Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine has established herself as something of a covers aficionado, taking on a diverse roster of artists from Drake to Buddy Holly. She debuted her latest cover while taping her upcoming episode of MTV’s Unplugged, which will air on April 8. Following in the footsteps of her excellent collaboration with Billy Bragg on “Fairytale of New York,” Florence teamed up with Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme for a cover of Johnny Cash and June Carter’s classic duet, “Jackson.”
Since its release a last fall, the Black Keys‘ “Lonely Boy” has become the duo’s biggest hit and gotten some covers attention from Australian musician Matt Corby. A new cover of the track debuted on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge this week, courtesy of British indie rockers The Maccabees. Live Lounge usually inspires high-quality covers, but the Brighton-based quintet offer an especially polished and creative take on “Lonely Boy.”
The members of New York’s PS22 Chorus are arguably some of the most famous fifth graders in the world. They’ve racked up 42 million views and counting on Youtube, where they post their covers of artists from Matisyahu to Kylie Minogue. Last week they shared the stage with Sinead O’Connor at Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom, opening her show with their take on Gotye‘s much-covered “Somebody That I Used to Know.”
Classic country star Patsy Cline is having something of a revival recently thanks to an unlikely group of fans– British rock bands. Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner performed her “Strange” for Australia’s Triple J last month, and now The Kills are getting in on the action. At their 10th Anniversary gig in New York last week, the garage rock duo added a minimalist take on Cline’s “Crazy” to their set.
British pop songstress Jessie J has had a breakout year with hit singles “Price Tag” and “Domino.” Arguably one of the few musicians who has had a better year is Rihanna, who climbed the charts this fall with her sixth album, Talk That Talk. During her visit to BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge last week, Jessie J covered her controversy-courting contemporary’s smash “We Found Love.”
“Somebody That I Used to Know,” the breakout single from Belgian-born musician Gotye, has been getting some serious covers attention in the last few months. We recently recapped the five best covers of the track to date, but new contenders are emerging all the time. The latest take on “Somebody” comes from acapella group Pentatonix, who won the most recent season of NBC’s The Sing-Off.