Orville Peck: Smalltown Boy (Bronski Beat Cover)

Since its 1984 release, Bronski Beat’s seminal “Smalltown Boy” has remained an expression of hope and liberation from isolation and homophobia—and now masked cowboy Orville Peck has recorded a cover of the electro-pop anthem. Replacing the synth riff with a twangy one, and Jimmy Somerville’s soaring falsetto with his own booming, classically trained vocals, Peck transforms the classic (along with some steel guitar) while remaining just …

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Steve Arrington: The Joys of Love Prolific funk legend Steve Arrington says his enchanting new tune, “The Joys of Love,” is a “trust me song.” He explains to Stones Throw, it’s “a song of fun when it all goes right. A song of thanks for every day of life.” Produced by Mndsgn (aka Ringgo Ancheta) and Devin Morrison, it’s soulful, a little jazzy, and tinged …

Sharon Van Etten feat. Josh Homme: (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?

Penned by Nick Lowe and popularized by Elvis Costello & the Attractions four years later, “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?” now has a riveting rendition from Sharon Van Etten and Queens of the Stone Age frontman, Josh Homme. The collaboration certainly honors the energy of Costello’s iteration but different dimension comes from the dual vocalists. It’s pretty and powerful, too.