Sometimes a great cover song completely transforms the original, and sometimes it honors the original by playing it straight. The latter is very much case with Athens, Georgia band Futurebirds' chime-perfect take on R.E.M.'s "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville," but that doesn't mean it isn't great in its own way.
The colossal, ambient wall of shoegaze guitars and droning rhythmic track defines the sound of the latest from Denver band A Shoreline Dream. "The Heart Never Recovered" -- and progressive-psychedelic music lovers might not either.
"They're trying to put the weight of life on us," sings Massimiliano Morini of Moro & the Silent Revolution. "Our first rule should be to never look behind." It's a dose of folk-pop optimism that's well-worth heeding and hearing.
The latest from California rocker Ty Segall, "Susie Thumb," is a headlong rush into '60s garage fuzz and heavy psychedelia, as grimy as it is thrilling.
Driven by tough slide guitar and Ben Miller's tougher voice, the call-and-response gospel blues of "Get Right Church" just might make a believer out of the most hardened skeptic.
It's almost impossible to talk about Bobby Bare Jr. without mentioning his renowned father, country music icon Bobby Bare Sr. But Bare Jr. proves that he's more than just the son of a famous father in "North of Alabama," a soulful tune that blends alt-country with roots rock and is topped off with Bare Jr.'s deep, smoky voice.
Alejandro Escovedo is considered one of the finest singer-songwriters of his generation, so when he decided to cover Mick Jagger's wistful country ballad "Evening Gown," it was bound to be good. And Escovedo doesn't disappoint on this classic version of the song, featuring Jon Langford.
Taking a few cues from Siouxsie Sioux, Los Angeles-based band Dum Dum Girls combines goth rock with dark dream pop to create the somber, hazy song "Under These Hands."
"Live wire, shine brighter/Death be the only way I get to retire," raps Atmosphere's Slug on the title-track remix of the duo's eighth album. Produced by Ant, the other half of Atmosphere -- and featuring a long list of artists including Haphduzn, Nazeem and Mike the Martyr -- the stripped down and smoothed out song pays homage to Minneapolis' south side, the place where the duo has worked and called home for much of their 17-year career.
New York City-based electro-pop band Hooray for Earth turns Chad VanGaalen’s eerily warped, experimental track into a synth-fueled, psychedelic, danceable tune in this new version of the artist’s song, “Where Are You?”