We were all set to cross “If I Can’t Change Your Mind” off the master list after Bob Mould came in and told us it definitely counted as a cover when he played it. But the list was still out with The Decemberists, who agreed to play a song after we badgered singer-guitarist Colin Meloy on Twitter. When they asked if the Sugar classic was still available, we figured it wouldn’t hurt to have another version. Where Mould went solo-electric (and sang the little guitar bit at the end), Meloy and his current merry band—minus longtime member Jenny Conlee, who is battling breast cancer—decided to go with the five-man-acoustical-jam setup, the second Undercover performer to do so. The band’s performance at the Aragon that night was fantastic, and likely its last concert around here for a while, since Mr. Meloy will apparently be concentrating on his writing career for a bit. (Wildwood comes out August 30.)
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Wye Oak Covers Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill"
Wild Cub Covers Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love"
Lydia Loveless Covers Echo & The Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon"
The Men Covers Devo's "Gates of Steel"
Howler Covers .38 Special's "Hold On Loosely"
PUP Covers Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)"
Eagulls Covers The Stone Roses "I Wanna Be Adored"
Hamilton Leithauser Covers John Cougar's "I Need a Lover"
Ben Watt and Bernard Butler Cover Wang Chung's "Dance Hall Days"
Real Estate Covers The Cranberries' "Linger"
Courtney Barnett Covers The Breeders' "Cannonball"