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.
Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming, better known by his musical alter-ego Diane Coffee, has picked one of the best ways to welcome summer. In honor of Brian Wilson’s 72nd birthday, he released this dreamy cover of The Beach Boys “Kokomo.”
It is without question that Weezer‘s guitar-pop jam “Surf Wax America” is one of the stand-outs on the band’s eponymous Blue Album. The emo revivalists of You Blew It! know this and as a teaser to their upcoming Weezer cover EP, released this true-to-form cover. Band member Tanner Jones described why they chose this song to Stereogum:
When Joey Ramone was fighting for his life with Lymphoma, he wrote and recorded the song, “I Get Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up),” about his battle with the disease. Last December, School of Seven Bells member and former Secret Machines member Benjamin Curtis also passed away after battling T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Bandmate Alejandra Deheza has released their final recording together, a cover of Ramone’s “I Get Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up).” The song was recorded in its entirety by Curtis while in his hospital bed.
Ex-Fleet Foxes member Josh Tillman, better known as Father John Misty, last released his album Fear Fun on Sub Pop back in 2012. Since then, he has provided the soundtrack to a short film and has dabbled in the cover world, such as the piece we saw for a Johnny Cash tribute. Combining his love for providing soundtracks and covers, Father John Misty has just covered Cat Stevens‘s “Trouble” for the upcoming documentary, ONCE I WAS: The Hal Ashby Story.
Lana Del Rey has made her fair share of enemies while promoting her latest effort, Ultraviolence. She has said things like feminism “isn’t an interesting concept,” and she wishes she was “dead already,” turning off the likes of Francis Bean and simultaneously winning the hearts of angst-ridden teens.
After being featured on the infectious hit “Latch” by Disclosure, Sam Smith has been carving out his own path and breaking into the charts stateside. Fellow British singer Ed Sheeran paid homage to Smith with an emotional take on the ballad of unrequited love, “Stay With Me.”