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It was just over two years ago that Glasgow trio Chvrches first tapped their synth keys into our hearts with their dark, romantic pop. Aside from their Recover EP and full-length debut The Bones Of What You Believe, the band has given us a lot of listening material, covering songs by many other artists at… More »

In baseball, the five-tool player is kind of a bullshit concept, but it connotes a particular beauty. The five-tool player hits for power, hits for average, throws well, fields well, and roams the basepaths like a guerilla warrior; when the term “five-tool” is deployed, it implicitly presents these skills as equally weighted. As the greatest… More »

Technological currents have carried us ever closer to cyborg status, our smartphones becoming more and more like permanent extensions of our hands. That includes at concerts, where shooting photo and videos on phones has become so commonplace and so constant that bands felt the need to fight back this year. One of 2013’s most prominent… More »

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Prince – “Rock And Roll Love Affair” Video

Prince’s video for his new single “Rock And Roll Love Affair” is nothing more than a casual soundstage-performance clip, but it’s worth watching anyway, for one particularly bald bit of innuendo and for the sight of Prince effortlessly playing guitar and keyboard simultaneously. Prince, as you may have noticed, is a talented man. Watch it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 26, 2012 - 2:05 pm

Watch Prince Play Kimmel

Prince isn’t exactly a regular part of the late-night TV musical-guest rotation, so Jimmy Kimmel Live! scored a major coup by booking him on the show last night. On the show proper, he authoritatively blasted through his not-bad new single “Rock N Roll Love Affair.” And after that, he stuck around to give the crowd… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 24, 2012 - 10:56 am

DāM-FunK – “17 Days” (Prince Cover)

L.A. synth traveler DāM-FunK has never been exactly shy about his Prince influence, but he makes it just a little more concrete today, covering Prince’s “When Doves Cry” B-side “17 Days” as the B-side to his own “I Don’t Wanna Be A Star” maxi single. Hear DāM-FunK’s soft, insinuating version of the song below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 27, 2012 - 2:57 pm

Watch Frank Ocean Perform With Earl Sweatshirt, Cover Prince In LA

Last night, Frank Ocean performed at L.A.’s the Wiltern for his Channel Orange release show. Today, some footage of the performance has surfaced, including clips where Earl Sweatshirt joins Frank on stage for “Super Rich Kids” — the audience is just screaming the lyrics, it’s kind of remarkable — and Frank covering Prince’s “When YouMore »

By: Corban Goble / July 18, 2012 - 11:29 am

Hear Hot Chip Cover Prince

Hot Chip stopped by Zane Lowe’s BBC 1 show for a live session recently, performing tracks from their forthcoming In Our Heads as well as covering Prince’s 1987 hit “If I Was Your Girlfriend.” The cover happens at the 1:19:50 mark at BBC’s website (via NJ Underground). In Our Heads is out 6/12 o… More »

By: Corban Goble / June 1, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Sign “O” The Times Turns 25

In a lot of ways, Prince’s Sign “O” The Times, which celebrates its 25th anniversary tomorrow, is the last great double-album of the LP era. When I bought a used-CD version years after it came out, I remember being a bit weirded out: The 79-minute album could just barely fit on one 80-minute CD, but… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 30, 2012 - 11:00 am

Watch Sleigh Bells Perform — And Justin Timberlake Impersonate Bon Iver — On SNL

A day after broadcasting their sold out NYC T5 show on YouTube, Sleigh Bells brought their Marshall stacks and tourist guitarist Jason Boyer to the considerably more intimate SNL studios across town. They played Reign Of Terror’s raucous first single “Comeback Kid” and No Doubt-y ballad “End Of The Line” and you can watch both… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 19, 2012 - 11:16 am

Evan Voytas Covers “Nothing Compares 2 U”

It’s been a while since we checked in with L.A. multi-instrumentalist and experimental popster Evan Voytas, but he recently recorded this cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and today you can snag a download of that endeavor. Though the cover won’t be included on the record, Voytas is set to drop his debut EP,… More »

By: Corban Goble / October 11, 2011 - 1:05 pm

Max Tundra Covers Prince

“I couldn’t find any paid employment this week,” tweeted Max Tundra the other day. “So I recorded a Prince cover instead.” Productive! It’s a faithful take on the ’79 R&B hit “I Wanna Be Your Lover” and worth downloading if only to hear the UK electronic producer/singer’s vocal impersonation of the Purple One. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 12, 2011 - 11:34 am

Robyn Covers “When Doves Cry”

Not so long ago Robyn covered the goddess Björk’s “Hyperballad.” Now from Robyn’s session for BBC4’s On Track With SEAT comes her take on the god Prince’s “When Doves Cry,” aka the most experimental Billboard #1 the world will ever know. (Feel free to contest that claim, but come with evidentiary backup.) To wit, Robyn’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 18, 2010 - 5:08 pm

MMJ: NYC’s Coolest Cover Band Last Week

My Morning Jacket ended their five-night residency at New York’s Terminal 5 on Saturday night. In addition to playing their albums and new material, the band also indulged in a few covers, like this appropriately sax-filled cover of Wham!’s “Careless Whisper,” Prince’s “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man,” and Elton John’s “Rocket… More »

By: jessica / October 26, 2010 - 5:23 pm

Gayngs – “Last Prom On Earth” Video

Yesterday we gave you Minnesotan Best New Band Gayng’s cover of George Michael’s “On More Try,” a move I predicted a few months ago. But I would’ve never guessed they’d get Prince to show up for this glitzy live performance of Relayted slow jam “Last Prom On Earth.” He doesn’t actually play with the band,… More »

By: brandon / September 15, 2010 - 3:52 pm

Prince – “Hot Summer”

After inspiring the Vikings with “Purple & Gold” via a Minnesota Public Radio premiere, the Purple One also debuted the non-Favre track “Cause And Effect” via his hometown airwaves. Ditto the seasonally appropriate “Hot Summer.” The opening guitar sorta sounds like “Jessie’s Girl” but then you get a psych-beach organ, a Banana Splits-style sing-a-long, and… More »

By: brandon / June 7, 2010 - 3:23 pm

Prince – “Cause And Effect”

Another Purple One premiere for Minnesota Public Radio, which we can ride with. Prince is bolstering his hometown indie’s page view count by giving them his second new track of the past few months (don’t forget the Jehovah’s Witness hymnal masquerading as Vikings fight song “Purple & Gold” … actually, maybe do). It’s a Princely… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 26, 2010 - 1:27 pm

New Prince – “Purple & Gold” (Minnesota Vikings Fight Song)

It’s common for networks to cut to celebrity faces in the crowd at playoff games like last weekend’s Divisional round matchup between the Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings, but FOX seemed particularly tickled by the presence of one Prince, hanging out in a skybox, surrounded by sporting-fan folk and stonefaced in his observation tower despite… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 22, 2010 - 10:12 am

Trent Reznor Previews Tour, Disses Prince In Fan Q&A

A few weeks ago, Trent sat for a crowdsourced interview with Digg’s Kevin Rose. It looked like a success, but (surprise) NIN fanboys weren’t satisfied with the questions. Never one to shy away from interacting with his followers, Trent agreed to answer ten more questions direct from his fan forum (via TwentyFourBit.). The interview wa… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 6, 2009 - 5:32 pm

New Prince Video – “Crimson & Clover”

We’ve dissed Prince’s graphic design (non)sense and draconian web presence and poked fun at his wanting to poke Salma Hayek, but the great thing about the Purple One is that he clearly wouldn’t give two shits even if we were yelling these things in his left ear. I was going to say he’s also still… More »

By: brandon / April 24, 2009 - 9:01 am

Prince Song About Salma Hayek’s Baby Says Her Mom’s A MILF

The Nobel Prize winning Mexican beauty directed Prince’s “Te Amo Corazon” video in 2005, but the two kept things professional. (“Salma is the most thoughtful, attentive director I have ever worked with,” he said at the time.) But the pop star never stopped thinking about the actress’s luscious purple breasts. (In Prince’s dreams they are… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 9, 2009 - 12:37 pm

New Dent May Video – “Howard”

At first brush Mississippi’s Dent May doesn’t seem like the sort of dude to be sharing bills with Excepter and Beach House like he did during CMJ, or Animal Collective like he’s doing now in Europe. His record’s called The Good Feeling Music Of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, and a glance at that… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 30, 2009 - 11:36 am

Prince Premieres “Ol’ Skool Company” On Leno

The artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince may need lessons in graphic and web design, but when it comes to showmanship we are all his bitches. The little man is in Los Angeles to play three shows (all on Saturday) and three nights on Leno (this week) to promote a trilogy… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 26, 2009 - 2:43 pm