album inspired by her home on the isolated island of Ushant

Peter Hook

Interview: Peter Hook (of Peter Hook & the Light, New Order, and Joy Division)

3 March 2022

In his first interview in more than two years, Peter Hook candidly discusses his career with Joy Division, New Order, and Peter Hook & the Light

Zach Condon of Beirut

Interview: Zach Condon of Beirut

25 February 2022

As he releases Artifacts, a compilation double album of early releases, Beirut mastermind Zach Condon discusses how he’s always taken an esoteric and world-minded musical path

Eli Young Band

Interview: Jon Jones of Eli Young Band

19 January 2022

Eli Young Band bassist Jon Jones discusses the band’s unique, uplifting sound, their latest music – and why everyone should give country music a chance

Jesse Malin & Friends

Jesse Malin & Friends Discuss Their Holiday Shows Benefitting Howie Pyro

9 December 2021

Jesse Malin and a slew of other stars talk about their upcoming holiday shows in New York and L.A. to benefit musician and DJ Howie Pyro

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Interview: Chip Z’Nuff of Enuff Z’Nuff

12 November 2021

Enuff Z’Nuff bassist/vocalist Chip Z’Nuff discusses the band’s latest release, Enuff Z’Nuff’s Hardrock Nite, covering songs by *The Beatles and their related projects


Interview: Taylor Hanson

5 November 2021

Hanson singer/keyboardist Taylor Hanson discusses the band’s seventh studio album, Against the World, and the importance of determination and a positive attitude

Aaron Lee Tasjan

Interview: Singer-Songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan

20 October 2021

Aaron Lee Tasjan discusses his fall solo acoustic tour, his remarkably eclectic and wide-ranging approach to songwriting, and connecting with listeners through positivity

Royston Langdon

Interview: Royston Langdon

18 October 2021

Royston Langdon discusses his new six-song EP, Chains, as well as his career overall

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Interview: The Verve Pipe frontman Brian Vander Ark

15 October 2021

The Verve Pipe frontman *Brian Vander Ark” discusses the band’s new studio album, Threads, and looks back on their hit “The Freshman” and other career highlightsVerve Pipe photo 2


Interview: SWIMM frontman Chris Hess

10 October 2021

Chris Hess of dream rock band SWIMM discusses making it through pandemic isolation and getting back to shows, their upcoming new album, and the group’s origin story

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Interview: Jude Cole

9 October 2021

Singer-songwriter Jude Cole discusses the two albums he’s released this year – his first new releases in more than twenty years – as well as his successful career managing Lifehouse and others

The Connells

Interview: The Connells

11 September 2021

Mike Connell and Doug MacMillan of The Connells discuss their career – and Steadman’s Wake, their first new studio album in 20 years

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Interview: Yann Tiersen

1 September 2021

Celebrated avant-garde musician and composer Yann Tiersen discusses Kerber, his latest (and most daring) studio album

Colin Hay

Interview: Colin Hay

8 August 2021

Colin Hay discusses his new covers album, I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself, and the vinyl release of his 2001 album Going Somewhere

Joshua Radin

Interview: Joshua Radin

8 August 2021

On The Ghost and the Wall, gold-selling Americana singer-songwriter Joshua Radin explores his fear of intimacy

Ursa Minor

Interview: Ursa Minor

3 August 2021

Longtime New York City alternative rock band Ursa Minor discuss their latest studio album, Sian Ka’an

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Interview: Willa Amai

22 July 2021

Linda Perry’s protégé Willa Amai discusses her debut album, I Can Go to Bed Whenever

Michael Franti

Interview: Michael Franti

11 July 2021

Spearhead frontman Michael Franti discusses his life in Indonesia during the pandemic, and how he uses his music and shows to help others get through hard times

Lou Barlow

Interview: Lou Barlow

7 July 2021

Lou Barlow talks about his latest solo album, and reflects on playing with Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh

Daniel Avery

Interview: Daniel Avery

3 July 2021

Acclaimed electronic artist and DJ Daniel Avery discusses the unique origin story behind his fourth album, Together in Static

Gary Numan

Interview: Gary Numan

29 June 2021

Gary Numan discusses his 18th solo album, the dystopian Intruder

Tim Ayre

Interview: Tim Ayre

28 June 2021

Australian indie dream rock artist Tim Ayre creates a sunny musical vibe with his new EP, Modern Life

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Interview: Brutus VIII

18 June 2021

Musician and filmmaker Brutus VIII (Jackson Katz) discusses his new album, Beyond, and short film, Sylvain’s Hunt

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Interview: Trapper Schoepp

21 May 2021

Trapper Schoepp discusses the challenging (and cathartic) process that led to his latest album, May Day

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Interview: Portugal. The Man

25 April 2021

Portugal. The Man bassist Zach Carothers discusses the band’s latest release, Oregon City Sessions, as well as the band’s career overall

Linda Perry

Interview: Linda Perry

25 April 2021

Linda Perry reflects on her career as a performer (fronting 4 Non Blondes), hit songwriter, and film composer

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Interview: Emily Kinney

24 April 2021

Emily Kinney is best known for her role on The Walking Dead – but she’s also a talented singer-songwriter, as she proves on her latest album, The Supporting Character

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Interview: Daniel Lanois

10 April 2021

Legendary producer Daniel Lanois has worked with U2, Peter Gabriel, and Bob Dylan, among many others – but now he’s releasing another album of his own, Heavy Sun

Steven Wilson

Interview: Steven Wilson

29 January 2021

Steven Wilson discusses his new album, The Future Bites, on which he explores dystopian themes of technology-triggered isolation and needless consumerism

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Interview: Paul Banks, Josh Kaufman, & Matt Barrick of the supergroup Muzz

14 December 2020

Paul Banks (Interpol), Josh Kaufman (Bonny Light Horseman), and Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) talk about the new Covers EP from their group Muzz

Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell

Interview: Mike Campbell

20 November 2020

Legendary guitarist Mike Campbell discusses his band The Dirty Knobs and his time with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Zero 7 with Lou Stone

Interview: Henry Binns of Zero 7

7 November 2020

Zero 7 co-frontman Henry Binns discusses the band’s new EP, Shadows, as well as their celebrated career overall

The Cadillac Three

Interview: Jaren Johnston of The Cadillac Three

2 November 2020

The Cadillac Three frontman Jaren Johnston discusses the band’s new album, Tabasco & Sweet Tea (their second release this year), Southern pride, and making sure they – and their fans – always have a good time