Willow Smith has been pretty quiet since the release of her 2010 smash, “Whip My Hair.” The now 13-year-old has spent time tweeting cryptic messages, sampling Radiohead, and really gnashing her teeth with this whole teenage angst bit. Continuing in this trend, Will Smith’s teenage daughter released a simple but surprisingly good cover of King Krule’s “Easy, Easy.”
Covering “Hounds of Love” is something of a rite of passage for alt-bands of the 21st century. Some covers go unnoticed, others become anthems, such as The Futureheads take on the Kate Bush ballad. Other covers, such as Nite Jewel‘s pass at the jam, completely turn the song on its head, becoming an entirely different beast completely.
Despite lead singer Brandon Flowers’ moments of delusional grandeur (IE, claiming they would have the best album in 20 years with Sam’s Town), the Las Vegas natives collectively known as The Killers seem to know how to have fun every now and then. While performing at the V Festival in Staffordshire, Flowers whipped out a stripped down version of Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy,” much to the delight of the crowd.
Back when John Mellencamp went by John Cougar, he scored his first hit with 1979′s epic “I Need A Lover.” For the AV Club’s Undercover series, Hamilton Leithauser (formally of The Walkmen), took on the saga with his touring band and absolutely killed it.
Sunderland indie rockers Frankie & The Heartstrings have been a busy bunch as of late. Last year, they opened up their own record shop in their hometown, and, recently, covered the latest single from their neighbors from the north, Franz Ferdinand.
This summer may be halfway over, but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t time for some choice sultry, hot nights. Los Angeles duo Night Club knows this, and as a teaser for their upcoming EP Black Leather Heart, they have released this fun, synth-laden cover of INXS‘s “Need You Tonight.
A musical group that has been described as a sort of “warm and fuzzy” emo band may not immediately sound like the type of group to cover a Robyn song. Chicago-based Kittyhawk, however, has not only managed to cover Robyn’s highly danceable hit, but has done so in an adorable and charming manner for Space Jam Sessions.