Where did this sudden trend of covering "Bohemian Rhapsody" come from? First Tool singer Maynard James Keenan covers it with his side-project Puscifer (and fails, by several accounts). Now The Flaming Lips have had a go too. It's nothing stellar, but worth posting for discussion.
Courtney Love gets little praise from the UG audience, so her collaboration with R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe might impress you if you're into folk music, and Halestorm are still riding high after their Grammy success this week - can they keep it up?
As usual, the coolest music is further down and from alternative acts who deserve your attention. ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead are back on form after a disappointing period during the mid-2000s, and there's some other new acts who we've never heard until this week that sound original in their own ways.
Let us know what you like and don't like in the comments - and if you think we missed any special new music this week, post a link in the comments or fire an email to tom.davenport (at) ultimate-guitar.com for a chance to appear in a future playlist. Onward!
The Flaming Lips "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Following Puscifer's frankly lacklustre attempt at this Queen classic, Wayne Coyne takes a stab at it too. Lots of fuzz, and far from perfect, but not bad for a mere mortal.
Halestorm "Freak Like Me"
Fresh from winning Best Hard Rock/Metal performance at the Grammys, Halestorm release this new song about their whirlwind of touring travels over the past year. Maybe a little mainstream for some tastes. Do you think they deserve all the Grammy attention?
We posted the full album on a previous playlist, but this awesomely creepy video for their first single is worth seeing. And considering the lineup is made of some of the raddest alt-rock musicians ever, you've got to take every chance to hear Tomahawk material.
Courtney Love & Michael Stipe "Rio Grande"
Believe it or not, this doesn't completely suck. I mean, it's nothing to shout from the hills about, but if you're open to a bit of folk music then this track from Johnny Depp's new pirate album has a classic recording vibe.
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead "Lost Songs"
If you remember a time before emo hit the mainstream and it still had solid roots in Washington D.C.-style post-hardcore, you're probably a fan of this cult band. If not, listen to this, then buy their first few albums which are even better. Seriously, they're great.
Restavrant "Yeah, I Carve Cheetahs"
Interesting new lo-fi Americana from an act who have toured with the likes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Proof that great rock just needs energy and groove.
The Gates Of Slumber "Death March"
Sludgy stoner metal here, so turn up your bass dial. It's ironic really, because they formed in 1998 as a backlash against the other stoner acts - these guys stood out because of their Black Sabbath influence. Pretty dark.
Pure X "Things In My Head"
Now to wind things down with some dreamy psychedelic country music. Their new album "Crawling Up The Stairs" is out in May.
Which songs did you like? Can you share your own music tips? Let us know about them in the comments.