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Watch Arcade Fire’s Win Butler & Regine Chassagne Cover Talking Heads’ “Slippery People” With Mavis Staples

Last night, Mavis Staples threw a star-studded tribute concert in Chicago for her 75th birthday. Celebrity guests and performers were abundant, including Jeff Tweedy, Gregg Allman, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, and Bonnie Raitt. Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Regine Chassagne were also there and came out to perform a cover of the Talking Heads’ “Slippery… More »

By: James Rettig / November 20, 2014 - 7:02 pm

Stream Selections From Bob Dylan The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11

In case you’re confused about the various Bob Dylan Basement Tapes projects coming out this November, there are two separate endeavors: The New Basement Tapes is an all-star lineup of musicians led by T. Bone Burnett who’ve filled in the missing parts of unfinished Dylan songs from the Basement Tapes era; their album is called… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 27, 2014 - 10:17 am

Bob Dylan – “Tupelo” (John Lee Hooker Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

For years, The Basement Tapes, Bob Dylan’s 1967 recordings with the Band, went unreleased; the heavily bootlegged album only saw release in 1975. And many of the songs that they recorded together still haven’t seen release, but that’s about to change. There’s a deluxe six-CD reissue of The Basement Tapes coming next month, and it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 23, 2014 - 10:30 am

Bob Dylan – “Dress It Up, Better Have It All”

Bob Dylan recorded his storied and much-bootlegged Basement Tapes with the Band in 1967, and they didn’t see official release until eight years later. A new box-set version of the tapes is coming out next month, though, and there’s a six-CD version that includes at least a few never-before-released songs from those sessions. One of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 16, 2014 - 11:54 am

Watch My Morning Jacket And Grizzly Bear Play Times Square For CBGB Fest

This past weekend, the CBGB Festival — which couldn’t possibly have less to do with the grimy, legendary, shut-down New York club that gave it its name — came to New York’s Times Square, bringing an impressive-if-weird lineup that included My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear, Divine Fits, the Wallflowers, Lisa Loeb, and DJ James Murphy. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 14, 2013 - 10:12 am

The 10 Best The Band Songs

The Band has a deserved reputation as one of the true oracles of American music at its essence — their seamless distillation of blues, jazz, folk, country, rockabilly, and soul can tell a 200-year musical saga in a span of one 4-minute song. But the story of the group itself and the inimitable individuals who formed its ranks has more i… More »

By: Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / May 3, 2013 - 3:02 pm

The 10 Most Anticipated Record Store Day 2013 Releases

It’s that time of the year again, everybody! The best holiday of the year (yes, better than National Ferris Wheel Day AND Leif Erikson Day) has returned. I’ve been going to Record Store Day since 2009, and even when I didn’t look up the releases beforehand, I’d still walk out of my favorite record store… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 16, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Bruce Springsteen Covers “The Weight”

Today, we got to hear “Toast To Freedom,” one of the last songs Levon Helm recorded. And now here’s a video of Bruce Springsteen at last night’s Newark show, singing one of the songs Helm made famous, just like Bon Iver and the Black Keys have done in recent weeks. Springsteen started off last night’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 3, 2012 - 3:59 pm

Watch Black Keys & John Fogerty Cover The Band

The night that we lost Levon Helm, the great singer/drummer for the Band, Bon Iver played tribute by covering the Band’s “Ophelia.” One night after that, in their headlining spot at the second Coachella weekend, the Black Keys paid a grand-scale tribute of their own. Inviting former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman and classic-rock archduke Joh… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 23, 2012 - 11:23 am

Watch Bon Iver Cover The Band

Yesterday, the great Levon Helm, of the band, finally lost his long fight with cancer. And last night, in a touching and classy moment, Bon Iver, onstage in San Francisco, covered the Band’s “Ophelia,” one of the songs Helm had sung. The Bon Iver horn section even nailed all the Dixieland runs from the original… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 20, 2012 - 4:43 pm

R.I.P. Levon Helm

Rolling Stone reports that Levon Helm, the great Americana drummer and singer, has died in New York, a few days after his family posted a statement that he was in the “final stages” of cancer. Helm, a former member of the Band, had been battling throat cancer for more than a decade. He was 71. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 19, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Levon Helm In “Final Stages” Of Cancer

Here’s some impossibly sad news: Levon Helm, the drummer/singer for the Band and Americana original, is in “the final stages of his battle with cancer,” according to a statement that his wife and daughter recently posted on his website. The statement thanks all the people who have loved his music, which is an extremely graciou… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 17, 2012 - 5:12 pm

Mavis Staples & Win Butler Cover “The Weight”

Here’s the legendary Ms. Staples with Win doing the Band’s stone-cold classic “The Weight,” live and onstage from this past weekend’s Outside Lands festival in San Francisco:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 15, 2011 - 1:12 pm

Wilco @ Solid Sound ’11: Photos, Setlists, Video Of New Songs

Wilco’s second annual Solid Sound fest has come to a close. Yesterday we posted the fuzzed “I Might,” and Nick Lowe cover “I Love My Label,” two sides of a new 7″ sold at the site. Now we’ve got setlists and videos from Wilco’s two performances, over which they played six songs live for the… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 26, 2011 - 10:01 pm

Download Ben Gibbard & Death Cab For Cutie’s Best Cover Songs

Last month Death Cab For Cutie returned to the spotlight with “You Are A Tourist,” the great first single and video from their forthcoming Codes And Keys. A sunny addition to our spring playlist, it recalls brighter moments of mid-period Cure when it’s not channeling “Float On.” That’s fitting given how Ben Gibbard’s got five… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 11, 2011 - 11:35 am

Robbie Robertson – “When The Night Was Young”

This April Robbie Robertson’s releasing his fifth solo album, How To Become Clairvoyant, his first in 10+ years. Outside his six strings, the collection includes guitar contributions from Eric Clapton (who co-wrote three tracks), Tom Morello, and Robert Randolph. Steve Winwood, Trent Reznor, Angela McCluskey, and a bunch of other folks also appear. We’re told… More »

By: brandon / January 4, 2011 - 4:07 pm

Saturday Night Live Takes A Load Off Fanny

Fairly whimpering end to a decent season for Saturday Night Live this weekend, but this sketch played with one of our all-time fave tunes to some comedic effect…

That’s the note! Think you know what “The Weight” is about? Think again. There’s more to this tune than that timeless hook and the… More »

By: Stereogum / May 21, 2007 - 7:18 pm

Levon Helm Sues To Take A Load Off Ad Firm’s Profits

One more from the file of litigious songwriting icons: The Band’s Levon Helm is suing BBDO, an advertising firm based in Manhattan, for using “The Weight” in a Cingular TV ad campaign. Via AP:In a lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court in December, Helm asks for information about BBDO Worldwide’s profits from the commercial for… More »

By: Stereogum / March 13, 2007 - 10:51 am

Marissa Nadler Covers The Band

Psych-folk siren Marissa Nadler has recorded a take on “Lonesome Suzie,” dressing The Band’s tune in her finger-picking and ever-calming vocals. Richard Manuel would be proud. (via GvsB)

Marissa Nadler – “Lonesome Suzie” (MP3)… More »

By: Stereogum / March 9, 2007 - 9:30 am

A Tribute To The Band

Imagine your ideal list of artists to feature on a cover album in tribute to The Band. Now get real, ’cause that’s never gonna happen. Instead, take a look at the set of folks taking turns on Band tunes for the forthcoming collection Endless Highway: The Music Of The Band. Here’s the tracklist:”I Shall Be… More »

By: Stereogum / December 14, 2006 - 3:57 pm
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