Oct 302017
 
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Few would label St. Vincent’s eclectic brand of music as anything resembling country or western. No matter, she still channeled the ghosts of country music’s past with a stunning performance of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” during a recent appearance on the British music showcase Later… With Jools Holland.

On the show, St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) told Holland that growing up in Texas she listened to a lot of country music by artists such as Cline and George Strait. One can actually hear elements of this on her new album Masseduction. Stuck between her hard-pulsing electro pop, there’s a melancholy track, “Happy Birthday, Johnny,” containing a pedal-steel guitar interlude that sounds as if it could have been on one of Strait’s albums in the ‘80s. Continue reading »

Feb 202017
 

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

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Matthew Vadnais lives in Beloit, Wisconsin. He’s been writing for Cover Me since 2015. Of all his Cover Me essays, he especially likes his reviews of the albums paying tribute to Blind Willie Johnson, Uncle Tupelo’s No Depression, and Jason Molina.
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Dec 062016
 
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Over the past few months, we’ve been hard at work making our list of The Best Cover Songs of 2016. Narrowing it down to 50 caused some excruciating choices, that’s how many great covers there were this year.

We’ll be posting the full list next week (and “Best Cover Albums” this Thursday), but as a little appetizer, here are our Honorable Mentions, covers we loved and still wanted to spotlight as among the best 2016 had to offer. Continue reading »

Apr 132016
 

Five Good Covers presents five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song.

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“These Days” was written by an old soul of sixteen, Jackson Browne, several years before he released an album of his own. The melancholy ballad was originally released on the 1967 album Chelsea Girl (a reference to Andy Warhol’s 1966 film Chelsea Girls) by the singer-songwriter, lyricist, composer, musician, fashion model, actress, and ’60s counterculture queen, Nico. It may have been Browne’s song, but Nico was the first to put a stamp on it, and her stamp was an indelible one.

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Mar 162016
 
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Indie rock sensation St. Vincent, contributes to the soundtrack of Luca Guadagnino’s forthcoming erotic-thriller A Bigger Splash, featuring Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Mathias Schoenaerts and Dakota Johnson.

The Berkley College of Music graduate shares her cover of the Stones‘ “Emotional Rescue” featured on the highly acclaimed film’s soundtrack – which garnered the Soundtrack Stars Award at last year’s 72nd Venice Film Festival, where the movie made its premiere in September. Continue reading »

Oct 272014
 

Annie Clark, better known by her stage persona St. Vincent, has delved into a more glitch-infused music as of late. Prior to her latest eponymous release, she had singles such as “Actor Out Of Work,” that dealt with more of a shredding guitar than anything dance-oriented. Leave it up to New York disco outfit Escort to take this song to dazzling, contemporary dance heights. Continue reading »