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The tunes of Bruce Springsteen are inextricably bound with his gruff baritone. Yet that doesn’t mean different voices higher on the vocal register can’t do something new with the Boss’ tunes, as evinced by the latest live video from the English trio the Staves, comprised of sisters Emily (vocals), Jessica (vocals, guitar), and Camilla (vocals, ukulele) Staveley-Taylor. Watch them give a unique take on this tune at London’s Wilton’s Music Hall below, where they are joined by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver fame.

by PopMatters Staff

13 Apr 2015


Two weeks ago, PopMatters shared a special performance of the tune “Make It Holy” by the English sister trio the Staves, who for that performance were joined by Justin Vernon. Now you can watch the group take to the stage of London’s Wilton’s Music Hall once again, playing the track “Teeth White”, which like “Make It Holy”, comes from the Staves’ new LP If I Was.

The rock ‘n’ roll of Nashville’s own Blackfoot Gypsies sound as if it emerged from brown-green swamp waters. Add a tasteful incorporation of psychedelia in and you’ve got a potent kind of rock that’s made all the more so when married to the band’s eclectic visual sense, as you can see in the video to “Under My Skin” below. Taken from the group’s forthcoming Handle It LP, “Under My Skin”‘s voodoo-centric storyline finds the members of Blackfoot Gypsies facing a bit of a difficulty during a live performance. Warning: there may or may not be chicken blood involved.

Jennie Abrahamson’s “Wild Is the Heart” is a tune that envelops the listener. Yet despite its immersive quality, only two instruments make up this delicate composition: the human voice and a heartbeat rhythm track. Joined by a small choir of women, Abrahamson unfolds a lush vocal landscape, one that’s simultaneously delicate and all-encompassing.

“Wild Is the Heart” comes from Abrahamson’s recently released Gemini Gemini LP. In the past year, she has received widespread support form outlets such as The Guardian, Q, and several channels of BBC Radio. While recording the Gemini Gemini songs in 2014, she toured with a childhood idol of hers, the prog maestro Peter Gabriel.

If you think American Aquarium look a bit cozy in the performance videos below, you’d be correct, as they’re playing inside a tiny mobile music studio called Jam in the Van. Billed as “the world’s first solar powered mobile music studio and performance session platform”, Jam in the Van stopped off at this year’s jam-packed South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, where the alt-country rockers of American Aquarium gave a three-song performance. You can view each song individually below.

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