Five rad and random music products I found this week

The end-of-week dispatch from PopSci's commerce editor. Vol. 42.

My job is to find cool stuff. Throughout the week I spend hours scouring the web for things that are useful or fun or ridiculously cheap. Often times, these choices coalesce into a guide of like items—for example, the ultimate guide to making cafe-style coffee in your own home or 19 things that make traveling less stressful. But I often stumble across some pretty awesome gear that doesn’t really fit into a list. So I made a list for those.

Standalone Automatic Smart Guitar Tuner

Roadie 2 Amazon

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Tuning your guitar can be a pain, especially when you’re on stage or in a rush. The Roadie 2 is a smart tuner that can automatically tune all stringed instruments. It uses a vibration sensor instead of a microphone to determine whether your ukelele or cello is in tune—that’s super helpful in noisy environments. It connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and comes with 40 preset tuning options. $129.

Light-up drumsticks

ROCKSTIX 2 Amazon

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If you want to give your drumming a little extra flair, check out these drum sticks light up in the dark. The poly-carbonate, 5B sticks—one of the most common sizes—have battery-powered, motioned-activated LEDs that fade through 13 colors. Batteries are included. $25.

Lightshow Guitar Pick

Firefly Pick Amazon

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If you aren’t a drummer but still want your playing to stand out in a dark room, these light-diffusing, polycarbonate guitar picks glow in the dark and hold a charge for more than an hour. They’re charge via a MicroUSB cable and shine two different colors depending on whether you’re picking up or down on the strings. $40.

Video Game Songs on Vinyl

Namco Museum’s Greatest Hits. Think Geek

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Relive your childhood—presuming you’re older than 30ish—with this Namco Museum Greatest Hits LP, which plays songs from Pac-Man, Dig Dug, and Galaga. The 19-song album comes with a 8-page booklet with artwork from all the games. $35.

Rainbow Roll-Up Piano

JouerNow Amazon

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I got a chance to play the JouerNow keyboard at a toy fair a few weeks ago and had way too much fun messing around on it. The roll-up 49-key keyboard has a built-in speaker, hums with eight different sounds, and lets you record your performances. It’s battery-powered—three AAs—or can be plugged in via USB chord. $53.

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Billy Cadden

Billy CaddenBilly Cadden is the Director of Commerce for the Camden Media tech group. He was part of NYC indie rock band The Postelles, and currently releases solo music under his name. His latest work is available on all streaming platforms. Contact the author here.