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Bloodywood: Gaddaar

Bloodywood: Gaddaar

We love it when performers defy expectations, and Bloodywood definitely does that with their spicy blend of Indian culture and heavy metal music. The track Gaddar (Traitor) is an impassioned political statement against fascist government regimes. Their debut album Rakshak is available for pre-order now. (Thanks Rob!)

Building a Mini Marble Music Machine

Building a Mini Marble Music Machine

Inspired by the machines of Wintergatan, Daniel de Bruin, and Matthias Wandel, fellow maker Ivan Miranda created his own musical marble machine. He designed and built it from scratch using 3D printed parts, a resin drum, and an aluminum frame. The ball bearings make notes by falling onto a MIDI controller keypad.

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Jack Black + Kids Sing Bowie

Jack Black + Kids Sing Bowie

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s Blue Bear School of Music, Jack Black joined a group of talented kids from the school to perform a cover of David Bowie’s Suffragette City. This just makes us want a sequel to School of Rock in which the original kids are now the teachers.

Wake Me Up Before You Ska Ska

Wake Me Up Before You Ska Ska

It doesn’t get more bubbly than the 1984 Wham! hit Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go. But Jeremy Hunter of Ska Tune Network cranks the bubble machine up to 11 with his effervescent cover of the track, jamming it full of energy and upgrading it with a great brass section.

SpongeBob’s Paradise

SpongeBob’s Paradise

Because absolutely nobody asked for it, here is a music video of SpongeBob SquarePants singing a cover of Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise. Apparently, Negan Jeffrey used an AI-based vocal synthesizer to make SpongeBob sing the words to the 1995 hit track.

Master of Piano

Master of Piano

Obey your master and crank your speakers up to 11 for Gamazda’s latest performance, an absolutely killer grand piano arrangement of Metallica’s Master of Puppets. We never thought we’d bang our heads to a piano concert, but we’re making an exception here.

Smells Like K-Pop Spirit

Smells Like K-Pop Spirit

Hello, hello, hello, how low, indeed. There I Ruined It took the Nirvana track Smells Like Teen Spirit and gave it a cringy makeover as a K-Pop song. It’s every bit as stupid and contagious as the idea sounds.

A Very Korean Medley

A Very Korean Medley

What’s better than one of Luna Lee’s gayageum covers of popular music? A medley of five of them in a single video. The tracks include CCR’s Have You Ever Seen The Rain, John Lennon’s Imagine, George Michael’s Careless Whisper, Chicago’s 25 or 6 to 4, and Led Zeppelin’s Babe I’m Gonna Leave You.

DJ Cummerbund: Back In Lap

DJ Cummerbund: Back In Lap

What happens when you take N.E.R.D.’s banger Lapdance and combine it with AC/DC’s Back in Black? Musical genius, that’s what. DJ Cummerbund works his magic on these two very different songs and added a dash of Big & Rich for flavor. It’s so good that the track scored a spot on the Deadpool 3 soundtrack.

Holding Out for a Metal Hero

Holding Out for a Metal Hero

Appearing on the Footloose soundtrack, the Bonnie Tyler and Jim Steinman song Holding out for a Hero is the poster child for 1980s musical excess. Leo Moracchioli swaps synths for screams with a heavy metal cover of the track that would give John Lithgow’s judgmental reverend a heart attack if he heard it.

Fishing Reel Hurdy-Gurdy

Fishing Reel Hurdy-Gurdy

A hurdy-gurdy is a musical instrument that makes sounds by rubbing a spinning bow against its strings. Vinheteiro made a low-budget approximation of the instrument by combining a fishing reel with an acoustic guitar. His version only has one string, and the sound it produces is like a kind of traditional Asian music.

26 Minutes of Accordion Genius

26 Minutes of Accordion Genius

A few years back, musician Alexandr Hrustevich wowed us with his mad accordion skills. Now sit back and fill your ears with this nearly 30-minute classical solo concert that includes music by Bach, Sibelius, Vivaldi, and Albinoni. All we can say is he must have some serious calluses on his fingertips.

Playing Piano on a Bass

Playing Piano on a Bass

When is a bass guitar not a bass guitar? When it’s a piano, of course. Musician Charles Berthoud demonstrates what that sounds like with a fingerstyle bass rendition of Scott Joplin’s ragtime classic The Entertainer, incorporating some insane flourishes.

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Metallica Goes Disco

Metallica Goes Disco

For those too young to remember, Leo Sayer was a maestro of disco-pop music in the 1970s. To make things interesting, mashup artist Bill McClintock melded the pop sounds of You Make Me Feel Like Dancing with Metallica’s Sad But True for a combination as delicious as chocolate and peanut butter.

Ride the Boulevard of Lightning Dreams

Ride the Boulevard of Lightning Dreams

DJ Cummerbund combined the sounds of Green Day, Warren Zeiders, Metallica, and Randy “Macho Man” Savage to create a twangy, country-fied mashup of Ride the Lightning and Boulevard of Broken Dreams.

Radiohead: Follow Me Around

Radiohead: Follow Me Around

Radiohead’s KID A MNESIA drops on 11.5.21, and includes reissues of Kid A and Amnesiac, along with unreleased tracks from their 1999 to 2000 recording sessions. The music video for the acoustic track Follow Me Around looks like it was shot on VHS tape, and features Guy Pearce doing everything he can to avoid the camera.

Bollywood Bagpipes

Bollywood Bagpipes

When we think of bagpipes, we think of Scotland, not India. But Archy J aka The Snake Charmer makes these worlds collide with the energetic Bollywood-inspired wedding song Mehndi Da, combining Celtic, Punjabi-Indian, and EDM sounds into a delightful musical melange.

The Ultimate James Bond Medley

The Ultimate James Bond Medley

Nottingham UK’s Rofl Audio Recording Studios assembled dozens of talented vocalists and musicians to perform this grand medley of theme songs from all 25 James Bond movies that will have you glued to your headphones. We totally forgot that Madonna and A-Ha did Bond themes.

Spot Me Up

Spot Me Up

Boston Dynamics programmed one of its nimble Spot robots to mimic the dance moves of Mick Jagger. But that’s not all. Spot is soon joined by the other members of the Robot Stones to replicate the music video for their classic hit Start Me Up.

Ghostbusters on Devices

Ghostbusters on Devices

If there’s something strange in your neighborhood… who ya gonna call? DEVICES! Everyone’s favorite electronic orchestra is here with a special Halloween cover of Ray Parker Jr.’s Ghostbusters theme song. Anyone got a proton pack around here?

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Rammstein Fingerstyle

Rammstein Fingerstyle

Ein. Zwei. Drei. Vier… Hier kommt die Sonne. Guitarist Alexandr Misko gives the Rammstein song Sonne a totally new, yet awesome sound. He still manages to capture the aggressive energy of the original but still makes it all his own.

House of the Rising Sun (Dark Blues Cover)

House of the Rising Sun (Dark Blues Cover)

The Melodicka Bros. took The Animals’ classic House of the Rising Sun and transformed it into a dark and moody song that’s so emotive that it almost certainly will turn up on a soundtrack to set the stage for an intense movie or TV scene. The music video’s direction works perfectly with the gloomy track.

Cheap vs. Expensive Pianos 3

Cheap vs. Expensive Pianos 3

Vineteiro follows up on his comparison of inexpensive vs. fancy-pants pianos with another round of very different musical instruments. After the jump from the $40 hunk of junk to the $600 used upright, the shades of grey become fuzzier and fuzzier to our untrained ears.

13 Vintage Halloween Songs

13 Vintage Halloween Songs

It seems like Halloween songs have become a bit of a lost art. But back in the 1920s and 1930s, we had plenty of creepy songs to choose from for our trick-or-treat playlists. History Tea Time with Lindsay Holiday compiled an appropriate quantity of these vintage tracks to set the mood for your festivities.

The Muppets Sing Mr. Blue Sky

The Muppets Sing Mr. Blue Sky

The ELO track Mr. Blue Sky has turned up in a variety of movies and cover versions over the years. Now, The Muppets join that list with a joyful rendition of the tune by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. The performance is part of the Dear Earth special, celebrating our planet and helping to raise awareness about climate change.

Deep Purple Symphony

Deep Purple Symphony

The members of Epic Symphonic Rock provide their orchestral take on three rock classics by Deep Purple: Smoke on the Water, Burn, and Highway Star, a song that brings back memories of getting our asses handed to us playing Rock Band on Expert difficulty.

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