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The Big Takeover Issue #93

Tim Bugbee

Tim Bugbee‘s real life job (manufacturing director in a biopharma company) has nothing to do with music, music has been a central core element all along. He first started writing about music (record reviews and some interviews) with The Big Takeover in the early 90s, and then also contributed to local Boston zine Popwatch. After Popwatch folded, he took a break from the ‘zine game (and not so coincidentally, also during this time he started a family, and lived briefly in Ireland), but recently photography has rekindled this passion, and he is glad to back on board with Jack and the BT staff.

Kim Gordon - The Paradiso (Amsterdam) - July 10th, 2023

17 July 2023

Kim Gordon recruits a crack all-female band and brings a level of urgency and ferocity to her recent solo material.

Warpaint - Salo Apolo (Barcelona, Spain) - June 28, 2023

8 July 2023

Warpaint continue their journey of dancey post-punk.

Guided By Voices - 9:30 Club, Washington DC (June 18, 2022)

2 July 2022

Guided By Voices storm the capital in preparation for the release of yet another strong record.

Wilco's Sky Blue Sky - Hard Rock Riviera Maya, Cancun Mexico - 18-21 January 2020

23 January 2020

Jeff Tweedy and Wilco hit the beach, bringing 100 songs and plenty of friends and smiles along the way.

Sleaford Mods and Vulpynes - The Academy - Dublin, Ireland - Friday, February 7

17 March 2019

Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn strip music to the barest of bones – a skeletal rhythm track and a forceful vocal attack.

Ty Segall, William Tyler @ Thalia Hall (Chicago) - November 2, 2018

4 February 2019

Two guys, two guitars, and one small stage in the middle of the room.

The Pretenders with Lowlight - The Orpheum Theatre (Boston) - April 1, 2018

5 April 2018

Chrissie Hynde and Martin Chambers play through the The Pretenders songbook in front an appreciative Boston crowd.

Swervedriver - Brighton Music Hall (Boston) - September 9, 2017

12 September 2017

Franklin and Hartridge bring a mix of brawn and finesse to the fore as they tear through Raise and Mezcal Head in fine fashion.

Mark Eitzel and Howe Gelb - ONCE Somerville, MA - Tuesday, April 11, 20167

24 April 2017

A pairing of two of the finest songwriters, both in a stripped-down setting.

The Buzzcocks, Residuels @ Royale - Boston MA - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

19 October 2016

The Buzzcocks hit town for the first time in six years, with their prodigious songbook of earworms in tow.

X, Dead Rock West @ Brighton Music Hall - Monday, August 15, 2016

22 August 2016

Billy Zoom battles cancer to hit the road with X once more.

Jane's Addiction, Dinosaur Jr. and Living Colour - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston - Thursday, July 19, 2016

9 August 2016

The heady days of alt.rock return, with Jane’s Addiction headlining a bill that includes Dinosaur Jr. and Living Colour.

Swans with Okkyung Lee @ Royale, Boston - Thursday, July 7, 2016

17 July 2016

The final knockout blow was the title song of The Glowing Man, a thirty minute opus that alternately led to dropped jaws or shut eyes, the audience enrapt as the sonic tsunami washed over them.

Boston Calling 2016 - Sia, Robyn, Haim, etc - May 27-28, 2016

31 May 2016

The final chapter of Boston Calling to be held in the brick-lined plaza at City Hall features Sia, Robyn, Sufjan Stevens and a host of others.

Parquet Courts, Pill and Psychic Blood - 3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH - Saturday, December 5, 2015

14 December 2015

The frenetic strumming of The Feelies in full force, married to the upturned lip sneer of Richard Hell and the je ne sais fuck you of Lou Reed.

Hej! An interview with Gustav Ejstes of Dungen

26 October 2015

Gustav Ejstes of Dungen is back in the US after a five year absence, with a new record and a short tour.

Boston Calling @ City Hall Plaza (Boston) - September 25-27, 2015

30 September 2015

Boston Calling’s wildly varying lineup tries to be all things to all people and somehow succeeds.

Royal Headache, Sheer Mag, The Channels @ Great Scott - Monday, August 24, 2015

11 September 2015

Royal Headache blows away a sold out Great Scott.


1 July 2015

An interview with the prophets of fuzz, Truckfighters

Boston Calling, Spring 2015: Day 3 with Pixies, Tenacious D, TV On The Radio, Vance Joy, Jason Isbell and more - Boston City Plaza - Sunday, May 24 2015

25 May 2015

The Pixies had a most triumphant homecoming, Jack Black played Jack Black, and both TV On The Radio and St. Vincent transmitted from an exotic, remote location.

Boston Calling, Spring 2015: Day 2 with My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper, St. Vincent and more - Boston City Plaza - Saturday, May 23 2015

24 May 2015

Photos from Day 2 of Boston Calling, featuring My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper and St. Vincent

Boston Calling, Spring 2015: Day 1 with Beck, Tame Impala, Sharon Van Etten - Boston City Plaza - Friday, May 22 2015

23 May 2015

The Spring edition Boston Calling kicks off with a shimmying set by Beck and a slightly dozy performance by Tame Impala.