YouTube Sensation Postmodern Jukebox Coming to Philly

Postmodern Jukebox performing "Anaconda."

Postmodern Jukebox performing “Anaconda.”

Last week, Postmodern Jukebox, the sensational musical group lead by the talented Scott Bradlee, released a bluegrass hoedown cover of Nicki Minaj’s R-rated track “Anaconda.” Let’s just say the internet went crazy:

In less than a week, this utterly catchy mix (yes, I’ve downloaded it) got over one-million hits on YouTube. Lucky enough for us in Philadelphia, the band, which infuses bluegrass, big band, jazz, and slow-jam styles in their covers of popular top-40 hits, is coming to the TLA later in October.

The genius of Postmodern Jukebox is not only in their captivating homespun videos but their ability to re-orchestrate pop music in such a way that feels organic and, in some cases, sounds better than the original song. Take for example their jazz cover of Megan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” featuring, ironically, upright bassist and vocalist Kate Davis; I don’t know about you, but I sure as heck like listening to this version better than Trainor’s:

The group doesn’t just stop at pop music: Earlier in the year, they released an entire album full of slow-jam remixes of Saturday morning cartoon theme songs. My favorite is their soulful and beguiling version of the title song to Animaniacs:

There’s a lot more where these came from. Head over to their YouTube channel to watch and listen to other clever covers of Britney Spears, Madonna, and even Miley Cyrus. Then, later this month, catch them at TLA on Sunday, October 26. Tickets and more information can be found here.