This was the first year that the free, three-day music festival Hardly Strictly Bluegrass was without it’s founder Warren Hellman. Warren passed late last year and left a San Francisco tradition that is being faithfully carried out by an army of music lovers, bigger and better than ever. This year’s festival in Golden Gate Park featured 6 stages, a crowd of 600,000 and 88 acts with a variety of artists like Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, The Lumineers, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Conor Oberst, The Civil Wars, Son Volt, Ralph Stanley, Nick Lowe and many more. Check out a handful of the many covers from the weekend below!
Philip Dickey has a knack for names. First Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, now his newest project: Dragon Inn 3. With his sister Roni Dickey and SSLYBY video director Brook Linder, they are debuting the new group with an EP this Saturday. The name for that? Ghoul School.
In honor of the 45th anniversary of “The Velvet Underground & Nico,” Castle Face and Universal will be releasing not only the record’s 458th reissue (really), but also a covers compilation of the album. The covers compilation, one of six CDs in the limited edition box set, features a handful of Bay Area rockers. Although the set is not available until October 30th, you can listen to and download Ty Segall‘s manic rendition of “Femme Fatale.”
Five Good Covers presents five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song.
Huey Lewis and the News followed the “ka-” of 1982’s Picture This with the “BOOM” of 1983’s Sports. Patrick Bateman was right; it was the album where they really come into their own, commercially and artistically. If any of the album’s nine songs (five of them Top Twenty) were to be its signature song, it would have to be “I Want a New Drug.” Subtitled “(Called Love)” – this was the Just Say No era, after all – this crazy little thing was the band’s best-selling single, inspiring Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters” (according to a settled lawsuit) and Weird Al Yankovic’s “I Want a New Duck” (“Not a swan or a goose / Just a drake I can dress real cute / Think I’m gonna name him Bruce”).
Divine Fits – the Supergroup comprised of Spoon‘s Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs’ Dan Boeckner, and New Bomb Turks’ Sam Brown – has been exceptionally busy since its inception in early 2012. Currently touring for their debut album A Thing Called Divine Fits (Merge), the band has snuck several covers into their live sets. During a show in Rhode Island, the band did their own rendition of Frank Ocean‘s “Lost.”
English Singer-Songwriter Natasha Khan, better known by her stage name Bat For Lashes has done her fair share of cover songs in the past. The other night she dropped by Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show and reminded us all why we fell in love with her covers in the first place. Bat For Lashes covered the wildly popular Rihanna and Calvin Harris’ dance anthem “We Found Love.” A song that had almost slipped out of the cover song realm in the last few months. If you thought this song was haunting you before, wait till you hear Khan’s captivating cover.