While promoting his latest album, A New Testament, Christopher Owens recorded an in-studio session for the University of Minnesota college station Radio K. During the session, the former Girls frontman pulled out a sentimental and stunning cover of Jackson 5‘s “I’ll Be There.”
Possibly one of the most intriguing new artists of late, New Zealand’s Ella Yellich-O’Connor delivers a deliciously gloomy performance of Jeremih’s “Don’t Tell ‘Em” during her recent visit to BBC’s Radio 1 Live Lounge.
They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s special day with other people singing his or her songs. Let others do the work for a while. Happy birthday!
In the 1950s and 1960s, the concept of the “angry young man” took hold in Britain; they had a lot to be angry about in the bleak, post-war period. The resentment of the lower and middle classes about issues of income inequality, upper class privilege, and the lack of consumer goods led to a remarkable outpouring of socially conscious theater, books, movies, and (most important for our purposes) music.
Self-proclaimed dabblers in “psychedelic boogie,” the Liverpool natives known collectively as All We Are proudly share their take on Canadian composer Caribou’s “Can’t Do Without You.”
With this cover, the English trio subtly shifts Snaith’s dream-pop jam into a slightly funkier direction that draws parallels to the likes of Passion Pit, Brothertiger, and maybe a hint of the xx. A perhaps more aptly placed comparison comes directly from the band itself, who’ve been to known to describe their music as “the Bee Gees on diazepam.”
Despite the fact that the White Stripes stopped making new music back at the beginning of 2011, their influence on the rock stratosphere is still alive and strong. Case in point: Jessica Martindale’s fleshed out, sultry cover of the band’s mainstream breakout hit “Seven Nation Army.”
Under the Radar shines a light on lesser-known cover artists. If you’re not listening to these folks, you should. Catch up on past installments here.
Dan Bern should not be under anyone’s radar. Not only is he an incredibly prolific songwriter — only a small fraction of the thousand or so that he has acknowledged writing have been officially released — he is also an artist, a poet, a novelist, a children’s book author, and a filmmaker. His stage banter and lyrics are funny enough that he could definitely do standup. He has written songs for movies and television, and is a pioneer in online performing. He tours constantly, and what with all of those songs, he probably never plays the same set twice.