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Rock

Queen in the 70s

Queen in the 70s

Love the music of Queen? Then tune in for the next 43 minutes and enjoy this epic compilation from the official Queen YouTube channel including 11 incredible live performances from their heyday, including Killer Queen, Somebody to Love, and Don’t Stop Me Now.

A Christmas Rock Medley

A Christmas Rock Medley

Enjoy some holiday classics with a little extra edge, courtesy of musician Richard Campbell, who infuses some hard rock verve into tunes like I Saw Three Ships, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and Carol of the Bells with this fun and energetic medley.

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Rock Me Debussy

Rock Me Debussy

Archaelogist dusted off Claude Debussy’s famed classical piece Arabesque No. 1 and reworked it as a masterpiece of prog rock, giving it a powerful edge we’re certain the composer could have never envisioned back in the late 19th century when he wrote it.

Chop Suey! Multitrack Cover

Chop Suey! Multitrack Cover

Band, who needs a band? The multitalented PAB_Music manages to turn in a perfect cover version of System of a Down’s 2001 hit Chop Suey!, performing each of its instrumental and vocal parts, then editing them together into a seamless multitrack recording.

Bad Reputation (Trailer)

Bad Reputation (Trailer)

A biographical documentary about one of the most badass musicians of all time. Joan Jett cut through the male-dominated world of rock music to prove that women can be tough too, all the while creating hits that still rock to this day. From music video director Kevin Kerslake.

Interpol: The Rover

Interpol: The Rover

Interpol is going to release their first album in 4 years, titled Marauder. The Rover is the lead single from Marauder, a straight up rock & roll song that’ll get you excited for the rest of the tracks.

Carpenter Brut: Maniac

Carpenter Brut: Maniac

Put on your leg warmers, and pour a bucket of water on yourself! Electro-rock act Carpenter Brut is here to light up the place with a fantastic live performance of Michael Sembello’s hit Maniac from the 1983 film Flashdance. The track is available for download on their live album.

Hard Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Hard Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

You will get a sentimental feeling… when you hear… Frog Leap singing ‘let’s be jolly, deck the halls with boughs of holly.’ Enjoy a holiday treat from Leo Moracchioli, as he turns in a tough-as-nails rendition of the 1960 Brenda Lee classic Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.

The Dirty Mac: Yer Blues

The Dirty Mac: Yer Blues

A rare performance from a one-shot supergroup comprised of John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Mitch Mitchell, as they rock out a rough-hewn track that’s as good as any garage blues we’ve ever heard. Bonus points for the silly chat between Lennon and Mick Jagger.

Sonic Surfing

Sonic Surfing

The original Sonic the Hedgehog has one of the most catchy and memorable soundtracks in the history of gaming, thanks to composer Masato Nakamura. Now listen as 130Grit Sound Studio performs a trio of familiar tunes from the game, done wonderfully in Dick Dale/surf rock style.

Def Leppard: Hysteria 30th Anniv. Ed.

Def Leppard: Hysteria 30th Anniv. Ed.

Celebrate the peak of glam metal with the 30th Anniversary Edition of Def Leppard’s fourth album. It’s available on vinyl and CD, as well as a deluxe set that comes with B-sides, remixes, two DVDs, and four books.

Waxahatchee: Out in the Storm

Waxahatchee: Out in the Storm

“I move delicately, I slowly choose my words, and when my presence is felt, I’ll fly away just like a bird.” The latest album from Katie Crutchfield and her band drops the lo-fi, but it’s still indie rock through and through – quick, specific, and sincere.

Chuck Berry: 1926-2017

Chuck Berry: 1926-2017

“Maybe someday your name will be in lights, saying ‘Johnny B. Goode Tonight.’ One of the fathers of rock and roll, Charles Edward Anderson Berry has passed away at the ripe old age of 90. Long live rock and roll! Long live Chuck Berry!

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EZXP: Sonic The Hedgehog

EZXP: Sonic The Hedgehog

Electronic rock band EZXP turns in an all too short medley of covers from the soundtrack of the SEGA classic Sonic the Hedgehog. That part where Sonic runs out of air underwater still stresses us out to this day.

Chop Suey Served in 20 Styles

Chop Suey Served in 20 Styles

For his latest video, Ten Second Songs‘ Anthony Vincent performs System of a Down’s Chop Suey! in the style of 20 dramatically different performers, from Michael Jackson to the Bee Gees to the Wu-Tang Clan. The Faith No More bit cracked us up.

Wack in Black

Wack in Black

A decidedly lo-fi version of AC/DC’s classic Back in Black, performed by French group The Wackids, three musicians known for playing their concerts entirely on kid’s toys and other cheap musical instruments. Here they are playing some Joan Jett and Metallica.

Sonic Goes Metal

Sonic Goes Metal

Fans of the classic SEGA Genesis game Sonic the Hedgehog will immediately recognize every one of these tracks, redone with a metal edge by Russian musician Michael Sobin. Seriously, all these tunes are permanently ingrained in our brains since childhood.

Electric Moonlight Sonata

Electric Moonlight Sonata

The consistently captivating Tina S shreds an insane rock rendition of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata (3rd Moverment) on her Vigier electric, her fingers flying across the strings and frets at supersonic speeds. Arrangement by Dr. Viossy.

Babymetal: Metal Resistance

Babymetal: Metal Resistance

Pop thrash metal band Babymetal’s girls are teenagers now, and they’ve gone mainstream globally. So we hate them now. Just kidding. Their new album Metal Resistance gives us more of their unorthodox mix of hair-raising music and kawaii singing.

Facts About Rock Bands

Facts About Rock Bands

Mental Floss‘ John Green expounds on some of the many strange and random bits of trivia about famous rock musicians. We’re wondering what ever happened to those stolen Green Day recordings, and in case you were wondering – here’s an excerpt from that Foo Fighters’ rider.

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Rage Against the Shovel

Rage Against the Shovel

Musician Rob Scallon once again digs out his one-string shovel guitar and shows that it doesn’t take multiple strings or frets to rock out, as he turns in a very respectable performance of RATM’s Killing in the Name on a garden tool.

History of Rock

History of Rock

Put on your headphones, crank up the volume, and drink in this 15-minute history of rock music, as remixed by Ithaca Audio. The clip includes sound bites from 348 rockstars, 84 guitarists, 64 songs, and 44 drummers, from Elvis to Foo Fighters. Download the audio track here.

Muse: A Discography on Guitar

Muse: A Discography on Guitar

Andre Antunes shreds a finger-blistering 13-minute medley of tracks by one of today’s greatest rock bands (accompanied by the original vocals of Matt Bellamy). We dare you not to nod you head in rhythm to Hysteria, Knights of Cydonia, and Uprising.

Mister Rocker’s Neighborhood

Mister Rocker’s Neighborhood

Please won’t you be our neighbor? Musician 331Erock puts on his comfy cardigan, takes off his loafers, and turns the classic childhood theme song from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood into a rock tune.

Jesu/Sun Kil Moon

Jesu/Sun Kil Moon

(PG-13: Language) The talented jerk that is Mark Kozelek aka Sun Kil Moon goes on barely controlled rambles about being mystified and being grateful for love amidst the droning waves by post-metal band Jesu. Even if the first track isn’t your thing, give the others a chance.

Nobody Really Cares…

Nobody Really Cares…

The music video for Courtney Barnett’s Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party sees the silly Aussie rocker perform at London’s Camden Town. The song appears to be from the perspective of an introvert who’s talking to her outgoing friend.

Get Lucky 10 Ways

Get Lucky 10 Ways

Musician Andre Antunes shows off his skills while demonstrating the distinctive playing styles of 10 iconic guitarists, performing a cover version of Daft Punk’s hit Get Lucky with each axe man’s individual flair.

Metalhead Girl

Metalhead Girl

Meliani Siti Sumartini (aka “Mel”) may be just 15 years old, but she proves that rocking out has no age, gender or cultural boundaries, as she shreds with the best of them on her electric guitar. Hit up her YouTube channel for more headbanging.

Metal Popcorn

Metal Popcorn

Leave it to heavy metal guitarist Charlie Parra del Riego to find a way to take Gershon Kingsley’s head-boppingly catchy classic 1969 synthpop tune Popcorn and make it rock. It’s the official theme song for making popcorn this way.

The Rock of Castamere

The Rock of Castamere

We’ve been watching Game of Thrones, so now we have that Rains of Castamere song stuck in our heads. We can bang our heads to it now, courtesy of Eric Calderone. As one commenter put it “A Lannister always slays his frets.”

Juan The Beast

Juan The Beast

You’d never know that this guy is about to kick out the most impressive vocal impression of Axl Rose that you’ve ever heard. They should do what Journey did and hire this guy to go out on tour with Gn’R. Also, he loves Game of Thrones.

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