Welcome to the fifth series of A.V. Undercover, which doesn’t include the little detours we’ve taken into holiday and summer songs. We’re happy to be back, complete with a gussied-up studio and a new list of songs for bands to cover. (Once a song has been covered, it gets crossed off the list, so the later a band comes to our office, the fewer songs they’ll have to choose from. You know the drill.) The 2014 song list can be found right here. First up to bat are Undercover superstars Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner, better known as Wye Oak. It’s been an unofficial rule since we started Undercover that we wouldn’t have bands visit more than once, but because every performance has been so excellent, this is Wye Oak’s fourth Undercover appearance. (They’ve previously covered The Kinks, Danzig, and Brenda Lee.) It might even be their best, as they tackle Kate Bush’s powerhouse 1985 hit “Running Up That Hill.” It’s different, but the same—just like you and me. Enjoy. (Wye Oak’s latest album is the thoroughly excellent Shriek. If you don’t believe me, ask Erik Adams.)
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"