Jul 312020
 

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best cover songs july 2020
The Band Of Heathens ft. Margo Price – Joy (Lucinda Williams cover)

Promoting her new album That’s How Rumors Get Started, Margo Price has been on a great covers kick. She recently tackled a political country classic at the Grand Ole Opry, Bob Dylan on CBS, and John Lennon from her house. Now she’s teamed up with Band of Heathens to cover a Lucinda Williams classic. To quote Lucinda on Instagram, “Get to Slidell, girl!!” Continue reading »

May 192020
 
quarantine covers
Amy Helm – Twilight (The Band cover)

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Mar 232020
 
quarantine covers

Many musicians, unable to go on the road, have taken to performing concerts in their home in the past week. Personally, I have spent a huge amount of time watching various these live streams. The performances have been moving and powerful, an unusually intimate way to see some of your favorite musicians.

Many such shows have included covers, songs that feel right to sing right now, like John Lennon’s “Isolation” or Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” So I decided to round up some of my favorites below.

Unfortunately, many live stream platforms don’t archive the content, so if you miss it live, it’s gone (another reason to watch these streams!). But plenty of great covers have remained online. Check ’em out below, and let us know in the comments what others we shouldn’t miss. Continue reading »

Feb 182020
 
metal weird al cover

Last year, comedian and musician Jonah Ray recorded an EP of punk-rock “Weird Al” Yankovic covers. And if that sounds wild, wait until you hear this.

On their new EP, Columbus, Ohio thrash metal band Deprecator recorded a heavy-as-hell cover of Weird Al’s “Dare to Be Stupid.” It has all the hallmarks of thrash metal: growled vocals, thunderous drums, and guitar riffs rushing by at a furious clip. It’s not a gimmick – they’re a legit veteran metal band – but the band clearly has a sense of humor. The music video boasts a giant ape, a whole lot of fake blood, and some nice homages to Al’s original (itself an homage to Devo, though the song is not a direct parody). Continue reading »

Aug 022019
 
jonah ray covers weird al

In 2014, Weird Al Yankovic appeared on Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray’s long-running comedy show The Meltdown to perform “Dare to Be Stupid” with a string quartet (a precursor to his current orchestra tour, perhaps?). Ray, best known for his role in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival, introduced him simply: “It means a lot to us that he’s on the show.” Continue reading »

Jul 312019
 

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Anais Mitchell & The Staves – Strong Enough (Sheryl Crow cover)

For a few years now, long-running French video company La Blogothèque has been filming a series they call “One to One” at Bon Iver’s various European festivals. They blindfold one audience member and bring them into a private room for a concert for one. Bon Iver did one, and Damien Rice’s is a must-watch. Personally, that experience sounds more awkward than enjoyable – especially with all the cameras in your face – so I’d rather just watch someone else’s personal concert on video. This one is a gem, feature The Staves with Anais Mitchell delivering a gorgeously-harmonized Sheryl Crow cover. Continue reading »