Brooklyn, New York’s High & Mighty Brass Band gives Portugal. The Man’s big hit a shiny coat of paint, infusing the tune with a rich, layered, and jazzy new sound. This arrangement would work great for a football halftime show.
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(PG-13: Lyrics) “This is America. Don’t catch you slippin’ up.” Donald Glover’s musical alter ego takes on gun culture, police brutality, racism, and materialism, all set against a banging beat, gospel vocals, and a brilliantly-directed music video from the amazing Hiro Murai.
Miserlou was made famous by Dick Dale and Pulp Fiction. But it originated as a traditional mediterranean song. Here, the track both returns to its roots and gets a fresh coat of paint courtesy of violinist Caroline Campbell, pianist William Joseph, and cellist Tina Guo.
We’ve heard more than a few of cover versions of a-ha’s 1985 hit Take on Me, and now we can add bluegrass to the list. The guys from My Brother’s Keeper do the track proud with their jangly sounds and layered harmonies. Bonus points for hitting that impossibly high note.
Musician Jon Gomm presents an acoustic guitar cover of Radiohead’s 1995 track High and Dry that will pull you in and won’t let go. If you liked what you heard, be sure to check out Passionflower, which put him on the map for his ability to retune his guitar while performing.
With the right synth patches, bass, brass section, and recording talent, Doctor Mix shows us how its possible to replicate the distinctive sound of Michael Jackson’s 1984 mega-hit Thriller incredibly well. Even with the King of Pop’s vocals gone, it’s an amazing performance.
Noisey introduces us to Tristan Shone, the musician behind Author & Punisher. His experience as a mechanical engineer led him to create unique tactile interfaces which he uses to create his distinctively analog industrial sound. There’s a great concert film here.
(PG-13: Language) ’90s alt-rock sensation The Breeders return to the lineup that gave them hits like Cannonball and Divine Hammer. This three song set offers a stripped down and fuzzed-out mix of folk and garage rock, including two from their new album All Nerve.
Joué is an incredibly versatile MIDI controller, thanks to its swappable modules. The modules’ buttons are made of soft and elastic material that responds to pressure very nicely. There are eight modules to choose from, some familiar and some quite unorthodox.
While Marvel’s theme music has missed the mark lately, there are still classic themes for heroes like Spider-Man and Batman. Listen up as Tom Thum gives these tunes the beatbox treatment. Sure, Knight Rider and Ghostbusters aren’t quite superheroes, but Tom is still super.
Musician Steve “SamuraiGuitarist” Onotera presents a hyperbolic short film about an itch he’s been wanting to scratch – stringing together all 37 of his stomp boxes, to hear what it sounds like when he routes his guitar through them all. That Miku stomp box is hilarious.