Annie Clark, better known by her stage persona St. Vincent, has delved into a more glitch-infused music as of late. Prior to her latest eponymous release, she had singles such as “Actor Out Of Work,” that dealt with more of a shredding guitar than anything dance-oriented. Leave it up to New York disco outfit Escort to take this song to dazzling, contemporary dance heights.
When it comes to David Bowie covers, most of them veer into glamorous, dance heavy, or even haunting territories. Tombs, an experimental metal band hailing from Brooklyn, refused to fit their 2012 cover of Bowie and Brian Eno’s “Heroes” in such fashion.
English new-wavers Tears For Fears are in the midst of their first North American tour in three years. The band has released a slew of fantastic covers over the past year or so – including covers of Hot Chip and Arcade Fire – and just a couple of days ago, they surprised fans in Portland with a live rendition of Radiohead‘s iconic “Creep.”
The Pablo Honey smash has been covered ad nauseum and the band doesn’t stray far from the original. Still, they do bring an energy to the 21-year-old song that the audience feeds off of. Go ahead, plug in your headphones and singalong while listening to the cover below:
Check out more Tears for Fears on the band’s official website.
The Squidbillies, an animated show on Adult Swim about mud squids living in Appalachia, has a special twist for its fans this season. The eighth season, which started on September 21, featured the show’s traditional theme song covered by Neko Case. Case is just the first of several musicians – including Todd Rundgren, King Khan and the Shrines, Centro-Matic, Dwight Yoakam, and Milk Carton Kids – that will be covering the theme for this season.
At the end of this month, Nashville scuzz-rockers JEFF The Brotherhood are releasing their EP Dig The Classics, a carefully curated collection of covers. The real-life brother duo has released three tracks for streaming off the upcoming EP: Pixies‘ “Gouge Away,” My Bloody Valentine‘s “Come In Alone,” and the Wipers‘ “Mystery.”
If you haven’t already fallen in love with FKA Twigs yet, now is a good time to do so. The experimental R&B artist just stopped by Radio 1 Live Lounge and dropped this gorgeous take on Sam Smith‘s “Stay With Me.”
Miley Cyrus has often been a subject of controversy, and after a tweet directing her followers to “check dis shit out,” this past Saturday, she has come under scrutiny once again. No, she’s not lolling her tongue around or appropriating cultures – she simply covered Led Zeppelin‘s “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You.”
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.”