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:

Bonny Light Horseman @ Newport Folk Fest 2019

One of our favorite albums of the year so far is the self-titled debut album by Bonny Light Horseman -- the indie folk supertrio of Anais Mitchell, Eric D Johnson (Fruit Bats), and Josh Kaufman (Day of the Dead, Muzz, Josh Ritter, etc) -- and though we were lucky enough to catch them in NYC right after the album came out, we assume in a normal year, they'd be keeping this momentum going with more and more shows and festivals, and we're very bummed that we can't see them now that these songs have all settled in. To get a taste of what their live show is like, though, here's a few great videos of BLH at Newport Folk Fest last year. The album hadn't come out yet, but they played a handful of its best songs ("Bonny Light Horseman," "Deep In Love," "Lowlands") as well as stuff that isn't on the album (a cover of Tim Buckley's "Buzzin' Fly"), and they sounded as blissful as they do on the record. [Andrew Sacher]


Kurt Vile @ Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, Germany - 4/6/2014

Kurt Vile usually plays with his great live band The Violators, and 2014 was a great year to see them. They were supporting the excellent, jammy Wakin On A Pretty Daze (one of our favorite albums of the decade), and those lengthy songs really came to life on stage with the full band. But as great as The Violators are, Kurt also knows how to command a crowd with nothing more than his voice and acoustic guitar, and he did just that at this Berlin show in 2014. He kept the setlist to songs that would translate well with this stripped-down setup, which meant not only deep cuts but also some then-unreleased music that he still hasn't put out. It's a very cool set all around, and certainly not like what you'd see at your average Kurt Vile show. [Andrew Sacher]


Grimes @ Outside Lands - 8/5/2016

In honor of Grimes' new arrival, X Æ A-12 Musk, we revisited this festival set from her tour supporting 2015's Art Angels. Grimes hasn't been hugely into doing extended tours, especially more recently, but when she does play shows she brings a dance-party atmosphere with backup dancers on stage leading the way. That goes especially well with Art Angels' bubblegummy material, as evidenced here. [Amanda Hatfield]


Lloyd Cole & The Commotions @ The Marquee, London 1984

Around the time of their fantastic debut album, Rattlesnakes, Lloyd Cole & The Commotions played this show at London's Marquee. Bookish and proud of it -- "If any of you have ever read anything by Joan Didion you might've known the story of that one," said Lloyd after opening with Rattlesnakes' title track -- Cole matched literary intentions and tales of romance with sparking guitar pop, which The Commotions were especially good at, with extra credit to Neil Clark's exceptional guitarwork. This show has almost all of Rattlesnakes, plus a cover of "Glory" by Tom Verlaine who was clearly an influence. Lloyd noted recently this show features his favorite shirt. [Bill Pearis]


Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians @ The Marquee, London 4/27/1985

Sticking around The Marquee, here's more jangly guitar pop but of a decidedly more psychedelic bent via the madcap laughs of Robyn Hitchcock and his ace band The Egyptians. This show was released as live about Gotta Let This Hen Out and was recorded shortly after the release of Fegmania! Song selection is fantastic, including early solo work like "Acid Bird" and "Brenda's Iron Sledge" and Soft Boys tunes "Kingdom Of Love" and "The Face Of Death." Songs are interspersed with trippy filmed introductions and a few music videos, too. [Bill Pearis]


And here's a gallery of photos of Kurt Vile in Central Park in 2019:

For more of our favorite live videos, head here.

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