By Jonah Krueger, Staff Writer
While practicing safe social distancing is responsible, it’s no secret that it can also be maddeningly boring. Add a heaping scoop of stress, multiply it by however many weeks we’ve been dealing with this situation, and a little escapism seems deserved.
Luckily, some of our favorite artists have taken to the internet to make time at home a little easier. Here are some of virtual events to watch for:
Who: Sean Bonette of AJJ
When: Daily, approximately 10:30 p.m. EDT.
AJJ (formally Andrew Jackson Jihad) frontman Sean Bonnette has been livestreaming daily via the band’s Instagram, @ajjtheband. He takes requests, answers questions and covers his favorite artists, from John Prine to Lana Del Rey to Sleep. Each night’s performance is archived and uploaded to the band’s YouTube channel the next day. Find out more here.
Who: Tim Burgess’ Twitter Listening Party
Tim Burgess of The Charlatans has been hosting interactive listening parties via his Twitter account. Often multiple times a day, the band collectively listens to a prominent indie album while Burgess offers commentary and answers questions.
Upcoming listens include: Belle and Sebastian’s The Boy With The Arab Strap (April 27), New Order’s Low-Life (April 30), …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead’s Source Tags & Codes (May 12) and IDLES’ two most recent records, Brutalism (May 8) and Joy as an Act of Resistance (May 10). Find out more here.
Who: PlayOn Festival
When: Monday, April 27, 12 a.m. to 11 a.m.
In support of the World Health Organization, PlayOn will livestream sets from a number of high-profile artists. Three-day PlayOn Fest wraps up on Monday, April 27, but there are still plenty of notable performances in store.
Who: Dogleg’s Melee Mondays
When: Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m. EDT.
Rising indie band Dogleg has a not-so-secretive secret—its bassist, Chase Macinski, is a competitive Super Smash Bros. player. Suddenly, the title of the band’s recent LP, Melee, makes a lot of sense. In response to the cancellation of their tour, the band have been streaming on Twitch, mixing live sets and game play. Find out more here.
Who: glass beach, Frog, Me in Capris, awakebutstillinbed
When: Monday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
For those who are looking for a night of modern indie and emo, glass beach, Frog, Me in Capris and awakebutstillinbed will join each other for a livestream set on escene’s Twitch channel. Find out more here.
Who: Dead Man String Band
When: Tuesday, April 28 at 2 p.m. EDT.
CincyMusic continues their support of local musicians through a whole new batch of livestreams this week. First up is an afternoon with the genre-bending, visually captivating rock group Dead Man String Band. Find out more here.
When: Tuesday, April 28 at 4 p.m. EDT.
Pickathon Presents: A Concert A Day has been streaming previously recorded live sets daily and raising money to support musicians in need. Of the many bands featured, Priests (who are currently on hiatus) performed on Mt. Hood Stage in 2017, and the set is definitely one to catch. Find out more here.
Who: The Electric Indigo
When: Wednesday, April 29 at 8 p.m. EDT.
When: Thursday, April 30 at 5 p.m. EDT.
In an effort to encourage social distancing, Radiohead have embraced #StayHome, premiering previously unseen and professionally recorded live sets every Thursday. The stream takes advantage of Youtube’s “Premiere” feature, allowing anyone watching at the time of release to participate in the chat. Find out more here.
Who: Coastal Club
When: Thursday, April 30 at 7 p.m. EDT.
Who: RJ Martin, Madverse, Adomas Fabin
When: Saturday, May 2 at 7 p.m. EDT.
The fastest promoters alive—that’s ACRN and Athens Live Music—present the Super Quaranstream Series. The lineup of streams, which started mid-April, continues this week with another stellar selection of local favorites: RJ Martin, Madverse and Adomas Fabin. Find out more here.
Who: Bang on a Can Marathon
When: Sunday, May 3 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT.
Where: Bang on a Can’s website
Bang on a Can will livestream six full hours of performances from more than 40 artists. The lineup is assuredly an eclectic bunch, with some featured artists even performing pieces from Steve Riech and Phillip Glass. Find out more here.
Who: Mark Rebillet
When: Sunday, May 3 at 2 p.m. EDT.
The ever-entertaining Mark Rebillet continues to stream his improvised, interactive set in lieu of his canceled tour. Tune in on May 3 to catch what happens in the midst of all the craziness. Find out more here.