(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.
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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.
More than three decades ago, Prince & The Revolution recorded Nothing Compares 2 U – a song that would later top of the charts for Sinead O’Connor. Now, the Prince estate has released the original, accompanied by never-before-seen footage of 1984 rehearsal sessions.
Do you like sitcoms? Then check out this wonderful medley of theme songs from shows like Friends, Seinfeld, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Rec, and The Office, performed on acoustic guitar by Nathan Mills of Beyond the Guitar.
Lotsen is the newest, smallest and most affordable member of Urbanears’ connected speakers. It has an output of 20W, a 4″ woofer and a 1″ tweeter. Like its bigger siblings, it supports all popular wireless streaming solutions and also has a 3.5mm input.
Just in time to get us in the mood for Season 2 to debut, musicians Brooklyn Duo and Cicely Parnas turn in an amazing live performance of Ramin Djawadi’s intense main theme from HBO’s Westworld. Be sure to check out their Bach Cello Suite No. 1, if you get a chance.
Think your neighbors are noisy? They guys from Apartment Sessions managed to cram 100 musicians into an apartment building where they performed a cover version of Arcade Fire’s classic Wake Up. Still, we’re pretty sure they have fewer members than the real Arcade Fire.
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