Video: Luna – “Fire in Cairo” From A Sentimental Education, due September 22 on PledgeMusic/Double Features Records. My favorite era of the Cure is the Three Imaginary Boys period before they incorporated synths. They were just scrappy young punks with a clever sense of melody. Their gloomy stuff is great too, of course, but I … Continue reading New Luna video: Fire in Cairo starring Rose McGowan
Stream: Dawes – “Something Fine” Dawes has an obvious affection for Jackson Browne. Singer Taylor Goldsmith’s voice sounds so similar to Browne’s, it took me a long time to realize that Browne contributed vocals to “Fire Away” on last year’s Nothing Is Wrong. They even played a couple of songs together for Occupy Wall Street … Continue reading Dawes covers Jackson Browne
About two and a half years ago, we ran our first “Five From the Archive” piece. We called it “Top Five Covers by Umphrey’s McGee”, predating the official series name, since we only decided to make it a more regular item after we saw how much interest the Umphrey’s McGee covers generated. Since we’ll be … Continue reading Five From the Archive: Umphrey’s McGee in 2012
Greensky Bluegrass is a local Michigan band done good. Coming out of Kalamazoo, they hit a soft spot for me right away, since that’s where I (and some other GLONO folks) went to college. And they have done a lot of shows at a place I know well: Bell’s Brewery. I was drinking their beer … Continue reading Five From the Archive: Greensky Bluegrass
Elliott Smith always picked interesting songs to cover. Some that were well known, some that were more obscure. But they were all good. They certainly hit my musical sweet spot. These five selections are just a sampling — he was a serial covererist — and you can find more just browsing through the shows available … Continue reading Five From the Archive: Elliott Smith’s Best Covers
Video: Flaming Lips – “I Am the Walrus” I actually expected this to be a lot weirder than it is. It’s a surprisingly faithful rendition of the Beatles classic, considering the stripped-down nature of the effort. It’s almost entirely driven by the fuzzed out Rickenbacker bass, but Drozd fills in all the sound effects with … Continue reading Flaming Lips – I Am the Walrus
Merry Clayton (backing vox on Gimme Shelter) releases her own version in 1970.
See my favorite college band do a Beatles cover and an original in 1992.
To celebrate An Introduction to Elliott Smith, KRS offers his Big Star cover.
Chicago’s favorite band returns…in Portland, Oregon.