Mar 312022
 
best cover songs of march 2022
Avhath – Cool / Levitating / Don’t Start Now (Dua Lipa covers)

What’s better than one Indonesian black-metal Dua Lipa cover? Three Indonesian black-metal Dua Lipa covers! Not that you’d ever know these were Dua Lipa songs unless you were listening really closely to the lyrics (and could manage to make them out).

The Band of Heathens – El Paso City (Marty Robbins cover)

During lockdown, Band of Heathens hosted a regular livestream variety show called Good Time Supper Club. One segment, “Remote Transmissions,” featured them covering a new song every episode – over 50 in all. They’re collecting some of the best on a forthcoming album of the same name: Remote Transmissions. “Making records is always about cataloging any point in time. We wanted to celebrate the unique collaborative aspect of the show,” guitarist Ed Jurdi told American Songwriter. “What better way to document the last year than with these songs?” First up is this take on a Marty Robbins country classic. Continue reading »

May 012020
 

‘The Best Ever’ series counts down our favorite covers of great artists.

john prine covers

Are there any bad John Prine covers?

I mean, sure, there are bad covers of anyone worth covering. But it struck me going through the many candidates for this list that they mostly ranged from transcendent on the high end to pretty good on the low. “Pretty good” was about as bad as it got! I don’t think you could say that for anyone else we’ve featured in this series. Continue reading »

Jun 132016
 
NCAA's March Madness Music Festival - Day 3

This past weekend was the Northside Festival, sort of Brooklyn’s answer to SXSW and CMJ. In addition to hundreds of baby bands, they had a few big-name headliners, including the pairing of Kacey Musgraves and Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes. They guested during each others sets: Musgraves sang her own “Back to the Map” during his, then he returned during hers for a duet cover of Hank Williams‘ classic “Hey Good Lookin’.” Continue reading »

Nov 032011
 

Earlier this week, we saw Amanda Palmer invite some friends to cover Rocky Horror’s “Science Fiction/Double Feature.” She strummed a ukulele there, as is her wont these days. On her new cover she ukes up again, but in a far more intimate setting. In a new video, she performs a quiet, stripped-down version of Bright Eyes’ “Lua” in what looks like a hotel bedroom. Continue reading »

Oct 042011
 

If you want to pick a hip song to cover for a children’s project, you could do worse than the White Stripes’ “We’re Going to Be Friends.” Jack Johnson did it for the Curious George soundtrack and now Bright Eyes and First Aid Kit do it for a children’s charity. Continue reading »

Jul 082011
 

Bright Eyes have been touring pretty much nonstop this year on the back of their new album The People’s Key. Their latest trek finds them hitting Europe with Jenny and Johnny (aka. Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice) in tow. On the leg’s opening night in Vienna, the two pairs combined during the encore for a cover of Gillian Welch’s “Wrecking Ball.” Continue reading »