The Strypes: Snapshot

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.”

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GEMS: Don’t Cry 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.

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Shearwater: Fellow Travelers

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.

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Fiona Apple: New Song!

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.