5 Brilliant Live Music Session Channels To Watch On Youtube
Alright, sure, nothing beats taking the train in to the city for an intimate acoustic show at your favorite bar or hyping up with thousands of like-minded music fans at an iconic venue with a stage big enough to fit 30 grand pianos -- but live music sessions, like NPR and Audiotree, sure can try. We've rounded up some of our favorite quality recorded series on YouTube (plus our top performances for each) right here so you can get your fix when you're stuck at home in your PJs:
1. Jam In The Van, a "solar-powered mobile recording studio" that travels across America and invites talented musicians to, well, jam in their van. It's a tight squeeze for most full bands, but there's a palpable energy to being stuck together, and the sound quality and edited graphics are great. Follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
2. Sofar Sounds, a music network that sets up secret gigs and intimate performances all over the world at keep-it-on-the-down-low venues. They've set up concerts in nearly 400 cities around the world, so each performance posted to their YouTube channel is completely one-of-a-kind and gentle with a captive audience and soft recording. Follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
3. Big Ugly Yellow Couch, an acoustic video session that ran out of Brooklyn, put together some seriously beautiful and intimate performances of their favorite bands. They haven't posted a new video in years, but their past work shouldn't go unnoticed. Each band settles in on the big ugly yellow couch and gives new life to their tunes with an acoustic twist. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter (and maybe convince them to come back because their fans want more!):
4. Mahogany Sessions, doubling as an extensive music blog, provide high-quality live performances of your favorite (and soon-to-be favorite) artists. Each video is beautifully choreographed using an aesthetic and location unique to the artist, impressively capturing one-of-a-kind gigs each time. Follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter:
5. KEXP, a non-profit arts organization, serves music lovers all over the world through their Seattle-based radio station and hundreds of live performances boasting millions of views each week. Their videos are sparse, decorated with just a sparkling bokeh background, but the sound quality is expert. Follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter: