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Kings of Leon Cover Pixies' "Where Is My Mind?"

Kings of Leon got this one right – from the distorted guitar lines and hauntingly high “ooohs” to the simple drums and vocals on edge. It’s no wonder the band covered this Pixies staple in several concerts throughout its 2010 tour. Whether you know it from the final scene of Fight Club, HBO’s promo for The Dark Knight (who’s seeing the final movie this weekend?), or just listen to good music, there’s a reasonable chance you’ve had this song stuck in your head in the past 21 days – or you will now. Musicians from Arcade Fire to James Blunt have covered it as well – and some even covered it without calling it a cover (here’s looking at you, End of Fashion’s “O Yeah”). Either way, the 1988 tune inspired by scuba diving in the Caribbean (and “having this very small fish trying to chase me” - Black Francis) has come a long way.

Matisyahu Covers Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody"

And so the coverer becomes the covered – but compared to the Kings of Leon cover of “Where Is My Mind?,” this Matisyahu treatment of “Use Somebody” isn’t interesting for its similarity to the song, but rather its difference. The acoustic guitar and delicate, high vocals not only diverge from the original song, but also from Matisyahu’s usual style of heavier reggae-rap rhythms.  Though the lyrics are the same, the Hasidic reggae singer changes the flow of them to suite his own style, topping off the song with his characteristically uncanny beatboxing skills.

KoRn Covers Danny Elfman’s "Kidnap the Sandy Claws" (from The Nightmare Before Christmas)

Yes, you read that right: KoRn covered a song in a children’s movie. But this isn’t Disney, This is Halloween – from the specter director Tim Burton himself. Had it been any other animated film, this cover might seem out of place; but given the inherent twisted fun in most of Burton’s delightful nightmares, KoRn’s heavy metal insanity lends itself well to this tune recorded for Nightmare Revisited . More intense than the original sung by the sadistic Halloween Town kids, this cover is entertaining to listen to. From the heavy metal shouts of “Kidnap the Sandy Claws, lock him up real tight/Throw away the key and then/Turn off all the lights “ to the harsh whispers of “Kidnap the Sandy Claws, beat him with a stick/Lock him up for ninety years, see what makes him tick.” Sweet dreams, everyone.

And psst . . . Nightmare Revisited also features a cover of 'Jack and Sally Montage"  by VSQ! Check it out here!

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Get to Know: VSQ’s Modern Rock Hits of 2010

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We know you know and love Vitamin String Quartet’s gorgeous orchestrations of assorted rock and pop classics, but how much do you about the five mega-hits covered for their 2010 hits tribute? If the answer is ‘next to nothing,’ fret not, we’re here to help. Dog Days Are Over: This infectious jam by Florence and the Machine was originally released in 2008 and inspired by an art installation by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. This installation stated, “The Dog Days Are Over,” and hung over London’s Waterloo Bridge. It was here where singer Florence Welch saw it when she rode her bike over. You can guess the rest. F**k You: This retribution ballad from the solo album of Gnarls Barkley’s frontman Cee Lo Green reached number one on the charts in The Netherlands, The United Kingdom and Israel. It reached the top ten in countries including Australia, Hungary, Spain and Sweden. The video features the Motown-infused song being Animal: This frenetically paced rock pop hit by Utah based Neon Trees reached #13 on the U.S. charts. Of the lyrics, vocalist Tyler Glenn explains, ““In general, when humans are in love we're like animals.” Little Lion Man: This wistful, string-based song by English folk rockers Mumford & Sons is nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Rock Song” category. Singer Marcus Mumford has said that the song is so personal to him that explaining the lyrics is “awkward” for him. Radioactive: Mumford & Sons face off against the Kings of Leon for the Grammy’s “Best Rock Song” award. The Kings’ nominated “Radioactive” was the first single from their fifth LP Come Around Sundown. Available now on iTunes and Amazon

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VSQ Tribute to Modern Rock Hits 2010

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Description: The VSQ Tribute: Modern Rock Hits 2010 highlights some of the year’s biggest tunes with lush and vibrant string arrangements. Hear the lilting pop melodies of Florence + The Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over,” the infectious attitude of Cee-Lo Green’s “F**k You,” the electricity of King of Leon’s “Radioactive” and more as violin, viola and cello burst with beauty as much as they do with innovation. Tracklist: 1. Dog Days are Over (originally performed by Florence and The Machine) 3:07 2. F**k You (originally performed by Cee Lo) 3:01 3. Animal (originally performed by Neon Trees) 2:49 4. Little Lion Man (originally performed by Mumford and Sons) 3:07 5.Radioactive (originally performed by Kings of Leon) 3:06 Available Now at: iTunes and Amazon

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Vitamin String Quartet Performs Hits From The Grammys

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Vitamin String Quartet Performs Hit From The Grammys iMix In honor of the 52nd Grammy Awards that are coming up this weekend, we've put together a iMix of our favorite grammy nominated tracks performed by none other than, you guessed it, Vitamin String Quartet. Listen out your favorite songs from 2009 reinterpreted with the classy edge and warmth that only stringed instruments can provide. Click here to download


1. Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon Song Of The Year 2. What I've Done - Linkin Park Best Hard Rock Performance 3. I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight - U2 Best Rock Song 4.Star Trek Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media 5. Decode (From Twilight) - Paramore Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media 6. Kids - MGMT Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals 7. Life In Technicolor II - Coldplay Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

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The VSQ Study Hall Companion

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If you still want to rock out to your favorite songs but fear being shushed in the study hall, The Vitamin String Quartet has transformed dance party anthems into sophisticated string arrangements to accompany you and your homework assignments. Violin, viola and cello minimize the racket yet maintain the raw energy in songs such as "15 Step," "Sex on Fire," and "Viva la Vida." You'll be living the good life with this instrumental tribute as you get your tunes and your A+. Tracklist: 1. 15 Step - Radiohead 2. The Way We Get By - Spoon 3. Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon 4. Soul Meets Body - Death Cab for Cutie 5. Viva La Vida - Coldplay 6. Good Life - Kanye West 7. Across The Universe - The Beatles 8. Blister in The Sun - Violent Femmes 9. Rebellion - The Arcade Fire 10. Between The Bars - Elliot Smith

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