Evening. Me again. Here is a list of some of my favourite live performances. The kind of performances you would hope will happen next year. The type of performances that many musicians need support with now, so they can make it through.
The Arcade Fire once played the 13th note on King street in Glasgow. Small venues are integral to this as well. Here they are playing one of my favourite songs in a lift. The percussion is inspired -
Here are Big Thief playing the tiny desk concert. Yes, the rhythm guitarist is distracting but don't let that spoil what is a predictably brilliant version of "Masterpiece" -
Julia Jacklin has a voice that breaks my heart and an incredible skill with lyrics that draws me in to hang on her every word. It's an intoxicating combination -
Daughters! Yep. My favourite right now. This was filmed mid tour and you can see the scars on his forehead and hear his broken voice but it's never macho or aggressive. It's far more unsettling and challenging -
When you are in a band that tours, you want to be able to be around people you enjoy the company of. Janelle Monae has a backing band that looks like they are having the time of their lives (That's Andre 3000 on bass as well)
Not a video but my favourite version of The Mercy Seat by Nick Cave. By the end he is spitting out the lyrics and I can only imagine what it must have been like to be there -
Talking of which, the best live performances are the ones that make you think, aw shit, I wish i'd been there. This is one for me -
And then there are the performances that mess with the original, to make it something else, something unique. Thanks to @kathrynjoseph_ for pointing me in this direction. I fell in love with the original and then heard this. It's wonderful -
And yeah, you have to start somewhere and possible play people's living rooms before things start to happen - Bon Iver - Skinny Love
One of my favourite live performance of all time. Neurosis playing at Ozzfest. They came on stage every day to an audience that hated them. So you either give up or double down. Watch how angry the whole band are at 1:46. It's life affirming -
Support musicians now and you will have a better chance of seeing them next year (not me obviously.) If you have a favourite live performance, feel free to post it here. I spend most Friday night watching either drum cams or live videos so could do with recommendations.
I should probably tag @blue405 and @Ragnaarbstn and @_allroy into this as one of the most prolific gig goers I have ever seen.

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