Sep 092019

Valve Bone WoeThe temptation to dismiss Chrissie Hynde’s new album Valve Bone Woe as aging rockstar populist folly might be tempting. But I would beseech you not to, at least not yet, no matter how the rocky (rockers?) road to hell may be littered with many a late career jazz diversion of dubious content, however lucrative. (As in, please don’t sing it again, Rod.) This is more in the territory of a respectful nod to another genre, rather than any bandwagoneering, and is perhaps a brave choice for Hynde, if certainly unexpected. Plus, this album comes at a time when her day job is far from faltering, the Pretenders currently riding a prolonged late summer of renewed acclaim. So what has she got to prove?
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Mar 152013

If you are lucky enough to be at SXSW right now, you still have the opportunity to catch genre-benders Radiation City before they get really big. The Portland-based band has already made some waves, making NPR’s list of “Bands You Should Have Known in 2012,” and Time’s “11 Great Bands You Don’t Know (But Should),” amongst others. Here, the band gives away a free cover of Astrud Gilberto’s 1964 song “Fly Me To The Moon.” Continue reading »

Nov 292011

A few weeks ago, we posted Amy Winehouse’s reggae cover of “Our Love Will Come.” It came off her upcoming rarities comp Lioness: Hidden Treasures and now we have another taste. She covers the bossa nova standard “The Girl from Ipanema” in such imitable Winehouse style that you’ll mourn her all over again. Continue reading »