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You love the old Kanye? Yeah, a lot of us do, but today a question was posited that I never thought to ask, and it was the work of Mr. West that gave us the answer. Can you "rap" with a guitar? Not just rap-rock, but actually vocalize the raps using only strings? The answer is yes, and Striking Matches just did it. This week, the duo of Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis released an all-guitar version of Kanye's 2005 hit, "Gold Digger". Watch the video (directed by Josh Kranich) below!

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There's those songs that just strike the right chord - the ones that each listener can attach to a certain memory... a single moment in time. For me, Bill Withers' 1977 hit "Lovely Day" brings to mind the summer of 2004 - a summer in which I went back in time to work on the set of the Fox Searchlight picture, "Roll Bounce" (yes, the one with Lil Bow Wow). The song was played frequently on the set, but also featured heavily in the film's marketing. An iconic song that always captures a certain warmth, it's been covered many times over the decades, and this week brings one of the best versions yet, with José James joining voices with Lalah Hathaway on new duet version.

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Childish Gambino's "This Is America" is one of 2018's most powerful songs - and one that ranks among my personal favorites of the year thus far. It's success has already lead to dozens of covers, parodies and appropriations, so it was only a matter of time until someone gave it a proper metal treatment... and now that's happened. Norwegian producer and multi-instrumentalist Leo Moracchioli has long-been one of my favorite cover artists (a fellow "Rock Father" as well), having built a global following for expertly-produced reworkings of countless genre-spanning hits. Through his Frog Leap Studios, "This Is America" hit Spotify and YouTube this weekend, quickly moving to the top of my personal playlist. Crank this up...

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It's no secret that KNIGHT RIDER is The Greatest Television Series of All-Time™ (a title bestowed upon it by yours truly), and because of that it's been covered here in the virtual pages of The Rock Father™ Magazine at length over the years. Along with the series itself, the iconic theme song by Stu Phillips is the stuff of legend - a piece of music so powerful that it's been covered in countless styles for nearly four decades. This week, Banjo Guy Ollie turned his attention away from video game music (which he excellently brings into the world of banjo and accordion) and toward television themes, so it was only appropriate that he's getting things started with KNIGHT RIDER!

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The Gods must be crazy... I was browsing Spotify out on my deck this past Friday afternoon, taking a scroll through all the new releases when I stopped on Weezer - "Rosanna." My friend Shaun turned to me and asked, "Weezer covered Toto?" Within a few seconds, our kids' playdate was soundtracked by the smooth sounds of Rivers Cuomo and the crew covering the lead single from Toto's 1982 album, Toto IV. Entertaining, yes - but not exactly the Toto cover that Weezer fans had been asking for. Well, all was made right this morning with the release of "Africa." Listen to both below...

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Fellow "Rock Father" and long goatee enthusiast Leo Moracchioli can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned. The owner of Norway's Frog Leap Studios continues to crank out the creatively-crafted metal covers and accompanying videos each week, and this week he's come upon something very important to me... The Muppet Show. Heard at the beginning of The Muppet Show during its original run from 1976-1981, The Muppet Show Theme Song is an iconic piece of the Jim Henson legacy, and 40+ years later it's still finding new life. While Ok Go's version might be the most famous cover thus far, Leo's version brings the heavy to the scene. Watch the video and crank it up!

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