Steady As She Goes

The current season of Later with Jools Holland concludes this week and goes out with a bang. Half of the dozen acts from the previous two weeks hailed from New York City and that trend continues as two of this week’s guests are also based in the Big Apple. Earlier this year, Vampire Weekend (pictured above, bottom middle) followed up their strong debut album with Contra. MGMT (top middle) are a duo based in Brooklyn, NY and are comprised of Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. Their Oracular Spectacular album contained the hit singles Electric Feel, Kids, and Time to Pretend. Congratulations is the title of their recently-released second album. Crystal Castles (top left) is a Canadian electronic duo made up of produced Ethan Kath and singer Alice Glass whose self-titled second album has just been released. Also from Canada, Metric (bottom left) is the name of a four-piece fronted by Emily Haines, who is also a member of Broken Social Scene and performs as Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton. A year ago, Metric released their fourth album, Fantasies. Corinne Bailey Rae (top right) is a singer-songwriter from Yorkshire who graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds in 2000. Her self-titled debut album was released in 2006 and its musical blend of soul and pop made it a commercial and critical success. Its follow-up, The Sea, was released last year. In two weeks, Tom Jones (bottom right) will turn 70 and he has spent nearly half a century singing other people’s songs. Yesterday, I gave you his version of a Bob Dylan song that appears on his upcoming Praise & Blame album. Below you’ll find the 1988 cover of Kiss by Prince that he did with The Art of Noise, along with Corinne Bailey Rae taking on The Raconteurs, Vampire Weekend doing Fleetwood Mac, and Metric’s version of a track by The Strokes

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