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History of Violin

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For their latest episode of The Instrumentals, CDZA invited musician Charles Yang to educate us on some of the greatest string passages of all time. Even if you don’t know the music, you’ll be wowed by Yang’s bowing.

13 Stars
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Blonde Redhead: The One I Love

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The One I Love is a gentle track from Blonde Redhead’s ninth album Barragán. Check out the entire playlist to listen to a couple more tracks from the dream pop band’s latest release.

5 Stars
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Blade Runner: Effects Pedal Cover

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Musician Bill Ruppert demonstrates how to reproduce Vangelis’ epic theme music from Blade Runner using nothing more than an electric guitar and Electro-Harmonix‘ effect pedals. It’s the kettledrum part that really gets us.

8 Stars
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Wheel of Musical Impressions

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On The Tonight Show, Adam Levine faced off with Jimmy Fallon to sing a random selection of songs, done in the style of famous musicians. While this is right in Fallon’s wheelhouse, Levine is a surprisingly solid vocal impressionist too.

65 Stars
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Adele: You’ll Never See Me Again

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One of two unreleased tracks that leaked this week, You’ll Never See Me Again is classic Adele: tinged with melancholy, but brimming with strength. The songs were supposedly cut from her last album 21. Other one here.

4 Stars
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Chandelier: Violin Cover

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Electric violinist Bryson Andres turns in an impressive and unique arrangement of Sia’s powerful hit track Chandelier using a combination of live string playing and his digital loop pedal. Check out more of his tracks on YouTube.

13 Stars
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Smack My B*tch up (Cat Version)

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(NSFW: Lyrics) By editing an old Superchunk video and setting it to the tune of The Prodigy’s classic Smack My B*tch up, YouTuber Diden Didenko has created a bit of pure Internet gold.

26 Stars
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Mozart Rap

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In response to a note from a high school music teacher looking for safe-for-school lyrics, Mac Lethal proves his rap prowess knows no bounds, as he spits his rapid-fire rhymes over Mozart’s Turkish March Piano Sonata No. 11.

83 Stars
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M83: Lower Your Eyelids…

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A car crash plays out in excrutiating slow motion in the music video for Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun, one of M83’s breakout singles. The video was made to promote the re-release of the band’s (currently out of print) first three albums.

7 Stars
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King of Pop x Kings of Popping

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Dancers Ricardo Walker and Popping John show off their incredible control as they perform to a dubstep remix of Michael Jackson’s Beat It. But instead of a dance battle breaking out, it’s a seamless collaboration between the two.

89 Stars
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Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing

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Multitalented musician Jacob Collier does a brilliant a capella rendition of this Stevie Wonder classic, with multi-layered harmonies and beatboxing. And just when you think he’s done, he whips out the musical instruments. More here.

7 Stars
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Clap! Clap!

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DJ C. Crisci’s alter ego Clap! Clap! samples music and sounds from African tribes and musicians. The result is dominated by percussion and almost always upbeat, but not overbearing, like a passing parade heard through a window.

4 Stars
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RGYDK: 8-Bit Albums

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Chiptuner RGYDK has not just created 8-bit covers of a few tunes here and there, he’s replicated entire albums by Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Nirvana and even Jethro Tull. Sadly, the lawyers yanked down his Led Zeppelin album.

6 Stars
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Body Language: Infinite Sunshine

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A free EP from dance pop band Body Language. The band churns out smooth chillout tracks inspired by 70s and 80s funk, disco, soul and R&B. You should also check out their critically-acclaimed albums, Grammar and Social Studies.

2 Stars
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Irma: Save Me

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The music video for Save Me, a single from the latest album of France-based singer Irma. Shot in one take, the video makes great use of projection mapping and perspective to go through different emotions and environments.

31 Stars
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TJH87: Good Life

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A fun disco track from Finnish electronic duo TJH87. Directed and animated by Kalle Kotila, the music video features 87 actual album covers. Name 5 covers that appeared consecutively and you could win a prize from the band.

8 Stars
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Friend Like Me

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Musician Scott Bradlee pays tribute to Robin Williams, turning in a wonderfully ear-friendly ragtime piano arrangement of Friend Like Me from Aladdin. Our wish: that Robin Williams will be remembered for his life, and not how it ended.

5 Stars
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Thunderstruck on White Lightning

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The moment that you hear the first twang from the banjoist of Finnish bluegrass group Steve ‘N’ Seagulls as he furiously plucks out the familiar opening riff of the standard in AC/DC you know you’re about to be Thunderstruck.

117 Stars
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Paperback Writer x My Sharona

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Mark Vidler mashed up the lyrics of the Beatles’ Paperback Writer with the music from the Knack’s My Sharona. We know both songs too well for the mix to work its charm on us, but we love how well-made it is.

13 Stars
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The Hood Internet: Mixtape 8

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(NSFW: Language) Chi-town’s music mavens Aaron Brink and Steve Reidell mash up hip hop songs with indie and underground tracks as The Hood Internet. Their eighth mixtape features Drake, Baauer, Chvrches, Yeasayer and more.

5 Stars
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Blind Blues Boy

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Blind since birth, Félix taught himself to play the guitar when he was six. Here he is now at 10 years old, playing B.B. King’s Everyday I Have the Blues while hanging out at Quebec Foundation for the Blind’s summer camp.

49 Stars
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