May 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!

Counting Crows have a tough gig. They are lumped in with mainstream music, earning them disdain from the hipster crowd, yet they haven’t had a Billboard hit since 2004. Lots of folks like them (they have 200,000 more “likes” on Facebook than our last In the Spotlight artist, LCD Soundsystem) but it seems hard to find many people listing the Crows as one of their all-time favorites – or at least admitting to it. Continue reading »

Apr 292011

If you’re like us, your first reaction to this “Pretty in Pink” cover might be, How is this a cover?? It’s almost unrecognizable. Almost. For the first listen or two, you might need to take San Francisco composer Emmalee Crane at her word that this is what she says it is. Then you start to hear it, little snatches of melody burbling up from the Psychedelic Furs original midst all the hypnotizing sound swirls. Continue reading »