Good Vibes For the Weekend: Here's MNEK Covering Cher's 'Believe'

MNEK—a 20-year-old artist from the UK, whose real name is Uzo Emenike, get it—is legit as hell: he’s got writing and production credits on a slew of British pop, house and garage hits, most notably Duke Dumont’s “Need U (100%),” and his voice is wonderful, all unshakable, soulful, velvety command. His debut EP Small… » 5/22/15 12:30pm Friday 12:30pm

Florence Welch Sings 'Love Hurts' With Father John Misty, Broken Foot 

During the first weekend of Coachella, Florence Welch dove off the stage during her performance, fulfilling the dream of every live performer. She also broke the hell out of her foot. She returned for a shortened second-weekend set and made up for the time by bringing Father John Misty to accompany her in a… » 4/20/15 5:40pm 4/20/15 5:40pm

Watch Ariana Grande Cover 'I Have Nothing' and Hit Every Last Note

Known baby Ariana Grande often seems less than comfortable in a performance setting—she dances stiffly in perpetual Halloween costume, like a stage mom's counting her in from the wings—but this video, via Refinery 29, has her at perfect ease: white sequins, a grand piano, and the one part of performance she does take… » 4/13/15 9:50am 4/13/15 9:50am

Bluesy Kelly Clarkson Covers Tracy Chapman's 'Give Me One Reason'

Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason" has never lacked grit or soul so it seems only natural that Kelly Clarkson—with just the perfect amount of roughness in her voice—would transform the song into a blues number that would feel right at home at your local county fair. » 3/19/15 12:00am 3/19/15 12:00am

Here's Ellie Goulding on an Ice Queen Cover of 'Take Me To Church'

Ellie Goulding is as malleable a vocalist as her voice itself is distinctive: her paper-moon iced-out soprano conforms to any style she wants it to while still rendering all her tracks unmistakably stamped. She has a history of going very slightly outré for her covers (previously, she's nailed the Weeknd, Alt-J, James… » 3/12/15 10:50am 3/12/15 10:50am

Shailene Woodley Is a Beautiful Street Urchin in Love on Her Elle Cover

Who knows if wood nymph Shailene Woodley has evolved from eating mud and sunning her vagina, but she's definitely still a nomad. Woodley is profiled in the April issue of Elle magazine, and her homeless status is right there on the cover: "Beauty! Brains! Talent! Shailene has it all. Except for a place to sleep… » 3/12/15 9:30am 3/12/15 9:30am

Stephen Malkmus' Tayor Swift Cover Is Going to Make Music Snobs So Mad

During You Who, a live Portland variety show, indie rock legend and Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus performed a cover of Taylor Swift's "Blank Space." That blasting sound isn't the music you're hearing, folks—it's the exploding heads of enraged record store dorks and music elitists across the planet. » 2/20/15 12:40pm 2/20/15 12:40pm

Here's Chvrches Covering 'Cry Me a River'

BBC Live Lounge covers—exposed, low-reverb, lining up artists of all genres to take a swing at straight-up pop—are a tune category all their own, as well as a significant test for a vocalist's charisma and flexibility. Favorites in recent memory include Kwabs on "Dark Horse" and Taylor Swift on "Riptide" (nice to see… » 2/19/15 1:00pm 2/19/15 1:00pm

Here's José González Covering TLC's 'Waterfalls'

José González is about to release a new album (Vestiges & Claws, out February 17th), and in the lead-up promo he stopped by a Swedish talk show called På spåret to cover TLC's beloved classic in a sort of "Hey, the band at this weird bar where they give everyone maracas is actually pretty awesome" way. Check it out,… » 1/09/15 7:50pm 1/09/15 7:50pm

Flight Attendant Covers Lorde's 'Royals' In the Air, Kills It

This is Robynn Shayne, a flight attendant who is also a singer. But sometimes she does both, like on a recent flight when she put down the inflatable jacket, picked up the guitar and covered Lorde for all of the passengers. "I wish I could sing like that," a passenger said during. Us, too. Us, too. » 11/27/14 6:30pm 11/27/14 6:30pm

Taylor Swift's Makeunder Mag Cover: What a Difference a Brow Makes

It took us a second to realize that it was indeed Ms. Taylor Swift on the cover of the latest issue of Wonderland magazine. In a good way. In fact, we're inclined to say that this sun-kissed 80's teen mag look is an improvement over her already-on-point style. Let it serve as a stern warning against both concealing… » 11/12/14 10:40am 11/12/14 10:40am

​This Sexy Slow Jam Cover of the Duck Tales Theme Song is Glorious

Scott Bradlee, bandleader of Postmodern Jukebox, is well known for his "vintage" covers of various pop songs, but this is some next level retro shit here. In another ode to Saturday morning cartoons, his newest addition to the Saturday Morning Slow Jams (which already features a hilarious Pokémon cover) is the theme… » 4/27/14 3:00pm 4/27/14 3:00pm

Miley Cyrus Covers 'Landslide' And It's Pretty Awesome

Yes, she's wearing a shirt with her face on it (this is going to be a new fashion trend, I can feel it! I just ordered ten with my own face on them) and yes she's using her phone to read the lyrics to the song (because she hasn't done it in a while), but goddamn if this cover of landslide isn't utterly listenable.… » 3/22/14 3:00pm 3/22/14 3:00pm