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St Vincent: Golden Girls Theme Song
In an atmospheric dirge "cover" of the Golden Girls theme song "Thank You For Being a Friend," St Vincent (aka Annie Clark) brings out something viewers of the show probably never expected. It's a minimal, two-minute requiem that's all haunting synths...
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Portishead: SOS (ABBA Cover) In an exhilaratingly dark version of ABBA's "SOS," Portishead's Beth Gibbons brings an immense heartbreak to the Swedish group's 1975 pop song. The cover is a tribute to Jo Cox (a Batley and Spen MP who fought for refugees...
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Portishead: SOS (ABBA Cover)
In an exhilaratingly dark version of ABBA's "SOS," Portishead's Beth Gibbons brings an immense heartbreak to the Swedish group's 1975 pop song. The cover is a tribute to Jo Cox (a Batley and Spen MP who fought for refugees' rights) who was murdered...
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High Water: Changed The Locks (Lucinda Williams Cover)
Folk rocker Lucinda Williams' bridge-free 1988 song "Changed the Locks" is so bad-ass and to the point that there's not much room for other artists to cover it with justice (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers once tried). High Water (aka Will Epstein...
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Isao Tomita: Arabesque No. 1
84-year-old composer and synth soothsayer Isao Tomita passed away this weekend in Tokyo. He introduced the near-infinite possibilities of a relatively new invention, the Moog modular synthesizer to Japan—approaching the instrument like an orchestra...
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Laura Groves: Gamma Ray Blue (Cleaners From Venus Cover)
London-based songwriter Laura Groves previously released an album on XL under the moniker Blue Roses. Under her real name, however, Groves transitions from acoustic instruments like piano and guitar to a more electronic set-up, and her voice glows...
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D'Angelo feat. Princess: Sometimes It Snows in April
D'Angelo was joined by Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum (aka Princess, a Prince cover band) last night to perform a tremendously moving version of Prince's "Sometimes it Snows in April." The song, from the legend's 1986 album Parade (perhaps most...
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Prince: Purple Rain (Live) It's tough to lose Prince, who passed away this week at the age of 57. The seemingly invincible artist's personal back catalog is an infinite jukebox of hits and buried treasures—which helped launch others' careers and...
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The Flaming Lips: Space Oddity
Four months later, it's still hard to fully grasp that David Bowie is no longer with us. The latest tribute comes from The Flaming Lips, who have covered "Space Oddity" with utter, heartfelt emotion. In the accompanying music video, the band plays...
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Rihanna: Same Ol' Mistakes
For those who don't have a TIDAL subscription, Rihanna's album ANTI is now available on Spotify. Whether you're tearing down the highway to "Desperado" or grooving to the nostalgic, soulful "Love on the Brain" the tracks are delightfully diverse. It...
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Shamir: Hungry Like The Wolf (Duran Duran Cover)
CH favorite Shamir has just announced he'll be joining Duran Duran on tour, and released an acoustic cover of their wildly popular "Hungry Like The Wolf." His rendition is tender and dreamy—turning the '80s pop anthem into a soft ballad—with his vocals...
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Sondre Lerche: Hotline Bling (Drake Cover)
It's hard to deny the continued ear-worm presence of Drake's ubiquitous hit "Hotline Bling." But when placed in the hands of Norwegian singer and multi-instrumentalist Sondre Lerche a cover track has been born that's different than the slew of other...
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Jehnny Beth + Julian Casablancas: Boy/Girl Julian Casablancas and Jehnny Beth of Savages rock out in their cover of an '80s punk track from Danish band Sort Sol and American singer Lydia Lunch, "Boy/Girl." It's a fierce duet that's rough around the...
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Jehnny Beth + Julian Casablancas: Boy/Girl
Julian Casablancas and Jehnny Beth of Savages rock out in their cover of an '80s punk track from Danish band Sort Sol and American singer Lydia Lunch, "Boy/Girl." It's a fierce duet that's rough around the edges, especially with Jehnny Beth's half...
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Robin Pecknold: Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind (The Five Keys Cover)
Out of the blue, Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes releases a fun cover of the 1956 single "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" by the R&B singing group The Five Keys, with the message "happy holidays." His rendition starts out sweet and nostalgic, before blooming...
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Chromatics: Girls Just Wanna Have Some Chromatics covered Cyndi Lauper's classic "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" for a MANGO TV commercial featuring Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne. They're now releasing it along with six other variations of the track...
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Chromatics: Girls Just Wanna Have Some
Chromatics covered Cyndi Lauper's classic "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" for a MANGO TV commercial featuring Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne. They're now releasing it along with six other variations of the track, as a "maxi digital single." One of the...
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Junior Boys: What You Won't Do For Love
Junior Boys are back from their "hibernation," as they've Tweeted, with an electronic music-driven cover of Bobby Caldwell's "What You Won't Do For Love." It's very fitting—as the opening lyrics are "I guess you wonder where I've been." Arpeggiated...
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Elliot Moss: Best Light Though just 21 years old, Elliot Moss made a strong debut with his self-produced album Highspeeds—even Zane Lowe is a fan, playing Moss' dark, minimalist pop songs on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio. Moss' new music video for...
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Alessia Cara: Bad Blood (Taylor Swift Cover)
Alessia Cara's anti-social anthem "Here" has been on heavy rotation at HQ for a while, and now she's delighted listeners with a cover of Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood." In this pared-down version (featuring just an accompanying pianist, Cara on guitar...
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Alice Smith: I Put a Spell on You (Nina Simone cover)
Originally written by Jay Hawkins, "I Put a Spell on You" made waves when the legendary Nina Simone released her bluesy, arresting version in 1965. Now, for Nina Revisited... A Tribute To Nina Simone—featuring covers by Lauryn Hill, Mary J Blige, Common...
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B.B. King: Guess Who (Live at Sing Sing Prison 1972) The legendary B.B. King passed away yesterday and his heart-rending blues will be truly missed. Regarded as one of the world's most significant guitarists, King leaves a career that spanned decades...
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Jessie Ware: Jealous (Nick Jonas Cover)
As part of her performance for BBC Radio 1's Academy in Norwich, English singer and songwriter Jessie Ware covered Nick Jonas' "Jealous" in a sultry, smooth and slightly pared-down manner. Ware makes the song very much her own, but maintains the groove...
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Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp A Butterfly Kendrick Lamar’s new album has been hotly anticipated ever since he closed out the final episode of the Colbert Report with the anthemic line, “We don’t die, we multiply.” The wait is over a week earlier than...
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Jill Scott: You Don't Know
Jill Scott's newest song "You Don't Know" is a heartbreaking, bluesy ballad that's entirely full of feels. Originally recorded by Carl Hall in 1967, Scott's version sees Questlove on drums and Adam Blackstone (who has worked with everybody from Kanye...
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