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It’s Always Drummy in Philadelphia

It’s Always Drummy in Philadelphia

Drummer David Dockery synced up his rhythms to match the dialogue from Charlie’s Pepe Silvia meltdown on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It’d be cool if he did a live performance like this with scenes from a bunch of TV shows and movies playing on a big screen.

Korean State of Mind

Korean State of Mind

Yoo Jei, a then 16 year-old Korean girl turns in an surprising and soulful performance of the Billy Joel classic New York State of Mind during her run for the title on the show KPOP STAR back in 2015. We can’t believe she didn’t win.

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Rapping While Jumping Rope

Rapping While Jumping Rope

(PG-13: Language) Mac Lethal continues to prove that nothing can stand in the way of him spitting sick rhymes. Here he rattles off some lyrical genius while he gets a serious workout. We can barely jump rope while chewing gum.

Off by a Syllable

Off by a Syllable

(PG-13: Language) Musician Jay Foreman starts out with a simple tale about being off by a single syllable on a childhood song, then goes on to demonstrate his ability to do the same with just about any song. Watch him mess with a couple more songs here.

Incredible Taiko Drum Ensemble

Incredible Taiko Drum Ensemble

An earthshaking taiko drum performance by Senzoku Gakuen College of Music’s percussion ensemble that’s equal parts drumming talent, and choreography. The track is called Fertility of the Sea, composed by Eitetsu Hayashi. We can only imagine the sound with a good subwoofer.

Chain-link Radish

Chain-link Radish

Watch in amazement as a master Japanese chef takes a single daikon radish and works his precision knife skills to carve it into the links of a chain. We wouldn’t try and secure a bike lock with this thing, but we would eat it with a spicy tuna roll and some miso soup.

Smells Like 1000 Musicians

Smells Like 1000 Musicians

For their latest concert, Rockin 1000 gathered more than 1000 singers, drummers, bassists, guitarists, and generally awesome people got together to rock out an epic performance of Nirvana’s 1991 classic, Smells Like Teen Spirit.

Rapping without Breathing

Rapping without Breathing

(PG-13: Language) We’re big fans of the mad rap skills of Mac Lethal around here. After doing some crazy breathing exercises, he attempts to rap for 90 seconds straight without pausing or inhaling. We’re out of breath just from watching him try.

Theremin Crazy

Theremin Crazy

Musician Randy George created this clip more than a decade ago, performing the most unusual cover version we’ve ever heard of Gnarls Barkley’s hit tune Crazy – using a theremin in place of the lead vocals. Given the title and subject matter of the song, it’s somehow fitting.

Butterfly Knife Tricks

Butterfly Knife Tricks

We’ve always wanted to do that cool thing where you spin a butterfly knife like a badass, but instead we’d probably end up just cutting off all of our fingers. Kuma Films introduces us to balisong master Curtis Crowe, who has no such problems.

Lamont Landers: Funk Medley

Lamont Landers: Funk Medley

Lamont Landers and his bandmates Bowen Robertson, Jaraven Moe Hill, and Kevin Canada turn in an awesome medley of Earth, Wind & Fire, Sly and the Family Stone, and a dash of funky love makin’ tossed in for good measure. Want some mo? Try on some Bill Withers.

Sébastien Charron: No Excuses

Sébastien Charron: No Excuses

You’d think that a beer belly might be at odds with your martial arts and parkour skills, but you’d be wrong. After struggling with his mental health and weight gain from meds, Sébastien Charron gives all of us ordinary guys hope, and proves that you can’t judge a book by its cover.

Kawehi: Time Is Running Out

Kawehi: Time Is Running Out

Multitalented musician Kawehi reminds us why we love her so much, as she turns in an awesome one-woman performance of the Muse track Time is Running Out during a live performance. We’re looking forward to her recently crowdfunded new album EVE.

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Lithium: Korean Style

Lithium: Korean Style

Luna Lee is back with another awesome and unusual cover played on the Gayageum – Nirvana’s 1991 hit Lithium. Though we’re curious to know what the track would sound like “unplugged.”

What Mike Boyd Learned in 2016

What Mike Boyd Learned in 2016

Mike Boyd made a name for himself this year by documenting himself picking up some new skills. Here he shows off some of his new favorite activities one after the other. He didn’t turn into da Vinci, but how many Mike Boyds do you know?

Sculpt-Off

Sculpt-Off

YouTuber Anuja de silva shared this friendly competition between sculptors and professors Sarath Chandrajeewa and Cao Chang Xu. They stood side-by-side and tried to make a portrait sculpture of each other in just 10 minutes.

Acoustic Labs: Star Wars

Acoustic Labs: Star Wars

Greg Johnson of Acoustic Labs performs a fantastic fingerstyle medley of some of John Williams’ music from the Star Wars saga. We’d pay good money to see a whole performance of this done live with the films on screen. Check out more great music over on Alvarez Live.

Balancing Bottles

Balancing Bottles

Master of balance Rocky Byun yet again shows off his incredible ability to take everyday objects of all shapes, sizes, and weights, and precisely stack them so they don’t fall over. We were convinced that all the noise in the room would knock the bottles over.

The Chuck E. Cheese Challenge

The Chuck E. Cheese Challenge

Viral challenges are too easy for popping phenom Marquese “Nonstop” Scott. So he took on one that lives up to the meaning of the word. Watch Nonstop and his friends Bam Morales and Julius “iGlide” Chisolm turn into an animatronic puppet band. Another one here.

Cardistry Loops

Cardistry Loops

Bas John has been posting some nifty video loops of cardistry experts on his Instagram channel. He recently gathered them up into a single clip, packing a bunch of mesmerizing card manipulations into a 45-second video. The track is The Anthem by Onra.

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He Who Dances on Wood

He Who Dances on Wood

BRIC TV introduces us to Fred Nelson, an elderly man who found his true love late in life, bringing a much needed sliver of joy and happiness into the world using his feet, shoes, and an old piece of wood.

Zhang Ze: Zipper Master

Zhang Ze: Zipper Master

Chinese beatbox champion Zhang Ze shows off his mad skills, which include the ability to create some crazy zipper-like noises, along with more crazy mouth sounds than the guy from the Police Academy flicks.

KFC Five $5 Fill Up Challenge

KFC Five $5 Fill Up Challenge

Competitive eater Matt “Megatoad” Stonie sees how fast he can devour all five of KFC’s $5 Fill Up Meals: 9 fried chicken pieces, 3 mashed potatoes, a chicken pot pie, a famous bowl, 3 biscuits, 5 cookies and 5 medium cups of Diet Coke. Finger lickin’ bad.

Free Bird: Korean Style

Free Bird: Korean Style

Musician Luna Lee knocks another hit out of the park, this time covering Lynyrd Skynyrd’s classic Free Bird on her gayageum, an ancient Korean string instrument, not typically associated with rock and roll.

Daniela Andrade: Where Is My Mind?

Daniela Andrade: Where Is My Mind?

The light and lilting voice of Daniela Andrade powers this welcome addition to the long list of cover versions we’ve heard of The Pixies 1988 classic, and is a wonderful introduction to this young woman’s incredible talent.

Hanbyul Kang: Golden Voice

Hanbyul Kang: Golden Voice

It’s been over a year since musician Hanbyul Kang last posted a song to his YouTube channel, but his back catalog of smooth and soulful covers is too good not to share. Here’s hoping we hear more from Hanbyul down the road.

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