May 052020

Under the Radar shines a light on lesser-known cover artists. If you’re not listening to these folks, you should. Catch up on past installments here.

Paola Bennet

Paola Bennet uploaded her first cover to YouTube in 2010. Since then, she has posted over 60 videos of covers and original songs. The videos themselves are nothing fancy; they have a simple background and feature Bennet and her acoustic guitar. However, the sound that the videos showcase is of much higher quality than your typical self-made acoustic guitar cover appearing on YouTube. Her voice has an impressive range and she  wields it with sure control.

Bennet self-identifies her music as living in the “sadgirl folk” genre, which is extremely relatable. What better way to welcome the sunshine during quarantine than to listen to some nostalgic, acoustic guitar covers, executed with poise and grace? In this post we’ll showcase a sample of Bennet’s covers throughout the years.

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Sep 262011

Released as the second single off of her sophomore album, No Boys Allowed, Keri Hilson’s “Pretty Girl Rock” is a feel-good track about female empowerment and self-love. But who says boys aren’t allowed to join in the fun (besides Hilson herself)? Hailing from Charlottesville, Virginia, alternative rock band Parachute unabashedly takes on the song in all its strong female glory in the final installment of Billboard‘s “Mashup Mondays” series. Continue reading »