amazing live videos of Young Marble Giants, Bomb the Music Industry & more to watch while every show is cancelled
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:
Young Marble Giants @ Western Front, Vancouver 11/6/1980
Welsh trio Young Marble Giants only lasted two years and only made one album -- 1980's Colossal Youth -- but their minimal, haunting sound continues to influence today. They didn't last too much longer past this Vancouver show which includes pretty much everything you'd want to hear, including "Searching for Mister Right," "Eating Noddemix," "Wurlitzer Jukebox," "Credit in the Straight World" (famously covered by Hole), "Cakewalking" and, maybe their best-ever song, "Final Day." It seems like a miracle that someone videotaped this at all, and the stark, low-grade black and white resolution just adds to the mystery.
The (English) Beat @ Capitol Theatre 9/26/1980
I've been on a 2-Tone ska kick lately and as much as I love The Specials, Madness and The Selecter, The Beat are my forever faves and around the time of their debut album, I Just Can't Stop It, is them at their most purely enjoyable. There are so many things to watch here -- bassist David Steele and lead guitarist Andy Cox's rubber-legged dancing, drummer Everett Morton's syncopated playing, the laid back cool of Saxa and, front and center, Ranking Roger and Dave Wakeling. My only complaint of this video is it's too short. [Bill Pearis]
Bomb the Music Industry! @ Knitting Factory in NYC - 10/14/2006
Jeff Rosenstock put out a new album called NO DREAM yesterday and it's awesome. You should go listen to it if you haven't! And to keep the Jeff Rosenstock party going, here's a video of his former band Bomb the Music Industry! (who share some other members with the new Jeff Rosenstock album) at the old Leonard St location of Knitting Factory in 2006. They squeeze a ton of members onto that small stage, and each and every one of them is going nuts the whole time. The set includes the first-ever performance of "My Response To An Article In Alternative Press" and a song by Jeff's even older band The Arrogant Sons of Bitches ("So Let's Go! Nowhere."), and it's just total madness the whole time, in the best way possible. [Andrew Sacher]
Lunachicks @ The Square in Harlow, UK - 1999
If not for coronavirus, Lunachicks would be playing their first shows in 16 years this year, so to tide you over for when they hopefully do still reunite, here's a killer video of them playing a UK show on the tour behind their final album, 1999's Luxury Problem. They were on fire all night, as loud and fast and energetic as you'd hope, and Theo Kogan's voice is as soaring at this show as it is on the band's classic records. And as an added bonus: they covered The Cars' "Just What I Needed" at this show (it starts at the 42:30 mark). [Andrew Sacher]
Sharon Van Etten @ Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, PA - 2/10/2012
Sharon Van Etten signed to Jagjaguwar in 2011 and released her third (and what at the time was her most fully realized yet) LP, Tramp, on the label in February of 2012. This Philly show happened days after that album came out, and it's a great look back at Tramp's songs. While Sharon has only gotten better and better as a live performer as she's gone on, her previous material very much stands up to her most recent (and amazing) album, Remind Me Tomorrow, and there isn't a live era of her's we wouldn't want to revisit. [Amanda Hatfield]
For an even older Sharon Van Etten era, she'll perform her 2009 debut album in full on a livestream on May 29. Check out pictures from Sharon Van Etten's 2019 show at Webster Hall in the gallery below.
For more of our favorite live videos, head here.