Mutations Turns 20

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Beck - MutationsIt is a question that has vexed philosophers, by which I mean people who perhaps overthink popular music, for 25 years now: Who is the real Beck? … More »

Watch Beck Perform With Dave Grohl & The Bird And The Bee At Swing Left Fundraiser In Silver Lake

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Dave-Grohl-and-BeckAftab Pureval, a clerk of courts in Hamilton County, Ohio, is currently running what was once a longshot race for Congress. Pureval is taking on Steve Chabot, a long-tenured Republican Congressman who represents the Cincinnati area. The race has tightened up a whole lot over the months, and now the stars are getting involved. On … More »

Watch Beck & Jenny Lewis Cover Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” At Red Rocks

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Beck-and-Jenny-LewisBeck has been touring hard lately, and he’s been doing it without a fixed opening act. And he’s got a cool new thing going. On many of his recent shows, he’ll invite his opening act (or maybe just a friend) to the stage, and they’ll sing a song or two. In the past few weeks, … More »

Watch Beck & Julian Casablancas Cover “Don’t You Want Me”

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BeckLast night, two of the greats teamed up. Beck is out on tour right now behind last year’s Colors, and for some of the dates, his opening act is Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas’ other band the Voidz. Last night, Beck and the Voidz played at Lincoln, Nebraska’s Pinewood Bowl. And during Beck’s set, … More »

Watch Beck Cover “Cars” With Gary Numan At Riot Fest

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BeckLast night, Beck headlined the second night of Riot Fest in Chicago. During his encore, he brought out Gary Numan to perform his late ’70s hit “Cars.” Numan had played the festival earlier that day on the heels of his solo album from last year, Savage (Songs from a Broken World). Beck has … More »

Watch Beck & Phoenix Perform Together In LA

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Phoenix & BeckBeck joined Phoenix onstage during the second night of their residency at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles last night. “Every night we play in LA has to be special,” Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars told the crowd at the end of the Ti Amo cut “Lovelife.” “I think there’s almost one LA reference in every … More »

Watch Beck Cover Spoon With Britt Daniel And Sing A Rarity With Jenny Lewis At MSG

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BeckBeck followed up Billy Joel’s 100th Madison Square Garden gig — and his own Colbert performance — with an MSG show of his own Thursday. And like Joel, Mr. Hansen had special guests. More »

Watch Beck Perform “Colors” and “Wow” on Colbert

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Beck-on-ColbertOn last night’s episode of his Late Show, by way of introducing his musical guest, Stephen Colbert claimed that Beck “used to crash on my couch in LA.” I have questions. Like: Isn’t Beck from LA? And hasn’t he been famous since long before Colbert was on Strangers With Candy? Was Beck just having trouble … More »

10 Memorable Covers Of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love”

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Elvis Presley 1961All these editions of Gotcha Covered, and finally, it’s time to ask: How do we deal with Elvis, really? The man died shortly before I was born, so even as a longtime music dork I mostly knew him as a legacy, a shadow, a ghost: the man whose unexpected death struck up a wave of … More »

Watch Father John Misty, Beck, & The National’s Full Sets At Denmark’s NorthSide Festival

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Father John MistyThis weekend, just as the annual Northside festival was going down in Brooklyn, New York, the similarly named NorthSide festival was taking place thousands of miles away in Aarhus, Denmark. Björk, Future Islands, the War On Drugs, Thundercat, Queens Of The Stone Age, Tyler The Creator, Liam Gallagher, Rostam, the Internet, Earl Sweatshirt, Deerhunter, Rhye, … More »