[Review] Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox is the best band that puts classical twists on modern hits


Dana Lynn Pleasant

Scott Bradlee started Postmodern Jukebox as a YouTube project in 2011 out of a basement in Queens.

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Postmodern Jukebox was created in 2011 in New York City by pianist Scott Bradlee. His goal was to remake modern sensations with vintage tunes. The band continues to create rhythms that sound similar to old legends, like Frank Sinatra, The Andrews Sisters and Bessie Smith.

Not only does Postmodern Jukebox create amazing songs, but they also make astounding music videos. Their YouTube channel has 5.57 million subscribers with each YouTube video including the decade they are transporting to in the title.

Currently, Postmodern Jukebox has flourished into a mainstream band that can be listened to on all music platforms, such as Apple Music and Spotify. The band has performed over a thousand shows worldwide, including Radio City Music Hall, Sydney Opera House and Red Rocks Amphitheater.

With 33 albums released, Postmodern Jukebox has been going on their Grand Reopening tour in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. They have been touring in North America from Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, to Saturday, June 18, 2022, including a show in Ft. Lauderdale on Friday, April 8, 2022.

Postmodern Jukebox’s latest release on Thursday, March 3, 2022, is a cover of Olivia Rodrigo’s sensational song “Happier,” which was collaborated with up and coming artist and youtuber Allison Young. This renewed version transforms Rodrigo’s song with a more uplifting vibe in a ‘60s themed setting.

According to Spotify rankings, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox’s most popular song released on Jan. 13, 2015, is “Habits,” which was performed with artist and actress Haley Reinhart. Tove Lo performed the original version of “Habits” with a more EDM vibe where you could hear a lot of the studio transitions within the song. Postmodern Jukebox took a different, more belted out approach to “Habits,” feeling as though you are listening to a live performance in the 1930s at a Jazz concert.

One of my personal favorite songs from Postmodern Jukebox is their version of Miley Cyrus’ legendary song “We Can’t Stop,” which transforms you to the 1950s with vocalist and actress Robyn Adele Anderson. The music video was uploaded on Sept. 3, 2013, but has been reproduced on Spotify on June 15, 2021.

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox is the perfect band for everyone, especially because of its large variety of music. They even have an album for the holidays: “A Very Postmodern Christmas,” which was released in 2014 with 12 songs.

Despite their career of covering other songs, Postmodern Jukebox gives the most original quality version of various songs. Over the years, Postmodern Jukebox has significantly risen in popularity and I would strongly recommend checking them out.