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Taylor Swift and Nina Simone covers, zombie surfing and more in this week's look at music

Elliot Moss: Best Light Though just 21 years old, Elliot Moss made a strong debut with his self-produced album Highspeeds—even Zane Lowe is a fan, playing Moss’ dark, minimalist pop songs on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio. Moss’ new music video for Best Light stays simple like the song (which interestingly speeds up to double-time halfway through) with him performing under slow strobing lights and …

Alessia Cara: Bad Blood (Taylor Swift Cover)

Alessia Cara’s anti-social anthem “Here” has been on heavy rotation at HQ for a while, and now she’s delighted listeners with a cover of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.” In this pared-down version (featuring just an accompanying pianist, Cara on guitar and some finger-snapping) the 18-year-old Canadian offers more breathy, emotional vocals—playing both Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar.

B.B. King: Guess Who (Live at Sing Sing Prison 1972)

The legendary B.B. King passed away yesterday and his heart-rending blues will be truly missed. Regarded as one of the world’s most significant guitarists, King leaves a career that spanned decades: beginning to record professionally in 1949 at 24 years old, and continuing to tour extensively in his 70s. On Thanksgiving in 1972, King visited New York’s maximum security Sing Sing prison, where he sang …