Sphynx – “Hunger” & “What Is Love” (Haddaway Cover)

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It’s been a while since I’ve covered Austin’s awesome dance party instigators Sphynx. The guys are back with “Hunger”, a soulful groover for dance floor lovemaking. Couple it with their recent cover of Haddaway’s “What Is Love?” and things are going to heat up! Get into that talk box!

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In other hilarious news, Feb 13 is being proclaimed ‘Sphynx Day’ in Austin by Mayor Lee Leffingwell and the band be celebrating the day with a televised performance at City Hall. Yes! Then after that their new album Golden Garden will be coming out. Better make it a whole Sphynx month!



Cover songs are still my favorite way for emerging bands to put their own sound on a hit song and get easy attention. However 2012 was for some reason a slow year for cover songs. Luckily a handful of bands did them well and left us with flipped and twisted takes on old classics and net hits alike. Here are my 10 favorites (#1 at the bottom). What did I miss? Read more

[STREAM / COVER] The Young Professionals – “Be With You Tonight” & “Video Games” (Lana Del Rey cover)

should find a faster train, a taxi in the rain, i should be laying now with you in a bed somehow

I don’t know how I missed this new mega dance jam by Tel Aviv favorites The Young Professionals but I’m making up for lost time with repeated listens now. This oversized and infectious love banger also come with a video made of fan photos inspired by the lyrics. And there is also their great Lana Del Rey cover that I also somehow have never posted. I’m sorry.

[COVER] Jhameel – “Thinking About You” (Frank Ocean cover)

we’ll go down this road ’til it turns from color to black and white

Jhameel has been on his cover game for a minute now but this one is out of the park. Do we credit his recent move from SF to LA? Yes we do. Yes. We. Do. Welcome, man.

[MP3/COVER] PK – “Chase The Sky” + “Not In Love” (Crystal Castles & Robert Smith Cover)

i know you’re running away, yeah in your past there’s a ghost and he’s following

♫ PK – Chase The Sky

  • Who: Travis, Nick, Matt, Mikel, Rico
  • What: Indie pop rock , like Northstar, Saves The Day, Moneen
  • Where: San Luis Obispo, CA + Facebook
  • When: Buy new EP The Lost Boys Sessions now.
  • Why: Click on any of the band links above and you wont get a post by this site. That’s because they are all pre-TBE. That golden age of alternative/post-punk/emo/indie rock that was filled with as many hooks as raw edges. PK are boldly going where many have gone before and reminding us that its a pretty damn fun place to be. Guitars, hooks, and driving rhythm sections. Listening to “Chase The Sky” makes me rather be at one of their concerts than most of the ones I’ve been to recently. Which is lucky because they will be playing alongside Jhameel and Y Luv in a show The Burning Ear is damn proud to present. October 23rd, right here in LA at the Silverlake Lounge. Book your flights now.

♫ PK – Not In Love (Crystal Castles & Robert Smith Cover)

BY THE WAY! Did I mention that they cast magical spells on this Crystal Castles/Robert Smith joint and conjured up this cover that I can’t stop listening to. If they play this live I will pop.

[COVER/REMIX] Ellie Goulding – High For This (The Weeknd cover) + William Carney remix

i swear i’m right here, we’ll be good i promise, we’ll be so good

♫ Ellie Goulding – High For This (The Weeknd cover)

Ellie Goulding came on so strong with 2009’s “Starry Eyed” and then straight fell off the game with that snoozer LP Lights. Could this inspired Weeknd cover signify a rebirth? Well, we’ll see. People forget she cut her teeth on inspired covers (that Sam Sparro one is a classic!) although the minimal production is certainly working on her delicate voice.

♫ Ellie Goulding – High For This (William Carney Remix)

Aaaaand the remix. Two-steppin’! Hot feet! Keep ’em movin!

[COVER] Ben Howard + Jimmy Fallon, Carly Rae Jepsen and The Roots – “Call Me Maybe”

In case you missed the memo, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” is officially taking over the world. This does mean some good news. Besides the steller Manu el Chino remix there is the version she did with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots which is all kinds of giddy fun. However, the hands down finest piece of music related to the phenomenon is the heart-stopping folk cover by the UK’s Ben Howard. He reinvents the song all over, breathing his own life into the teenage lyrics. The songs takes an eerie twist on the original, buzzing and churning under Howard’s quivering voice. Cover of the year? Yeah, probably.


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[VIDEO/COVER] DWNTWN – “See My Eyes” + “Feel So Close” (Calvin Harris cover)

your’e tearing down my door, i keep on coming back for more

♫ DWNTWN – Feel So Close (Calvin Harris cover)

So grab that Calvin Harris cover while you are here but the real reason I’ve invited you today is because one of my favorite live DWNTWN jams “See My Eyes” finally has a proper release! The quite dark video is below where you can see sexy people doing silly things (like write letters with paper!). Enjoy all this goodness while you contemplate the fact that you weren’t in Nashville for the DWNTWN & Cherub show a few weeks back. That epic combo was born on the Burning Ear stages at SXSW!