Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul. Her legacy speaks for itself: 18 Grammy Awards, the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the creator of one of the greatest covers of all time with her version of Otis Redding’s “Respect.” At age 72, and despite recent health issues, she’s still an amazing vocalist.  So anticipation for her first album in 3 years, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics due out October 21st, is understandably high. The album will cover classics by Etta James, The Supremes, and Gladys Night, as well as newer tracks by Alicia Keys and the first released single, Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep.” Continue reading »

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. Continue reading »

The majority of us would probably take it easy after having stared death in the face, but not Tim Showalter, brainchild behind the folk-synth-rock project Strand of Oaks. Continue reading »

Full Albums features covers of every track off a classic album. Got an idea for a future pick? Leave a note in the comments!

Loaded, released forty-four years ago this week, was the album that marked the end of the Velvet Underground as we knew them – or, more accurately, as we never knew them until after they broke up, when those few thousand who bought the first record formed their own bands and named them as an influence. Trying to make the slickest, most commercial album they could, they still failed to crack Billboard‘s Top 200, but they scored some of the best reviews of their career; Rolling Stone‘s Lenny Kaye wrote, “Each cut on the album, regardless of its other merits, is first and foremost a celebration of the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, all pounded home as straight and true as an arrow.”
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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.” Continue reading »

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.” Continue reading »

Nao is an east London singer, songwriter and producer with an electro and R&B sound. She has worked with Pulp amongst others and takes her influences from artists like Björk and fellow Londoner Burial. She has recently been picked as a support slot for Swedish indie and electronic outfit Little Dragon on their European tour. To celebrate she has performed a version of “Ritual Union.” This was the killer single (from the album of the same name) released a few years back by her new tourmates. Continue reading »

There’s simply no arguing against it: “Something About Us” is a feel-good song – one that’s tinged with memories of summer nights, first loves and last minute road trips.With this tune, Daft Punk masterfully crafts a song for the ages. And boy does Spazzkid do it justice. Continue reading »

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