*[consequenceofsound.net] With no new album to promote, and no tour on the horizon, New York’s Chavez aren’t the typical late night musical guest. But then again, the Matt Sweeney-helmed, math-rock outfit isn’t your typical band. For the past 18 years, they’ve marched to their own beat – or, more specifically, James Lo’s – and little has changed since. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if Sweeney was still wearing the same jeans from Gone Glimmering‘s 1995 release party. For their much-anticipated performance on last night’s episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Sweeney & Co. knocked out “Laugh Track”, in addition to a web-only performance of “You Must Be Stopped”. Perhaps this excitement will influence a third Chavez full-length? Well, at the very least, you have two videos to watch this morning.
*[consequenceofsound.net] Why do English rock bands love our pop stars so much? Is it some geeky form of appropriation or the pasty ones hoping to steal them away from their rapper/athlete husbands? Regardless, like The Vaccines or Two Door Cinema Club before them, UK goth rockers The Horrors tackled Beyoncé’s “Best Thing I Never Had” during their recent visit to the BBC Radio 1. Reworking the song from fierce anthem to a decidedly Smiths-ian weep-fest, the lads struck the perfect balance between the sass of the original and their own depressing sound. Check it out below (via Cover Me).
The Horrors - Best Thing I Never Had (Beyonce cover) by the3penguins
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