Basically no shows are happening due to the coronavirus outbreak (though some artists are doing livestreams instead), but if you’re already jonesing to see a show, or just need a brief distraction from the insanity of the world right now, thankfully there’s YouTube which has an amazing array of live footage from throughout the history of pop music, from clips from concert films, TV performances and other pro-shot footage, to tons of fan-shot video from shows. If you’re looking for a place to start, we’ve been picking some of our favorites. Here are five more:

Brian Wilson Presents Smile @ Disney Hall in Los Angeles, CA - 11/3/2004

The long-unfinished Smile -- the best Beach Boys album and arguably the greatest pop album of all time -- came one step closer to completion in 2004 when Brian and Van Dyke Parks, with help from Darian Sahanaja and his band The Wondermints, put together a complete arrangement of the storied album and gave it a long-awaited release as Brian Wilson Presents Smile. They also celebrated it with some now-legendary concerts, including the premiere at London's Royal Festival Hall which Paul McCartney attended, and a show at L.A.'s Disney Hall for the Brian Wilson Presents Smile concert film. Even if Smile had come out in 1967 as planned, Brian had mostly stopped performing live by then, so this was not just the fullest realization of Smile as an album but also of the fullest potential of Brian's live show. With The Wondermints, an orchestra, a horn section, and tons of other backing musicians and vocalists, Brian made Smile look and sound as grand as he envisioned it four decades prior. It's one of the most breathtaking concert films around, and even if you've seen it already, it's worth a revisit during this quarantine (or any other time for that matter). [Andrew Sacher]


Cocteau Twins @ Town & Country Club, London 11/1/1990

Touring their masterpiece Heaven or Las Vegas, Cocteau Twins played as an expanded lineup of the group, with Robin Guthrie adding extra guitarists to replicate that wall-of-shimmer guitar cascade, and they sound magnificent at this London show. It is, of course, Liz Fraser that is the star of the show and her otherworldly, elastic voice still sends shivers. While the video image of this may leave a little to be desired, sound quality is great. [Bill Pearis]


Jets To Brazil @ The Black Cat in Washington, DC - 4/16/1999

It still feels like a miracle that Jawbreaker finally reunited, but when this lockdown finally ends, I'll still be crossing my fingers that Blake Schwarzenbach reunites Jets To Brazil too. Their 1998 debut Orange Rhyming Dictionary is just about as timeless and influential as anything by Jawbreaker, and here's a recently-unearthed video (by Scott Heisel, who's been uploading a lot of cool old footage lately) of Jets playing DC the year after that album came out. Like Jawbreaker (and drummer Chris Daly's former band Texas Is The Reason), Jets were an intense live band, and that really came across in this video, in which they look like pros on stage and sound as sharp as they do on the record. Making this video extra special is that it's got footage of them playing "Won't You Come Down," a "new" song they played a lot on tour in 1999 but never recorded. It's a great one. [Andrew Sacher]


The Fall @ Leeds University, February 1981

The Fall were on a hot streak in 1981, coming off the great Grotesque and releasing one of their best-ever records -- the perfect mini-LP Slates -- that year. The lineup of the band, including guitarists Craig Scanlon and Mark Riley, and sibling rhythm section Paul and Steve Hanley, was truly top notch too, as you can see at this Leeds University show, that includes such fall standards as "Hip Priest," "Middle Mass," "Prole Art Threat," "Totally Wired," "Slates, Slags, Etc" and "Draygo's Guilt." Mark E Smith prowls around the stage oozing more menace than you'd think any clean-shaven man wearing a sweater an oxford shirt could. [Bill Pearis]


Rilo Kiley @ Mary Jane's Fat Cat in Houston, TX - 11/16/2002

This show was part of Rilo Kiley's tour supporting their second (and best) album, 2002's The Execution of All Things, and the setlist is everything you'd want, mostly Execution songs and a few from Take Offs and Landings, too. Jenny Lewis sounds raw and earnest and aching, nearly screaming on "The Good That Won't Come Out," and it's a treat to see Blake Sennett take over vocals a few times too. [Amanda Hatfield]


Here's a gallery of Jenny Lewis' 2019 Kings Theatre show:


For more of our favorite live videos, head here.

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