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Led by the magnetic Ellie Linden, Odd-Pop Quartet Das Body make a triumphant return with their eagerly anticipated sophomore album, True Vulture.
Magnet School, the Austin Texas Alternative / Indie Rock legends & sonic sound manipulators are back with their new release The Raven – a 5 track mini opus of sonic tapestry.
After a 5 year hiatus Mythological Horses returns with a proper 3rd album out February 2nd on Godless America Records taking the band to new musical heights of pure rock n roll balanced with the band’s early Anti-Folk beginnings.
Branching out from what Jack Rabid has referred to as the “coffee and adderall” energy of the band’s last two albums, “June Meets Tulip” sees Janus 4-14 coming off as some kind of 90’s-tinged Elvis Costello fronting late-era Guided by Voices.
Big Takeover is excited to host the premiere of “Dang Cold” by Mike Chick.
Gaviota is an excellent collection of sun-drenched and introspective surf pop tracks from the brain of Scott Claassen, formerly of The Broken West.
Joh Chase’s explosive new single is the perfect introduction to their new full-length, SOLO, which will be out on Kill Rock Stars in April.
Big Takeover is excited tohost the premiere of “Draconist” by Satyasena.
Montreal psych-rockers Elephant Stone return today with “Pilgrimage,” the latest single from their upcoming album, Back Into the Dream, due out February 23rd, 2024.
My best bets on another great year for music, old and new. Hope this list inspires you to find, or give a second look to, a few great releases you might miss otherwise that you end up truly loving. (It’s tied with last year for my longest list ever!)
“Estuary of Dreams” is the softest, folksiest song we’ve recorded yet…”
Big Takeover is excited to host the premiere of “Got Me All Wrong” by KillerStar.
“It’s a genuine love song, but there is an element of self doubt and a desire to feed off of someone else’s power – flirting with masochistic undertones.”
Zoon has partnered with artist and producer Yonatan Gat on a remix of their track “Astum” (ft. Leanne Betasomosake Simpson), taken from their record released last year, Bekka Ma’iingan.
Big Takeover is stoked to host the premiere of “You’re a Star” by The Extensions.
Big Takeover is excited to host the premiere of “Everybody Learning To Fly” by Rebecca Pidgeon.
The Glass Hours are American songwriters Brad Armstrong and Megan Barbera. Their music blurs between Sunday afternoon country-folk and the golden age of the 1970s. Their self-titled nine-song debut album will be released by Cornelius Chapel Records in early 2024.
“Willows” is a dreamy, melodic ballad drenched in emotional vulnerability with an added sense of clarity atop plucked strings, glimmering chords, and a head-bobbing hand-clapped time signature.
Self-proclaimed Philly hillbilly Bug Martin has crept out from the shadows of the last four years to delight us with his four-song collection What Remains, and we are stoked to be your supplier.
Representative of the power and noise Trash Fiasco is known for, the 70-second track feels like a fist-fight.
Big Takeover is excited to share the video for “Lorain” the lead single from the new Hugh J. Noble album, Here In The Smoke, coming December 8th on Jigsaw Records.
Lions of the Interstate will release Strange Empires, the group’s first full-length, on Braxeling Records this Friday. The LP, available on vinyl and CD, was produced and engineered by Michael Deresh (Risley, Tea for Julie) at his Lamplight Studio in Portland.
Described by Kevin Rutmanis as ‘tasty, tasteful, and undeniably sexy,’ Gaswar’s self-titled debut album is set to ignite the music scene. Comprising the formidable talents of Apollo Liftoff and Jeff Mooridian, both members of the notorious Minneapolis band, Hammerhead, Gaswar kicks off an exciting inception in their musical venture.
“Lyrically, there’s significance to the title. It is sort of a crazy quilt nostalgia letter to his radio show on one level, but on a deeper level it is a love letter to a specific time period, that late ‘90s window – before 9/11, before the Patriot Act, before so many of us in America seemingly lost the ability to interact with and conceive of each other as humans instead of members of one of two particular thought tribes.” – Justin Keane
‘Sympathy For Your God’ is my take on the dangers of letting outside stimuli define who we see ourselves as. Our inner voices are not who we are, it is just a self protection mechanism meant to keep us safe in an increasingly confusing world and I have a lot of sympathy for those who can’t see past their own opinions. – Jasno Swarez
Hoboken-based rock/Americana singer-songwriter-guitarist James Mastro (The Bongos, Health & Happiness Show) has just shared a brilliant video for “Right Words, Wrong Song”, the rocking lead track on his forthcoming debut solo album, Dawn of a New Error (due Feb. 21,2024) via MPress Records. The song and video feature guest vocals/appearances by the inimitable Ian Hunter.
Bad Veins Return with a Bang: Exclusive Premiere of Imposter on The Big Takeover
“One Glove” listens like a reverse strip-tease: totally bare with just a single vocal track and syncopated drum beat. Slowly, layers are added on, culminating in a three-part round.
Today, We Owe (Chris Pravdica) shares a final single off his forthcoming LP, a sprawling post-rock odyssey entitled “Slight Inconvenience” that comes alongside a music video directed by Jim Larson.
“This song was inspired by people I care about having a difficult time during lockdown. Their self-worth was so tightly bound to social interactivity that without constant contact with others, they began to doubt themselves and question their own self-worth. They would fall into a really dark place and grab on to anything, anyone, or any circumstance that promised escape, regardless whether or not it was a good idea.” – Valerie Forgione of Lovina Falls
The International Treasures has a new album titled: Together, We Are The International Treasures which is out now and Big Takeover is excited to present the new music video for their hit single “Nice to Know Ya”.
Rebel Kicks Unveil “The Girl In Barcelona,” A Vivid Musical Journey in New Single and Video. An exclusive first look at the New York duo’s enchanting single, capturing the thrill of serendipitous adventure and ethereal connections. “The Girl In Barcelona” is a sonic embodiment of freedom and joy, wrapped in the allure of the mysterious.
Pioneering Boston rockers Nervous Eaters — contemporaries of bands like The Ramones, The Police, Iggy Pop, and The Pretenders— have released a new single “Talkk” which comes on the heels of the band’s critically-lauded 2022 return full-length, Monsters + Angels, on Stevie Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records.
Over hazy instrumentals lie a dark storyline, waiting to mystify listeners; Spunsugar’s unique fusion of electronic, post-punk, and pop components provide a modern touch to their shoegaze/new wave concoction.
“Shady Little Lady is my own compulsion personified. I imagine she crawled through my ear one day, when I was just twelve years old. I believe neurodivergence to be sorely underrepresented in pop music, so, I tried to craft the song I wish I’d had when I was a kid, and first met Shady.”
Spaghetti Eastern Music Pivots to Singer-Songwriter Mode with New Single, “Sweet Home Anywhere”.
Good news! Big Takeover Issue #93 Fall 2023 with Slowdive on the cover has nearly been completed and will be out shortly! But hurry to order—pre-orders and subscriptions are best/crucial! And they are much cheaper than ordering after we have to turn in our mailing list to the printer.
And it’s just in time for the perfect Christmas, Chanukah, other holidays, birthday, or other gift, even to yourself: Big Takeover Magazine subscriptions and back issues (like the big enchilada, complete set 1980-2023)! Plus Children’s sizes for our T-Shirts (to go with several Men’s and Women’s sizes) in three colors, as well as our Big Takeover Beer Cozies and (signed if you like) Color 30th Anniversary Festival Posters, or our CDs!
Big Takeover is excited to host the premiere of “Mr. Moon” by the Cucumbers.
The The Blips struck lightning when Little Steven’s Underground Garage declared “Inside Out” The Coolest Song In The World in the spring of 2021. Now they are back with a new song and upcoming album, and Big Takeover is pleased to host the premiere of “Good Lookin’ Liars”!
“I’ve worked with video director Brian Powers for years on a range of arts projects. He hosts the podcast American Esoterica and he’s also a talented animator and editor. We decided to take a little smashed car (from the painting “Smashed Afternoon” by Lori Larusso) on an adventure, using all kinds of images and backgrounds, as a way to try and highlight the song’s lyrics.” – Scott Whiddon
New mini-documentary goes behind the scenes for the making of the new album from Oklahoma City indie rockers The Lunar Laugh.
“Many people have told us that they hear something reminiscent of the ‘80s and ‘90s in our music, but that it’s done in a fresh, new way,” says drummer Tony Porter. “I’m psyched to play a part in offering a set of songs that appeal to different generations of rock fans.”
Palm Ghosts deliver the sound of an ’80s prom in a war zone. As far from the honky-tonks and pedal taverns of their adopted city as one can get, this is a trio who are clearly more at home in rainy Manchester or blustery Berlin, as they produce their amalgam of cinematic dream pop and new wave with brooding post punk.
“RE-ANIMATOR is about seeing the past with clearer eyes and maybe finding a new use for it, to reassemble it in some way. The four of us all have histories with mental health, grief, addiction and heartache; this song is about discovering something new in the rubble of the past and trying to repurpose that pain, to use it to explore our connection with the world and who we are within it” – nolo.
“A beautiful meditation on the fragile fleeting quality of time enhanced by Allen’s melancholic delivery of the title as a mantra”
Big Takeover is proud to share “Crashin”, the new video from Vancouver, BC Mod-influenced rock & roll band Star Collector!
“Gone Too Far” is a video for one of the featured songs on Partly Cloudy, the full-length debut from Los Angeles-based Dream-pop auteur Catbells. The album was produced by Billy Mohler (Pom Poms, Coastal Clouds, Airborne Toxic Event, Bel Rays, AWOLNation, Sia, Drowning Men, War Tapes), recorded at his studio in Long Beach CA.
“It’s a story as old as time; life and death, heaven and hell. Where they meet and where they part. In this mini epic, we watch Charles traverse the netherworld and play scrabble with Death. He exits the lush divinity of family life and plays God with the John Gotti of the afterlife.”
The darkly beautiful new full-length from Portland, Oregon’s Twin Bridges unites clever songwriting and unique cello techniques to create a true folk masterpiece.
Melvins drummer Dale Crover and ex- Coliseum bassist Tony Ash join prolific frontman Conan Neutron to bash out noisy, infectious power-pop that rocks like old Cheap Trick put through an Amphetamine Reptile filter. The band’s new album “Adult Prom” is a split with cello-core duo Lung, out now on Learning Curve Records (Hammerhead, Vaz, Bummer).