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Watch: Kevin Drew covers Lou Reed’s “What’s Good”

on May 13, 2014, 4:00pm

Back in March, Canadian radio station CBC hosted an in-studio tribute concert to Lou Reed. “I’ll Be Your Mirror: Canada Celebrates Lou Reed” featured performances from a bevy of Canadian musicians covering cuts from Reed’s massive discography, including Kevin Hearns of the Barenaked Ladies, The Archies’ Andy Kim, and Broken Social Scene co-founder Kevin Drew, who delivered a rendition of Reed’s 1992 single “What’s Good”.

To begin, Drew and his backing band stayed relatively faithful to the track’s blues-rock arrangement, with Drew busting out a very Reed-inspired deadpan drawl. As the performance went on, however, Drew let loose of his monotone inflection and opted for a few energizing yelps and screams, a kind of abrupt improvisation Reed would’ve undoubtedly approved of. Catch the replay below.

Drew is currently touring the festival circuit behind his latest solo record, Darlings, including appearances at Squamish Valley and Osheaga festival. He’ll also reunite with Broken Social Scene for a second time since their “hiatus” at this year’s Field Trip festival.