Sushi Ramen Rick is a tough guy, like it really rough guy. At least that’s what we got out of his goofy cover version of Billie Eilish’s hit that he made primarily using sounds produced by smacking himself about, and a weird musical instrument that looks like something from a Blue Man Group x Dr. Seuss collaboration.
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Like much of the world, Italian guitarist Luca Stricagnoli is staying put during the COVID-19 outbreak. But that hasn’t stopped him from playing like a boss while wearing his respirator mask. Luca’s performance of Gorillaz’ track Clint Eastwood is a uplifting dose of what we need during these trying times. The future is coming on…
New Zealand indie band The Naked and Famous dropped by Australia’s Triple J studios, where they put their unique spin onto The Weeknd’s 2020 hit Blinding Lights, picking up on the track’s 1980s-inspired electronic sounds, while Alisa Xayalith’s vocals give it a warmer and richer sound.
A group of students form California’s Chino Valley Unified School District were supposed to have a live choir performance, but their show was canceled due to COVID-19. But they turned lemons into lemonade by recording each of their parts of Somewhere Over the Rainbow at home, then posted the mix for the world to enjoy.
Musician Sam Griffin performs an acoustic classical guitar cover of the tricky Overworld theme from Super Mario Bros. 2, and says its “basically the hardest thing” he’s ever played. If you play guitar and think you’re up to the challenge, you can grab the tabs as a Patreon supporter.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the The Ides of March track Vehicle, Russian band Leonid & Friends proves once again that they can rock out the big sounds of 1970s funk rock with a fantastic performance, packed with thick horns, a crisp rhythm section, and Leonid passionately belting out the lead vocals.
Cy Leo, Ivan Chong, Jerry Wong, and Ramiel Leung of the quartet Perfect Fourth turn in a perfectly executed cover version of the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s cool jazz classic Take Five, replacing the piano, drums, flute, and alto sax of the original with harmonicas. They also do a mean version of the William Tell Overture.
Steady, watch me navigate, ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Stylophone maestro maromaro1337 performs a great multitrack cover of Gorillaz and De La Soul’s earworm Feel Good Inc., using nothing but inexpensive analog synths to take the place of the vocal and instrumental tracks.
Coffee not kicked in yet? Get your day started on the right foot with this energetic all-brass cover version of Dolly Parton’s 1980 hit 9 to 5, performed in five parts by musician Seb Skelly. It’s basically like this one guy is an entire Dixieland marching band. Sheet music available here.
The 8-Bit Big Band takes on a track from the 16-bit era, with an appropriately New Jack Swing interpretation of the music from Sonic the Hedgehog’s notoriously tricky Spring Yard Zone level. The only thing it’s missing are the sounds of the bouncy bumpers and gold rings being collected.
Little Miumiu may only be six years old, but she’s got more talent in her tiny little fingers than most of us have in our big adult hands. Here, she works her magic to charm the Internet with an adorable and endearing cover of the Kaye Ballard/Bart Howard classic “Fly Me to the Moon” (aka “In Other Words“)
During an appearance at Paste Magazine’s NYC studio, the talented Jake Shimabukuro performed a soulful rendition of Pink Floyd’s classic, eking crazy amounts of emotion out of his little ukulele. While there he also played Bohemian Rhapsody, his original When The Masks Come Down, and Hawaiian folk song Wai’ alae.
Device Orchestra plays a cover version of the classic theme song from Knight Rider on a variety of clicking and vibrating gadgets, including a typewriter, a pair of credit card terminals, and an electric toothbrush in a black leather jacket. Though we wish he got an R/C Trans Am to play KITT.
Melodicka Bros ask the question, “What if John Denver came from a different universe to bring us some electro cyberpunk industrial synthwave sci-fi futuristic metal vibes?” They answer it with a wild arrangement of Take Me Home, Country Roads that sounds like something Depeche Mode might have recorded.
The dulcimer usually is associated with the kind of music you’d hear at a renaissance festival. But musician Sam Edelston believes the stringed instrument is “among the world’s coolest.” Listen up as he plays some truly rockin’ cover versions from the Ramones, Black Sabbath, and David Bowie.
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