As the coronavirus situation ramps up and people are (finally) self-isolating to help stop the spread, musicians around the world are doing their bit by live streaming mini-concerts online.
Like everyone else, musicians are stuck at home. And with fuck-all to do, they’re turning to social media platforms and YouTube to share live concerts for us to enjoy. In case you’ve missed some of these great streaming performances, here are five of the best to get you through your working day.
Ben Gibbard – Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard is an artist stuck in isolation. To help cure his boredom the likable frontman has been holding daily concerts via Facebook. His live streams have been a mix of classic Death Cab tracks (‘St. Peter’s Cathedral’, ‘Talking Bird’ and ‘405’), covers and even a couple of newbies, including the aptly titled ‘Life in Quarantine’. His Sunday session was probably the best so far, and featured covers of John Lennon’s ‘Isolation’, Def Leppard’s ‘Hysteria’ and The Shins ‘New Slang’, which is the cover I never knew I needed.
Neil Young – God bless Neil Young. One of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time is doing his bit to bring a little joy into our lives with his live stream Fireside Sessions. Filmed by his wife, Daryl Hanna, and running roughly 30 minutes, the first episodes featured a flannel-wearing Young performing with acoustic guitar and harmonica in his backyard and before of a roaring fireplace. The intimate gig consisted of six songs, including the rarely played ‘Sugar Mountain’, deep cut ‘Little Wing’ and After The Gold Rush favourite ‘Tell Me Why.’ Expect more episodes later this week.
Third Man Records – Jack White’s record label has been responsible for some incredible albums since its inception in 2001. Along with releasing his own material (The White Stripes, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs, and his solo releases) Third Man has pressed albums from an eclectic range of artists including Muddy Waters, Father John Misty, and Jay-Z. With artists no longer being able to tour, White has opened the doors to the famous Blue Room in his Nashville studio and invited them to perform live concerts. So far, Luke Schneider, a Nashville steel player, and country rockers Teddy And The Rough Riders have performed compelling sets showcasing the various types of music Third Man Records supports. Fingers crossed White himself gets involved and busts out some White Stripes tunes.
John Legend – I’m the first to admit I’m a mark for John Legend. The man has the voice of an angel and has managed to make every Rick Ross song he appeared on an instant classic. He’s also putting his time at home to good use with this hilarious live concert. Accompanied by wife Chrissy Teigen, dressed in a bath towel and knocking back rose like it’s going out of fashion, Legend spends the near hour playing songs and chatting with his wife. Legend covers Stevie Wonder’s classic ‘Love’s In Need Of Love Today’, performs his own hit ‘All Of Me’ and previews new song ‘Actions’, an up-tempo number featuring a sample of ‘The Edge‘ by David McCallum. The choice of songs is great, but it’s the witty byplay between Legend and Teigen that makes this worth a watch.
Christine And The Queens – Stuck in Paris, Christine And The Queens is taking to Instagram daily to live-stream herself singing and chatting with special guests. Her first broadcast from Ferber recording studio featured an enthralling acoustic rendition of ‘People. I’ve Been Sad’ from her new La Vita Nuova EP. Christine also linked up with a balaclava-wearing Charli XCX for a 25-minute chat where they discussed their thoughts on being isolated, making music and the film Cats, which Charli wrongly believes is ‘the best movie of the past 10 years.’ It might not be for everyone but it sure is entertaining.
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