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Steve Metcalf: Wake Up
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Steve Metcalf: Wake Up

It has been years since we’ve seen a new video by Steve Metcalf, and we’re thrilled to share this new one from him. While short, it is definitely sweet. Steve takes on Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up.”

Steve Metcalf: Coldplay’s “Magic” Bass and Mandolin Cover
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Steve Metcalf: Coldplay’s “Magic” Bass and Mandolin Cover

Steve Metcalf has done it again. Here’s a fantastic version of Coldplay’s “Magic” performed on upright bass and mandolin. As usual, Metcalf’s phrasing and melodic touch puts this one over the top. “I’m not really a fan of Coldplay,” he admits, “but this song is actually pretty rad. I hope ya’ll like my rendition!”

Steve Metcalf: Red Hot Chili Peppers “Snow” Mandolin & Bass Cover
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Steve Metcalf: Red Hot Chili Peppers “Snow” Mandolin & Bass Cover

When there’s a new video by Steve Metcalf, I drop everything to check it out. This one is fantastic, as all of his videos. But this one is much more personal. “This Red Hot Chili Peppers cover of ‘Snow’ is dedicated to my lifelong best friend David Coover who died on January 13th 2014,” Steve shared. “The Chili Peppers’ where...

Steve Metcalf and Ari Kaplan: “A Whole New Way” by Scissor Sisters
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Steve Metcalf and Ari Kaplan: “A Whole New Way” by Scissor Sisters

We often post videos of Steve Metcalf playing incredible all bass arrangements of pop tunes, but this cover with guitarist Ari Kaplan is too good to pass up. The duo covers the Scissor Sisters’ “A Whole New Way,” with Metcalf keeping the low end going with his bow.

Steve Metcalf: Muse’s “Plug In Baby”
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Steve Metcalf: Muse’s “Plug In Baby”

We’ve said it before… Steve Metcalf just has a knack for putting together an incredible combo of arrangements, performances and videography. Here’s a recent video by Steve of him performing a cover of Muse’s “Plug In Baby”, from their album their album Origin of Symmetry. Amazing, as always.

Steve Metcalf: All Bass Cover of Lorde’s “Royals”
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Steve Metcalf: All Bass Cover of Lorde’s “Royals”

Steve Metcalf is back with an all bass arrangement of Lorde’s “Royals,” and it’s incredible. He nails the melody at the very top of the bass’s range while laying his own tight harmonies and bass lines. The video editing is great, too. Check out the closeups of the bass strings as he plays – you can see the way the...

Steve Metcalf: Semisonic’s “Closing Time”, Featuring Sophie Bird
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Steve Metcalf: Semisonic’s “Closing Time”, Featuring Sophie Bird

We’ve missed featuring Steve Metcalf and his incredible arrangements of popular tunes. Here he his performing his take on the Semisonic tune, “Closing Time”. Steve covers the upright bass, electric bass, guitar and percussion effects, while Sophie Bird is on violin. It all adds up to a nicely layered track and arrangement. As with most of Steve’s recordings, you can...

Ari Kaplan & Steve Metcalf: “Pulling Teeth” Green Day Cover
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Ari Kaplan & Steve Metcalf: “Pulling Teeth” Green Day Cover

I’m not terribly familiar with Green Day’s music, but I would say this cover is not all that representative of the band. Once again, bassist Steve Metcalf and guitarist/vocalist Ari Kaplan have put together a tasty arrangement of a pop tune. Steve also said this is the first time he’s put up a live performance video too. Nice, simple bass...

New School: Steve Metcalf
New School

New School: Steve Metcalf

We’ve featured double bassist Steve Metcalf plenty of times for his incredible arrangements of popular songs including the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Can’t Stop”, Coldplay’s “Clocks” and Radiohead’s “Reckoner.” Every time he makes a new video, he tops the last one and blows our minds again. A graduate of Indiana University, Metcalf lists his goal in making music to “open...

Steve Metcalf: “C’mon Girl” Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover
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Steve Metcalf: “C’mon Girl” Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover

Bassist Steve Metcalf is back with an all-new and typically epic cover. This time around he tackles the Chilli Peppers tune “C’mon Girl”.

Ari Kaplan & Steve Metcalf: “Sugar in My Bowl” (Nina Simone Cover)
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Ari Kaplan & Steve Metcalf: “Sugar in My Bowl” (Nina Simone Cover)

Bassist Steve Metcalf usually blows us away with his incredible all-bass arrangements, which are stellar (and worth viewing). This time around, Steve impresses with his skills in a duo setting with guitarist/vocalist Ari Kaplan, performing Nina Simone’s “I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl”. Not only do they nail it, Steve also throws in a tasty arco solo in...

Steve Metcalf: All-Bass cover of the Chili Peppers’ “Don’t Forget Me”
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Steve Metcalf: All-Bass cover of the Chili Peppers’ “Don’t Forget Me”

Steve Metcalf has just shared the latest in his epic collection of all-bass covers. And this one came by request. “Someone suggested I cover ‘Don’t Forget Me’ in another RHCP video. Well, I did it,” he said. “The timelapse photography shots are vantage points from my room in downtown LA. I love this city.” This isn’t the first time Steve...