Listen to Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (Mars Volta) covering Ellie…

Listen to Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (Mars Volta) covering Ellie Goulding’s hit song Lights


The xx covering Wham’s “Last Christmas” in…

The xx covering Wham’s “Last Christmas” in their own xx-style.

In honor of our Wednesday Undercover tradition. Enjoy!

Possibly one of my favorite covers ever, I actually listen to…

Possibly one of my favorite covers ever, I actually listen to Taken by Trees “My Boys” more than the original (“My Girls” by Animal Collective).

After months of listening to Taken by Trees do this song, I went back to play Animal Collective’s track. Only then did I realize how unique and full of talent the cover song truly was- to hear in your head a lovely slightly bouncy acoustic melody somewhere in the original, I feel would be puzzling if not just plain unlikely for most; but Taken by Trees heard just that and manifested the sound into their cover.

Taken by Trees definitely made this song their own which is always fun to listen to and to look at the transformation. 

David Byrne + St.Vincent Switch- Performing Each Other’s Songs

You’ve seen David + Annie together, now watch as they perform each other’s songs! Below “Burning Down the House” is a video of St. Vincent performing “Northern Lights” followed by David Byrne putting his spin on St. Vincent’s fabulous single, “Cruel.” 

“Northern Lights”:


St. Vincent + David Byrne Tour Dates
09/18 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
09/20 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
09/21 – Montreal, QC @ POP Montreal
09/23 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
09/25 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theater
09/26 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theater
09/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
09/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Park
09/30 – N. Bethesda MD @ The Music Center at Strathmore
10/02 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
10/03 – Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Center
10/05 – Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
10/06 – Houston, TX @ Hobby Center
10/07 – Dallas, TX @ McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
10/10 – San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s
10/11 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington Theatre
10/12 – Costa Mesa, CA @ Segerstrom Theater for the Arts
10/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater
10/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
10/17 – Seattle, WA @ 5th Avenue Theatre
10/18 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Auditorium
10/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts
01/14 – Melbourne, AU @ Arts Centre
01/15 – Melbourne, AU @ Arts Centre
01/17 – Sydney, AU @ State Theatre
01/18 – Sydney, AU @ State Theatre
01/20 – Tasmania, AU @ Mona Foma

Weekly Covers: Elliott Smith, TLC Songs +more

“Ballad of Big Nothing” (Elliott Smith) – 
Cymbals Eat Guitars

I’m not sure if I ever thought of someone else covering Elliott Smith besides my favorite Between the Bars cover, but Cymbals Eat Guitars did this pretty well. They bring their own vocal styles over music that is obviously a modern rock band yet still screams classic signature Elliott, in a strong yet subtle way- a nice tribute to one of the most incredible “Indie Icons”.

CSS covers Grizzly Bear’s “Knife”

Never could pass up the chance to post some CSS tunes. They are a personal favorite of mine, and this well-executed cover of another awesome band (Grizzly Bear) is just simply great.

The Afghan Whigs cover TLC’s ‘Creep’

Anyone who covers TLC, and a CrazySexyCool track at that, gets some pretty big bonus points for doing it well and not making it sound cheesy. The Afghan Whigs pull it off effortlessly.

The fairly underground indie band is playing a sold out Austin City Limits Show this well, but plays Antone’s the following night. They also managed to sell out LA’s Fonda Theater, adding another show there as well.

Under Cover Indie: Our Picks for Covers of the Week

So you know that moment… 

I was lucky enough to find another great foreign band covering a song by my all time favorite band [Smashing Pumpkins]. Honestly this version turned me back onto this song (please for the love of music don’t ever let Billy know I said this).

No matter what, credit and respect must be given when a song is covered perfectly- changing it up and taking it in another direction giving it a part of you and making it a part of yourself without taking away from it; paying tribute and not screwing it up or making it sound just “off”.

Perfect example: Paper Crows covering Smashing Pumpkins-Disarm

And another new band + a revamp for a great classic song. “Down Under” by Men at work gets Folk’d-ified by Barricades Rise. 

The American pop punk band Smoking Popes is from Chicago + features Josh Caterer’s crooning vocal style that was rare to the genre before.

He noted many great classic “crooners” as his influences, namely Elvis Costello who also influenced the singer to take the band toward pop music in the first place.

Now Josh you may know if you are a fan of Bayside… maybe!

Bayside released an acoustic version of their song Megan in which Josh sings on the 2nd verse. Following the collaboration, the two bands toured together before Smoking Popes “hibernation” period.

Years later, last year actually, Smoking Popes released a stream of their new album This is Only a Test, on Asian Man Records. The album received some incredibly high marks from critics especially for a “come back” type of release.

…Anyway, Josh’s gorgeous vocals do a top notch job of reviving this much-loved Charlie + The Chocolate Factory song originally sang by quirky + legendary Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. 

Somehow Caterer makes this feel like less of a guilty pleasure and more like heaven.