Lil Nas X covered Dolly Parton's signature song 'Jolene' during a recent performance for BBC Radio One’s Live Lounge. Celebrating the release of his debut album 'Montero', Nas sang in a deep baritone over a sparse rock arrangement, delivering an intense, gender-flipping rendition of Parton’s 1973 hit about a woman with “flaming locks of auburn hair” who can steal men with ease.

“Thirty years of the Black Album, it’s a pretty big year. We’re overachievers and we’re perfectionists. We think outside the box and we try to be the first at things. There’s no nostalgia driving this band; we used to be very fearful of it” - Metallica's James Hetfield says in a Guardian interview ahead of 52-track covers album, 'The Metallica Blacklist'. Hetfield insists “We’re still explorers. A project like the Blacklist is proof of that. Someone once told me: ‘The rear-view mirror is smaller than the windshield for a reason’".

Jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington has released his cover version of Metallica's 'My Friend Of Misery', Blabbermouth reports. This version sounds nothing like metal - Kamasi Washington has turned 'My Friend Of Misery' into an astral jazz song, insisting on virtuosity, common to the original. This cover is one of more than 50 songs which are included on Metallica's massive new covers compilation called 'The Metallica Blacklist', which features artists' takes on 'Black Album' songs.

Phoebe Bridgers has shared her cover of Metallica’s 'Nothing Else Matters', about to be released on the covers album 'The Metallica Blacklist'. Bridgers said - "I feel like my version almost sounds baroque. Literally, James [Hetfield] does all sorts of weird octave jumps and stuff that I can’t do, and I almost have a Billie Eilish approach of right by the microphone, performing it the opposite of them, which was really fun to lean into”.

Watson D. Hirschfield is "a London boy making people laugh" on TikTik with his short lo-fi videos of himself performing old-school music videos. The 24-year-old boasts 600,000 followers on TikTok, attracted by their simplicity and humor. "He takes quickfire shots of himself satirising popular, old school music videos, tapping into their cheesiness to bring out a whole new level of entertainment" - The Face points out.

St. Vincent has redone Metallica's 'Sad But True', adding a ton of sexy and cool, making for a surprisingly good cover. Jason Isbell goes a step further with the same song - himself and the 400 Unit reimagined 'The Black Album' classic as a thrilling country rock barn stomper. Both songs appear on Metallica’s upcoming collection, 'The Metallica Blacklist', a companion album celebrating the 30th anniversary of 'The Black Album'. Set for release digitally on September 10th and physically on October 1st, 'The Metallica Blacklist' also boasts contributions from Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan, J Balvin, Phoebe Bridgers, My Morning Jacket, Weezer, Mac DeMarco, Cage the Elephant, Kamasi Washington, Portugal. the Man, IDLES, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Moses Sumney.

Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese has joined forces with the Pearl Jam Family France Facebook community to rerecord the band’s 1993 classic 'Rearviewmirror', Loudwire reports. The seven-minute video cuts between several fans taking turns on vocals, guitars, and bass, while Abbruzzese handles the drums, just as he did on the original recording. Abbruzzese was let go from the band in 1994 because of personality conflicts with Eddie Vedder, but has a strong fan following.

11-year-old phenomenon Nandi Bushell ripped through a drum cover of Slipknot’s 'Duality', attracting the attention of Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg who tweeted “You’re the best, Nandi!!”. Bushell masters the intense double-kick pedal and controlled chaos of the song’s drum part, Consequence emphasizes. Bushell even sports a mask of Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson to look appropriately spooky as she plays along.

Guardian goes into reasons why movie studies are remaking classic rock songs into epic pop songs for movie trailers. Nirvana's 'Something in the Way' got a completely new identity in last summer’s teaser for 'The Batman'. Teaser for Marvel Studios’ 'Eternals' revamps Skeeter Davis’ country ballad 'The End of the World', the preview for 'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' took Harry Nilsson’s 'One' and added an arsenal of menacing symphonics, the teaser for The Suicide Squad twisted the easy grooves of Steely Dan’s 'Dirty Work' into pummelling beats and the trailer for last year’s 'Wonder Women 1984' featured an epic reimagining of New Order’s 'Blue Monday'. Will Quiney, the theatrical music supervisor at trailer house GrandSon, explains: “You can create a narrative with your music selection. If you can come up with an amazing idea for a song and have that trailerised in a really cool way that blows them away, you’re going to beat the competition, you’re going to win that trailer.” says . “agrees: “Music is the secret sauce to a great trailer and the best trailer editors know how to make the most of it”.

All along the list-tower
May 25, 2021

The 80 best Bob Dylan covers

"There’s a vast array of different kinds of Dylan covers: R&B singers love relaxing into the contours of 'Lay Lady Lay'; country singers like his rootsy stuff; indie-rockers key into his sad side; heroic rock singers love scaling the peaks of open-ended classics - like 'It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue' or 'Like a Rolling Stone' - finding their own way to make new meanings amidst the intersecting, and often contradictory, emotions and ideas that can roil around within one Dylan song" - Rolling Stone writes introducing their selection of 80 best Bob Dylan covers, from Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, and the Byrds to William Shatner, Adele, and the Roots.

The 82-year-old folk artist Peter Stampfel has just released '20th Century', a 100-song album, featuring a cover of one pop song from each year within the 20th century, beginning in 1901 with 'I Love You Truly' and closing on Coldplay’s 'Yellow'. Punk gets its place with The Buzzcock’s 1978 single 'Ever Fallen in Love', disco got its place with 'Gloria Gaynor's 'I Will Survive', whereas the 1990s are represented by The Spice Girls’ hit 'Wannabe' (1996), Beck’s 'Loser', Pulp's 'Common People' and others. The project took nearly 20 years to complete. American Songwriter talked to the cool old man.

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Fiona Apple covers Sharon Van Etten’s 'Love More' for Van Etten's 'Ten' anniversary reissue, adding heartbeat drums and subtle piano to the song; Low cover Bob Dylan’s 'Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door' for the Uncut compilation 'Dylan Revisited'; The Black Keys share their version of 'Crawling Kingsnake' by Big Joe Williams, from their album of Mississippi hill country blues standards 'Delta Kream', out May 14.

10-year-old multi-instrumentalist Nandi Bushell had earned kudos from the Pixies for her loop version of the band’s classic song 'Where Is My Mind?'. YouTube sensation, who’s a skilled guitarist, bassist, and drummer, plays various guitar portions, and shifts over to drums, combining them all together into one cohesive version of the Pixies tune. The pre-teen also sings the song and listens to the finished song at the video's end, although she seems much more comfortable playing. Pixies tweeted "great work".

Piano-shaped Nirvana
April 06, 2021

Lovely: Piano cover of 'Heart-Shaped Box'

“I remember listening to this song in the car while riding to middle school with my Mom. I think it has one of the strongest melodies ever written" - Jeremiah Fraites of the Lumineers wrote as he released his cover of Nirvana's 'Heart-Shaped Box' on the 27th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, Spin reports.

Pete Davidson, Chris Redd and musical guest Jack Harlow delivered an Eminem-inspired rap about NFT on the latest episode of Saturday Night Live. Rapping on Eminem’s 'Without Me' video Davidson acts as a superhero, he is then joined by Redd’s Morpheus from The Matrix, and Harlow as a janitor.

Indonesian drummer Deden Noy has built his own kit from paint cans, small barrels, packing tape, and metal trays covering Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold, System of a Down, Rush, and other bands for his YouTube channel. Noy got nearly a million views for his cover of Dream Theater’s 'Metropolis Pt. 1', with attracted the attention of Mike Portnoy who promised the drummer a new kit & cymbals from Tama and Sabian. Loudwire reports.

Obviously, members of Sleigh Bells, Powerman 5000, Glassjaw, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Gwarsenio Hall were young in the 1990s, so in their latest edition of Two Minutes to Late Night they made a medley of a bunch of classic '90s club jams, including Alice DJ’s 'Better Off Alone', DJ Sammy’s 'Heaven', Vengaboys’ 'We Like To Party!', Corona’s 'The Rhythm Of The Night', Haddaway’s 'What Is Love (Baby Don’t Hurt Me)', and more.

Canadian jazz-fusion drummer Larnell Lewis was challenged to play a drum part - on the spot - to a song he'd never heard before, Metallica's 'Enter Sandman'. First, Lewis actively listens to the song, breaks down all the details, noticing patterns and themes and how the different instruments play off each other. At the end he steps into Lars Ulrich's shoes.

Blood sugar Nandi magic
February 24, 2021

Nice: 10-year-old Nandi Bushell covers 'Under the Bridge'

The 10-year-old wunderkind Nandi Bushell shared her version of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 1991 hit 'Under The Bridge'. This time, she played the guitar, drum, bass, and vocal parts. Bushell operates a looping machine for her instrumentals while simultaneously putting on her Anthony Kiedis impersonation.

Jimmy Page and John Bonham - in one!
February 16, 2021

Impressive! - finger-picking guitarist Marcin plays Led Zeppelin’s 'Kashmir'

20-year-old Polish guitar virtuoso Marcin Patrzalek has gone viral for his cover of Led Zeppelin’s 'Kashmir' in his distinctive percussive finger-picking style. Marcin recorded the video in a parking garage, as he plays the guitar and drum parts of the beginning of the famous song.

10-year-old sensation Nandi Bushell released s drum cover of The Who classic 'My Generation' describing it as - "one of the most difficult covers I have ever made. I think this song really suits my style. Fast, Fun and Rocking with a Punk edge!”. Apart from showing talent and plenty of practice in the video, she’s a bundle of energy and joy behind the kit.

Anthony “Bones” Reid has posted a number of videos on YouTube and Facebook showing his impressive use of Chinese hammered dulcimer known as yangqin to cover rock and pop songs. Reid performs under the moniker Horns of Pan, and among his standout performances are covers of Tool’s 'Lateralus' and 'Descending', along with Nirvana’s 'Heart-Shaped Box', The Cure’s 'Close to Me', Radiohead’s 'Like Spinning Plates', Tears for Fears' 'Mad World', and Billie Eilish’s 'When the Party’s Over'.

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The popular Netflix show 'Bridgerton' has resulted in a 350% increase in streams of the Vitamin String Quartet since the show was released in December. The Los Angeles based group makes classical covers of modern pop hits, including Ariana Grande’s 'Thank U, Next', Maroon 5’s 'Girls Like You', Shawn Mendes’ 'In My Blood' and Billie Eilish’s 'Bad Guy'. "We were taking what’s classic and making it fresh and similarly taking what’s fresh and making it classic" - their manager Leo Flynn told the Guardian.

A parrot Tico who likes to "sing" classic rock songs by Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, Coldplay, U2, Rolling Stones and more, has achieved internet fame this week after the former NBA player Rex Chapman shared a rendition of 'Stairway to Heaven' with his 1.1 million followers on Twitter. The clip amassed over three million views on the platform. Videos have been captured by its owner Frank Maglio, who has been uploading them to his YouTube since April. The parrot doesn’t sing any of the actual words of the songs it “covers”, but is able to quite accurately replicate each track’s vocal melody. Their latest cover - Neil Young's 'Hey Hey My My'.

King Crimson's Robert Fripp and his wife Toyah Willcox are just having fun during lockdown covering rock classics, but not really doing it the usual way. Their last cover was Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' with Fripp playing his Les Paul all buttoned up, and Willcox very much not. And she also rides an exercise bike while singing. Previously they covered Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' with a bit of an S&M theme, Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid' while in "prison", The Kinks' 'You Really Got Me' with Willcox dressed as the devil, and more.

Super-group Kings of Quarantine, featuring members of Limp Bizkit, 311, Mastodon, Filter, The Used, Veruca Salt, and In Flames, teamed up to perform a socially-distant cover of Jane's Addiction's 'Mountain Song'. The project is in collaboration with the Roadie Relief effort, in hopes to raise awareness for touring industry workers whose jobs have been affected by the pandemic. Buy the song on Bandcamp.

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Madlib is joined by Four Tet on the uplifting track 'Hopprock'; a sad story - after Justin Townes Earle died last year, his father Steve Earle recorded an album of his son's songs, and one of his own, 'Last Words', about their last conversation they had the night the younger Americana singer-songwriter died of an accidental overdose; emo-hardcore band Holy Figures released an EP about drugs, with songs named after women, melodic and powerful 'Lucille' stands out among them; Open Mike Eagle recorded a freestyle after hearing about MF Doom's passing, titled simply 'for DOOM'.

CoS writes about an interesting cover-band, Brass Against, a brass band that originally started as a Rage Against the Machine cover band, and then expanded with covers of Deftones, Alice In Chains, Panter, Deftones, Soundgarden etc. Their latest cover, Tool's 'Stinkfist' becomes "a horn-heavy track without losing the song’s key melodies and mood", with stand-out vocals by Sophia Urista.

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