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Steamroller: Heavy Metal Edition

Steamroller: Heavy Metal Edition

Guitarist Andre Antunes has unofficially joined the US Navy. He took footage from Communication Specialist Josiah Trombley’s awesome call-and-response Steamroller troop march, and turned it into a heavy metal song. Seriously, they could go into the studio and record this.

Enter Gloveman

Enter Gloveman

The main riff from Metallica’s Enter Sandman isn’t that hard to play on an electric guitar. But it’s much trickier to hold a pick and get the fret positions right while wearing rubber gloves. JMAPMUSIC wanted to see how many pairs of gloves he could wear before the song became unrecognizable.

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Where Is My Mind? Roy Orbison Style

Where Is My Mind? Roy Orbison Style

We’re suckers for The Pixies song Where Is My Mind? and always love hearing fresh interpretations of the track. Vocalist Allison Young teamed up with Postmodern Jukebox to deliver a great cover version with a melodramatic style inspired by the late Roy Orbison, who gave us such great songs like Crying and Only the Lonely.

Pictures of Fat Dogs Metal Song

Pictures of Fat Dogs Metal Song

Do you know what’s better than looking at pictures of roly-poly dogs on the internet? A heavy metal song that pays tribute to these adorably chonky and well-fed pooches, courtesy of YouTuber Frazee Wooster. He needs to do a version for all the other round boys.

The Simpsons x Futurama x Pink Floyd

The Simpsons x Futurama x Pink Floyd

R3DUX Studios and xystvyry Productions carefully selected footage from The Simpsons and Futurama that perfectly illustrate the lyrics from Pink Floyd’s Brain Damage, a song that befits Homer Simpson more than any other character. They’ve created animated music videos for Time and High Hopes too.

Master of Puppets in 50 Styles

Master of Puppets in 50 Styles

Singer Anthony Vincent is a master of voices, so it only makes sense that he’d take on Metallica’s Master of Puppets with his versatile vocal cords. If you ever wondered what the heavy metal track would sound like sung by James Brown, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, or Clown Core, Anthony has got you covered.

The History of Orchestras (More or Less)

The History of Orchestras (More or Less)

Orchestras have been around for hundreds of years. But why is it that certain instruments can be in an orchestra and others aren’t? Why do they have so many strings? Composer and educator David Bruce answers these and other questions about the origins of orchestras in this good-humored history lesson.

Bad: Euphonium Edition

Bad: Euphonium Edition

The musicians of theFivEquartet perform a lively brass arrangement of Michael Jackson’s 1987 hit track Bad. The instrument they’re playing is called a euphonium – which sits somewhere between a trumpet and a tuba. And how about those dance moves?

Get Back (Trailer)

Get Back (Trailer)

Compiled from rare and restored footage of The Beatles captured in 1969, director Peter Jackson provides an intimate and fascinating portrait of John, Paul, George, and Ringo at work in the studio on Let It Be. The three-part documentary premieres from 11.25 to 11.27.2021 on Disney+.

Iron Maiden Symphonic Medley

Iron Maiden Symphonic Medley

The talented musicians of Epic Symphonic Rock live up to their names yet again, this time with a live tribute to heavy metal maestros Iron Maiden. The medley includes big, orchestral versions of The Number of the Beast, Run to the Hills, and Fear of the Dark.

Kills Kills Kills

Kills Kills Kills

Performing under the pseudonym “Möstly Crüel,” The Merkins are here with a little Halloween song. The light metal track features horror movie baddies Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and Ghostface performing a parody of Mötley Crüe’s Girls Girls Girls.

The Kiffness x Light Jazz Glove Box

The Kiffness x Light Jazz Glove Box

Musician and remix artist The Kiffness takes on a classic meme video, adding a chill rhythm and trumpet to the Light Jazz Glove Box video by stuffwhatidone. We could listen to this smooth groove all day. Kiff, we suggest you do the Chewbacca cabinet next.

Squid Game Synthwave Style

Squid Game Synthwave Style

Jung Jae-il’s soundtrack from the hit show Squid Game is equally intense, memorable, quirky, and creepy. YSSY combined the tracks Pink Soldiers and Way Back When and transformed them into a 1980s inspired synthwave song suitable for another Netflix series, Stranger Things.

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If Barbie Girl Was Really Hard to Play

If Barbie Girl Was Really Hard to Play

The Aqua song Barbie Girl is one of the cheesiest pop songs of all time. But what if it was actually a really complicated track that required serious skills to perform? Bass player Charles Berthoud explores just that idea by turning it into the hardest song to play.

Marching Band Rush Tribute

Marching Band Rush Tribute

During a halftime break, the Ohio State University Marching Band paid tribute to the legendary Canadian rock band Rush. The Buckeyes band added 20 extra toms and cymbals to their rhythm section for added oomph on tracks including Tom Sawyer, Limelight, YYZ, and Fly by Night. (Thanks Dave!)

Melodica Thriller

Melodica Thriller

Enjoy a little Halloween fun with this not-so-evil version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller played by the Melodica Men, as they ham it up and terrorize y’alls neighborhood with the funk of 40,000 years.

James Bond Theme (A Cappella)

James Bond Theme (A Cappella)

To celebrate the release of No Time to Die, musician Jared Halley performed this great multi-layered cover version of John Barry’s classic James Bond Main Theme. We’re always impressed when somebody can make all of those different sounds without using any instruments.

The Kiffness x La La La Dog

The Kiffness x La La La Dog

Musician The Kiffness is back with another great remix. This time, he added a smooth and chill beat and vocals to the endearing half-growl sounds of Alexander Zekudzze La La La Dog. Everyone sing along! La La, La La La, La La La La La, La La La La La! Encore!

Straight Outta Bavaria

Straight Outta Bavaria

There I Ruined It transform’s N.W.A.’s West Coast rap anthem into a West German polka anthem, trading blunts for beers, Los Angeles for lederhosen, AKs for accordions, and adding an unwanted oompah band sound to Straight Outta Compton.

The Matrix Halloween Light Show

The Matrix Halloween Light Show

Each year, Tom BetGeorge puts on an awesome Halloween light show to help raise funds for the McHenry House Family Shelter. One of 2021’s displays was inspired by The Matrix, complete with those iconic green computer effects, and set to Rage Against the Machine’s Wake Up, the track from the ending sequence of the movie.

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Peter Hook + Joy Division Orchestrated

Peter Hook + Joy Division Orchestrated

Peter Hook, musical director Tim Crooks, and an ensemble of musicians perform Love Will Tear Us Apart from their Dreams EP, which features four classic Joy Division tracks reimagined with an orchestra. Tracks include Atmosphere, New Dawn Fades, and A Means to an End, plus two alternative versions.

AC/DC Brass Cover

AC/DC Brass Cover

Brass player and arranger Seb Skelly and drummer Alex Shad performed this gleeful cover version of AC/DC’s hit track You Shook Me All Night Long. The combination of brass quintet and drums kind of reminds us of a marching band, minus the football field and the funny looking hats.

Blue (Da Ba Dee) on Devices

Blue (Da Ba Dee) on Devices

The Device Orchestra is back with their biggest stage show yet, complete with low-budget lighting and smoke effects courtesy of their resident steam iron. Eiffel 65’s Blue (Da Ba Dee) is just the right fit for this band of electric toothbrushes, credit card machines, and electric typewriters.

Heavy Stylophone Riffs

Heavy Stylophone Riffs

The Stylophone is a very basic analog electronic instrument that uses a conductive pen and a metal circuit board of “keys” as its input device. But with the help of a Digitech Whammy effects pedal and some quick pen play, maromaro1337 jammed out some iconic rock riffs on the monophonic keyboard. More here.

Closebusters

Closebusters

Musical mashup and meme maker William Maranci managed to assemble this brilliant mashup just in time for Halloween, somehow blending together Ray Parker Jr.’s theme from Ghostbusters with Nine Inch Nails’ industrial classic Closer.

Playing 6 Octaves on a Trumpet

Playing 6 Octaves on a Trumpet

Trumpets typically play notes across a three-octave range. But in the hands and lips of the great Arturo Sandoval, it’s possible to extract almost twice that range. Listen as he plays the lowest lows to the highest highs in this excerpt from Dizzy Gillespie’s Night in Tunisia, with the United States Air Force Band in 2011.

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