Ben Gibbard to release Teenage Fanclub covers album

Ben Gibbard is giving Teenage Fanclub’s 1991 album, Bandwagonesque, a special spin as part of a special new project. On Friday (July 12), it was announced that the Death Cab for Cutie frontman will be taking part in a special project called “SOUNDS DELICIOUS” all made possible by Turntable Kitchen. Turntable Kitchen’s “SOUNDS DELICIOUS” is a vinyl subscription club which offers subscribers exclusive full-length artist-chosen cover albums on a limited-edition vinyl.

For Gibbard, the musician chose Teenage Fanclub’s Bandwagonesque because, according to him, it’s his favorite record from his favorite band.

“Turntable Kitchen approached me last summer about being part of their Sounds Delicious Vinyl series and I was excited about the idea of covering an album in its entirety,” Gibbard said in a press release.

He continues: “Bandwagonesque is my favorite record by my favorite band of all time. It came along at a pivotal time in my musical life and I’ve loved it for over 25 years. It’s been such a blast taking these songs apart to see how they work and then putting them back together again.”

“I was thrilled and extremely flattered when I heard that Ben Gibbard had decided to cover Bandwagonesque in its entirety,” said Teenage Fanclub vocalist/guitarist Norman Blake. “Needless to say that the re-imagining of the album by this very talented fella is both inventive and deftly executed. Thanks Ben.”

For more information about “SOUNDS DELICIOUS” head on over to their website here while the animated video for the first track off the album,”The Concept,” can be seen above. Ben Gibbard’s Bandwagonesque is set to be released on July 28 through Canvasback Music/Turntable Kitchen.

Bandwagonesque was released in November of 1991 and marked Teenage Fanclub’s major label debut and their most acclaimed record at that time. Tracks like “Star Sign,” “What You Do to Me,” and “The Concept” all managed to reach spots in the top 20 at alternative radio stations across the country. As if the record being highly rated by music reviewers wasn’t enough, Bandwagonesque was also featured in Universe Publishing 2005 book, “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.”

Not too bad for a bunch of Scottish dudes.

Watch Panic! at the Disco cover the Weeknd, Rihanna

Photo by Erica Dominguez

Photo by Erica Dominguez

The guys of Panic! at the Disco are not exactly strangers to covering other artists’ songs. One of their most famous cover, one that they perform every show, ended up being used for the Suicide Squad soundtrack. On Monday (Nov. 21), the group stopped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge where they covered The Weeknd and Daft Punk’s recent collaboration, “Starboy.” As if covering the infectious Top 20 hit wasn’t enough, the Las Vegas-founded group decided to cover another artist; Rihanna. Check out the “Starboy” cover below while the Rihanna cover can be seen here.

Panic! at the Disco is currently wrapping up the remaining dates of the European leg of the “Death of a Bachelor” tour. Following a couple of shows in Australia and New Zealand in the new year, the band will return to North America for the North American leg of the tour. The trek will kick off on Feb. 24, 2017 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT and wrap up almost two months later on April 15, 2017 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL. Saint Motel and MisterWives will open for Panic! at the Disco during the excursion. The complete list of North American stops for the “Death of a Bachelor” tour can be found here.

The “Death of a Bachelor” tour is in support of Panic! at the Disco’s recently released record, Death of a Bachelor. This past summer, the group, alongside Weezer and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, invaded the North American tour circuit for their massive summer. Check out our recap/review from the Miami stop here.

Watch Motionless in White Cover Linkin Park

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Motionless in White treated fans in Boston to a nice throwback with a Linkin Park cover. During their stop at Boston’s House of Blues on Monday (Oct. 19), the Pennsylvania band treated fans to a cover of “One Step Closer” which ended up being a pretty good cover of Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory hit. Check out the fan-shot video of the cover below.

As with any fan-shot video, we do give a warning that the audio is a little hard to hear (Chris Motionless sounds drowned out), but the actual footage is probably one of the better videos we’ve seen in a while. Also, there is a lot of use of flashing lights, so be warned.

Motionless in White are currently in the middle of their co-headlining “Apollo X Tour” with The Devil Wears Prada. The two bands alongside opening acts  The Word Alive, Upon A Burning Body, and the Color Morale, are scheduled to perform at the London Music Hall in London, Ontario, tonight (Oct. 21).

For the complete list of tour dates for the co-headlining trek, head on over here for all the upcoming stops.

Watch the Ragtime Gals Cover Rihanna with Special Guest

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We all know Rihanna’s song “Bitch Better Have My Money” is about how her accountant ran away with her money resulting her almost going bankrupt, even though the singer is reportedly worth millions of dollars. So what happens when you combine the song, which has a crazy-ass music video and “what the hell” lyrics to boost and a barbershop quartet featuring a special guest?

The video below which finds Jimmy Fallon’s barbershop quartet, The Ragtime Gals, giving the rough-around-the-edges song a classic and almost family friendly sound (even though, we won’t call the song and its lyrics family friendly). In addition to the “wholesome” sound, the video also features a special guest contributing some vocals; Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Check out the video for the cover below.

Listen to Muse’s Cover of CHVRCHES

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What happens when Muse decides to cover one of CHVRCHES’, songs? An interesting cover, to say the least.

During their appearance at BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge on Friday (Sept. 11), the band performed a cover of CHVRCHES’ song, “Lies” from their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe. Muse’s cover comes on the heels of Demi Lovato doing a similar thing with Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” and FKA Twigs who performed a cover of Sia’s “Elastic Heart.”

The audio of the “Lies” cover can be heard below.

In addition to the cover, the band also performed some tracks off of their new album Drones as well as hit songs, “Super Massive Black Hole” and “Knights of Cydonia.”

But if that wasn’t big enough news, the trio also confirmed details about their “Drones World Tour.” For anyone living in Europe, it was really good news while those living in North American (like us), it was more of a teaser.

Muse will begin their “Drones World Tour” on April 5 at the 3Arena Dublin in Dublin and wrap up on June 4 at the O2 Arena in Prague. As of now, no other tour dates have been released.

The group also revealed that for the first time ever, the stage set up will feature the band performing “in the round” from the middle of the arena(s) so that the concert-goers can get a full “360 audio/visual sensory experience.”

Really cool. For tickets or more information about the tour, head on over to Muse’s website.

Mark Hoppus Joins Mumford and Sons on Stage

So what happens when you combine a folk band, one-third of a pop-punk band, and an 80s staple? One collaboration that, in a way, works.

During their show last night (Aug. 18) at the Forum in Inglewood, CA, Mumford and Sons brought Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus on stage to join them for a cover of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams.” But Hoppus wasn’t the only one putting his hat in the ring for this version of the song; Mumford’s tour mates Jack Garratt and the Vaccines joined in on the performance as well.

Watch some videos from the show below.

As it turns out, it isn’t the first time the United Kingdom band covered the 1983 song. They debuted their version of the song back in late July while performing at BBC’s Maida Vale Session, but recently, they added to their touring setlist.

Mumford and Sons is just about to wrap up their summer festival tour which they embarked on in support of their recently released album, Wilder Mind. Their next stop will be at the Gentlemen of the Road festival in Salida, CO this upcoming weekend (Aug. 31-22).

Florence and the Machine Cover the Foo Fighters at Glastonbury

We all know the story of how the Foo Fighters had to cancel all their European tour dates due to a massive injury frontman Dave Grohl sustained during the group’s show in Sweden a few weeks ago.

One of those cancellations was their gig at the Glastonbury Festival in London.

Florence and the Machine quickly swooped in to volunteer to take over for the band during their now vacant headlining slot on Friday’s (June 26) line-up. We have our own theory that it’s because frontwoman Florence Welch knows what it’s like to have to cancel shows due to a serious injury; the singer busted her foot earlier this year at Coachella and was stuck sitting on a stool during her performance until recently.

Turns out, the band decided to pay tribute to their predecessor by performing their own version of “Times Like These.”

Welch began by telling the audience, “We’d like to dedicate this next song to the legend and all around incredible human being Dave Grohl. He was so incredibly kind and supportive to us when we were first starting out, and we were so sad to hear he broke his leg.”

Check out the video below

Florence and the Machine are currently in the middle of their Summer festival tour which has them playing several music festivals across the world. After that, they will pack their bags in the Fall and come to the United States for a U.S. tour in support of How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

As for the Foo Fighters, there has been no update on whether they will be canceling any of their U.S. tour dates which is slated to begin next Saturday, July 4.

Watch The Killers Cover Kings of Leon at Firefly

This past weekend, Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE was evacuated following some terrible weather before the late night performances on Saturday (June 20).

Things got so bad that the official Twitter account for the weekend-long festival had warned concert festival attendees who were camping on the site, to pack up their pop-up tents in fear that things would go flying. They also advised those who came in cars to take refuge in them until the weather conditions got better.

Sadly, all performances which included Kings of Leon’s headlining gig, DJ Steve Aoki, and “Seflie” duo the Chainsmokers were cancelled for the night.

Soon after the conditions bettered, festival organizers revealed that two of the three acts were able to reschedule for the next day; Kings of Leon was not one of them.

So while Kings of Leon were not there to perform, The Killers decided to pay tribute to the group by performing two covers of the Tennessee band’s songs.

Frontman Brandon Flowers began the covers session by asking the audience if they liked Kings of Leon. Right after they began to perform “The Bucket” from 2004’s Aha Shake Heartbreak and an acoustic version of “Use Somebody” from 2008’s Only By the Night.

Watch the video below.

The Killers’ appearance marks the first time the band have performed together since 2014 when they performed at Tennent’s Vital in Belfast. Since then, the band have been on hiatus while Flowers released his sophomore solo album, The Desired Effect and is slated to go on a solo tour later this year.

Watch Brandon Flowers Cover “Bizarre Love Triangle” With Bernard Sumner

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Last week, Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers welcomed Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde on stage to perform her group’s 1986 single, “Don’t Get Me Wrong” and his own song, “Between Me And You” while performing at the O2 Arena in Brixton.

After many rumors and eventually a confirmation thanks to people present at the rehearsals, Flowers continued this by bringing New Order frontman, Bernard Sumner on stage to cover the New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle” at the Manchester Academy.

Watch the complete video of performance here.

This is not the first time Flowers has covered the song, he did so back in 2009 with The Killers. This also isn’t the first time Flowers has performed with Sumner; they performed together back in 2005 and many times after. The different with this performance is that it’s the first time Flowers has played with anyone from the 80s group since he revealed earlier this month that he was recording with them for their new album.