Take Cover: No Doubt's 'Settle Down'

Rolling Stone's Jenny Eliscu grades the YouTube stars covering today's hot songs

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Rakai Whauwhau, Shaquille Paranihi-Ngauma, Takiri Southon

YouTube Channel: Shaquille Paranihi-Ngauma

Three stoner-looking dudes from New Zealand do a modestly filmed performance of the tune, harmonizing over basic acoustic guitar strumming. The whole video has such a chill vibe from the get-go that it's impressive when they start harmonizing and sound like they've clearly practiced plenty. (You can imagine these three busting into a capella jams at parties.) Southon struggles a bit to hit his high notes, but the other two dudes nail their solo parts – Paranihi-Ngauma, especially, with his smooth vocal runs. They don't have very many covers yet, but they do feature a nice rendition of Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles" and I hope there will be more to come.

Presentation: B-

Performance: B+

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