This past weekend was the Northside Festival, sort of Brooklyn’s answer to SXSW and CMJ. In addition to hundreds of baby bands, they had a few big-name headliners, including the pairing of Kacey Musgraves and Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes. They guested during each others sets: Musgraves sang her own “Back to the Map” during his, then he returned during hers for a duet cover of Hank Williams‘ classic “Hey Good Lookin’.”
Earlier this week, we saw Amanda Palmer invite some friends to cover Rocky Horror’s “Science Fiction/Double Feature.” She strummed a ukulele there, as is her wont these days. On her new cover she ukes up again, but in a far more intimate setting. In a new video, she performs a quiet, stripped-down version of Bright Eyes’ “Lua” in what looks like a hotel bedroom.
Bright Eyes have been touring pretty much nonstop this year on the back of their new album The People’s Key. Their latest trek finds them hitting Europe with Jenny and Johnny (aka. Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice) in tow. On the leg’s opening night in Vienna, the two pairs combined during the encore for a cover of Gillian Welch’s “Wrecking Ball.”
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Recently, the Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci hinted that the band’s hiatus may soon come to an end. The Vegas foursome hasn’t released an album since 2008’s Day & Age, though Vannucci and hardworking frontman Brandon Flowers have kept busy with solo projects. Day & Age was preceded by the 2007 b-sides disc Sawdust, where The Killers revealed their fondness for covers. Flowers and Co. favor older inspiration, having covered everyone from The Beatles (“Helter Skelter”) to David Bowie (“Moonage Daydream”), the Eagles (“Hotel California”) to Frankie Valli (“Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”). Here are five of their best covers, four tackling songs by earlier generations and one from an unexpected peer.
You all submit so many great covers it’s hard to keep up. When we fall behind, we gather the best and brightest in a Submission Roundup.
Thanksgiving may be over, but today we want to thank all the artists who submit their music. You guys send too many covers to keep up with, so we like to round up some of our favorites before the tunes fall by the wayside. Download all the great November covers we didn’t get a chance to post about earlier!
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