Scott Lucas and The Married Men cover Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer”

Scott Lucas revealed after his band’s performance in Columbus on Sunday night that the cover they opened their set with – Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer” – will be featured on the Onion’s A.V. Undercover series sometime in the coming months.

And, shaking the setlist up a little bit, Scott Lucas and The Married Men decided to play the song for the first time live at this show. Fans of the original song (which became a hit after being featured in The Karate Kid) may not recognize this version of the song which is exactly what the band was going for. It was either Scott, or his drummer Randy Payne, who said that when they decided to cover the song, they said, “What would this song sound like if it had been written by Neil Young?” Judge for yourself whether or not they nailed it. (In my opinion, they absolutely did!)

Download: “Cruel Summer” (live)

Not sure if they’ll continue to toss the cover into the set, but if you live in one of the following cities, check ’em out.

Jun 22 Sunset Tavern – Seattle, WA
Jun 23 Bunk Bar – Portland, OR
Jun 25 Brick & Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
Jun 26 Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Jun 27 Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ
Jun 29 The Mohawk – Austin, TX
Jun 30 The Common Table – Dallas, TX
Jul 20 Fitz’s Spare Keys – Elmhurst, IL
Jul 21 Roscoe Village Burger Fest – Chicago, IL
Jul 22 Firebird – St Louis, MO
Jul 24 The End – Nashville, TN
Jul 25 JR’s Lightbulb Club – Fayetteville, AR
Jul 26 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
Jul 27 Club Garibaldi’s – Milwaukee, WI

Preteen Zenith features Polyphonic Spree’s Tim DeLaughter

Preteen Zenith is the new collaboration between Polyphonic Spree’s Tim DeLaughter and Secret Machines Philip Karnats and the duo is set to release Rubble Guts and BB Eye on May 29 via Good Records.

The Zenith doesn’t fall too far from the Spree although there are about 45 less band members in the new collaboration! If you’re into feel good, Flaming Lips-style quirky pop, you’ll want to give Rubble Guts and BB Eye a listen. If you’re not into this kind of stuff, you must hate life.

Video: Duquette Johnston’s “Roll Baby Roll”

Duquette Johnston’s a good cat – I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him a few times throughout the years, first as a fresh-faced bass player with Verbena and years later as an up-and-coming solo artist (in between, he toured with the Blake Babies and played in a few local Alabama bands).

Exposure is key in this day-and-age, never know when a placement in a TV show, commercial or movie may open otherwise closed doors so it’s exciting that Johnston’s “Roll Baby Roll” is going to be featured on this week’s Private Practice season finale on ABC (Dang, does this mean I have to watch the show for the first time just to support my old pal?).

DOWNLOAD: “Roll Baby Roll”

This song is featured on a Communicating Vessels 7″ which can be purchased here should you be interested in supporting an independent artist.

Check out Johnston’s 2010 CD, Rugged & Fancy, available as a FREE download.

Johnston’s always got something musical up his sleeve and is currently working on a new record (Rabbit Runs a Destiny) with producer Armand Margjeka which is due out before the end of the year.

I’m obsessed with Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire”; listen to a beautiful cover by Kate Tucker

Everybody loves the Boss for his blue collar rock anthems – the kind that make you stand up in your chair, throw your fist in the air, sing along at the top of your lungs, maybe even make your feet shuffle – but there are very few songs that move me the way the slower, driving late at night number does.

Glancing through YouTube, there are dozens of covers by all sorts of artists from many different genres. This morning I stumbled upon a version by Kate Tucker backed by members of Lovedrug.

Kate’s made her version of “I’m on Fire” available for free via Bandcamp where you can also listen to (and buy) Kate’s most recent release, Ghost of Something New.