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The February Mix: 15 free songs and albums

Hooray, it's free music time again! We have 3 albums and 12 tracks of awesomeness for you - a couple of live sessions and some really interesting covers. As always, remember to support these artists if you dig 'em - stalk them online, buy more of their music or definitely get out to one of their shows. Rock ...

Free Music Monday: The Christmas Edition

Best. Season. Ever. So my family has a zero Christmas present policy this year, because, let's face it, that shit has just got totally out of hand in our shallow commercial society. But that means I'm going to spend all the effort and money I would on presents, on making/repurposing stuff for decorations and making ...

The Beatles, sung hipster-style

Wait, wait! I know you're doubtful because of that extra-dubious headline I put up there, but I will see your worry and raise you one quarter of the best vocal folk group I've heard in the last decade. You see, AG (likely known in regular life as Adrianne Gonzalez, because that's her name) is one of the ...

Dashboard Confessional – Tall Green Grass

When I was lucky enough to go to Europe in its recent spring, this was my song of the moment. Now that the days are warming up here, it's come back to mind. Listen to it all the way through and try and not be filled with the promise of an easy, warm, new ...

AG – I Wanna Be Your Man (Beatles cover)

I'm doubly dubious of cover versions when they're of Beatles songs, no matter who is doing the covering. But you've got to hand it to AG (who, like Kyler England, you also know as part of The Rescues) - she sure stamps her own indie style onto the Fab Four's "I Wanna Be Your Man". Watch here: I love how literally ...

Covered – Beautiful Small Machines do M.I.A.’s Paper Planes with a banjo

As a pre-cursor to their forthcoming EP, Beautiful Small Machines release their a banjo-laden re-envisioning of MIA’s “Paper Planes” single. Already a Top 5 Pick of the Week in The Guardian of London, BSM infuse the iconic hip-hop track with their own folk-pop sway while maintaining the integrity of what at its ...

Michael J. Fox redoes Johnny B. Goode

From CoverMeSongs: Think back, way back, all the way back…to the future. In this 1985 cult classic, the brave and quick-witted protagonist, Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, essentially founds rock and roll through a cover of legendary guitarist (and actual rock and roll pioneer) Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. ...

Dashboard Confessional – It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (REM cover)

You still miss REM. It's fine, I still miss them too. So does Dashboard Confessional. Or maybe just Chris Carraba. Carraba has just released his first solo record away from his oddly-named band, and it's a collection of covers, by bands including Big Star, the Replacements, and Archers of Loaf. Here's a lovely ...

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Ignition (R. Kelly cover)

I love this man. Not only because of that picture above, but because every time the cover version world dries up a little bit online, he pops up to make me smile. So I present to you JGL working a sultry, acoustic version of what is normally an annoyingly catchy R'nB song - ...

Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Rebellion (Arcade Fire cover)

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Blitzen Trapper – Good Times, Bad Times (Led Zeppelin cover)

It's a bit of a wonky video, but what do you think of Midwest hipster Led ...

The Killers – Ultraviolet (U2 cover)

This week saw the 20th anniversary of U2's seminal 1991 album, Achtung Baby. England's Q Magazine recorded a tribute album of famous folks doing covers of all the songs on the record. Much like Spin did when they turned Nevermind into Newermind. These two tracks both feature on the AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered album. The ...

Chris Isaak – Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis cover)

After last week's review, you knew it would be coming. Isaak's take on the King: This might just be the greatest love song of all ...

Portugal. The Man – Helter Skelter (Beatles cover)

I (sacrilegiously) often prefer other versions of this song to the Fab Four's original. Check out Portugal. The Man segue from one of their songs into "Helter ...

Album Stream: The Gaslight Anthem – iTunes Sessions

We all now that never did a better band exist for me than The Gaslight Anthem. And even though The Horrible Crowes arose recently, the New Jersey trio hasn't gone completely awry. They recently released an iTunes session featuring cover versions of The Who, The Animals, and Tom Petty. Happiness is...! Stream the ...

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