Artists are continuing to design and create marvelous pieces of art, often with the hope (rather than the expectation) that those that appreciate and enjoy what they make will support them. As the pandemic continues
& gigs continue to be canceled and postponed, musicians need more support than ever!
(As do some of our most beloved venues!)
If you enjoy what you're watching & listening to, consider sending a donation, buying a new album, joining a musician's monthly subscription program, buying some merch, attending one of their live-streams...there are lots of ways to show the love! Just push the hearts by each video for an option or two!
Thank you so much!!
Song Around the World 2020
"Higher Ground" (by Stevie Wonder)
Groove out and sing along with this "Playing for Change" video from 2020, with over 20 musicians from around the world connecting through song!
Lena Jonsson Trio
A great trio of musicians covering a great quartet of musicians! Here's a new video from the Lena Jonsson Trio covering tunes by Hawktail, a band that makes my heart explode with musical delight.
"Transatlantic" feat. Kris Drever
A beautiful new song written by Aoife O'Donovan and commissioned by the Irish Arts Center.
Plus some ethereal fiddling by Jeremy Kittel!
"Grüve for Orchestra" (Spring)
Grégoire Pearce composed this piece to accompany a short animated film called "Spring." It takes great skill and awareness to produce such an emotive piece of art, which in turn helps thread the images together!
"All I Need" ft Mahalia
Jacob Collier and his isolation band (get ready for the cinematic magic) performed for The Tonight Show with Mahalia. Oh and NBD, he's been nominated for
3 Grammys (and has already won 3). Dude is 26. EPIC.
Aoife O'Donovan & Chris Thile
"Fairytale of New York" (The Pogues)
A lively cover, performed by Aoife O'Donovan (Crooked Still, I'm With Her, Sometymes Why) and Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek, Goat Rodeo Sessions, Live From Here) from their shared December 2020 concert
Join the Boston-based band, Darlingside, for a Distantly Social Session full of their gentle harmonies, pulsing rhythmns, and folky goodness.
Portugal. The Man
"Who's Gonna Stop Me" feat. Weird Al Yankovic
Released Oct. 12th (Indigenous Peoples Day), this new project was created in collaboration with The PTM Foundation - "a platform for artistic collaboration between materialist culture, the arts, and indigenous paradigms."
A new single and a new music video by Jeff Tweedy to enjoy during The Weirds!
I had a lot of fun trying to recognize the guest performers.
playing "In the Kitchen"
I LOVE THIS BAND SO MUCH.
Absolutely phenomenal super-group of brilliant trad musicians playing the most lovely music and you can catch a wonderful
glimpse of that in this vid
Deep Sea Diver
ft. Sharon Van Etten
The first time I saw this band a few years ago, I was *immediately* hooked. Indie rock meets grunge meets amazingness. Plus, this new track features Sharon Van Etten, who is also absolutely sublime.
sung by Sam Amidon
Here's new single off of Sam Amidon's new album, whch is set to release in Oct. 2020. This track is hauntingly delicious.
The album is available for pre-order now!
Sleeping On My Dreams
by Jacob Collier
Quick question -- who's the real star of this music video --
his rainbow crocs?
singing"In the Pines" by Leadbelly
Singing, working, and keeping company with a pup.
This song has always felt rather haunting to me, and this rendition feels no different. Beautiful.
Stand Steady by Alex Sturbaum
ft. a community of singers
This socially distant sing-along was produced in tandem with a huge fundraiser to support essential workers, health services, and policy + advocacy work in July 2020
A deeply moving performance by Lisa Hannigan, with harmonies offered by Loah. I happened upon this video by accident, and what a happy accident it was!
ft. Yo-Yo Ma
A stunning new composition by Rhiannon Giddens,
posted on Juneteenth, 2020
Goat Rodeo Sessions
ft. Aoife O'Donovan
Presenting a haunting and mesmerizing new music video by Goat Rodeo Sessions. One of my favorite music-listening experiences is when it feels like you can hear each musician responding to each other. Worth a listen or 3.
Dan Faiella & Audrey Budington
Titled "Kinetic," this track left me with music goosebumps.
Dip & Sway
by Elsie Gawler
Delicate vocals with a supportive chorus of singers and gorgeous photography
Produced by Dylan Ladds
The Faux Paws
"Road from Winchester"
A fresh video of the Faux Paws, featuring "Road from Winchester," off of their new album that will likely be released at some point in 2021.
I'm looking forward!
Lissa S., Brittany & Natalie Haas
"The Scolding Wives of Abertarff/Were Totally Justified"
"After years of being frustrated by demeaning or sexist tune titles in traditional music, Lissa Schneckenburger decided to compose some updated ones to add to the traditional canon."
3 of my favorite trad musicians creating musical magic!
Moira Smiley & VOCO
"Sing About It"
From the 2021 release of "In Our Voices" by Moira Smiley & VOCO, watch this brilliantly animated video of a powerfully performed song "for when the violence of white supremacy and information silos sit very close." (-video caption)
Resistance Revival Chorus
singing "Ella's Song"
After attending The Daily Antidote of Song (a free, welcoming daily sing at noon) on MLK Day, I heard this song for the first time. I recently heard the RRC perform with Robin Pecknold, and was excited to find this recording and share it!
Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes)
"Can I Believe You" ft The Resistance Revival Chorus)
A track from Fleet Foxes latest album, "Shore," released through The Late Show and cut from Robin Pecknold's Solstice concert at the end of 2020, here's a recording that I've played at LEAST 50 times. But also, probably more.....
A video piece from Mountain Man's recent virtual concert provided by NoonChorus.
Elsie & Ethan
"Stay with Me"
Elsie Gawler and Ethan Stokes Tischler perform a song titled "Stay with Me," written by Ethan. A beautiful love song with gentle harmonies that pour of your speakers little warm milk.
The Wilderness Yet
"A Bruton Farmer"
You know that feeling when you're like, "gosh, I'm in the mood for a really good murder ballad"? Well lookie here! The Click play to hear to be moved by wonderful music
+ a murder acted out in shadow puppets!
"Flow, In the Year of the Wu Wei"
I loved when this single was released, AND NOW THERE'S A VIDEO PEOPLE. THIS IS COOOOOOOOL.
Brian Finnegan, a member of the world-renowned band Flook, stuns the ears with whistley-goodness
Lake Street Dive
Featuring a new song and video by the acclaimed Boston-based band, Lake Street Dive. Exploring themes of social unrest, climate change, and unfathomable uncertainty, this driving song is full of thoughtfulness and strength.
Fleet Foxes just released a new album at the end of September, called Shore.... YAAAAAAY!
Here's my favorite track so far from the new album.
This Is the Kit
"This is What You Did"
A new single from This Is the Kit's album!
Release date- Oct. 23, 2020
A banjo/sax/folk musical fusion!
National Youth Folk Ensemble
playing "Canny Hobby Elliot" & "Andrew Carr's"
After a summer zoom session, the National Youth Folk Ensemble, based out of England, created a few new arrangements to share some of what they'd learned!
Dodie has this gently powerful, delicately complex vibe that doesn't feel totally comparable to other musicians. She's like....the opposite of Bjork? Idk.
Give it a listen if ya feel like it :)
Okay, so I admit it, this video is not new; it's a few years old.
But. I AM OBSESSED.
So I'm posting it anyway. EEEEEE ENJOYYYY
2 original tunes by Noah Fishman, recorded in Sweden.
Ft. Ida Meidell Blylod (violin), Samuel Lundh (mandolin), and Simon Nyberg (12-stringed guitar)
A hoppin' Philadelphia contra band playing He Chased Her Till She Caught Him, a tune written by Sarah Gowan (she's the badass human playing guitar)!
Joy Compass is a thrillingly emotive and energetic band from Maine, consisting of Clara Stickney and Jamie Oshima.
Check out the gloriousness!
& Thierry Clouette
Driving, exciting, and mesmerizing playing from these two
= one fantastic video.
Hopefully they'll make some more!!