To celebrate the kickoff of their tour together the Hold Steady and Deer Tick have covered each other’s music. The Hold Steady took on “Easy” the lead song off their tour-mates’ album Born On Flag Day while Deer Tick covered “Constructive Summer,” the first song on Stay Positive. Listen to both below.
You might expect Belle & Sebastian to cover the Kinks or Nick Drake or 10cc. You might not expect them to cover the most-covered Journey song ever. But it’s impossible to say no to sick kids, and during a recent visit to Children’s Healthcare Of Atlanta for the Songs For Kids Foundation nonprofit, the Scottish indie-pop long-timers tried out a sloppy cover of the song that ended The Sopranos. Watch a short video of it below.
Before she joined Dirty Projectors during the days of Swing Lo Magellan, Olga Bell was a Band To Watch. Now she’s taken some time to work on solo material again. Her upcoming album, Krai, is sung entirely in Russian and judging from the new single “Stavropol Krai” her intricate vocal-centered performances are as strong as ever and backed by even fuller arrangements. Listen below.
Soul legend Aretha Franklin has got herself into a bit of an embarrassing mess. Franklin is suing satirical news site the News Nerd for $10 million because of a story they ran about a fictional brawl between Franklin and fellow soul songstress Patti LaBelle.
Honest, the much-anticipated new album from Future, started streaming online a couple of days ago, but that stream had a couple of big omissions. “Never Satisfied,” Future’s Drake collab, is on the stream, but it’s only an abridged version of the song. And more frustratingly, “Benz Friends (Watchuola),” Future’s track with the mercurial OutKast enigma André 3000, was not on the stream at all. Future did perform it with OutKast at Coachella last weekend, so we knew for sure that it existed. And today, the track finally made its way to the internet, and on first listen, it sounds awesome. Check it out below.
This week we heard Lykke Li’s new single, “Gunshot,” which, as Tom pointed out, is a hell of a power ballad. Now you can hear the Swedish singer perform it in an entirely different way. H&M has produced a video featuring an acoustic version of the song. All the grand instrumentation of the original is retained, though, so it makes for a pretty thrilling video. Watch below.
As a rap crew, the Wu-Tang Clan has always been a notoriously chaotic and fractured entity, and no Wu-Tang member has been quicker to criticize crew mastermind RZA than Raekwon. When Wu-Tang released their last studio effort, 2007′s deeply underrated and commercially disappointing 8 Diagrams, Rae was the first person in the group to call out RZA’s psych-rap weirdo decision-making. In the meantime, RZA has gone public with how difficult it’s been to put together the new group album A Better Tomorrow, singling out Rae for being unwilling to contribute. And now Rae says that he’s going “on strike” from the group.
Vivian Girls breathed their last breath earlier this year, and now former Vivs bassist/vocalist Katy Goodman, once known to the world as Kickball Katy, is soldiering on with her La Sera solo project and getting ready to release the new album Hour Of The Dawn. We’ve already shared first single “Losing To The Dark,” and now Goodman has given us another one, the sprightly and welcoming “Running Wild.” It’s a fun song, and you can download it below.