Kevin Burke has just begun at The Big Takeover. An Irishman who has lived his life in the company of music and sounds from around the world. He is currently a regular contributor and reviewer for Ireland’s HeadStuff online site where he dives into popular music culture along with art and movies. Kevin also contributes to Belgium’s Peek-A-Boo alternative-rock magazine, print and online versions contain his interviews and reviews. Along with past contributions to Metal-Temple online and Music News, his path has finally led here.
As 2020 rolls to a close, writer Kevin Burke looks at a selection of worthwhile reissues
2020 was a brave year to release music without the touring or usual album promotion, writer Kevin Burke explores 10 of the Best album release
Lia Ices returns in late January with an album that resonates with a divine splendor
Girl Band announce a new album, tour dates and release the single “Shoulderblades”
The Jigsaw Seen go full tilt seasonal on the sublime Ep Sleigh Bells Ring
Landing December 11, Sheep Farming In Barnet is the sublime debut by Toyah, a fully realised release, 41 years after it’s initial incarnation
The new atmospheric single from Irish songstress Kathy Crinion features the added charm of vocalist Adam James Deiboldt.
The Glitz; The Glamour is an overview of Perry Farrell’s pre and post Jane’s Addiction work.
dunkie have just released Working To Design, balanced between cinematic depth and melodic bliss, it is an album that requires investigation.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bowie’s classic The Man Who Sold The World, the album returns on limited edition vinyl in it’s original intended format of Metrobolist
The sixties pysch-garage rockers The Seeds return with a new single.
Before anyone did anything, Wayne County had done it all, and this four disc set proves that point.
Recently Iwan Gronow released his debut Ep, falling short of an album but with a glorious depth
Kevin Burke investigates the 50th anniversary re-release of a psychedelic classic, the indispensable Think Pink by Twink
A diamond worth mining from the plethora of RSD releases, Dandy Warhols and Bebe Buell who do a blistering take on Femme Fatale
Strangers In A Strange Land return, backed by a supergroup and legandary producer Shel Talmy
Writer Kevin Burke checks out the latest release by soulful-rockabilly songstress Imelda May
Jigsaw Seen vocalist Dennis Davison delivers a staggering musical statement with The Book Of Strongman
Released on September 25th, a comprehensive box set celebrating the Safari recordings by The Boys
Kevin Burke looks at the latest, live release from Suzanne Vega, along with the upcoming globally streamed shows .
On September 18th, the London-based Cesarians return with their third long player. Rachel Frieda, an album that continues their powerful hat trick of creativity.
On September 18th, Nowhere To Go But Everywhere is an album that springs to life, with a spirited collection of songs
Some legends never stop thrilling, and Ace Frehley does exactly that on Origins Vol.2
Writer Kevin Burke takes a look at the true toll on the music industry, this pandemic has had.
After a 33 year hiatus, legendary London-based outfit the Folk Devils return with new music
On September 18th, comes a 30th Anniversary edition of L7’s second cracker Smell The Magic.
Nils Lofgren gives fans a taste of the live shows they crave with an exceptional double live album called Weathered.
rene Peña today releases a version of “I Won’t Back Down” to benefit #RockTheVote
Cherie Currie & Brie Darling return with a new single, a cover of Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun in aid of the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation
Legendary Australian outfit The Apartments return with a brilliant piece of work titled In And Out Of The Light
Kevin Burke looks at the much welcome reissue of The Delta Sweetie by Bobbie Gentry
Big Joanie release an exceptional new single through Third Man Records, a cover of the Solange track “Cranes In The Sky”
On August 28th, Toots And The Maytals release their first album in ten years Got To Be Tough, the right album at the right time
On October 9th, Jessie Wagner releases her debut album Shoes Droppin. An album that oozes of talent, and the hunger to succeed
Released August 14, Blonde On The Tracks is an album that is raw with emotion, as Emma Swift investigates the music of Bob Dylan
Bandcamp give artists 100% of the profits, Kevin Burke shares 70 recommendations worth checking out
On the 21st of August, The Waterboys release a new album. Good Luck, Seeker is a release that the world needs right now.
On August 29th, in the first wave of RSD 2020, comes something really special, a double ‘A’ side single featuring legendary bands The Vaselines and The Pooh Sticks
Kevin Burke looks at what fans can expect from the upcoming deluxe issue of Lou Reed’s classic New York album.
2020 is a year that has so far devastated the music world. A further loss comes in the form of the illustrious Miss Mercy.
On September 4th, The Rolling Stones unleash a much expanded deluxe issue of their ’73 classic Goats Head Soup
Fire Tiger have just released their latest All The Time, an album of old school sounds mixed with modern attitudes
35 years ago, Live Aid happened. Kevin Burke remembers the standout performance.
The posthumous second album by Australian songbird Eliza Jaye, Middle Child, lands September 8th
Pale Blue Moon are set to unleash their first long-player, The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out, a staggering mixture of old school rock and goth
On July 10th, SPYGENIUS release Man On The Sea, a beautiful piece of work that blends together effortlessly, experimenting with sounds and nailing an idea spectacularly well
Super 8 and Lisa Mychols have created an adventurous piece of work that is truly cinematic in scale.
Scottish legends the BMX Bandits release a hat trick single based on their 2017 cracker Razorblades & Honey