Courteney Palis

Courteney is currently a journalism and environmental studies student at NYU. When she's not busy worrying about how she'll feed herself once she graduates in December, she's reading, writing, blowing lots of money on shows, and playing piano or guitar (not both simultaneously -- she's not that talented). Her iPod is probably the most unlikely mix of music you've ever seen -- and it's only part of the collection she used to have before her hard drive crashed. You can follow her not-so-exciting life on Twitter: @courteneygoy.

Mar 292012

Thanks to music blog Southern Souls and creative mastering studio Mojito, the world has met indie bliss in the form of a collaboration between The Elwins and Luke Lalonde of Born Ruffians fame. The two came together at the Verge Music Lab to record a skilled performance of Beyoncé’sCountdown,” the first in a cover series called “The Mojito Sessions.” Continue reading »

Mar 222012

No matter who you are, chances are while listening to R&B singer R. Kelly’sIgnition (Remix),” you feel the same joy that comes with summer or a good night out bubble up inside. Or, at the very least, you bob your head in enjoyment. It’s just one of those songs — it feels good whenever, wherever, and however it’s played. That’s probably why Young the Giant’s cover of the 2002 R&B hit is so damn good…well, that and the fact that the alternative rock band is quite a talented quintet. Continue reading »

Mar 152012

Pat Benatar’s “Love Is a Battlefield” is an up-tempo, energetic hit full of emotion and ’80s pop fervor. Released in 1983 off of her album Live from Earth, it’s easily one of her most popular and well-known tracks. But just wait until you hear what Havana Lake – also known as the Australian Steven Heath of I Dream in Transit fame – has done with it. Continue reading »

Mar 132012

If you really think about it, Britney Spears‘ “Toxic” — released as the second single off of her fourth album, In the Zone — isn’t just another shallow dance track. Sure, it may have broken the top ten of Billboard‘s Hot 100 and hit number one on its Pop and Dance/Club Play Songs charts back in 2004. But if you strip away its fast tempo and electrobeats, it becomes a song all about the dangers of love so strong, it’s addictive. Thankfully, the world has LA-based singer-songwriter Christopher Dallman to show us how truly sobering Britney Spears tracks can be when performed the right way. Continue reading »

Mar 072012

It seems like just yesterday, girls across the country were shaking it like a polaroid picture at the smooth request of André 3000, one half of the popular hip hop duo Outkast. But, alas, it’s been nearly a decade since “Hey Ya!” was released as one of two lead singles off of the pair’s double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. That’s not to say the song doesn’t have much life left in it yet, as PigPen Theatre Company clearly proves with their folky performance of this funky hip hop tune. Continue reading »

Mar 052012

It’s very, very likely that no one will ever sing “I Will Always Love You” as well as the late Whitney Houston did, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s not worth a try. Good thing hard rocker Chris Cornell decided to take a chance on the track because, if he hadn’t, the world would have never been able to witness such an unexpected surprise of a cover. Continue reading »