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The Big Takeover Issue #86

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.”

Travis band

Interview: Fran Healy of Travis

9 October 2020

Travis frontman Fran Healy discusses the band’s new album (10 Songs), fatherhood, and how his poverty-stricken childhood has driven him throughout his life

Kristin Hersh

Interview: Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses

4 September 2020

Throwing Muses frontwoman Kristin Hersh discusses the band’s latest album (Sun Racket), her unconventional songwriting style, and her belief in music as prayer.


Interview: Andy Bell of Erasure

4 August 2020

Erasure singer Andy Bell discusses the band’s new album, The Neon, and looks back on how he and bandmate Vince Clarke first met.

Modern English

Interview: Robbie Grey of Modern English

21 July 2020

Modern English frontman Robbie Grey discusses “I Melt With You,” and why the New Wave classic as relevant today as ever

The Bacon Brothers

Interview: Kevin Bacon & Michael Bacon of The Bacon Brothers

15 July 2020

Kevin Bacon and Michael Bacon of The Bacon Brothers discuss their new album, The Way We Love, why their childhood in Philadelphia stoked their creativity, and how they continue to stay inspired

Radnor & Lee

Interview: Josh Radnor and Ben Lee of Radnor & Lee

8 July 2020

Josh Radnor (of How I Met Your Mother fame) also has a band, Radnor & Lee, with Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee, and they’ve just released their second album, Golden State

Suzi Quatro

Interview: Suzi Quatro

1 July 2020

Suzi Quatro – the first true female rock star – talks about Suzi Q, the documentary about her extraordinary life that premiered on July 1

Ian Anderson & Leslie Mandoki

Interview: Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) & Leslie Mandoki

25 May 2020

Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson and his longtime songwriting partner Leslie Mandoki discuss their new single, “We Say Thank You,” that gives thanks to frontline workers during the pandemic

Sparks main photo

Interview: Ron Mael of Sparks

15 May 2020

Sparks keyboardist and songwriter Ron Mael discusses the band’s new album – their 24th one! – as well as his unique songwriting sensibilities, and why this band endures

London Plane

Interview: London Plane

15 May 2020

London Plane leader David Mosey explains how his darkwave band is emerging as one of the more esoteric and exciting bands in the New York City music scene.


Interview: Donita Sparks of L7

6 May 2020

Donita Sparks of L7 discusses the band’s new single, her livestream show, and why some people are terrified to talk to her.

Ann Wilson of Heart

An Interview with Ann Wilson of Heart

6 April 2020

Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson talks about how the resilience she’s gained during her legendary career is helping her navigate the current COVID-19 crisis.

Love Fame Tragedy

Interview: Love Fame Tragedy (Matthew "Murph" Murphy of The Wombats)

23 March 2020

Love Fame Tragedy, the one-man band from The Wombats frontman Matthew “Murph” Murphy, releases a second EP with notable collaborators Dan Smith (Bastille), Eleanor Fletcher (Crystal Fighters) and Jack River.

James Stevenson

An Interview with James Stevenson

6 March 2020

Celebrated guitarist James Stevenson talks about his remarkable career playing with The Alarm, Generation X, Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel, Holy Holy, The Cult, Chelsea, and many more.

The Split Squad

Interview: The Split Squad frontman Michael Giblin

29 February 2020

Michael Giblin talks about fronting The Split Squad, a supergroup featuring Clem Burke (Blondie), Keith Streng (The Fleshtones), Eddie Munoz (The Plimsouls), and Josh Kantor (The Baseball Project).

The Ocean Blue

Interview: David Schelzel of The Ocean Blue

27 February 2020

The Ocean Blue frontman David Schelzel discusses becoming famous as a teenager, then becoming a lawyer, and how he balances his two careers now.

Sweet Lizzy Project

Interview: Sweet Lizzy Project

24 February 2020

Lisset Diaz of Sweet Lizzy Project talks about moving from her native Havana, Cuba to Nashville, her band’s new album, and being discovered by Raul Malo of The Mavericks.

Eyelids & Larry Beckett

Interview: John Moen & Chris Slusarenko of Eyelids

23 February 2020

John Moen and Chris Slusarenko of indie supergroup Eyelids discuss collaborating with Larry Beckett and Peter Buck on their new album.

Robert Vincent

Interview: Robert Vincent

15 February 2020

Robert Vincent discusses why it makes sense to be an Americana artist from Liverpool, his new album, and a how a teacher’s encouragement changed his life.

Eli Musser

Interview: Eli Musser

8 February 2020

Eli Musser talks about standing out from the crowd in New York City, working with legendary studio veteran Bryce Goggin, and self-discovery.

Ian McNabb of Icicle Works

Interview: Ian McNabb of The Icicle Works

1 February 2020

Ian McNabb discusses fronting The Icicle Works and his solo career, his upcoming one-off show in Atlanta on January 11, and surviving the music business.

Alexander Hacke & Danielle de Picciotto of hackedepicciotto

Interview: Alexander Hacke & Danielle de Picciotto of hackedepicciotto

26 January 2020

Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten) and Danielle de Picciotto (Crime & The City Solution) discuss hackedepicciotto, their experimental duo, and how it fits into their nomadic life.

Beach Fossils

Interview: Beach Fossils

20 January 2020

Beach Fossils frontman Dustin Payseur discusses the importance of writing emotionally vulnerable lyrics, and touring for the pure love of it.

The Innocence Mission

Interview: The Innocence Mission

13 January 2020

The Innocence Mission members Karen Peris and Don Peris discuss their new album, life in Pennsylvania, and using their music to connect with people.

Pete Yorn

Interview: Pete Yorn

29 November 2019

Pete Yorn talks about how he found inspiration again, fatherhood, and how music saved him from becoming a tax lawyer.

Jordan Cook of Reignwolf

Interview: Jordan Cook of Reignwolf

25 November 2019

Reignwolf frontman Jordan Cook discusses his band’s unusual history, how he keeps up his energy for their high-powered shows, and why it’s important to go with the flow.

Jack Sobel of Black Swan Lane

Black Swan Lane: An Interview with Jack Sobel & Dave Fielding

23 November 2019

Black Swan Lane frontman Jack Sobel and contributing guitarist *Dave Fielding (of The Chameleons) discuss their entwined musical careers, BSL’s changing lineup, and the band’s new album, Vita Eterna.

Chris Lee of The Chris Lee Band

Interview: Chris Lee of The Chris Lee Band

19 November 2019

Chris Lee explains why he formed The Chris Lee Band instead of doing another Supagroup album this time, and why he won’t let anyone else’s expectations rule him.

Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness of No-Man

Interview: Tim Bowness of No-Man

16 November 2019

Tim Bowness discusses No-Man, his longtime musical partnership with Steven Wilson, as they prepare to release their 7th studio album.

*Jack Tatum* of *Wild Nothing*

Interview: Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing

13 November 2019

Jack Tatum, mastermind behind dream pop band Wild Nothing, looks back on his evolution from one-man-band to leading one of the most acclaimed groups in the genre.

Juliana Hatfield

Interview: Juliana Hatfield

9 November 2019

Juliana Hatfield discusses how making albums devoted to covering Olivia Newton-John and The Police help her revive her creative spark.

Sarah Gargano

Interview: Sarah Gargano

3 November 2019

Up-and-coming indie pop-punk singer-songwriter Sarah Gargano discusses her EPs, wanderlust, and humanity’s “incessant need to find meaning.”

The band Elbow, 2019.

Interview: Guy Garvey of Elbow

25 October 2019

Elbow frontman Guy Garvey discusses the politics, grief, and inequality that fueled the writing for the band’s new album, Giants of All Sizes.

Joseph Arthur - Come Back World

Joseph Arthur - Come Back World (Moonage Rebel)

14 October 2019

On his 14th studio album, Joseph Arthur sounds stronger and more “downtown NYC cool” than ever.

Mark Burgess of The Chameleons and ChameleonsVox

ChameleonsVox: An Interview with Mark Burgess

27 September 2019

Mark Burgess, singer and bassist for The Chameleons and ChameleonsVox, talks about his Fall 2019 American tour with Theatre of Hate and Jay Aston.

The Chris Lee Band - Protest Songs and Party Anthems

The Chris Lee Band - Protest Songs and Party Anthems (Ursa Rex Corp.)

24 September 2019

Supagroup leader Chris Lee and veteran musicians from Rock City Morgue, Mojo Nixon, and The Neptunes release a strong debut that is politically pointed but still a raucous good time.