Many artists have taken to live streaming their music while everyone is (ideally) staying home. Artists have been using the likes of Instagram, YouTube, and Twitch to share live dj sets, impromptu jam sessions, and full-blown concerts. As a result, fans and artists are continuing to share their sacred relationship, albeit while connecting in new and modern ways.
We’ve gone through a lot of the livestreamed content and picked out some of highlights so far. We’ll continue to update this page to try to fill the void in this challenging time where much of the world finds itself without live live music.
(P.S.: if you can support your favorite artists, now is the perfect time to do it. Buy copies (physical or digital) of their albums or checkout merchandise they might be selling. If the artists you support are encouraging people to donate money to specific charities – maybe that’s an even better way to pitch in during the crisis.)
Shoutout to Questlove’s Lovers Rock dj sets, that have gone on for 4+ hours, 4 nights in a row. The drummer for the Roots is showing everyone that he could have a career as a touring DJ if he ever wanted to. Watch some of the streams below, which thankfully are available in their entirety, and see his taste and knowledge of music shine. And on top of all that… he’s doing these streams in support of the NYC Food Education Fund.
- Night 1 (above): ‘the finest in slow jams, slow wine, and slow grind’
- Night 2: ‘nighttime mood’
- Night 3: ‘all the slow jams you can stand’
- Night 4: ‘the finest in dancehall/reggae/slow jam/R&B’
- Night 5: ‘Native Tongues’
- Night 6: ‘Questlove Quarantine Qoolout’
The Dropkick Murphys perform every year in Boston on St. Patrick’s Day. When the parade and live show was canceled this year, the hometown favorite band decided to stream the entire show instead, and the full performance is available on YouTube below:
Post Malone & Travis Barker
Post Malone and Travis Barker teamed up for a Nirvana tribute stream on YouTube, on which they cover 15 songs from the grunge rock band’s catalog. Some of the songs included are Bloom, Come As You Are, and Heart-Shaped Box.
Erykah Badu’s Apocalypse Series
Read our full article on Erykah Badu’s live streams – ranging from bedroom jam sessions to quarantine-approved concerts in hazmat suits and giant bubbles.
Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams
Aporia was originally supposed to be released on March 27th, but amidst the chaos, Sufjan Stevens released it through a YouTube stream on the 24th. Stevens posted the following to describe the album: “Aporia approximates a rich soundtrack from an imagined sci-fi epic brimming with moody, hooky, gauzy synthesizer soundscapes.”
Legend Neil Young shared a 26-minute performance from his home titled Fireside Sessions II. The video plays more like a mini movie, as Neil plays both indoors by the fire and in his snow-covered back yard.
Tedeschi Trucks Band
(No longer available) This 2.5 hour concert from the blues rock group Tedeschi Trucks Band was actually from October 5th, but it streamed live on Facebook on March 26th. Check out the great performance and video:
EDM artist Diplo has basically been streaming nighttime dj sets live since the quarantine period began. Watch the livestreams on YouTube or Twitch here. Find his Thursday-Sunday livestream schedule and one of the streams he did with fellow producer Dillon Francis.
- The Thomas Wesley Show: Thursday | 7PM PT / 10PM ET
- Corona Sabbath: Friday | 8PM PT / 11PM ET
- Coronight Fever: Saturday | 8PM PT / 11PM ET
- A Very Lazer Sunday: Sunday | 1PM PT / 4pm ET
Producer Illmind, most known for producing J. Cole’s Love Yourz and Drake’s You and the 6, has been making beats live on Pro Tools and streaming them on YouTube. Here are 3 of the videos from the past 3 days:
DJ D-Nice threw a 9+ hour celebrity-studded ‘party’ on Instagram live this past Saturday. Unfortunately there’s no video of the full Homeschool performance anywhere, but he did share some of his favorite party jams in a playlist here.
Other noteworthy performances:
- Willie Nelson (and many friends) ‘Til Further Notice concert livestreamed on Twitch. We’re hoping the full video comes back online soon.
- John Legend streamed 12 songs over the course of an hour live from Instagram. Watch the video here.
- Chris Martin also streamed from home: video here
- And many many more on YouTube using the #Togetherathome tag and if you’re looking for more, here’s a longer list of live streams that have take place over the last couple of weeks.
UPDATE: BrooklynVegan posts daily lists of what’s being livestreamed. Check out their site for the most up to date information.