Oct 022013

Jared Leto is a hard dude to figure out. Some people still think of him as bad boy/dreamboat Jordan Catalano from My So Called Life, teens now know him as the lead singer of 30 Seconds to Mars, and others simply wonder what type of shampoo he uses for his luscious locks. In a surprise move on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, Catalano Leto performed a touching rendition of Rihanna‘s “Stay.” Continue reading »

Jul 212011

Three years ago, 30 Seconds to Mars stunned their many detractors with a slow, foreboding cover of Kanye West’s “Stronger.” It turned unlikely source material into something at odds with the boastful original. Their latest cover doesn’t reach the same transformative heights, but that’s because it takes on a much more easily-digested song: U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name.” Continue reading »

Jun 082011

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!

There are a lot of ways to describe Kanye West: hitmaker, innovator, rapper, producer, fashion designer, philanthropist, controversy-starter, and (some would argue) egomaniac. This week Kanye turns 34, so we’re simply saying “Happy Birthday!” with five covers of his biggest hits. No matter what you think of his often inflammatory behavior, there’s no denying his musical talent. Considering the number of hits and amount of attention Kanye has had since releasing The College Dropout in 2004, it’s no surprise that a diverse and high-profile group of artists have covered his tracks. West is known for his diverse catalog of collaborators, and his admirers are just as widespread, from an emo forefather to a movie star turned musician. Continue reading »