REQUIRED LISTENING: Noah Gundersen – “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana Cover)

Noah Gundersen 2014

It is quite an undertaking covering one of the most notable songs of the last century, but as many of you probably already know, Noah Gundersen is no average musician. Earlier in the week, the 25-year-old singer-songwriter teamed up with Paste Magazine to unveil his own unique rendition of Nirvana’s 1991 hit, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and aside from being straight up awesome, it is an absolute must-hear for fans of either act. Give it a listen by following the jump below.

Truth be told, I’m usually not a huge fan of cover songs, but this is one overhaul that I promise is worth your time. Laden with the same raw sincerity that made Ledges so memorable, Gundersen has transformed this fuming grunge anthem into a slow-burning ballad, allowing the poignant lyrics of Kurt Cobain to shine in a new and wondrous way. Both haunting and heavenly, if you’re a fan, let us know in the replies.

The track is taken from the Seattle native’s latest EP, Twenty-Something, which is available exclusively on his current fall tour. If you’d like to pick a copy for yourself, a full list of dates can also be found below.

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Noah Gundersen Fall Tour Dates:

October
14 – Spokane, Wash. @ The Bartlett
15 – Boise, Idaho @ Neurolux
17 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The State Room
18 – Colorado Springs, Co. @ Ivywild School
19 – Denver, Co. @ Bluebird Theater
21 – Omaha, Nebr. @ Reverb
22 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Ceder Cultural Center
23 – Stoughton, Wisc. @ Stoughton Opera House
24 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lincoln Hall
25 – Detroit, Mich. @ Shelter
26 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Deluxe at Old National Centre
29 – Columbus, Ohio @ Skully’s Music Diner
31 – Toronto, Canada @ Horseshoe Tavern

November
01 – Montreal, Canada @ Cabaret du Mile-End
02 – Cambridge, Mass. @ The Sinclair
03 – New York, N,Y. @ The Mercury Lounge
04 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Rough Trade
06 – Washington, D.C. @ The Hamilton
07 – Asheville, N.C. @ The Mill Room
08 – Charlotte, N,C. @ Visulite Theatre
09 -Atlanta, Ga. @ Terminal West
11 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Cannery Ballroom
12 – Birmingham, Ala. @ Workplay Theater
14 – Houston, Texas @ Fitzgeralds Upstairs
15 – Austin, Texas @ The Parish
16 – Dallas, Texas @ The Loft
18 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Crescent Ballroom
20 – San Diego, Calif. @ Belly Up Tavern
21 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ El Rey Theater
22 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Chapel
23 – Reno, Nev. @ Cargo at CommRow
25 – Portland, Ore. @ Aladdin Theater
28 – Seattle, Wash. @ The Moore Theater

Kyle Florence

Kyle Florence is a proud Wisconsinite, a dinosaur enthusiast, and a lover of all things weird and whacky.
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