Yes, we're well aware that you voted for this year's Undercover to include only bands that hadn't played last year. But if you look at the numbers carefully, you'll see that lots of people (47%) were okay with returning acts, particularly if they were one of the top vote-getters from last year. But really the reason we wanted to invite Baltimore duo Wye Oak back into the round room is that they're awesome. Their new album is called Civilian, and it's an early-ish contender for best of the year in at least one book around here. And oh man, Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack (along with Callers' Don "Donzig" Godwin on tenor horn) didn't disappoint. They tackled Danzig's "Mother" with exactly the amount of seriousness it deserves. Jenn even wore a special black hoodie and allowed herself to be temporarily tattooed in an homage to the former Misfits frontman. This song was chosen for Undercover by way of reader suggestion: About six of you thought it would be a good one, and you were right. (Oh, by the way, Wye Oak will be the only repeat performer from last year. Respect.)
AV Undercover 2014: Watch the Recap
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"