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The Big Takeover Issue #93

Ryan Orvis

Ryan is a writer and musician based in Los Angeles.

Crisis Actor

Song Premiere: “Feed Me Drugs” by Crisis Actor

26 March 2021

L.A. punk band Crisis Actor releases the blistering single “Feed Me Drugs” from their forthcoming album False Flag.

Cruel World Festival

NEWS: Cruel World Festival in Los Angeles Sells Out in Minutes

15 February 2020

The Cruel World Festival takes place May 2 in L.A. with Morrissey, Bauhaus, Blondie, Devo, Public Image Limited, Echo & the Bunnymen, English Beat, the Psychedelic Furs, Drab Majesty, The KVB, and Sextile among many others.

Moon Duo by Cecilia Fonseca

Moon Duo – Lodge Room, Highland Park (L.A.) November 22, 2019

28 November 2019

Moon Duo brought the psychedelic live show for their stunning new album Stars Are the Light to a packed house at Lodge Room last Friday, with support from Umberto.

Peter Murphy of Bauhaus - photo by Cecilia Fonseca

Bauhaus with Automatic - Hollywood Palladium (L.A.) November 4, 2019

10 November 2019

Bauhaus returned from a 13-year hiatus to perform two sold-out shows at the Hollywood Palladium last week, with support from L.A. trio Automatic.

Khruangbin at Desert Daze 2019

Desert Daze Festival - Moreno Beach (Lake Perris, CA) October 13, 2019

24 October 2019

The final day of Desert Daze 2019 featured performances by Wu-Tang Clan, Ride, Khruangbin, Moses Sumney and Lightning Bolt.

Ween at Desert Daze 2019

Desert Daze Festival - Moreno Beach (Lake Perris, CA) October 12, 2019

22 October 2019

Day two of Desert Daze 2019 featured performances by Devo, Ween, Parquet Courts, and Altin Gun.

The Flaming Lips at Desert Daze 2019

Desert Daze Festival (Moreno Beach, CA) October 11, 2019

20 October 2019

Day one of Desert Daze 2019 featured performances by The Flaming Lips, Stereolab, Animal Collective, and Metz.

Robert Smith at Pasadena Daydream by Cecilia Fonseca

Pasadena Daydream Festival – Brookside at the Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA) - August 31, 2019

7 September 2019

The Cure delivered a celebratory performance at the Pasadena Daydream Festival last weekend, along with stand-out sets from Pixies, Deftones, Mogwai, Throwing Muses and The Joy Formidable.

The Cure Pasadena Daydream

The Cure Brings Pasadena Daydream Festival to Los Angeles

27 August 2019

The Cure headline the Pasadena Daydream Festival this weekend in Los Angeles, joined by alt-rock heavy-hitters Pixies, Deftones, Mogwai, Throwing Muses and The Joy Formidable.

Sally Timms of the Mekons

The Mekons with Skokie Girls – Lodge Room (L.A.) - July 22, 2019

30 July 2019

The Mekons stormed into Los Angeles and rocked a packed house at Lodge Room last Monday, mixing songs from their new album Deserted with classics dating back to the mid-1980s.

Murray A. Lightburn

Murray A. Lightburn - Hotel Café, Los Angeles – March 8, 2019

22 March 2019

Murray A. Lightburn from The Dears performed an intimate acoustic show at the Hotel Café in Los Angeles to promote his latest solo album Hear Me Out.

Kikagaku Moyo

Kikagaku Moyo with The Mattson 2 – The Regent - Los Angeles - March 6, 2019

10 March 2019

Tokyo psychedelic ensemble Kikagaku Moyo played to a capacity crowd at the Regent last Wednesday with support from The Mattson 2.

Andy Gill from Gang of Four

Gang of Four – The Roxy - Los Angeles - February 6, 2019

12 February 2019

Post-punk legends Gang of Four brought their influential blend of funk, disco and noise-rock to the Roxy last week. Founding guitarist Andy Gill led the band through a propulsive set that mixed newer material with classics from the band’s early years.

Neon Music

Club FOXES Presents: Life on Mars - Fais Do-Do (L.A.) – Jan. 31, 2019

5 February 2019

The musical legacy of 1970s glam rock was celebrated last Thursday at the Fais Do-Do in Los Angeles, as guest singers performed classics from the era accompanied by a solid house band.

John Maus

John Maus with Maraschino – Masonic Lodge, Los Angeles – Dec. 7, 2018

12 December 2018

John Maus performed a sold-out show at the Masonic Lodge in Los Angeles last Friday, with support from Maraschino. The dates were part of an ongoing North American tour that finds the singer returning to his one-man-band performance style.

Dave Vanian of The Damned

The Damned – Fonda Theatre (L.A.) – November 2, 2018

6 November 2018

Goth-punk legends The Damned celebrated the success of their latest album Evil Spirits with a fiery performance at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood.

Cloak & Dagger 2018 poster

Darkness Descends Upon Los Angeles for Cloak & Dagger 2018 featuring She Wants Revenge, The Faint, HEALTH & More

22 October 2018

Cloak & Dagger 2018 features performances by She Wants Revenge, The Faint, HEALTH, Christian Death and more at the Los Angeles Theater.

Beach House – Hollywood Forever Cemetery, L.A. 8-3-18

7 August 2018

Beach House kicked off two-sold out nights at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, an ideal setting for their haunting brand of dream pop.


Preoccupations with Moaning and Facial – The Echo (L.A.) May 17, 2018

22 May 2018

Preoccupations and Moaning played two sold-out dates at The Echo in Los Angeles, with support on Thursday from Facial.

Acid Mothers Temple with Yoo Doo Right, Hooveriii and Leaf – The Echo 5-8-18 and Alex’s Bar 5-9-18

16 May 2018

Acid Mothers Temple closed out their North American tour with shows in Los Angeles and Long Beach last week, leaving minds blown and eardrums buzzing. The 40-date tour also featured Yoo Doo Right from Montreal, with local support from Hooveriii (at the Echo on 5/8/18) and Leaf (at Alex’s Bar on 5/9/18).

Mekons - Never Been in a Riot

The Mekons - Never Been in a Riot and Where Were You? (Superior Viaduct)

23 April 2018

Superior Viaduct has reissued the first two classic singles by U.K. punk pioneers The Mekons.

Iceage with Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates – Gold Diggers (Los Angeles, CA) March 31, 2018

3 April 2018

Iceage finished their run of three sold-out nights at Gold Diggers in Hollywood on Saturday, with reclusive legend Gary Wilson opening.

FOXES Fest – 1720 (Los Angeles, CA) March 25, 2018

29 March 2018

The first FOXES Fest in Los Angeles featured performances by Cosmonauts, Sextile, Death Valley Girls, Honduras, Thee MVPs, and The Mad Walls.

Chrome with Automelodi and Boyscouts of Annihilation - Echoplex (Los Angeles, CA) - March 18, 2018

22 March 2018

Legendary cyberpunks Chrome headlined an eclectic night that also featured stand-out performances by Automelodi and Boyscouts of Annihilation.