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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Under the Cover (Bands) of Darkness: Halloween Tribute Shows Roundup

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2015 at 8:20 AM

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What’s better than standing through a packed, sweaty show while wearing an itchy wig and ill-fitting polyester hand-me-down costume? Doing so while watching one of your favorite local bands transform itself into one of your all-time favorite bands, all while wearing their own crooked wigs, fake blood, or plastic vampire teeth. Here’s a guide to this year’s especially ambitious crop of Halloween cover bands:

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Jeff Tweedy Covers (and Mocks) the Black Eyed Peas; Wilco Drops New "Born Alone" Video

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 12:22 PM

"This has been very challenging": Tweedy covering the Black Eyed Peas
  • "This has been very challenging": Tweedy covering the Black Eyed Peas

Check it: New Wilco album (The Whole Love, out Sept. 27) means new Wilco video (for "Born Alone"), means new Wilco tour (alas, no Bay Area dates yet.)

But the best of today's Wilco developments is a video captured of Jeff Tweedy covering the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" at a party last night in Chicago. After warning the room that his cover will suck, Tweedy picks his way through the song, laying its lamebrained repetitiveness bare with just an acoustic guitar and then reminding the audience -- which is cracking up -- which words they have to shout along to the song. It's pretty darn funny.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

S.F.'s Meklit Hadero and Quinn DeVeaux Give Arcade Fire's "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)" a New Intimacy

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Meklit Hadero and Quinn Deveaux
  • Meklit Hadero and Quinn Deveaux

Ethiopian-born S.F. singer (and NPR favorite) Meklit Hadero and soul/bluesman (and SF Weekly favorite) Quinn DeVeaux are working on a new covers album slotted for release next January. Their project began with a live acapella take on Sam Cooke's "Bring it on Home to Me" -- and its latest product is a gem.

In late July, they recorded a video of a pared-down version of Arcade Fire's "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)," with just two voices and a quiet acoustic guitar. It's beautiful. For one thing, it's awesome to see how well the song holds together melodically, even without original's anthemic instrumentation. But DeVeaux and Hadero have natural voices for this collaboration, and an obvious chemistry, too -- their cover finds a sweet, sad intimacy that the album-opening original, while stunning, never had.

Check out Meklit Hadero and Quinn DeVeaux's take on this Arcade Fire favorite after the jump.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Holy Wow: Wallpaper Isssues a Throbbing, Sexed-Up Cover of Adele's "Rumour Has It" (With Guest Verse By Danny Brown)

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 10:59 AM

"God bless you and your American thighs," he sings.
  • "God bless you and your American thighs," he sings.

Considering it's track two of the Blockbuster Album of 2011 -- and the latest single -- you must know the song: Adele's "Rumour Has It" [delightful British spelling sic]: A stabbing post-breakup romp with the R&B diva's soaring voice front-and-center.

It wouldn't have been the first choice of material for Oakland crunk-pop misfit Wallpaper -- and that's exactly why his cover, just posted by Live 105, is a little shocking. Also, the lyrics: Somewhat ironically, Wallpaper's Ricky Reed nastied-up the tune to ensure his version won't ever get played on the radio, at least not without a lot of bleeping. Hear it after the jump.

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