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 »

Jun 062011
 

In the Spotlight showcases a cross-section of an artist’s cover work. View past installments, then post suggestions for future picks in the comments!

Recently, the Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci hinted that the band’s hiatus may soon come to an end. The Vegas foursome hasn’t released an album since 2008’s Day & Age, though Vannucci and hardworking frontman Brandon Flowers have kept busy with solo projects. Day & Age was preceded by the 2007 b-sides disc Sawdust, where The Killers revealed their fondness for covers. Flowers and Co. favor older inspiration, having covered everyone from The Beatles (“Helter Skelter”) to David Bowie (“Moonage Daydream”), the Eagles (“Hotel California”) to Frankie Valli (“Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”). Here are five of their best covers, four tackling songs by earlier generations and one from an unexpected peer. Continue reading »