In the most generalized of descriptions, both Rise Against and Nirvana qualify as "loud punk," so it makes sense that the Chicago melodic-hardcore band chose the legendary Seattle outfit's "Sliver" for our loudest Undercover to date. (The air ducts outside our office, and presumably throughout our building, rattled during the performance.) Rise Against's most recent album, 2008's excellent Appeal To Reason, had the kind of blazing guitars and hoarse-throated vocals from frontman Tim McIlrath that can trace their lineage back to Seattle in the early '90s (and Southern California in the '80s). The band's currently playing a few festival gigs in Europe before heading back home to write its next record, so this is likely as close as Rise Against will come to your city for a while.
Judah & The Lion bring bluegrass flair to the Foo Fighters’ “Monkey Wrench”
Cloud Nothings deliver a polarizing take on Coldplay's "Clocks"
Xiu Xiu takes on ZZ Top’s “Sharply Dressed Man”
Crying delivers a spirited cover of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Run Away With Me”
Austra go-goes for broke, covers "Heaven Is A Place On Earth"
Passenger delivers a surprisingly sweet take on ‘No Scrubs’
Lee Fields gives a heartwarming take on Neil Diamond’s “America"
Phantogram channels Courtney Love, kicks off season 8 of A.V. Undercover
Watch The Regrettes' ferocious take on "Fox On The Run"
Pet Symmetry rockets "Come A Little Bit Closer" into space
Close Talker covers "Fox On The Run"
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