Live Music During Coronavirus: Which Artists Are Streaming?
Death Cab for Cutie, Third Man Records, Diplo and more
Need a live fix? Look no further than this list of artists who are doing daily—or less occasional—streams through social media and YouTube.
(We here at SPIN will be updating this list daily as things change.)
Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard hops on Facebook each day to play about a half-hour’s worth of songs either on guitar or piano. He’s taken requests and even done covers like Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees” and New Order’s Ceremony in his first couple of sets (he’s encouraged charitable giving to youth-related causes). Gibbard goes live around 7 pm ET/4 pm PT at this link.
Diplo will live stream themed-DJ sets from his house, including A Very Lazer Sunday (Sunday at 1 pm), Ronatronix (Tuesdays at 7 pm PT), The Thomas Wesley Show (Thursday at 7 pm PT), Corona Sabbath Fridays (Fridays at 7 pm PT) and Corona Fever (Saturday at 8 pm PT). His sets can be found on YouTube, Twitch and Instagram.
Jack White’s Third Man Records is doing daily live-streamed performances that are being dubbed Third Man Public Access. They’ll stream every day at 12 pm CT on the label’s YouTube channel. The first two installments, featuring pedal steel player Luke Schneider and Teddy and the Rough Riders are up now.
Brendan Benson has launched his “Boy In A Bubble” daily live-streamed solo performances via Instagram. He’s playing one song a day at 4:20 CT. The music will span his career and upcoming album, Dear Life.
Rufus Wainwright is doing a series called #MusicalEverydays, which sees him post a video of him performing a song from home daily via Instagram. “In these dire times, I want to share some music with you all from the warmth and comfort of our home in Los Angeles. Hopefully you’re at your homes with your loved ones as well. We have to stay positive and I feel that music and art are a large part of what gets us through times like these,” he wrote on Instagram on Tuesday, announcing the song series.
See what he’s done so far here.
Tim Burgess of The Charlatans is live tweeting weekdays at 10 PM GMT. He’s picked a host of albums for the week ahead. Fans—at home—all hit play around the same time and as the LP progresses through its lineup, Burgess or the artists he’s recruited, will tweet out their memories from that time period. Burgess kicked things off on Monday by sharing memories from The Charlatans’ Some Friendly. Upcoming tweeters include Franz Ferdinand on Tuesday via frontman Alex Kapranos’ Twitter account, and Dave Rowntree tweeting Blur’s Parklife on Wednesday. Members of Ride are on duty for Going Blank Again on Thursday. Friday it’s Oasis’ Definitely Maybe with Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs and Liam. More details and further guests can be found on Burgess’ Twitter account.
Christine and the Queens launched a live series on Instagram. “Let’s meet everyday around 6 pm [CST] on my Instagram. I’ll find a way to deal with the ENNUI. Guests and weird concepts included,” Héloïse Letissie captioned her live announcement video that included a hauntingly beautiful live performance of “People, I’ve Been Sad.” She hopes to continue the series “every day – every day until this gets better.” She’s been going live at 6 pm CET (5 hours ahead of NY and 8 hours ahead of LA until they “spring forward” on March 29, then add an extra hour). So far, she’s performed, shared behind-the-scenes videos and on Friday, did a live Q&A. Catch up here.
Neil Young is doing occasional Fireside Session shows (filmed by wife Daryl Hannah) here.
Charli XCX is sharing daily “self-isolating” Instagram livestreams. Guests who have been announced so far include artists like Diplo, Clairo, Rita Ora and more. Check her Instagram for times. She also did a special DJ set on March 25 at Club Q. Watch part of that party here.
Peter Bjorn and John have announced a 36-hour livestream marathon called 36H Ingrid on March 27. The web event will start at 9am ET and will end the following day (March 28) on 10pm ET. The band will play at 5pm ET, and other performers include Shout Out Louds, Freja The Dragon, Tussilago, Esther, Johnossi and OLSSON. You can RSVP for the event here. Fans can also make donations towards event production and to help the participating artists via PayPal.
Laura Marling is teaching guitar lessons on Thursdays and Sundays at 3PM ET via Instagram.
Jack White’s Third Man Records will be hosting Third Man Public Access from the Nashville headquarters at 1pm ET/4pm PT daily on the label’s YouTube channel.
Code Orange is hosting a series of livestream performances called You and You Alone on the band’s Twitch channel at 8pm ET starting tonight (March 30).
Here are links to folks who have done some one-offs, whose shows are still live on social media or YouTube.
Chris Martin of Coldplay
Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody (who noted he hopes to do more in the weeks to come). See the “Live Video” section on the band’s Instagram.
Yungblud went live on Monday via YouTube.
The Oh Sees’ filmed a rehearsal for their upcoming album album and posted it on March 20, 2020.
James Blake performed a concert for fans on March 23 at 3pm ET/12pm PT via Instagram Live. He performed covered by Billie Eilish, Frank Ocean, Radiohead and Joni Mitchell as well as his own songs.
Charli XCX is sharing daily “self-isolating” Instagram livestreams. Guests who have been announced so far include artists like Diplo, Clairo, Rita Ora and more. Check her Instagram for times.
She also did a special DJ set on March 25 at Club Q. Watch part of that party here.
Andrew Bird’s “Live from the Great Room” has shared the first nine episodes of the series on YouTube.
They Might be Giants livestreamed their Brooklyn show from October 2015 on March 27.
Third Eye Blind will be doing a Kitchen Concert Series, which you can find on the band’s YouTube page.