May 252011
 

Dylan Covers A-Z presents covers of every single Bob Dylan song. View the full series here.

Sure, Bob Dylan’s birthday may technically be over, but Bob Dylan’s birthweek is still going strong. So we continue our five-part series showcasing covers of every Dylan song today with the biggest installment yet. A full 60 covers await on the following pages, with heavyweights like the Isley Brothers and the Clash and newcomers like Adele and the Morning Benders. The latest chunk spans the letters K (Guns n’ Roses’ “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”) through O (Crooked Still’s “Oxford Town”) and features some of Bob’s best known songs. “Mr. Tambourine Man.” “Like a Rolling Stone.” “Masters of War.” “Lay, Lady, Lay.” The list goes on.

Click the page numbers down below to start listening. If you’re just joining us, here’s where we are so far:

Part 1: “Absolutely Sweet Marie” – “Everything Is Broken”
Part 2: “Father of Night” – “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”
Part 3: “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” – “Oxford Town”
Part 4: “Peggy Day” – “Sweetheart Like You” [Coming Thursday]
Part 5: “T.V Talkin’ Song” – “4th Time Around” [Coming Friday]

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May 242011
 

Dylan Covers A-Z presents covers of every single Bob Dylan song. View the full series here.

We began our celebrations yesterday, but today, in fact, is the big day. On May 24th, 1941, Bob Dylan was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. Twenty-one years later he released his first album and ever since…well, you know.

We continue our week-long series presenting covers of every single Dylan song with “Father of Night,” one of several Dylan songs that Manfred Mann rescued from obscurity. From there we hit songs by Jeff Buckley, The White Stripes, George Harrison, and, oh, about 54 more. Hours of music, and we’re not even halfway done! Continue reading »

May 242011
 

Ever since we saw the A.V. Undercover list, we’ve been wondering who would cover the White Stripes’ “Fell in Love with a Girl”? Surely it couldn’t be as bad as Joss Stone’s gender-swapped version, right? Right (thank god), but mostly because it sounds kind of like the original. Continue reading »

May 232011
 

Under the Radar shines a light on lesser-known cover artists. If you’re not listening to these folks, you should be. Catch up on past installments here.

When a musical group is defined by a genre, it often boxes them in and alienates them from an expanding fan base. A certain type of music usually lends a certain type of music lover. If we were to write “bluegrass,” some may just stop reading at this point and turn up their nose. But others might see this term and immediately scroll down below to take a listen. The NYC quintet Punch Brothers is a bluegrass group for both of these types of music lovers, and for those somewhere in-between: those who aren’t really sure if bluegrass is their thing, let alone bluegrass cover songs. Trust us – it is. Continue reading »

Mar 072011
 

Detroit is a rock and roll town. The music industry and the rest of America forgot about it for about a decade or so in the ’90s, but The White Stripes put it back on the musical map in the early aughts. For Detroit rockers today though, being from the hometown of a band as huge as the White Stripes is a bit of a double-edged sword. On one hand, the duo’s existence reinvigorated the scene and validated the bands sweating it out night after night in the bars and clubs and garages. On the other hand, an entire city’s musical output is expected to have a certain sound or fit a particular mold. When Detroit label Five Three Dial Tone Records put together Hello Operator: A Tribute to the White Stripes, using mostly local bands, the question was whether to play to those expectations or go off the beaten path. Stick with the electric blues as perfected by Meg and Jack or totally reinvent the songs? Continue reading »

Mar 032011
 

Tribute albums give established artists a chance to tip their hat to a friend or influence and provide valuable exposure for up-and-coming acts looking to access a larger audience. Once in a while, a strange theme pops up – remember, SIN-atra the heavy metal tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes drops March 29th! It seems like a lot of tribute album news has cropped up in the past week, so Cover Me rounded up the most interesting-looking ones. Continue reading »