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Covers by DWNTWN, King Fantastic, Polaris At Noon

March 20th, 2012 by | Dubstep, Electro, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hip-Hop/Rap |

Three new covers from three artists I adore in DWNTWN, King Fantastic and Polaris At Noon. I became fans in three different ways, attending a King Fantastic show, falling in love with a DWNTWN song and picking up a Polaris At Noon CD while attending another artists show.

Click more to listen and download DWNTWN‘s cover to Calvin Harris‘ “Feels So Close”, King Fantastic‘s cover of Ice-T‘s “Squeeze The Trigger” and Polaris At Noon‘s cover to MSTRKRFTJohn Legend collabo hit, “Heartbreaker”. (more…)

The Knocks – Midnight City ft. Mandy Lee (M83 Cover) *Video+mp3

February 7th, 2012 by | Electropop, Music Video |

So here’s an interesting cover from one of my favorite music duos, The Knocks. They cover M83‘s hit song “Midnight City”  and get Mandy Lee on some vocals. I’m not sure if I like the vocals on this song but I really dig the production as it doesn’t sound so electronic and is more natural with the piano’s influence in the song.

Update: The Knocks just dropped the music video to their cover of “Midnight City”. Watch it below!

Video: Taylor Berrett & The Wild Cover The Black Keys

February 3rd, 2012 by | Music Video, Rock |

With the extensive accessibility of the internet, it isn’t surprising that not even two months passes before tracks from The Black Keys latest album El Camino are covered.  Lucky for us, there is talent beyond the mainstream and frankly, it ain’t so bad.

Taylor Berrett‘s style walks a line between John Mayor and Justin Timberlake circa bringing sexy back. This characteristic bodes well for his cover of “Lonely Boy,” however, his staccato and raspy style are a regular trait for the indie/blues rock genre The Black Keys fall into.

New Zealand’s rap-rock trio, The Wild, capture the intimacy and emotion of “Little Black Submarines” that fits the general bluesy demeanor of the original. They don’t go so far as to imitate the Dan Auerbach’s rocking guitar solo but this decision gives their rendition more strength in the tracks’ delicacy. Stream and download below!

Watch the two Black Keys video covers below!

Video: Brian Lopez covers “The Killing Moon”

January 31st, 2012 by | Music Video, Rock |

Brian Lopez may be an unfamiliar name but he hits familiar points that will draw you close – looks like Albert Hammond Jr. (The Strokes), has the same delicate voice as Damien Rice and strums like the great Jeff Buckley. Based in Tuscon, Arizona, Brian presents a desert-noir, psych rock vibe and shakes things up with a couple Spanish-language tracks.

His full-length, Ultra, is set for release on March 6.  Until then, go to his website for a free download of “Leda Atomica.” Stream samples of his upcoming album, Ultra, below.

Check out his cover of “The Killing Moon,” not a crazy divergence from Echo & The Bunnymen‘s original in 1984 but nothing to be disappointed about either! (more…)

Review: PK live at The Mint

January 24th, 2012 by | Concert/Festival Review, Rock |

Last Friday, I saw PK rock out at The Mint in West Los Angeles. The Mint is an intimate bar/nightclub and with around 75 people at the show, so this picture wasn’t taken from the show I attended.

PK didn’t disappoint and was probably one of my favorite indie rock acts I have seen live! I highly recommend catching them in concert if they are in your area as they make upbeat indie rock, jamming out with three guitarists and a lead singer with unique vocals to take them to the top.

PK is probably a song placement away from becoming a mainstream hit, I enjoyed just about every song they did live and hope recommend you listen to all their music and support like/follow them on facebook and twitter. Here’s my favorite song which they ended the night with, “London”, which we featured on our 1st edition of Best You Never Heard back in September 2010!

I hate leaving you with only one song from the band, so here’s their latest song, “Not In Love”, a cover of the original from Crystal Castles/Robert Smith.

Previous: PK – “Seawolves” x “Berelain”

Covers *Cris Cab, Neon Hitch, PJ Simas, Tokyo Police Club, Weezer

September 19th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, Rock |

Five new covers from artists ranging from Reggae to rock and much of what’s in between.

First we go with Cris Cab‘s reggae/jam cover to Foster The People‘s “Pumped Up Kicks”. I like how the chill vibes and overall Cris Cab gives it a new sound which is refreshing since the only thing I hear with “Pumped Up Kicks” these days is remixes and the song being played all over the radio. Watch the music video here.

Cris Cab – Pumped Up Kicks

I got mixed reactions when I played this to the Weapons of Audio fam recently. However it’s kind of catchy, the ginger is interesting but overall some of you might be passing on this shit. However, Neon Hitch‘s vocals are all over the place, slows the song up and takes out the dubstep. The song is more minimalistic than the original, the lyrics sound even more dumb and after writing a few sentences on this cover, I may be less a fan. Watch the music video for the cover, it makes it better.

Neon Hitch – Gucci Gucci

PJ Simas is killing it among the white boy acoustic guitar rappers. If you can’t think of any others in that category, trust me when I say PJ Simas is talented and might be a better producer than performer. However he puts an acoustic chilled out version of Mac Miller‘s “Frick Park Market” which is real nice to relax to.

PJ Simas – Frick Park Market

I’m a fan of Tokyo Police Club so when I saw this LCD Soundsystem cover they did, I immediately became a fan. It picks up real nicely and since LCD isn’t releasing new music, this is refreshing. Really liking the alternative & punk vibe.

Tokyo Police Club – All My Friends

Lastly comes a cover by one of my all-time favorite rock bands, Weezer. They cover The Band‘s “The Weight”, one of the best classic rock songs of all-time. “The Weight” is also one of those songs that seems really easy to sing when your drunk but it’s not, trust me, I have tried to sing the lyrics to this song drunk but stumbled in so many ways.

Weezer – The Weight

Cover songs *Justin Baron, Local Natives, Collin McLoughlin, Mumford & King Fantastic

August 3rd, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video, Pop, Remix, Rock |

Haven’t busted out a cover song post in a while but here’s five dope covers ranging from gangsta rap to rock/pop to a classic by Simon & Garfunkel. Let us know which cover song you like the most!

Justin Baron is a newcomer that I found out about a week ago with his cover of OneRepublic‘s “Good Life”. I love that he takes it in a different direction with more emphasis on the piano and vocals.
OneRepublic – Good Life (Cover) by JustinBaron

A few months ago, LA indie/alternative band Local Natives performed one of Simon & Garfunkel‘s classics, “Cecilia”. I’m a huge fan of the original song as it is so when I heard the cover, it was hard to ignore how awesome it is to hear it covered. Loving the instrumentals and the group vocals.
Local Natives – Cecilia (Simon & Garfunkel cover)

Once again Collin McLoughlin continues with the cover song. He’s such a talented vocalist and solid composer with these covers yet and hearing him perform cover after cover makes me question his song-writing ability and originality. Collin if you are reading this, please release an original soon! Listen and download “Stereo Hearts mashup” which mixes “Lazy” by Bruno Mars and “Stereo Hearts” by Gym Class Hereos. 5-star!
Stereo Hearts Mashup by CollinMcLoughlin

So this cover is a year old but I only heard it within the last couple months. Hard to deny Mumford & Sons being one of the best folk rock bands today and Vampire Weekend being equally talented in whatever genre you want to stick them in. Loving the banjo and folk rock guitars in the song plus the vocals stand out with Marcus Mumford’s vocals. Download
Cousins (Vampire Weekend Cover)- Mumford & Sons

Lastly my favorite electronic hip-hop duo King Fantastic put this song out a while ago covering Ice T with “Colors”. It only popped up on soundcloud a month ago and I had no doubt in my mind I would blog about this with some other dope covers. This is the only hip-hop song in the post, loving the instrumentals, rapping is dope, overall a quality song if you are into gangsta rap and/or like the electronic.
King Fantastic – Colors (Ice T Cover)

If you want a better idea how talented Justin Baron is with his “Good Life” cover, check out the youtube video after the jump and watch his “Cooler Than Me” Mike Posner cover too!

Karmin – “Carbon Copy/Encore” (Jay-Z Cover)

June 24th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Remix |

By now everyone knows who the Karmin duo is. Also, it is pretty obvious how hot the singer of the group is with her beautiful eyes and great smile. Besides all that though, they have really made a name for themselves doing covers for many great artists such as Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown among many others. This one is for a Rocawear ad where they cover Jay-Z’s “Carbon Copy/Encore” and it is so far my favorite one of them all. Enjoy!

Covers by Collin McLoughlin, PK, Mat Musto, My Double My Brother & Eric Holljes

June 11th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Pop, R&B, Rock |

Five covers that take the original song and turn it into a more acoustic turn with emphasis on vocals and rock and/or pop instrumentals including a tiny bit folk maybe. Anyway time for familiar songs covered by awesomely talented artists.

First is Collin McLoughlin who I am always on the fence with. Some of his songs I really like and others are boring to me. However in doing an acoustic cover of Swedish House Mafia‘s “Save The World Tonight”, I look forward to more from Collin and can’t wait for some original tracks from the R&B/pop artist.

Next we go with a group who had a great song in 2010 with “London” which we featured on BYNH 1 last summer. Recently PK did a cover of Kid Cudi‘s “Up Up and Away”. It’s got a chill acoustic indie rock melody and I mostly like it because they are covering Cudders! I pulled the audio from a video they did of the cover so the quality isn’t top-notch. Watch the music video on youtube.

We featured Mat Musto on here for the first time earlier this month. Recently he dropped a cover to Lady Gaga‘s latest hit, “Born This Way”. Musto goes real chill acoustic here, which is really cool since Lady Gaga is almost the opposite with her upbeat radio-friendly pop tracks.

A cover of Phoenix… fuck yes, sign me up! At the time the band who did this cover was called The Fragrance but has since changed their name to My Double, My Brother. I like this indie rock version, still a bigger fan of the original but a cover/remix/mashup or whatever using Phoenix is awesome! Here’s the video of My Double, My Brother performing it live.

Last track is the slowest, shows tons of talent and is a cover to an artist who was one of my favorites, Mike Posner. Anyways, Eric Holljes, who recorded several tracks with Posner while he was at Duke and who also is in Delta Rae, has tremendous talent. I’m surprised it took him this long to do the cover of this song but maybe he wanted to wait til the radio stopped playing the Gilgamesh remix of Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me”.

Karmin *youtube sensation (mp3s included!)

June 2nd, 2011 by | Music Video |

Talk about a artist that is quickly blowing up. Maybe not as fast as Kreayshawn shot up with 1 viral hit getting her a million dollar deal with Sony music or Rebecca Black. However, Karmin shows the most talent among those artists and is garnering positive reviews left and right; Karmin seems poised for stardom.

Recently the youtube music star dropped a cover to Nicki Minaj‘s “Super Bass”. She got The Roots ?uestlove on drums which only makes the video that much more fun! He also let them come on stage and perform at a show with him and The Roots in Boston.

I can’t wait to hear more original music from them, but until now, let’s enjoy some of the best cover’s to the hottest songs today.
Karmin ft ?uestlove – Super Bass (Nicki Minaj cover)
Karmin – Look at Me Now (Chris Brown Cover)
After the jump, watch videos to “Super Bass” and the song that set them off to stardom, “Look At Me Now”. Lastly a short original song Karmin made for the NBA finals! (more…)

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