After the release of the archetypal rock opera Tommy, The Who’s Pete Townshend had a vision to create an even more ambitious concept album and movie. But his plans for “Lifehouse” imploded. Polyphonic digs into the story behind the album that never was.
PAB_Music pulls off a impressively accurate cover version of Radiohead’s 1997 classic, performing each of its instrumental and vocal parts, then layering them together. He previously worked his magic on Under Pressure and Where the Streets Have No Name.
(PG-13: Language) Punk rock shook up the music scene back in 1976, but “proto-punk” bands dating all the way back to the late 1950s defined the genre without even knowing it. Trash Theory looks back at the history of punk rock, and the roots of its anti-establishment sounds.
Danny Boyle’s new film starts out like 28 Days Later – with its protagonist out cold, waking up to a strange universe. But instead of zombies in London, he discovers he’s the only one who knows The Beatles. Naturally, when he sings, everyone thinks he’s a brilliant songwriter.
Cybertronic Spree is a Transformers-themed tribute band, who plays a variety of cartoon, videogame, and anime theme songs dressed in awesome costumes. During a recent show, they also performed a truly entertaining cover of Led Zeppelin’s wailing Immigrant Song.
Experimental band Hardcore Anal Hydrogen created a trippy and vibrant music video for their thrash metal track Jean-Pierre, created with the help of artificial intelligence tools like Deep Dream, Neutral Style Transfer, and DeepFlow. Read more about the project here.
(PG-13: Language) Songwriter and producer Dev Hynes and his amazing band prepared soulful renditions of Blood Orange songs for their NPR Music set. They started off with a chilling performance of By Ourselves before launching into a trio of songs from Negro Swan.
We’re off to Never-never Land with singer Anthony Vincent as he turns Metallica’s Enter Sandman into a totally different song by performing it in the a variety of unlikely styles ranging from The Doors to Haddaway to Owl City. The David Bowie version is our favorite.
If you ask us, Jonathan Coulton’s Still Alive is one of the greatest video game songs of all time. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy this vibrant and jazzy version of the track, performed by The 8-Bit Big Band, with singer Benny Benack III doing his best Frank Sinatra.
In 1976, just a few years after the Beatles disbanded, a British journalist published an article about a band named Klaatu. The writer was almost convinced that they were actually the Beatles. Even without today’s social media, the hype train left the station.
Funkmasters Scary Pockets take The Police track Every Breath You Take and give it a fresh coat of paint with this wonderful rendition of the 1983 hit, led off by the soulful vocals of Sarah Dugas, and paying tribute to the syncopated reggae beats of the original.
Ukrainian band Brunettes Shoot Blondes found an old, broken down grand piano, and decided to partially gut it, filling its innards with a variety of analog instruments, mechanically connected to its keys. The resulting sound on their track Houston is remarkably rich and full.
The idea of an AC/DC tune being played on flute seems like an unnatural fit, but in the able hands and lips of musician Miquelmar, it works perfectly – with the help of a loop box to amp up his rhythm section. His Bohemian Rhapsody cover is worth a listen too.
The earliest forms of vocal amplification date back over 1000 years, but microphones as we know them are less than 100 years old. Cheddar looks at how mics changed the way vocalists perform when recording and in live shows, and how they put singers front and center.
Cy Ho is a master of the harmonica. Among the tracks you’ll find on his YouTube channel is this live cover version of Lalo Shifrin’s classic theme song from Mission Impossible. Be sure to check out his performances of Billie Jean and Flight of the Bumblebee too.