Smart bets: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

Postmodern Jukebox, says a press release, is “a group that basically makes every day #TBT.” But you don’t have to be a fan of throwbacks (or Thursdays, for that matter) to like this New York City-based collective. The group, created by pianist/composer/arranger Scott Bradlee, takes pop tracks and reworks them as vintage jazz, swing and ragtime songs. The musicians whose songs get the Postmodern Jukebox treatment seem to love it: “Gotta watch this. They are amazing,” Meghan Trainor tweeted of the “All About That Bass” cover. The band posts a song to YouTube each week — a cover of Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” now has over 7 million hits. Bradlee and company have taken on everything from Miley Cyrus (“We Can’t Stop,” doo-wop style) to Nicki Minaj (“Anaconda,” bluegrass hoedown style). Every selection is inspired. The group performs at The Orange Peel on Tuesday, May 19, at 8 p.m. $20 advance/$22 day of show. theorangepeel.net. Photo courtesy of the band

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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