Listen to Miguel's sublime cover of the Red Hot Chili Pepper's "Porcelain"
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Since its introduction in 2009, Australian radio station triple j’s regular “Like a Cover” segment has given a number of talented musicians the opportunity to recontextualize some of pop music’s best and most underrated songs. Some recent highlights include Big Scary’s haunting rendition of Nirvana’s “Come as You Are;” Sofi Tukker’s mesmerizing cover of Maggie Rogers’ “Alaska” and Julia Jacklin’s gorgeous alt-country reinvention of The Strokes’ “Someday.”

Earlier this week, R&B superstar Miguel joined the ranks of those illustrious artists with a triple j hosted cover of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’Porcelain.” For those unfamiliar with the track, it appears on the group’s 1999 album, Californication. Although never released as a single, the song is one of the record’s high points as it features an atypically relaxed vocal from frontman Anthony Kiedis and one of guitarist John Frusciante’s most delicate and beautiful melodies.

Miguel’s cover of “Porcelain” doesn’t radically invent the song but it does accentuate its best qualities. By downplaying the drums and holding individual notes slightly longer, the Los Angeles born singer-songwriter proves that the song is one of the RHCP’s best ever ballads. During his triple j appearance, Miguel also performed “Pineapple Skies,” a song from his 2007 fourth studio album War & Leisure.

Miguel’s upcoming tour dates.

Aug. 23 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavillion
Aug. 24 - Mashantucket, CT - The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
Aug. 25 - Brooklyn, NY - AFROPUNK (Brooklyn)
Aug. 26 - Toronto, ON - RBC Echo Beach
Aug. 28 - Indianapolis, IN - Mural Theatre at Old National Centre 
Aug. 29 - Sterling Heights, MI - Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill
Aug. 31 - Chicago, IL -North Coast Festival 
Sept. 2 - Philadelphia, PA - Made In America Festival
Sept. 4 - Washington, D.C. - The Anthem 
Sept. 6 - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre 
Sept. 7 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival 
Sept. 8 - Atlanta, GA - ONE MusicFest
Sept. 11 - San Antonio - Majestic Theatre
Sept. 12 - Dallas, TX - South Side Ballroom
Sept. 14 - Denver, CO - Grandoozy
Sept. 16 - Mesa, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre
Sept. 17 - San Diego, CA - Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Sept. 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre (click here for tickets)
Sept. 20 - San Jose, CA - Event Center at San Jose State University
Sept. 21 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl (click here for tickets)
Sept. 22 - Las Vegas, CA - Life is Beautiful Festival 
Sept. 24 - Eugene, OR - Cuthbert Amphitheater
Sept. 25 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Sept. 27 - Vancouver, BC - Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
Sept. 28 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater (click here for tickets)