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. Continue reading »

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. Continue reading »

Kathleen Edwards has covered Bruce Springsteen’s “Human Touch” live a number of times, usually with the assistance of Jenn Grant, a frequent touring companion. The online YouTube versions are okay, but suffer from less than stellar performances or shaky recording. Apparently, that almost perfect performance has been tucked away in the record vaults. Edwards recently decided to share it with her fans via a Facebook post. Continue reading »

Sam Amidon has built a career out of taking traditional folk, blues and Appalachian tunes and modernizing them. Although he occasionally strays into pop culture (his version of R. Kelly’s “Relief” was Cover Me’s 2nd favorite cover song of 2010) he can typically be found playing some obscure tune of long-forgotten origin. The first release from his upcoming album, Lily-O, fits the bill. Continue reading »

Yoodoo Park, also known by his stage name GRMLN, started making music to drive around to while cruising around Santa Cruz and San Francisco during the summer of his seventeenth year. The 21-year-old California native has brought a lo-fi mentality to Cyndi Lauper‘s classic ballad, “Time After Time.” Continue reading »

“Ceremony” is known in most music fans knowledge as the song that bridged Joy Division’s transition to New Order following the death of the former’s frontman. As one of the last songs Ian Curtis wrote, there are recordings of Joy Division performing it but there is sadly not a fully realised studio version out there. Continue reading »

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. Continue reading »

“Wharf Rat” is an interesting song within the vast canon of the Grateful Dead. First performed in 1971 and included on numerous live recordings, it was never released as a studio track. The lyrics recount the tale of the singer meeting an old man, down and out, who then becomes the storyteller. This storyteller approach was later used by lyricist Robert Hunter in the multipart “Terrapin Station.” Musically, the song is not complex, but it features different sections and tempos, abandoning conventional verse and chorus format. Continue reading »

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