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They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s big day with cover tributes to his or her songs. Let others do the work for a while. Happy birthday!

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Prolific indie musician Ben Gibbard celebrates his 35th birthday on August 11. He’ll be spending the big day in Georgia, touring in support of Death Cab for Cutie’s latest release Codes and Keys; here at Cover Me we’re saluting him with five covers of his work by other artists. In light of his extensive catalogue with both Death Cab and electronic side project The Postal Service, there were a lot of options, but we’ve narrowed it down to a few of the best. Continue reading »

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While they aren't a band of brothers, Mumford & Sons covered The Avett Brothers' “Go to Sleep” as if they were one big happy family. Bringing in help from opening band Cadillac Sky, the whole collective jammed on stage with no shortage of banjos. As a good family should, they all took turns with various vocal and instrumental solos.

The high point of the cover came when they took to the floor for a quick nap while the audience took over. Soon after, they arose with more energy and dancing to bring it all home. Though they hail from England, Mumford & Sons had no trouble channeling the southern vibe that the Avett Brothers project so well. If I didn't know any better, I'd say that Mumford & Sons and the Avett boys were all in the same family after all. Continue reading »