Credit: Soft Swells Soft Swells are a band of New York expats turned proud Californians — they named the group after the ocean, after all — though the music’s more rugged than you’d expect from the City of Angels. On single “Every Little Thing,” Soft Swells channel the Technicolor guitar-pop of Summerteeth -era Wilco , balancing high-flying synthesizer parts against guitars straight from the garage and frontman Tim Williams’ borderline-twangy vocals. Guitarist Matt Welsh’s former band, Phonograph, spent some time touring with the long-lived Chicago group, so it’s no surprise the elder act rubbed off — Williams, too, sounds more Midwestern than Brooklyn-bred.
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Credit: Getty Images Etta James ‘ recent passing has lead to some of music’s leading powerhouse voices covering the blues. First, Kelly Clarkson paid an AH-MAZING tribute with her rendition of “I’d Rather Go Blind.” And this weekend, Christina Aguilera delivered with her version of “At Last” during Etta’s funeral . The clip begins with Christina offering a heartfelt confession about the impact Etta left on Aguilera’s own musical career.
Christina Aguilera Covers ‘At Last’ At Etta James’ Funeral (VIDEO)
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Dear Nicki Minaj , So, I love you and pretty much everything you do. Since you burst onto the scene spitting ridiculously sick rhymes on your mixtapes, churning out chart-slaying pop melodies, and effortlessly inhabiting a zillion characters with verbal dexterity that would make Twista ‘s head spin, I’ve been totally infatuated with you. Which is why I feel a sense of responsibility to have a quick convo with you about your new video “Stupid Hoe.” Of course, I’ve been breathlessly anticipating the release of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded , which you just tweeted has been rescheduled for April 3 from Feb.
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Credit: Getty Images What better way is there to pay tribute to the late, VERY GREAT Etta James than by singing one of her most famous songs at one of the world’s most famous venues? At her Radio City Music Hall show this past Saturday, Kelly Clarkson honored the singer, who passed away Friday after a lengthy battle with leukemia , by covering “I’d Rather Go Blind,” one of Etta’s most powerful and poignant songs. Though Kelly Clarkson is primarily known for her pop-centric pipes, she brought out her raspy (and may I add, effing incredible) blues side in an homage to Etta’s signature jazzy style
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Kelly Clarkson Covers Etta James’ ‘I’d Rather Go Blind,’ Completely Nails It
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Miley Cyrus covered Bob Dylan ‘s “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go,” and, people, do not laugh as I am completely serious when I muster all of my renown and critical authority (and put my rock-solid reputation as a SERIOUS MUSIC WRITER on the line here) to declare that Miley’s cover should absolutely be taken seriously. Miley’s cover is part of the Bob Dylan compilation Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International , a four-disc collection that honors Amnesty International’s 50th anniversary and pays tribute to Bob Dylan, featuring artists like Ke$ha (who covered “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” ), Adele, Pete Townshend, The Airborne Toxic Event and more.
Watch Miley Cyrus Pay Tribute To Bob Dylan In Her New ‘You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go’ Video
+ Ke$ha and The Flaming Lips ‘ Wayne Coyne seem like a match made in glitter/confetti heaven.
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Buzz Bites (1/23/12): Ke$ha And The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne Hit The Studio
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Punk’s not dead; it just got super-obsessed with Instagram. Ontario quintet Silverstein ‘s hard-hitting new single “Brookfield” comes along with footage vignetted and faded like your favorite filters, though the band’s cool underwater shots look like actual Super 8 film. When he’s not taking a dip, singer Shane Told is marching intently through the streets of his hometown as electric guitars blast, singing about memories that seem anything but sepia-toned: “I’m sick of telling secrets/To people who don’t care enough to know/Why I’m so scared,” he sings
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Video Premiere: Silverstein, ‘Brookfield’
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Let’s say it’s been a long day: You’re exhausted, you have a pounding headache and your roommate just ate your last Lean Cuisine. Basically, you’re completely effed. Cue “One Last Song,” Eisley ‘s soft and calm new track, and probably the only non-narcotic that will help you out of your post-workday grumpfest
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Song Premiere: Eisley, ‘One Last Song’
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I still play Rock Band quite frequently. It is one game, along with Little Big Planet, that I play with my wife (she does vocals and drums; I sing backup vocals and play guitar)
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Steve Buscemi is back on the case: The “Boardwalk Empire” actor will appear in the Feb. 16 episode of “30 Rock ,” series creator/star Tina Fey tells EW. Buscemi — who has guest-starred on the NBC comedy multiple times and …
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'30 Rock': Steve Buscemi To Guest Star And Direct An Episode