It seems the Crutchfield sisters have quite the affinity for Lucinda Williams. Way back in January, Allison (the frontwoman of Swearin’) covered Williams’ 1992 track “Something About What Happens When We Talk.” Now, twin sister Katie has taken to covering Williams’ “Greenville” during her shows as Waxahatchee. Continue reading →
This Friday night, XPN kicks off a special Under The Covers weekend, and the Indie Rock Hit Parade is getting in on the fun! Starting at 11pm, the Indie Rock Hit Parade kicks off 2015 with two hours of covers from some of our favorite indie artists. We’ll hear songs by The Kinks, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush and others covered by often unlikely groups. We’ll also spotlight a few bands fronted by Dean Wareham, who has a long history of making other people’s songs his own. Here are a few things you might hear tonight:
Before taking the TLA stage last week, Josh Benus and Matt Kass of Philly’s own Modern Inventors stopped by the XPN studio for our weekly Like A Version segment. The guys’ chat with host Eric Schuman inevitably led into a conversation about The Beatles, and Josh and Matt launched into a rousing take on “All You Need Is Love.” Listen especially for Matt’s cowboy-eqsue guitar twang on the final chord.
Strand Of Oaks, the project of Philly mainstay Timothy Showalter, is about to release a new album on Tuesday. It’s called Heal and it’s one of this year’s must-listen records (in fact, you can and should do that right here). Tim came by the XPN studio for Dan Reed’s weekly Like A Version segment to cover Gillian Welch’s “Time (The Revelator),” a song that is notably more delicate than his own recent music. Showalter admits that, following the recording and production of Heal, he needed to ease his ears with sounds that were a bit gentler than the heavy percussion and searing guitars that had surrounded him. The resulting cover is both characteristically intense and lovingly reverent.
OhBree, the arty Philadelphia band with a love of brass, have released possibly the most punk version of “I am the Walrus” to date. While the cover retains the same lyrics and beat, the background music has been imbued with a new sense of energy and urgency. In part, this is due to the raw delivery of the original lyrics. Listen to the cover below.
Previously, OhBree released an album of covers which include Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” and Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek”. While these covers slow down the original song, the cover of “I am The Walrus” is sped up. In April, the band released their latest album, Death by Broomstick. They also played at Milkboy with Thee Idea Men earlier this week, and headline Kung Fu Necktie on Friday night June 6th. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.