The Bonus Track: Cyndi Lauper, Chvrches, Bruce Springsteen, The Melodic Kelis, Wilko Johnson


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She’s still unusual

It’s been thirty years since Cyndi Lauper released her debut album She’s So Unusual, so on 31 March she’ll be releasing a deluxe edition featuring rare demos, live gigs, new remixes and (wait for it) a 3D fold-out backdrop of the bedroom featured in her iconic “ Girls Just Want To Have Fun” video. Perfect for your Cyndi dolls. Watch her bonkers 1984 TOTP performance


Lorde-ing it up

Hot on the scuffed toe-caps of Bruce Springsteen, who covered Lorde’s track “Royals” during a recent gig in Auckland, comes Glasgow trio Chvrches taking on the Kiwi 17-year-old’s second single “Team”. Watch both Lorde-alikes



Electric ­avenue

Brixton-based band The Melodic release their debut album Effra Parade tomorrow after they were catapulted from busking in South London to an LA record deal when the boss of Anti Records (home of Tom Waits) heard them on Spotify. Watch their catchy single “ Runaway”

The food of love

Considering her new album is called Food it’s apt that Kelis has announced she’ll be playing at Jamie Oliver and Alex James’ The Big Feastival (29-31 August 2014) where you can scoff your face while listening to music. Also on the bill and equally apposite are Fat Boy Slim and acoustic star Jack Savouretti (sounds a bit like savoury). Watch Kelis’ single “Jerk Ribs”


Next week's biggie...

Despite his pancreatic cancer diagnosis last year, legendary Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson is still rocking and next week sees the release of Going Back Home, his joint album with Roger Daltrey. Watch their cover of Bob Dylan’s “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window”