Weekly Music: live performances

Whenever I go home and visit my dad, we take turns showing each other videos we’ve found online to watch on his majestically huge TV. My dad lives more simply than anyone else I know, but takes his audio and visual entertainment very seriously. I realized most of the videos I was saving for him I hadn’t share with you guys yet. One of them (above) we watched I hadn’t even seen – The Staves playing “Icarus” live for Sideshow Alley. I played it with four other people in the room after a few whiskey sours and we all fell dead silent, totally in awe. Could voices be more perfect? They have a new full-length album out that’s not in the US yet. When oh when do I get my paws on it?

There are lots of these live performance series all over that I’ve posted about before, and I never grow tired of them. Another new-t0-me series is NPR’s Field Recordings. My favorite is of Carla Morrison, a Mexican artist I’d never heard of who’s voice I could listen to all day.

I also love the Allen Stone Field Recordings video, even though I’m not a huge fan of his studio album. His live, raw performance is so much more impressive – maybe because seeing that voice come from that guy is surprising and wonderful? Also: bonus points for it being filmed at the Gorge, the most amazing place ever to see live music.

Similarly related, if you haven’t watched the Macklemore Tiny Desk Concert, you probably should. I wouldn’t even have counted myself as that much of a fan before watching this (“Thrift Store” is dang catchy, though), but this made me respect his talents so much. He is so alive and energetic, his lyrics so interesting without that cheesy territory that “positive rap” can veer into.


  1. Jackie says

    My boyfriend was so excited to get his hands on The Staves’ new record that he ordered it from England! It’s a really great album, probably made even better because of the lengths he took to get it, but the only downside is we only have it on vinyl so I still can’t listen to it at work. Hopefully soon!

  2. Thea says

    I have been listening to The Staves at work since reading this. They’re lovely and thanks for the recommendation. I think my favourite song is Mexico. I’m in England so perhaps I can see them too!

  3. says

    Just found you through throwing cake — LOVE it. You won me over by featuring two crazy talented artists from my hometown of Seattle! I’ve seen Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (his super talented producer sitting on the desk in the background) live a few times but have never seen them completely kill it in such a small space. If you’re looking for another gem, check out Kris Orlowski!


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