Jul 022013

They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s special day with other people singing his or her songs. Let others do the work for a while. Happy birthday!

For a generation of teenage girls growing up in the early part of the 00s, Michelle Branch served as both counselor and inspirational figure. Her dulcet acoustic melodies salved many a broken heart and unlike the Britney-Christina-Jessica troika – she was not blonde, she wrote her own songs and she played her own instrument. Continue reading »

Jun 272011

Billboard’s Mashup Mondays series has a way of extracting gems from artists we wouldn’t normally pay much attention to. Just last week Jeremih (of “Birthday Sex” fame) delivered a surprisingly soulful version of Adele’s “Rumour Has It.” Now, longtime pop-punkers Yellowcard have their way with Katy Perry’s latest earworm “E.T.” The cover succeeds because of the one thing that always made Yellowcard stand out from their Warped Tour peers: that violin. Continue reading »