This major key cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" turns a dismal classic into cheerful pop-rock pablum

The internet is in no way lacking in key-change covers of popular songs, as has probably been definitively proven by any number of attempts to grunge-up “Happy Birthday” by shifting it into a minor key. Still, it’s not every day that someone goes out of their way to really ruin a classic by shifting its tone, as…

An icy cover, a Greek-blues singer, and a tool that makes everything sound better

Iceland’s prodigious pop-musical output includes its share of moody and forlorn affairs, music that resonates as you stare at the ceiling in your darkened bedroom. I’ve been listening a lot to the Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir of late, in particular, his cover of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box.” This is a track that…

Frances Bean celebrates Kurt Cobain’s 50th birthday with a handwritten letter to him

Kurt Cobain’s legacy at this point almost exists outside of the three scabrously beautiful punk records he released with Nirvana. He was never easy with his label as the voice of his generation, and his deeply personal and sometimes sugary sweet songs were never intended that way. While the music remains as sturdy as…

MTV’s The Year In Rock: 1991 looks back at what it deemed “a pretty bad year”

With the benefit of hindsight, 1991 was a watershed year for rock music. That was the year of Pearl Jam’s Ten and Nirvana’s Nevermind. A documentary released in 1992 even referred to it as The Year Punk Broke. The alternative revolution was just entering its golden age, as evidenced by the popularity of the inaugural…

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