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Music Mondays: Spring Fever

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We're only five days into the month of March and VSQ has already caught a powerful case of Spring fever! With just three more weeks before Spring officially makes its way out of hibernation, we've mustered together a few of our favorite Vitamin String Quartet "Springtime" covers to keep this fever burning until it's official arrival. 1. Dog Days Are Over - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Florence and the Machine 2. Nine in the Afternoon - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Panic! At The Disco 3. Boston - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Augustana 4. Ocean Avenue - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Yellowcard 5. Today - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Smashing Pumpkins 6. Speeding Cars - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Imogen Heap 7. The Cave - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Mumford & Sons 8. Beautiful Day - Vitamin String Quartet Performs U2 9. Chocolate - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Snow Patrol 10. Do You Realize?? - Vitamin String Quartet Performs The Flaming Lips 11. Pumped Up Kicks - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Foster the People 12. Dare You To Move - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Switchfoot 13. Maggie May - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Rod Stewart 14. Look After You - Vitamin String Quartet Performs The Fray 15. In Bloom - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Nirvana 16. Clocks - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Coldplay

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Available Now! Vitamin String Quartet Performs Modern Rock Hits 2011 Vol. 1

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VSQ Performs Modern Rock Hits 2011 Vol. 1 highlights some of the year’s biggest rock tunes so far with propelling string arrangements that burst with energy. Hear the raw rock foundation of Foo Fighters’ “Rope,” the pop melodies of Death Cab for Cutie’s “You Are A Tourist,” the riveting innovation of The Strokes “Under Cover of Darkness” and more as violin, viola and cello rock out with sophistication. Tracklist:
  1. You Are a Tourist - originally by Death Cab for Cutie
  2. The Cave - originally by Mumford and Sons
  3. Under Cover of Darkness - originally by The Strokes
  4. Helplessness Blues - originally by Fleet Foxes
  5. Just Stay Here Tonight - originally by Augustana
  6. Rope - originally by Foo Fighters
Available now at iTunes Be sure to check out: Vitamin String Quartet Performs Modern Rock Hits 2010 Available now at iTunes and Amazon

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Sneak Peek: VSQ Performs Modern Rock Hits 2011 Vol. 1

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Available next week, VSQ Performs Modern Rock Hits 2011 Vol. 1 highlights this years biggest anthems so far including tracks from Augustana, Death Cab for Cutie and Foo Fighters. If you're reeling for some smooth, soothing tunes to fill your summer nights, you'll hit the mark with this album!

Check out a clip of VSQ performing The Cave:

The Cave from VSQ Performs Modern Rock Hits 2011 Vol. 1 1.You Are a Tourist - Originally by Death Cab for Cutie 2.The Cave - Originally by Mumford & Sons 3.Under Cover of Darkness - Originally by The Strokes 4.Helplessness Blues - Originally by Fleet Foxes 5.Just Stay Here Tonight - Originally by Augustana 6.Rope - Originally by Foo Fighters Be sure to check out: The String Quartet Tribute to Death Cab for Cutie Available now at iTunes and Amazon The String Quartet Tribute to Foo Fighters, The Shape and  Colour of my Heart Available now at iTunes and Amazon Vitamin String Quartet Performs The Strokes Available now at iTunes and Amazon

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Vitamin String Quartet to Release Modern Rock Hits 2011

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Check out Vitamin String Quartet’s line-up on their latest album due out this summer, Modern Rock Hits 2011 and school yourself on the stories behind these hottest tracks of the year (so far). Just Stay Here Tonight: This plaintive jam from San Diego rock quartet Augustana emotes a solid Springsteen-style, pop-rock ethos and was used in a recent episode of the television show Private Practice. Augustana has toured with bands including Maroon 5, The Fray and Snow Patrol.

Under Cover of Darkness: This lead single from The Strokes’ fourth LP Angles is the band’s first single release in five years. That’s how long it’s been since the New York City band released an album. Call it a return to form, but Julian Casablanca’s note-bending caterwaul sounds just like it did on “Last Night.” It makes sense then when he sings, “I've been all around this town/Everybody's been singing the same song for 10 years.”

Rope: The first single from the Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light was written two years ago after sessions for the band’s last album Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace. Although the Foos typically release a more radio friendly song as their first single, frontman Dave Grohl insisted the band use this Butch Vig produced track as the lead off from Wasting Light, because he thought it best captured the mood of the album’s recording sessions. It must have been pretty loud in there.

You Are a Tourist: “When there’s a doubt in your mind/’Cos you think it all the time/Framin’ rights into wrongs/Move along,” is what Ben Gibbard croons on the uplifting single from Death Cab for Cutie’s forthcoming Codes and Keys. Whether or not Gibbard’s outlook on life has been a bit brighter since landing Zooey Deschanel as his wife, he did tell the audience during a VH1 “Storytellers” taping that the lyrics in the song were "a series of affirmations in an otherwise dark and cruel world."

The Cave: The London folk quartet, Mumford and Sons, stole the show at this year’s Grammy awards with a rousing rendition of “The Cave,” which they performed before jamming on “Maggie’s Farm” with none other than Bob Dylan. “I got out of bed and ran outside and jumped around like a madman,” says singer Marcus Mumford, upon hearing the news that the group would be playing with the rock legend. “You can imagine the reaction of someone who probably wouldn't be playing music at all if it wasn't for Dylan.”

Helplessness Blues: The lead single from Fleet Foxes’ sophomore LP focuses more on singer Robin Pecknold’s quavering falsetto than any tracks on the band’s mega-hit debut ever did. However, the rest of the band joins in on this track’s second half to contribute to the intricate harmonies that have become the Foxes oh-so-pretty trademark.

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