Arctic Monkeys have been on quite the covers kick lately. Frontman Alex Turner recently stopped by Australian radio station Triple J for a solo performance of Patsy Cline’s “Strange.” This week the Sheffield quartet visited the UK’s Radio One and premiered their take on Katy B‘s “On a Mission.”
Last week we heard a cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” that had already earned four million views on YouTube. Since, that ten-hands-one-guitar performance has earned 22 million more, making it maybe the most viral cover video we’ll see all year (until Karmin comes out with another one that is).
U.K. hitmaker Jessie J has come quite a ways from her beginnings as a talented songwriter – believe it or not, she’s the one behind hits like Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.” It seems about time, then, that she receive some of the spotlight as a star in her own right. In the past few years, pop tracks like “Price Tag” have helped Jessie J make a bigger name for herself in the music world. But it’s heartfelt songs like “Who You Are,” the title track off of Jessie J’s most recent album, that really showcase her songwriting talents. Scottish band Twin Atlantic brings said talents to light with their acoustic alt-rock rendition of the original at the BBC Live Lounge.
Each year seems to bring a new cover of The Pogues’ acerbic Christmas classic “Fairytale of New York.” Everyone from Coldplay to Dropkick Murphys to Florence Welch has offered a spin on Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl’s bitter duet, though few come close to the original. The latest contender is London-based singer/songwriter and rapper Maverick Sabre, who recently performed “Fairytale” on BBC Radio 1.
The Big Pink may have found the ultimate in hard-to-Google band names. Generally, even something vague like “Air” or “Justice” can be easily found by adding “band” afterwards. However, searching for “Big Pink The Band” is somehow less than helpful in tracking down this British indie duo. Thankfully, they’ve hit an SEO-friendly level of success thanks to a 4AD signing, a Lykke Li cover, and a 2009 album that dipped a toe into the charts.