Denzel Curry – “Bulls On Parade” (Rage Against The Machine Cover)

It takes confidence to cover Rage Against The Machine. Denzel Curry is a confident man.

Australia’s Triple J gave Curry the chance to cover the iconic “Bulls On Parade” on their show Like A Version and he did not disappoint. Was he able to match Zack de la Rocha’s angry flow? Check. Did he add a freestyle not found in the original? Double check. Is there a mic drop? Check, check, and check (kind of).

And for all the music nerds who like to compare covers to their original versions, Rage is posted below for your compare-and-contrasting needs.

-Michelle Farres

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Sharon Van Etten – “Comeback Kid”

There is no doubt that Sharon Van Etten is channelling Siouxsie Sioux in this video.

“Comeback Kid” is quite the departure for the singer-songwriter. It’s not just the eyeliner that’s reminiscent of Siouxsie, but her entire sound seems to have become fuller and heavier on the synths. I’m sure she’s received some blow-back from die-hard fans, but overall, it’s safe to say that the Van Etten evolution is working and working well.

As one YouTuber eloquently put it: “If you couldn’t see the Dark Wave in Sharon Van Etten all along, maybe you didn’t really get her at all. That frequency was always there.”  Indeed it was.

-Michelle Farres

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DJ Jazzy Jeff – “Rock Wit U” (feat. Erro)

This song was fire when it dropped in 2002 and it’s still fire now.

The premise is simple enough: guy sees girl at the club and wants to talk to her, but who can really talk over that loud music? But he likes her, he knows he does. His solution to this age-old problem? Let’s just groove and chat later. Makes sense.

The video is just as simple: guy wants to impress girl, so he shows off his sexy singing voice. She seems to be digging it, but how is she not impressed by his producer? Some people are just hard to please.

The dude with the video camera can seriously get lost though.

If this track makes you nostalgic for some more DJ Jazzy Jeff, you can catch him at The Velvet Underground on February 9.

-Michelle Farres

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Nitzer Ebb – “Fun To Be Had”

Did you hear? Nitzer Ebb are going on tour!

Brooklyn Vegan (and every other music news outlet – well, the cool ones anyway) reported today that the UK industrial band will be touring North America — their first in about a decade, and you can bet dollars to doughnuts that this Telescoper already got her ticket.

If you’re in Toronto and want to hear such anthems as “Join in the Chant”, “Let Your Body Learn”, “Lightning Man” and oh so many more, they’ll be at The Danforth Music Hall on May 14.  There will be fun to be had by everyone (see what I did there?).

-Michelle Farres

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Partner – “Long and McQuade”

It’s important to keep Partner’s mission statement in mind while watching this one: “Partner is funny, but not a joke.”

It was certainly no joke for the two other people in the store. The Sackville duo managed to annoy them both in short order (“NO FREEBIRD”). They probably didn’t even go in there to buy anything.

“Long and McQuade” is taken from Partner’s new Saturday the 14th EP, out April 5.

-Scott Bryson

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Mitski – “Nobody”

Mitski’s having a pretty weird day.

She seems to be taking it all in stride though, leading me to wonder how often some of these incidents occur, especially that next door neighbour – talk about invading personal space!

When you break it down, “Nobody” is a sad song in disguise. You too will want to sing into your hairbrush and dance among cardboard cut-outs when you hear it, but make no mistake, you are singing about loneliness and rejection, plain and simple.

Being lonely has never sounded so catchy.

-Michelle Farres

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Daniel Romano – “The Long Mirror Of Time”

“Unfortunately for them, an Alien came through that door instead of her husband.”

Sleuthing reveals this clip is from the 11th episode of the short-lived British TV series, UFO. Exactly why Romano chose it to accompany his “Long Mirror Of Time” will likely remain a mystery, but it fits nonetheless.

“An injured Alien stumbles into a lonely cottage and is shot down by Liz Newton and her lover Cass Fowler. Liz and Cass are taken to SHADO HQ for questioning… the Alien’s death was no accident!” Let’s hope the Alien’s costume and make-up were an accident—even for 1970, that’s a pretty lame extra-terrestrial.

“The Long Mirror Of Time” comes from Daniel Romano’s Finally Free, out late last year. As a concept, said mirror emerges in several of the album’s songs. No mention of off-world invaders, though.

-Scott Bryson

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