Feb 182015

Welcome to Cover Me Q&A, where we take your questions about cover songs and answer them to the best of our ability.

Here at Cover Me Q&A, we’ll be taking questions about cover songs and giving as many different answers as we can. This will give us a chance to hold forth on covers we might not otherwise get to talk about, to give Cover Me readers a chance to learn more about individual staffers’ tastes and writing styles, and to provide an opportunity for some back-and-forth, as we’ll be taking requests (learn how to do so at feature’s end).

Today’s question: What’s a cover song that introduced you to an artist?
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Dec 072011

The phrase “cover music video” is something of a misnomer. The fact that these songs were originally performed by other artists has, in all cases but one, nothing to do with the video. We might more accurately call this list “Best Music Videos for Songs That Just So Happen to Be Covers.” Still, the cover angle gives us a chance to look at some brilliant music videos that mostly flew somewhat under the radar. Continue reading »

Sep 202011

Last night, Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs took home the Polaris Prize, the coveted award for Canadian album of the year. To be fair, this isn’t quite as big a deal as winning the Grammy. In a more logical world, an album that won Best Overall Album would obviously win Best Canadian Album too. But we live in an age where a woman can win Video of the Year but somehow lose Best Female Video and nothing can be taken for granted. So congrats to Arcade Fire on winning the Polaris! It’s a prestigious accolade to add to what must surely be a growing trophy case in the band’s rec room. Continue reading »

Aug 112011

High5Collective are a group of Los Angeles directors who have made music videos for artists like Tyler, the Creator and The Weeknd. The catch is, they do so without the artist’s knowledge. They find a song that needs a music video and they just make one. It’s sort of like what high schoolers do on YouTube every day, but with more talent and fewer skate tricks. Continue reading »

May 272011

Mr. Little Jeans, the stage name of Norwegian musician Monica Birkenes, was spotlighted last winter by the Guardian in a “new band of the day” feature. The paper proclaimed her a potential heir to Kylie Minogue’s electro-pop throne. This week, though, she left the club behind in favor of “The Suburbs,” covering the title track from Arcade Fire’s Grammy-winning third album. Continue reading »