Pom Pom Squad feat. Matthew Caws: Popular

After tweeting at alternative rock band Nada Surf and then going on tour with them, Pom Pom Squad have teamed up with the band’s frontman Matthew Caws to recreate the band’s 1996 hit single, “Popular.” While the single and accompanying music video are almost identical (shot in the same exact location, Bayonne High School, with the lead singer playing different high school roles), Pom Pom …

Amber Mark: Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana Cover)

NYC-based Amber Mark’s cover of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” is so radically different from the 1993 version that it’s almost unrecognizable at first. Reimagined as a funky, simmering R&B tune, the song is a far cry from its grunge origins. Mark says that her newfound approach to working on music is the only positive to come from our current, collective isolation. “All the pressure I normally …

Demythologizing Kurt Cobain

Named for a mixtape Kurt Cobain made in 1988, Brett Morgen’s “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” promises to be insightful and dramatic. Morgen initially thought the film (the first authorized documentary since Cobain’s death) would take 18 months to complete, but it has taken eight years—and will finally be released 24 April 2015. Between searching through the treasure trove of archives Cobain’s former wife Courtney …