We may not get to see much of her face, but we have been hearing a ton from Sia. We have heard snippets of her The Mamas & the Papas cover during the trailer of the upcoming San Andreas film (starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), but the Internet, being the Internet, has produced the full rendition.

Sia’s powerhouse vocals are at an all time high, backed by haunting orchestration. Sia has the uncanny power to transform anything, even a folksy, nostalgic sort of ditty, into an evocative anthem that demands to be listened to on repeat.

Listen to more Sia on her official website.

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First and foremost, I will start off by admitting I had no clue this was originally Cher‘s song. Then again, on first hearing Nancy Sinatra in Kill Bill Vol.1, I should have expected no less from Quentin Tarantino than to feature yet another brilliant cover song to accompany his film (after all, he did do it in Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown). Continue reading »

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Warren Zevon was one of the most underappreciated artists in his time, at least by the general public. Sure, “Werewolves of London” gets heavy rotation between “The Monster Mash” and “Ghostbusters” on radio stations in October, but the rest of his catalog goes mostly unnoticed. Continue reading »

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What kind of songs do you think an indie folk duo from Toronto that describe themselves as a “cookie-tin pedal enthusiast …[and a] purveyor of ghost-noises” would cover? Robyn? The Beach Boys? Luckily, yes and yes! Continue reading »

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From Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation and English alt-rock group Placebo, to electro pop duo Avec Sans and British singer-songwriter Will Young, “Running Up That Hill” has certainly seen its fair share of cover versions.  Continue reading »

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I know what you’re thinking.  “A Bluegrass band playing heavy metal tunes.  Hasn’t that already been done a few times?”

Well, as my uncle Cleavon says, “Y’all ain’t heard nothin’ yet.”

Meet Steve ‘n’ Seagulls, a five-piece band from Finland.  (Whenever I think of hillbilly music, I automatically think of Finland.)  They have received millions of hits on their YouTube page for their amazing hillbillified covers of AC/DC, Dio and Iron Maiden.  Now they take on Metallica’s “Seek and Destroy” in a video that can only be described as something straight out of my family reunion.  (No, seriously.) Continue reading »

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I hesitated to write about Kris Kristofferson covering Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”, mostly because I just wrote about POP ETC’s cover of the same song a few weeks ago and I didn’t want to get typecast as the “All Tom, All The Time” writer. Continue reading »

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Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” has likely popped into your head many times since the late 80s’, when it was first released. With a simple melody, a visual storyline for lyrics, and recurring “da-da DA-da, da-da DA-da da-da DA-da, da-da DA-da”, it’s a song to which possibly a tiny baby could help sing along. Like one of Suzanne’s contemporaries, The Terminator, this song has had multiple lives. Originally released in 1987 as an acapella piece, it was re-released as a bootleg with a dance beat by DNA in 1990, and there have been multiple versions since. Thankfully, Suzanne has had the grace to see these copyright infringements as creative pursuits and has not filed any lawsuits to limit versioning. Continue reading »

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