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[‘Nac Tracks New Music Playlists] May 2020

Posted on June 1, 2020 at 9:03 am | No Comments

May is over. Some bands put out some music. You can listen to some I liked.

YouTube, Spotify, or Soundcloud.

‘Nac Tracks | May 2020 | YouTube

‘Nac Tracks | May 2020 | Spotify

‘Nac Tracks | May 2020 | Soundcloud

[Sequestered Streaming] This Week’s Standout Livestreams

Posted on May 12, 2020 at 1:54 pm | No Comments

Life during lockdown continues with an (over?) abundance of live-online streaming performances, so I figured I’d spotlight just a few I’m excited about watching this week. For more complete rundowns, hit up BrooklynVegan’s livestream tag, Vanyaland’s “This Stream Is Tonight” posts, and be sure you’re signed up for the indispensable Amy’s Shows List (drop an email to amysshowslist at gmail to join), which has been doing an excellent job of keeping track of both regularly-scheduled and randomly-announced livestreams.

Here are my personal picks (all times Eastern U.S. time), and remember, even if an event is listed as free, donate what you can to the artists and causes they are supporting…

Today, Tuesday, May 12th

  • At 7pm ET this evening, Jeff Robbins will be playing songs from his old Boston-based band Orbit, alongside some from his current project, 123 Astronaut on Facebook.
  • At 8pm ET, Alicia Bognanno from Bully will play songs from their 2017 “Losing” LP, along with some covers, over on NoonChorus ($15 advance ticket required).

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13th

  • Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift’s weekly StageIt shows from Nashville happen every Wednesday at 9pm ET, and this week is an all-request, all-Bowie (!) covers set. It’s a pay-what-you-can affair (minimum $5, I think), so head to StageIt to pre-register, and make your requests through their social media pages.

Thursday, May 14th

Friday, May 15th

  • I look forward to every single installment of Low’s weekly “Friday I’m in Low” performances at 4pm ET on Instagram… each has been something truly special. They may be only four songs long, but Alan & Mimi have so far included a new, unrecorded song every time. What a treat.
  • That 4pm hour is going to bring a tough choice this week, since at the same time Low is starting, Dan Willson aka Withered Hand will be going live on Instagram for only the second time. Last week’s first set was lovely, and I’m so glad he’s decided to do it again. Actually, it won’t be a tough choice… Dan doesn’t save his sets, and you can watch Low’s for another 24 hours, so Dan it is. Also: He’ll be playing again on Saturday at 8am ET, so set your alarm if you’re an American fan.
  • My other Friday ritual has been watching members of Wussy alternate weeks for at-home performances (Chuck & Lisa one week, then Mark the next) on Facebook at 7pm ET, though after the devastating loss of their bandmate John Erhardt on Monday, May 4th, they understandably took a Friday off. Wouldn’t blame them if they took more time, but if they’re back this Friday, so am I.
  • Dave Derby of the Dambuilders will be performing as part of the wonderful ONCE Somerville’s Virtual Venue series at 7:30pm ET on Friday evening. Pre-registration through Eventbrite is required, but it’s free, and the virtual hat will be passed during the show.
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