Time for another awesome Irish band alert! The Strypes are four teenage lads from Cavan, Ireland. Their debut album, Snapshot, has a bluesy garage rock sound somewhere between early Beatles and Stones and all those early 2000s “The” bands – The Strokes, The Vines, The Libertines, etc. In other words, I love it! Fave tracks: “Mystery Man, “Blue Collar Jane,” “Angel Eyes” and their cover of the Willie Dixon/Bo Diddley song “You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover.”
I was excited to learn that GEMS had covered “Don’t Cry,” then disappointed when I found it wasn’t a cover of the Guns ‘N’ Roses song. Instead, GEMS puts their sultry, electro-pop twist on Seal’s “Don’t Cry.” Which is also a good song, just not quite as exciting as GNR. The cover is featured on GEMS’ Medusa EP and you can download a free, legal mp3 of it by signing up for their email list.
Awesome, odd and so atmospheric. Like a funky Antony & the Johnsons. You have got to hear their trippy cover of Folk Implosion’s “Natural One.” Though their dull cover of St. Vincent’s “Cheerleader” isn’t as successful.
Fiona Apple duets with her sister, Maude Maggart, on this cover of “I’m in the Middle of a Riddle.” The song is from the upcoming Starbucks Sweethearts love song covers compilation, which also features Brandi Carlile and Valerie June among many other great artists.