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Wilco's Jeff Tweedy covers Beyonce's 'Single Ladies': Watch here

wilco-single-ladiesImage Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images; Rui M. Leal/PR PhotosJeff Tweedy is a prolific cover artist, both with Wilco and on his own. Usually he channels sturdy classics by the likes of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, or Big Star. At a solo gig in Chicago this March, however, the art-rock hero took on no less a contemporary pop monument than Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” at an audience member’s request. Somehow the video footage of this remarkable occurrence remained largely unseen until last night, when TwentyFourBit posted a grainy YouTube clip that you can watch after the jump.

As you’ll see, Tweedy sings only a few bars, followed by a dramatic recitation of the hit’s lyrics. He also twirls his hand the way all good “Single Ladies” tribute artists must. Pitchfork thinks this is “better than Liza Minnelli’s version” from Sex and the City 2. I wouldn’t go that far, but it is pretty funny. Watch Tweedy’s cover after the jump and let us know what you think.


Vince Neil talks about his first solo CD in fifteen years

vince-neilImage Credit: Mick Hutson/Redferns/Getty Images“These are songs that have great memories for me,” says Vince Neil of the tracks he covers on his new CD out today, Tattoos & Tequila. “This is a window into my life.”

The Mötley Crüe frontman’s life is increasingly that of an entrepeneur—one whose business interests actually include a brace of tattoo parlors in Vegas, where he lives. Neil’s latest corporate venture? A  luxury air charter service called Vince Neil Aviation. The rocker seems genuinely disappointed when your reporter suggests some people might balk at the idea of flying on a rock star-owned plane. “My planes are pretty bad a–,” says the singer. “They have hot rod flames on them and a leopard-skin interior. But they’re regulated by the FAA. This isn’t like, ‘Hey bro, let’s go party!'”

After the jump, Neil pilots us back to the past to ruminate upon some of his Tattoos & Tequila cover choices.


We Are the Fallen covers U2

we-are-the-fallenTwo years after her controversial American Idol run, Carly Smithson is still looking for her big break. She recently joined with several former members of Evanescence to form We Are the Fallen, a pop-metal band that sounds like…well, like Evanescence with Carly Smithson subbed in for Amy Lee. Personally, I wasn’t hugely wowed by We Are the Fallen’s debut, which hit the charts last month at a middling No. 33. All that said, they’ve just recorded a U2 cover for — and it’s actually kind of good!

The metalheads broke with type to take on “With or Without You” in an acoustic format. Smart move: Without all that gnashing guitar sludge on top, Smithson’s vocals get to shine. “With or Without You” is well suited to any singer with Smithson’s dramatic instincts. I didn’t really expect to for the reasons mentioned above, but I’m digging this.

Check out We Are the Fallen’s “With or Without You” cover over at Billboard and let us know how you like it.

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Andre 3000 covers the Beatles for a Nike/NBA ad: Watch it here!

Andre 3000 is back! While his OutKast partner, Big Boi, has been out in public gearing up for a July 6 solo debut, Dre 3K has been off in a psychedelic underground lair somewhere secretly jamming out to the Yellow Submarine soundtrack. At least, that’s how I’m imagining the genesis of the new Nike ad that has been airing on TV during the NBA finals.

The spot features Andre 3000’s brand-new cover of the Beatles’ “All Together Now” underneath a Kobe Bryant highlight reel. The nursery rhyme lyrics of “All Together Now” aren’t exactly Lennon and McCartney’s finest work, but it’s a catchy little tune, and Andre has fun with it. It’s great to hear some new music from Three Stacks, who’s been quiet of late.

Check out the ad after the jump (clip via Vulture). Have you seen this on TV? What do you think of Andre’s Beatles cover?


The Swell Season covers a disco classic: Stream it exclusively here!

swell-seasonThe Swell Season’s Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová love covers. At various concerts, I’ve seen the Once duo pay tribute to spiritual troubadours like Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen and breathe new life into old Irish folk tunes. Disco, though? That’s not a genre I’d ever thought to associate with the Swell Season, but it’s next on their list. Hansard and Irglová reinterpreted Candi Staton’s 1976 hit “Young Hearts Run Free” for “Levi’s Pioneer Sessions: The Revival Recordings,” a new covers series sponsored by the jeans giant. You can download their version if you register at the Levi’s Pioneer Sessions site — or you can stream it exclusively right now at the Music Mix.

Check out the Swell Season’s spin on “Young Hearts Run Free” after the jump. As you’ll hear, they’ve replaced the original’s leisure-suit horns and illuminated-dance-floor beat with their own soulful folk-rock sound. Turns out “Young Hearts Run Free” was a pretty great Swell Season song in disguise all along! Do you like it? (And how does it compare to Hansard’s cover of “Cry Me a River,” anyway?)

After the jump, you’ll also find a list of the other Levi’s Pioneer Sessions artist/cover pairings that have been announced so far. I’m particularly looking forward to hearing Dirty Projectors tackle Bob Dylan’s “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine.” How about you?


Taylor Hanson on performing live with Conan O'Brien: 'He's got chops!'

The now-alarmingly-mature gentlemen of Hanson got the chance to step out on stage with Conan O’Brien Saturday night, when the Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour hit their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma — a collaboration due in part, at least, to O’Brien’s wife. (According to Taylor Hanson, she’s a fan.) The trio — whose super-fun new album, Shout It Out, drops June 8 — joined other notable guests like Pearl Jam as the night’s local music heroes, running through new single “Thinking ‘Bout Somethin'” and a cover of Three Dog Night’s “Never Been to Spain” (but they have been to Oklahoma, etc.) with O’Brien backing on guitar.

Just in case we weren’t already sure of this, Taylor says that Coco is a “total gentleman,” and a “great musician.” “He’s obviously self-deprecating as a guy, but he’s got chops!” says the middle Hanson (who is now 27, and has four kids of his own, so, you know, mmmbop that). “He can get around on the guitar, and he can also get around on the keyboard, and I told him when we were there, I think he should do a Conan record. I think people would dig it.” In even better news, the legendary Coco Unemployment Beard — which has been verging on vagrant for the past few weeks — seems to be back under control. “The beard was not as unkempt as I thought it was,” confirms Taylor. “I think he tamed it a little bit for Tulsa.”

Check out the trio’s performances after the jump, plus a bonus appearance from the I’m Not Sure We Can Legally Call Him The ‘Masturbating Bear’ Anymore Masturbating Bear. Children, avert your eyes. READ FULL STORY

Russell Crowe and his merry men cover Sean Kingston's 'Beautiful Girls'

Sure, Russell Crowe can be a bit much at times. But that doesn’t mean he’s stone-faced and serious all day. Out promoting his latest movie, Robin Hood, Crowe — along with cast members Scott Grimes, Kevin Durand, and Alan Doyle — found a fun way to break up the monotony of their worldwide media blitz. They sang. Below, the quartet covers Sean Kingston’s 2007 teen smash, “Beautiful Girls.”

Check it out and let us know what you think of their crooning.

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Sixth-grade 'Paparazzi' kid's choir teacher sings his praises

Before Greyson Michael Chance’s cover of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” became a YouTube smash, the Oklahoma sixth-grader was already a star in Kelly Cheek’s classroom. “He’s an amazing student to have,” Cheek, who’s been Chance’s choir teacher at Edmond, Okla.’s Cheyenne Middle School since January, tells the Music Mix. “He’s always playing the piano in class. The kids are always wanting him to sing for them. He’s the reason why I wanted to teach, because of kids like him.”

Chance represented Cheyenne at an annual choir festival for Edmond’s five middle schools this April 12. Cheek says he was originally planning to cover 3OH!3’s “Still Around” before a last-minute switch to “Paparazzi.” “He decided about a week before…He brought that song in one day after school and sang it for me. I just said, ‘You have to do that one! It’s amazing!'”

Chance’s Gaga cover (watch it again after the jump) has made him into an overnight celeb. He’s already appeared on new fan Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show. And naturally, he’s the talk of Cheyenne Middle School. “It’s been insane,” laughs Cheek. “Our phones have been ringing off the hook. The kids are so excited, we can hardly get them to do anything but talk about Greyson.”


Ke$ha, B.o.B., and Lady Antebellum: The death-metal YouTube covers you've been waiting for

keshaImage Credit: Anthony Delvin/PA Photos/Landov“Tik tok on the clock, but the party don’t … BLARGHGHGHGHGH!!!”

And thus, from the wood-paneled rec-room walls of Billboard Death Metal, a delicate flower of musical diversity blossoms.

The impressively focused group of hirsuite gentlemen behind BDM have now taken on, as their name implies, several recent top Billboard hits —including Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok,” Justin Beiber’s “Baby,” Rihanna’s “Rude Boy,” and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now”—and executed them in a style best described as “cookie monster hopped up on Metallica and bathtub meth.”

Watch a sampling, after the jump: READ FULL STORY

'The Simpsons' do Ke$ha: Watch the cartoon 'TiK ToK' parody here

Last night on The Simpsons, the animated residents of Springfield acted out the lyrics to Ke$ha’s debauched smash “TiK ToK.” Lisa Simpson was the one who woke up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy, but from there other neighbors took appropriate parts: Otto the bus driver tried to get a little bit tipsy, Nelson Muntz hooted the big hook, Sherri and Terri and Martin Prince got pedicures on their toes, toes, and so on.

The Village Voice found this incident “inexplicable,” but I say a minute-long YouTube gag like this requires no profound reason for being. The more random the better, right? Check out The Simpsons‘ take on “TiK ToK” after the jump and chime in with your own favorite parts. READ FULL STORY

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