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but is always ready to start over and try a different direction. “If you’re an artist you have to be prepared to throw everything away if you think something’s not quite working. In general what I like to do is pick apart a song, look at the lyrics, look at what the meaning of the song is, and determine if the song was written long ago what would be the style it would be recorded in. A song like ‘Seven Nation Army’ for instance has clearly got the old blues New Orleans quality to it and that’s what in- forms my choices.” If the idea of hearing popular songs of today approached in different ways sounds appeal- ing to you, you’ll love the co- headlining tour with Straight No Chaser, a band that reimagines hit songs in a cappella style. Their latest release, Six Pack Vol- ume 3, contains interpretations of songs by artists like Bruno Mars, Jon Bellion, Fitz and the Trantrums, Eurythmics, and Beyonce. Watch Postmodern Jukebox with “Mr. Brightside” NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 6 INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 98