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Glowing Puppy Puppet

Glowing Puppy Puppet

Puppeteer Barnaby Dixon shows off his latest creation, a glow-in-the-dark, four-legged friend that charges up under black light. It requires both hands for operation, and has a tremendous amount of character, versatility, and expression.

Freddie Mercury: Time Waits for No One

Freddie Mercury: Time Waits for No One

An amazing recording of the greatest rock vocalist of all time, captured back in 1986 as part of the 96-track Time. With the help of musician and producer Dave Clark, we now get to hear a stripped-down and cleaned up version, backed only by piano, along with HD footage of Mercury which will send chills down your spine.

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Floating Medicine Ball

Floating Medicine Ball

Thomas “infamous_wu13” Wu shows off his skills in the gym as he repeatedly punches a 20 pound medicine ball, making it appear to float in the air. You can find others doing the same with varying degrees of success at #floatingballchallenge.

Waiting on a Friend: Acoustic Cover

Waiting on a Friend: Acoustic Cover

Musician Dave Rucci (the man behind that awesome SVU cover) turns in a great performance of The Rolling Stones’ 1980 track Waiting on a Friend, with some excellent acoustic guitar work, and a well-executed multi-track vocalization.

Nirvana Bass Covers

Nirvana Bass Covers

Tommy Lee Depp creates bass-only arrangements of popular songs which sound phenomenal, despite only including a single 4-string instrument. Listen as he performs Heart-shaped Box, Come As You Are, Lithium, and Smells Like Teen Spirit.

Louis Cole: F It Up

Louis Cole: F It Up

Musician Louis Cole loves to do live recording sessions, and this one takes the cake. Listen, enjoy, and be wowed by this captivating performance shot at “some guy’s house.” It’s got synths, loops, and more funk than you can handle. This is one clip where patience definitely pays off.

1 Finger, 1 String, 10 Riffs

1 Finger, 1 String, 10 Riffs

Most electric guitars have six strings. But it turns out you can play lots of melodies with only a single string. Guitarist Dave Rucci proves just that by performing 10 classic guitar riffs with only a G-string and a single finger. (That’s what she said.)

Alexander Mills: Crash Into Me

Alexander Mills: Crash Into Me

Crank up your headphones and enjoy as musician Alexander Mills turns in an absolutely fantastic cover version of Dave Matthews Band’s 1996 classic Crash Into Me. This is why we truly love the Internet – discovering incredibly talented people we wouldn’t have otherwise heard of.

Supermassive Black Hole: Fingerstyle

Supermassive Black Hole: Fingerstyle

Guitarist Luca Stricagnoli is back to wow us with yet another incredible fingerstyle performance, this time, taking on the incredibly dynamic Muse track Supermassive Black Hole, and extracting way more sound out of single guitar than should be physically possible.

Bohemian Rhapsody Wind Dance

Bohemian Rhapsody Wind Dance

During WindGames 2019, Fred Fernandez turned in an amazing and frenetic performance, set to a medley of classic Queen tunes as he flew through the air in one of those indoor skydiving facilities. Check it out from another angle here.

William Tell Melodica Overture

William Tell Melodica Overture

A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty “Hi Yo Silver!” – the Melodica Men are here to save the day from bandits and other Wild West baddies with their frenetic rendition of Rossini’s 1829 overture, most frequently associated with The Lone Ranger.

Paranoid Android Multitrack Cover

Paranoid Android Multitrack Cover

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.

Super Saiyan Blue Spray Paint Art

Super Saiyan Blue Spray Paint Art

You don’t have to speak a word of Spanish to get the fire and enthusiasm of artist Porfirio Jimenez, who creates wonderful pop art paintings using spray paint and stencils. He may have talent, but his real super power is not getting any paint on his white t-shirt.

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Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire

In a video that is the very embodiment of “don’t try this at home,” guitarist Davidlap performs a brief solo while it looks like his hands are ablaze. He created special gloves to protect his hands from injury, and the fire was far enough from the guitar that it didn’t get damaged.

Sound Ping Pong

Sound Ping Pong

Ping pong player Takkyuu Geinin proves that you don’t need a fancy paddle to accurately return a serve. Watch as he nails his target every time, using a variety of silly noisemakers to play the game. English subtitles available.

Drumming with Tape

Drumming with Tape

From pickle tubs to washing machines, there are lots of unusual ways to create percussive sounds. But this clip from Japan’s Open Reel Ensemble is definitely the first time we’ve seen someone using magnetic reel-to-reel tape as a drum kit. More here.

1000 Harmonics

1000 Harmonics

Guitarist Alan Gogoll lets his fingers fly across the strings and frets of his acoustic guitar, cranking out a whopping 1000 harmonics in just under 90 seconds. Our fingertips developed blisters just watching this.

David Bowie Piano Covers

David Bowie Piano Covers

Melbourne, Australia musician Josh Cohen presents powerful and engrossing piano arrangements of two David Bowie classics – Life on Mars and Space Oddity. Trust us when we say you’ll be glued to your speakers or headphones from the minute you hit “play.”

Smooth Ukulele Criminal

Smooth Ukulele Criminal

The last time we checked in with the talented young Feng E, he was entertaining audiences in the park. Now he’s wowing us from the back seat of a car, and asking Annie if she’s okay with a fantastic ukulele cover of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal.

Finger Fireworks

Finger Fireworks

Dance crew XTRAP’s act includes a series of numbers that use led-adorned gloves to show off the performers’ smooth and precise finger tutting movements. Kuma Films captured a more intimate solo performance as well.

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Flight of the Basslebee

Flight of the Basslebee

We already know that musician Davie504 is quite the capable bass player. But for his latest clip he shows us just how quickly his fingers can fly across the frets, with an electric bass cover of Rimsky-Korsakov’s high speed classical piece Flight of the Bumblebee.

Wind Games Dance Champ

Wind Games Dance Champ

If you’ve ever been in one of those indoor skydiving facilities, you know it can be a pretty wild experience. Without fear of ever hitting the ground, they even use the chambers for dance competitions. Prepare to be amazed with this performance by freestyle dancer Kyra Poh.

One-string Bass Medley

One-string Bass Medley

Just because your bass guitar only has one string doesn’t mean you can’t make music with it. Guitarist Davidlap proves just that with this medley of bass riffs he cranks out without the benefit of three of his strings.

Iron Maiden Fingerstyle Medley

Iron Maiden Fingerstyle Medley

After wowing us with acoustic versions of songs by U2, RHCP, and AC/DC, the incredibly talented Luca Stricagnoli is back with a captivating three song medley of Iron Maiden’s tracks Fear of the Dark, The Trooper, and Phantom of the Opera.

Anna Dream Brush: VR Painter

Anna Dream Brush: VR Painter

Artist Anna Zhilyaeva has perfected the use of Google’s Tilt Brush VR application. Watch as she creates a 3D interpretation of Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People while performing live at The Louvre in Paris. See more amazing VR art on her YouTube channel

Young Ukulele Master

Young Ukulele Master

Feng E may only be 10 years old, this kid sure can play ukulele. Watch him jam out amazing covers of Classical Gas, Blackbird, and Beat It, then check out more of his performances on both uke and guitar on his YouTube channel.

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