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My Morning Jacket Played 3 New Songs And Covered 4 Classics With The War On Drugs’ Frontman At One Big Holiday ’15

My Morning Jacket played their first shows in over a year at this year’s One Big Holiday, their own music festival that takes place in Mexico. (Here’s our report from last year.) Over the course of three nights, the band debuted three new songs that fans are calling “Big D,” “Compound,” and “Only Memories.” They… More »

By: James Rettig / February 2, 2015 - 11:33 am

POP ETC – “Wicked Game” (Chris Isaak Cover)

Covering Chris Isaak’s 1989 boudoir ballad “Wicked Game” isn’t exactly an original move; indie types have been cranking out their own versions of the song for years. (The last time one popped up on our radar, it was Lydia Ainsworth in December.) But it’s not like it’s ever a bad idea to refashion that song. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 27, 2015 - 2:06 pm

Lydia Ainsworth – “Wicked Game” (Chris Isaak Cover)

A few months ago, the Toronto singer and sound manipulator Lydia Ainsworth released the lovely and cinematic debut album Right From Real. And now she’s the latest in a long line of indie types to cover Chris Isaak’s deathless 1989 torch song “Wicked Game.” Ainsworth has been doing the song live for a while, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 10, 2014 - 10:39 am

CMJ: Blue Hawaii, Ballet School, Lydia Ainsworth @ Glasslands, Brooklyn 10/24/14

Ever since we named Lydia Ainsworth’s dual EP debut Right From Real Stereogum’s Album Of The Week almost a month ago, I’ve been hooked on it. Going into last night’s PopGun showcase at the not-long-for-this-world Glasslands, Ainsworth’s presence was the main hook for me. And, well, unfortunately I ran late and only caught the last… More »

By: Ryan Leas / October 25, 2014 - 3:22 pm

London Grammar – “Wicked Game” (Chris Isaak Cover)

The world is no stranger to the legion of covers of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” — neither is he — and here comes another, this time from UK experimentalists and Disclosure collaborators London Grammar. The group recorded it recently with Zane Lowe for his Maida Vale sessions. It holds fast to the original with singer… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 8, 2013 - 12:57 pm

Rewards & Alia Shawkat Cover “Wicked Game”

A few months ago, we noticed that indie bands like Washed Out and WU LYF were covering the fuck out of Chris Isaak’s almighty soft-focus smooth jam “Wicked Game,” and we even got Chris Isaak himself to comment on the phenomenon. Well, here’s another “Wicked Game” to throw on the pile.

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By: Tom Breihan / January 17, 2012 - 4:51 pm

Chris Isaak Talks About All Those “Wicked Game” Covers

Chris Isaak’s soft-focus boudoir-rockabilly classic “Wicked Game” is one of those songs that just about all of us attempt to sing at some point, if only to confirm suspicions that our falsettos are terrible. And it’s a song that plenty of indie rock types have covered, as well. In just the past few months, WashedMore »

By: Tom Breihan / December 14, 2011 - 11:49 am

Watch WU LYF Cover “Wicked Game” In London

Wicked Game” is the one Chris Isaak song that everybody loves to cover. Washed Out did it a few months ago, and the bizarre pop-opera project Il Divo tried it out just last night on The Tonight Show. Below, check out a video of the enigmatic art-rock yowlers WU LYF doing a scraggly but surprisingly… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 11, 2011 - 2:39 pm

Washed Out Covers “Wicked Game”

We’ve posted a handful of “Wicked Games” covers over the years — by Grooms, Girl Crisis, Giant Drag, and other bands that don’t begin with G — but Washed Out’s take for Sirius XMU’s Sessions is the most lush, as Ernest Greene replaces Chris Isaak’s famous guitar vibrato with warm synths. Listen up, DiploMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 25, 2011 - 4:40 pm

NME’s 100 Greatest Music Videos

To celebrate the launch of, NME put together a list of the 100 greatest videos of all time. While other publications’ countdowns have given props to groundbreaking-but-dated ’80s clips like “Thriller,” “Sledgehammer,” “Money For Nothing,” and “Take On Me,” the British rock mag eschews many obvious choices in favor of a thoroughly modern overview. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 5, 2011 - 2:34 pm

Lonely Island Tribute, Ass In Eminem’s Face Highlight MTV Movie Awards

LeeAnn Rimes, Chris Isaak, and Forest Whitaker sang an SNL song medley, Bruno “accidentally” bare-assed Eminem, and Kristen Stewart was predictably awkward. Check out video and photos of the funniest moments. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 1, 2009 - 12:00 pm

Pissy Pumpkins Unplug On Chris Isaak Hour

Last night’s Chris Isaak Hour featured Billy Corgan and his now departed bandmate Jimmy Chamberlin in a predictably petulant Q&A intercut with sweet acoustic performances to remind us why we still care about the Smashing Pumpkins. Along with their touring musicians, Chamberlin and a harmonica-playing Corgan were joined by horns and violin on four post-ZeitgeistMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 3, 2009 - 5:51 pm

Smashing Pumpkins Talk Haters, Rock Out With Chris Isaak

Retro rocker/funnyman Chris Isaak has a new interview show premiering on the Biography Channel :( tomorrow night. It’s called The Chris Isaak Hour, not to be confused with the fictionalized Chris Isaak Show that aired on Showtime a few years ago. Or maybe it is to be confused, they are pretty similar titles. It’s a… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 25, 2009 - 6:11 pm