In support of their latest release, …Like Clockwork, California rockers Queens of the Stone Age stopped by BBC’s Radio 1 Live Lounge. In a very bizarre move, Josh Homme and company covered Robin Thicke‘s feel-good chart-topper, “Blurred Lines.”
New York-based folk act Wilsen has been quietly garnering attention from fans and the blogosphere over the past few months. The band just finished a tour with Daughter and recently released their second single “Dusk.” The b-side for this single is a ghostly take on Grimes‘ breakout single, “Oblivion.”
UK-based Strangers are no stranger (sorry) to emotional, heavy songs. After collaborating with producer Dimitri Tikovoi for their new single “Something New,” frontman David Maddox-Jones became a fan of Mikky Ekko, with whom Tikovoi has also been working. Ekko is the male counterpart of Rihanna‘s pleading ballad “Stay,” and with the Nashville-singer fresh on Maddox-Jones’ mind, Strangers decided to bring their own spin to the song.
On May 28th, Ellie Goulding released her rendition of Alt-J’s “Tessellate” on her SoundCloud. While the tune was already beautiful, the new video accompanying her cover adds to the slinky and sultry mood.
Frightened Rabbit has this uncanny ability to turn even the most upbeat and poppy of songs into something deep and morose. For example, when the Scottish band stopped by the triple j studio for “Like A Version,” they took Best Coast‘s love ode to California, “The Only Place,” and somehow managed to make it seem like California is mostly cloudy and dark.
Charli XCX, know for her inescapable but infectious vocals on Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” released her debut album, True Romance, just over a month ago. While supporting this release, the singer covered Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way,” in homage to the ambitious pop music she has been making.