Alice Boman offers a fresh rendition of “Reason To Believe”, a 1965 folk song by Tim Hardin, in her homeland of Sweden. The song’s lyrics about heartbreak seem to speak to many, with renditions by great artists including Glen Campbell, Billie Bragg, Rickie Lee Jones, Johnny Cash, and most prominently, Rod Stewart who put the song on the US Billboard Hot 100 list in 1993. Continue reading »

Randy Newman, two-time Academy Award winner, has a distinct voice that triggers memories of the movies, given his widely popular film scores over the years. His song “Sail Away” had previously been covered by Ray Charles, whom Randy called his biggest musical influence growing up. Matthew E. White covered the song for the French video series, La Blogotheque, which follows artists making live music in different locales around Paris. Continue reading »

Last week was the 40th anniversary of Led Zeppelin‘s Physical Graffiti. To celebrate, Mojo magazine enlisted several contemporary bands and artists to revisit songs from the critically acclaimed album, including Laura Marling and Sun Kil Moon. Continue reading »

My Morning Jacket has an affinity for covering Elton John. Usually, the jam band will go into glam rock territory with “Rocket Man,” but for their One Big Holiday festival in Mexico, the band switched it up and performed “Bennie and the Jets.” Continue reading »

One thing that diehard Dylanologists and he-can’t-sing haters can usually agree about Bob Dylan: his music videos are mostly lousy. From his terrible lip-syncing in “Jokerman” to Scarlett Johansson portraying an Instagram filter in “When the Deal Goes Down,” there’s not a lot to love. More recently, though, he’s been on a hot streak (or at least a reasonably warm one). “Must Be Santa” was goofy, bewigged fun, and he amps up the kitsch even more in his new video for Frank Sinatra cover “The Night We Called It A Day.” Continue reading »

Tender, haunting and undeniably impressive – enigmatic duo Louise Millar and Michael Macias take on Kanye West‘s 2005 smash-hit “Gold Digger” and reinterpret it with their own seductive, downtempo spin.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since the racy tune featuring Jamie Foxx was first released, sweeping us all up in a Kanye-induced dance craze, but a decade later, Twin Duo still manage to find a way to reinvent it. The Sydney-based pair rework Yeezy’s classic radio hit with chilling grace, expertly weaving their way through the song and stripping it down to a gentle and minimalistic rework – ultimately transforming the once raunchy and vigorously executed “Gold Digger” into a heart-wrenching, moody serenade, rich with mellow synths and chilled vibes. Continue reading »

Last night Tobias Jesso Jr. gave a commanding performance with the Roots on The Tonight Show, justifying the insane hype that has built up around the L.A. songwriter. He sounds most similar – and has been most often compared – to Harry Nilsson, but Alex Chilton isn’t too far off either, and that’s who he honored for a cover this week for the BBC. Continue reading »

A lot of songwriters call themselves “Americana,” but John Statz the geographical credentials to back it up. He’s from Wisconsin, lives in Colorado, recorded his new album in Vermont, and titled it Tulsa. On one track he looks across the pond though – to Britain’s Radiohead, whose “Motion Picture Soundtrack” he turns into a hushed country lament. Continue reading »

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