Cover Classics takes a closer look at all-cover albums of the past, their genesis, and their legacy.

Erickson didn’t simply sing [the] songs, he became them. Watching him then, it was like he was screaming to get outside of his body, knowing that the music behind him was a cannon meant to hurtle him into the stratosphere. I can recall shows where Erickson sang as if his life would end if he didn’t reach a certain plateau. We’d stand in the audience, holding our breath and hoping for his sake that he got there. – Bill Bentley

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Wild Nothing burst onto the scene last year with the wonderful Gemini, and lately they’ve been touring in support of it. The album offers lovely, downtempo rock with a heavy emphasis on the atmosphere. Their melodies swoop in over the rest of the music in a way that feels both current and like a throwback to late ’90s dream pop and shoegaze. Given the debt to history, it’s no surprise that they have been taking on Primal Screams “Velocity Girl” during their current tour. Continue reading »

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