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Grizzy: Dance Powerful

Grizzy: Dance Powerful

Hailing from Mexico, beatboxer Grizzy shows off his mad mouth sound skills in this clip that turned up on the Swissbeatbox channel. His wild vocalizations range from Donald Duck on speed to Mongolian throat singing.

Africa: Cartoon Edition

Africa: Cartoon Edition

Brock “The Man of a Kajillion Voices” Baker uses just 29 of his available impressions to follow in the footsteps Toto, Weezer, and everyone else on the Internet with his cartoon character version of the 1982 hit track Africa. Mostly he just made us miss Zoidberg and Brak.

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The LED Piano

The LED Piano

This slick piano has an display on top which shows the upcoming notes a la music video games, and LEDs that light up in reaction to the keys its pianist hits. Sadly, you can’t purchase this custom keyboard, so we’ll just have to drool over Rousseau’s one-off creation.

Meet Spiky

Meet Spiky

Puppeteer and artist Barnaby Dixon shows off his latest creation, a highly-expressive finger puppet that draws inspiration from aardvarks, armadillos, and porcupines, but in this case the adorable critter has sweet glow-in-the-dark spikes.

Redemption Song Sitar Cover

Redemption Song Sitar Cover

After wowing us with his performance of Billy Jean, musician Ronobir Lahiri turns in a truly unique cover of Bob Marley’s reggae-folk classic Redemption Song, this time showing off both his sitar and his vocal skills.

The 10 Levels of Bass

The 10 Levels of Bass

Musician Davie504 knows a thing or two about playing bass guitar. So who better than to demonstrate how to go from zero to hero on a 4-string? Listen and enjoy as Davie starts out simple, and quickly progresses to maestro level.

With or Without You: Fingerstyle

With or Without You: Fingerstyle

Guitarist Luca Stricagnoli wows us with another amazing cover, U2’s 1987 hit, With or Without You. Thanks to the amazing three-neck guitar by luthier Davide Serracini, and an EBow vibrating one of the strings, he’s able to produce the song’s many layers in a solo performance.

Yoyoka Plays the Drums

Yoyoka Plays the Drums

Yoyoka Soma may be just 8 years old, but she already knows more about drumming than most musicians three times her age. Listen and enjoy as she rocks out a cover of John Bonham’s rhythms from Led Zeppelin’s Good Times and Bad Times.

THX Note A Capella

THX Note A Capella

Remember the THX logo and the deep note that ran before movies? While the original was created with a synthesizer, Mach Kobayashi attempted to recreate the layered 30-note composition using only his voice. He gets off to a solid start, but ends a little shaky.

Marvel Impressions

Marvel Impressions

We’ve heard him perform as characters from Game of Thrones and Family Guy before, now sit back and enjoy comedian and impressionist Scheiffer Bates‘ spot on vocalizations of Thor, Professor X, Magneto, Rocket Raccoon, and more. His Tony Stark, on the other hand… nope.

Choir Gets Rickrolled

Choir Gets Rickrolled

The members of Toronto ensemble Choir! Choir! Choir! were joined by a special guest performer, none other than pop legend Rick Astley. They provided harmonies and backup while Rick took on lead vocal duties. We’re impressed how great his voice is after all these years.

One-Man Industrial Doom Metal Band

One-Man Industrial Doom Metal Band

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.

Mechanical Mondays

Mechanical Mondays

Dancer maddchadd transforms himself into a robot with a degree of precision rarely seen, introducing just the right amount of stutter and mechanical movement in not only his torso, arms, and hands, but every little facial expression. Do you even blink, bro?

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Balancing Bottles 2.0

Balancing Bottles 2.0

Balancing expert Rocky Byun shows off his skills yet again, taking five glass bottles of various shapes and sizes, and precariously balancing them on one another. But that’s not all – the whole setup was done inside a wobbly picture frame dangling from the ceiling.

Phil LaMarr: Cartoon God

Phil LaMarr: Cartoon God

He might not be a household name, but you’ll quickly recognize actor Phil LaMarr as characters like Hermes on Futurama, and Jack in Samurai Jack. He also played a pivotal role in Pulp Fiction, and was a regular on MADtv. Great Big Story recently sat down to chat with Phil.

The Quad-Neck Bass

The Quad-Neck Bass

Musician Davie504 shows off another unusual string instrument, this time performing an impressive solo on a crazy electric bass guitar which still has just four strings, but each one is on a separate neck.

Take on Me Fingerstyle

Take on Me Fingerstyle

Guitarist Alexandr Misko presents another impressive fingerstyle arrangement, with a fantastic interpretation of a-ha’s 1985 hit Take on Me, which seems to be having more than a little bit of a resurgence in popularity these days.

Stacked Coin Sculptures

Stacked Coin Sculptures

TANU likes to create complex desktop scenes by stacking and balancing coins. Here, he shows off the build of one of his smaller creations, along with a slideshow of some of his many other currency balancing feats.

Arctic Monkeys: Acoustic Cover

Arctic Monkeys: Acoustic Cover

We love discovering new talent, and musician Briony Frater is a true diamond in the rough. Hit the play button and enjoy as this young woman performs a wonderfully warm acoustic version of Arctic Monkeys’ hit Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?

31 Tricks for a 31 Year-old

31 Tricks for a 31 Year-old

(PG-13: Language) For his 31st birthday, Cirque du Soleil performer Thom Wall celebrated the occasion by assembling a reel of 31 different tricks that put to good use his juggling skills, balance, and manual dexterity. That knife trick.

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Turbo Cardistry

Turbo Cardistry

Cardistry expert Noel Heath shows off his skills with some sick maneuvers using a sweet minimal deck from anyone. The way he deftly manipulates the cards, it’s as if he’s got fingertips which can spontaneously switch between sticky and smooth surfaces.

Dancing with Tiny Footsteps

Dancing with Tiny Footsteps

Berezka (“Birch” in English) is a Russian folk dance troupe who performs with an unusual style – its dancers move with such tiny and smoothly-executed footsteps that it appears they’re on wheels. Of course, their dresses are so long that they very well could be.

Mirror Self-portrait

Mirror Self-portrait

Artist Ewan McClure shows of a nifty painting technique, in which he looks in the mirror to view his own image, then paints a self-portrait from behind the backside of the canvas, while looking at its reflection in the mirror.

New York I Love You A Capella

New York I Love You A Capella

The Trinity College Accidentals perform an outstanding a capella cover version of LCD Soundsystem’s classic ode to the Big Apple, New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down, with senior soloist Connor Kennedy bringing on the lead vocals.

The Mechanics of History

The Mechanics of History

Artist, acrobat, and dancer Yoann Bourgeois choreographed this incredible performance art piece at the Panthéon in Paris, France. In La Mécanique de L’Histoire dancers gracefully fall one by one onto a trampoline and then back onto a rotating staircase.

Nancy Cartwright: Rapid-fire Simpsons

Nancy Cartwright: Rapid-fire Simpsons

Actor Nancy Cartwright rattles off voices from seven characters she plays on The Simpsons, from Bart Simpson, to Todd Flanders, to everyone’s favorite nose-picker, Ralph Wiggum. Who else knew Kearney’s last name before today? We sure didn’t.

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