Jay-Z Carnegie Hall

(By Gene Yraola)

Having a supporting orchestra arrangement can more often than not create a more grandeur atmosphere to any non-classical song.  Let’s take a look back at some of the most notable non-classical/orchestra mashups in the last two decades:… [Read More]

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lykke li piano

(By Brian Davidson)

Without realizing it, listeners are instantly hooked to Lykke Li’s lead single off her new album I Never Learn through the song’s first two chords alone. Pianist and composer Chilly Gonzales dissects the instrumental background behind “No … [Read More]

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lykke li classical cover

(By Gene Yraola)

Swedish indie-pop singer Lykke Li’s new album I Never Learn dropped today.  Lykke Li’s songbook has always been a favorite for classical covers especially for the usually dramatic tones her music generally possesses. Easily as colorful and … [Read More]

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Simply Three

Classical cover artists are a dime a dozen these days but the trio of Simply Three have the brightest outlook with legitimate artistic cred out of anything we’ve seen in the field for quite some time.   Releasing their newest EP… [Read More]

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Miike Snow

How do you turn an upbeat indie dance song into a somber, depressing mix? Just ask pianist Caroline Tindle on her drastic interpretation of Miike Snow’s “Animal” that includes a bonus intro from MGMT’s “Kids.”

The original video for reference … [Read More]

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Lykke Li

Young pianist Carlijn de Vries under the guidance of her teacher Harry Völker, turns indie-pop artist Lykke Li’s roaring single “I Follow Rivers” into a melodramatic ballade with this beautiful rendition of the Swede’s 2011 hit.

Unlike a lot of … [Read More]

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The XX intro

Already helmed as one of the best instrumentals of the last decade, The XX’s “Intro” off their debut record is undoubtedly one of the group’s most popular songs. Youtube user Gonzalo Matus de la Parra provides an echoing violin/piano cover … [Read More]

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Drive Soundtrack

No other soundtrack in the last decade has had as much of pop-culture influence on music geeks and yet remain so retro-cool as that from the 2011 film Drive. The Ryan Gosling epic showcased possibly two of the greatest … [Read More]

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Billy Idol

Wedding season is never over and this exciting cello quartet cover of 80s’ punk rock icon Billy Idol’s smash hit “White Wedding” will keep the party going.
Performed by the Cello Quartet, this furious cover maintains the fierce velocity of … [Read More]

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Kanye West

Undoubtedly one of the best albums of 2010, Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy provided some of the best instrumentals in hip-hop.  The second single off the record “All of the Lights” (specifically its interlude), provides the perfect melody … [Read More]

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