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Darkwave Iron Man

Darkwave Iron Man

The future is a dark place for the Melodicka Bros. The second in their Revolt Saga concept video series transports us to a dystopian future where synthwave and industrial music join forces to fight evil. At the end of the first clip, they acquired the I.R.O.N.M.A.N. suit, and now they’re celebrating their acquisition with a song.

Blue (Da Ba Dee): Bardcore Edition

Blue (Da Ba Dee): Bardcore Edition

The Eiffel 65 song Blue (Da Ba Dee) is one of the most infectious Europop songs of all time. Now, thanks to Cornelius Link, it’s been transformed into a catchy ditty befitting of a 15th-century banquet where a king’s court feasts on turkey legs and flagons of mead while bopping their heads to the beat.

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Playing the Harpsichord: Level 1 to 100

Playing the Harpsichord: Level 1 to 100

A harpsichord requires a similar skill set to a piano, but it does need some additional knowledge to become an expert player. Vinhetiero has been playing the baroque keyboard for a long time, and he shows us the progression one might experience from the day they play their first note until they master the instrument.

Weird Al Garage Jam

Weird Al Garage Jam

You might think “Weird Al” Yankovic was a weird guy, but he’s a pretty regular dude who likes hanging out with his friends. Al recently performed with David Wain’s Middle-Aged Garage Jam, with his pals Bo Boddie, Jon Spurney, Ken Marino, Eduardo Penna, Beth Dover, and Joe Lo Truglio, who you might know from Reno 911.

Santigold Tiny Desk Concert

Santigold Tiny Desk Concert

Santi White, aka Santigold is best known for L.E.S. Artistes and Disparate Youth, but she’s got a rich history as an alternative and punk rock musician. She recently stopped by the NPR offices to perform a diverse set, backed by a fantastic band, including Chuck Treece of Bad Brains fame and George Lewis, Jr. aka Twin Shadow.

The Ultimate ’90s Medley

The Ultimate ’90s Medley

Musician Martin Miller and his bandmates Nico Schliemann, Marius Leicht, Ben Jud, and Felix Lehrmann got together in the studio to perform this great medley of tracks from the 1990s. There’s something for everyone, including Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice in Chains, Radiohead, Lenny Kravitz, and Bryan Adams.

Walk of Life on Floppotron 3.0

Walk of Life on Floppotron 3.0

Paweł Zadrożniak’s Floppotron 3.0 computer hardware orchestra struts its stuff with its most impressive performance to date. Crank it up and enjoy all 512 floppy drives, 16 hard drives, and 4 flatbed scanners as they perform the 1985 Dire Straits hit track Walk of Life. Yeah, the electronic boy can play.

1000 Musicians Play Metallica

1000 Musicians Play Metallica

During their October 2022 stadium show in São Paulo, Brazil, the Rockin’ 1000 assembled an informal band of musicians from around the world. Their performance of Metallica’s Enter Sandman brought down the house with infectious energy. You’ll want to crank up the volume all the way for this one.

Never Gonna Give Tame Impala Up

Never Gonna Give Tame Impala Up

We’re big fans of Tame Impala. Musician Max Frost imagines what it might sound like if the Aussie alt-pop group Rickrolled us all and recorded a cover of Never Gonna Give You Up in their unique electro-psychedelic style. It sounds pretty awesome if you ask us.

House of the Rising Sun on Piano

House of the Rising Sun on Piano

Pianist Gamazda is back with another ear-pleasing performance. This time, she took on House of the Rising Sun, adding an abundance of flourishes to the 1964 Animals classic. Her elaborate arrangement brings new drama and depth to the track.

Don’t Give Up: Vocals Only

Don’t Give Up: Vocals Only

The NetMusic YouTube channel specializes in isolating vocals from the music in various songs. This edit is a true gem, highlighting the amazing vocal talents of Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush as they perform their 1986 duet Don’t Give Up. After listening to this, it feels like the music was almost unnecessary.

Stayin’ Alive on Pipe Organ

Stayin’ Alive on Pipe Organ

If there’s one genre of music we never thought we’d hear on a pipe organ, it’s disco. But it’s the internet, and here we are. So put on your boogie shoes, click play, and listen as organist Vincent Thévenaz plays the 1977 Bee Gees hit Stayin’ Alive on the Great Organ at Geneva, Switzerland’s Cathédrale Saint-Pierre.

The Illustrated Al

The Illustrated Al
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Z2 Comics offers a visual retelling of some of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s greatest hits. The book features 20+ songs, each interpreted by a famous cartoonist. An oversized Deluxe Edition includes art prints, a vinyl slipmat, and collectors cards, while the Super Deluxe Edition is signed by Weird Al and packs more bonuses.

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Forever Young: Symphonic Edition

Forever Young: Symphonic Edition

’80s kids surely remember the Alphaville track Forever Young – as will fans of Napoleon Dynamite. Singer Marian Gold proves he’s still got it with this epic symphonic version of the track performed with the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg for the album Eternally Yours. Now enjoy some Big in Japan.

Mentallica: Land Down One-der

Mentallica: Land Down One-der

Can’t tell if this is true or dream… Bill McClintock’s latest musical mashup imagines what might have happened if Metallica and Men at Work were the same band and created this oddly pleasing combination of Down Under and One. Does anyone else have a taste for a Vegemite sandwich?

Polyphonic Overtone Singing in an Echo Chamber

Polyphonic Overtone Singing in an Echo Chamber

Anna-Maria Hefele has wowed us before with her polyphonic overtone singing. Her ethereal composition Andesana is given added impact through its performance in a space that encourages rather than cancels echoes – standing underneath a musical sculpture by artist Josef Baier. Here’s an explanation of how the technique works.

Weird Al Classroom Instruments Medley

Weird Al Classroom Instruments Medley

While touring to promote his hilarious biopic Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, Al stopped by The Tonight Show. While he was there, he joined musical forces with Jimmy Kimmel and The Roots to perform a medley of his hits on classroom instruments, including Another One Rides the Bus, White and Nerdy, I Want a New Duck, and Eat It.

Cult of 8-Bit Personality

Cult of 8-Bit Personality

Living Colour is one of those great bands that doesn’t get the kind of retro love that they deserve. The genre-defying group gave us songs like Love Rears Its Ugly Head, Glamour Boys, and their biggest hit Cult of Personality. 8 Bit Universe created this chiptune cover which gives the track a totally different and unexpected sound.

Baby Got Back: Metal Edition

Baby Got Back: Metal Edition

Because Leo Moracchioli needs to turn every possible song into a heavy metal version of itself, here’s his absolutely explosive cover of the Sir Mix-a-Lot track Baby Got Back. Next time you have a workplace party, be sure to crank this one up to 11.

Green Day A Cappella

Green Day A Cappella

Vocalist Jared Halley has wowed us before with his one-man a cappella songs. This time, he took on the 1992 Green Day track Boulevard of Broken Dreams, using his voice to layer together every track of the recording. Also, we can’t get that one a nunna, one a nunna, one a nunna out of our heads now.

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Mystical Misirlou

Mystical Misirlou

The Dick Dale track Misirlou is known for its genre-defining surf rock sound. Musician Bloxsy transformed the track into something you might hear walking through a crowded market in India. He used the simplistic Ostritch tuning used by Lou Reed during his time with The Velvet Underground to create the mystical sound.

Everywhere on Brass

Everywhere on Brass

Get your day started right with this warm and enveloping arrangement of Fleetwood Mac’s 1987 hit track Everywhere performed by the always entertaining Seb Skelly on five brass instruments. Need more brass to wake up? Try a dose of Killer Queen.

Hotel California Fingerstyle

Hotel California Fingerstyle

Guitarist Lucas Imbiriba brings his warm and soulful style to the Eagles classic Hotel California. His fingerstyle skills are truly impressive, and the track sounds fantastic in this stripped-down acoustic version. Check out his covers of Stairway to Heaven, Sultans of Swing, and Classical Gas for more delightful ear candy.

Sousaphone Saber Duel

Sousaphone Saber Duel

Here’s a silly video that reminds us of the simpler days of the internet. A couple of University of Wisconsin sousaphone players realized their brass instruments make a sound that’s a whole lot like the lightsabers from Star Wars, so they staged a duel. We loved the guy who chimed in with, “why are you filming vertically?”

Latex Glove Bagpipes

Latex Glove Bagpipes

What do Kenny G and bagpipes have in common? Well if you watch this video by science and nature vlogger Charlie Engleman, you’ll find out. Along the way, you’ll also learn how to make your own bagpipes from a latex glove, two straws, and some appropriately Scotch tape.

Sweet Dreams on Acoustic Guitar

Sweet Dreams on Acoustic Guitar

Looking for some weekend ear candy? Put on your headphones and crank it up the volume to 11 for Marcin Patrzalek’s excellent acoustic cover of Eurythmics 1983 hit Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), with a nod to Marilyn Manson’s dark and creepy 1995 version.

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