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A running list of your favorite artists’ lockdown livestreams

Everyone from Miley Cyrus to Jeff Rosenstock is doing it.

March 17, 2020
A running list of your favorite artists’ lockdown livestreams L-R: Amy Sussman / Getty Images, Frazer Harrison / Getty Images, Anthony Ghnassia / Getty Images  

The effect COVID-19, and the social distancing needed to combat it, has already had on the music world is seismic. Dozens of tours have been axed or postponed while the summer festival season looks increasingly unlikely to go ahead. The long-term effects of this could be devastating for artists, particularly those who rely on live income to make a living. The short term effects are also upsetting — it's not selfish to miss going to live shows and for musicians to miss feeling that same release from up on stage.

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Increasingly in the past few days a compromise has been reached as artists have turned to livestreaming full shows and smaller performances online as a means of release and comfort. These range from the metal band Code Orange going live on Twitch at an empty theater in Pittsburgh to Coldplay's Chris Martin getting his guitar and covering David Bowie from the comfort of his living room.

Below is an evolving round-up of artists who are bringing people together by streaming performances live throughout this uncertain and unsettling period.

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March 30:
Charli XCX

Charli XCX has confirmed details of the second week of programming on her IG Live. She'll be giving us a vocal coaching session with Swedish singer songwriter Tove Lo (Monday), life drawing with Lucas David (Tuesday), yoga lessons with Ashnikko (Wednesday), a psychopath test with Rina Sawayama (Thursday) and, on Friday, Orville Peck will join her for a horoscope reading. Then, for a weekend treat, Zara Larsson will stage a make-up tutorial alongside Charli on Saturday, April 4.

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Tinashe

Tinashe will sream a concert from her home studio at 11a.m. ET on Friday. "Being able to bring us all together as a community, as an extended family, is sooo important right now," she says. "We all need a little extra positivity and live music is the best way I know how." Tune in here.

Hit-Boy and Boi-1da

A-list producers Hit-Boy and Boi-1da will go head to head in a beat battle on Instagram Live at 10:30 p.m. ET.

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Half Waif

Half Waif will celebrate the release of new album The Caretaker by playing the whole record live from her living room. Special guest Zack Levine will join her for the one-off performance at 7:30 p.m. ET. Check it out via YouTube.

Peter Bjorn and John

Peter Bjorn and John will host “36h INGRID,” a 36-hour event on Twitch. Highlights of the schedule include DJ sets from Studio Barnhus artists Axel Boman and Kornél Kovács as well as live sets from Peter Bjorn and John, and more.

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa will chat with fans and play tracks from her new album Future Nostalgia from 11a.m. ET on Thursday.

H.E.R.

H.E.R. will be live on Instagram at 5 p.m. EST for the latest in Global Citizen's #TogetherAtHome series.

Weyes Blood

Weyes Blood will play live from her home at 10 p.m. Eastern. You can tune in via Pitchfork’s Instagram.

Nicolás Jaar

Jaar will debut new album Cenizas, due out officially this Friday, on Twitch at 5 P.M.

Arca

Arca will be live on Twitch from 5 P.M. EST for the latest episode of Diva_Experimental_Radio.FM. Now's your chance to “transmute, transist & transmogrify with ya girl.”

Vagabon and SASAMI

Two FADER faves will go live together at 7 P.M. tonight to play songs, perform covers, answer questions, try out new material, and have some fun.

Camp Cope

At 3:30 P.M. EST, Camp Cope will perform as part of online festival Distant Together 2: Lost in Your Living Room. Joining the Australian indie rock band will be Stef Fi of Big Joanie, Rosei Tucker, and more.

COLORS

Vibey online platform COLORS have launched a livstream which will run 24/7 for 30 days from March 23. Guests remain TBC at the present moment but are described as "a mix of established and unknown artists" in a statement. Recent COLORS sessions have come from Denzel Curry, Princess Nokia, Lianne La Havas, and Sudan Archives.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus is going big on Instagram Live sessions under the name Bright Minded. Guests this week include Ellen (Monday), her dad Billy Ray (Tuesday) and Dua Lipa (Wednesday).

James Blake

James Blake will play live from 3 P.M. EST on March 23. Fingers crossed he does his Billie Eilish cover.

Christine & The Queens

Christine & The Queens will livestream a performance at 2 P.M. on Monday as part of the Together, At Home: WHO-Global Citizen Solidarity Sessions. Other artists going live on Instagram today include Years & Years and Vance Joy.

Downtown Boys, DJ Haram, and more

DIY punk label Don Giovanni Records will be streaming sets from artists including Downtown Boys, Noun, Worriers, Jeffrey Lewis, DJ Haram, and Fat Tony from 1-11pm EST.

Erykah Badu

As well as revealing that all of this enforced inside time might allow her to finish her next album Erykah Badu is also going to be hosting a live concert of some variety. Unlike other, free events, Badu is charging $1 for access to her livestream. For that users will be able to vote on what songs they want to see her performing. "We gone pull it off. We gone be calm. You gone help me make it happen," she wrote on Instagram. A date remains TBC but is expected to be this weekend, March 21-22.

Waxahatchee and Kevin Morby

Indie duo Katie Crutchfield and Kevin Morby will go live on Instagram at at 9 EST/6 PST "to play songs, take guests, have a nice evening with y’all." Expect to hear music from the excellent forthcoming Waxahatchee album Saint Cloud.

TOKiMONSTA

Electronic artist TOKiMONSTA will celebrate the release of new album Oasis Nocturno with a March 19 live stream via Facebook live. Kicking off at at 3pm PST she promises chat and the chance to "experience Oasis Nocturno together for the first time."

Diplo

Diplo is streaming DJ sets from his living room each night this week. Above is a recent "Ronatronix" set, basically a throback to his days throwing Hollatronix parties but updated for the Coronavirus-era.

Charlie Puth

Puthers of the world were able to kick back with a set from Charlie Puth on Wednesday, March 18. Puth sat at his piano and played live as part of the WHO and Global Citizen #TogetherAtHome campaign.

Charli XCX

Charli is planning a series of livestream events on Instagram, starting with an "Emo chat" with Christine and The Queens on March 18 (1 P.M. EST). Further installments will include Personal Training with Diplo (March 19), a girls night with Rita Ora (20), a game of Would U Rather with Kim Petras (21) and art class with Clairo on the 22nd.

Death Cab For Cutie
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Hey Everyone,⁣ ⁣ I know you are all really freaked out right now. I am too. And while I’m proud that we’re all doing the necessary things at the moment to help flatten the curve, I know it has left us all incredibly isolated.⁣ ⁣ But because we’re all going through this nightmare together we are quite literally NOT alone. Our lives and stories are all linked, maybe more now than they have ever been.⁣ ⁣ Be it with DCFC, Postal Service, or solo I have always been grateful for the honor you have bestowed upon us by choosing to congregate en masse around our music. Some of you have traveled great distances and/or shelled out large sums of money to see us play and that has never been lost on me. So in this crazy and unprecedented time, I’d like to return the favor by coming to YOU.⁣ ⁣ For the next few weeks I will be playing songs everyday from my home studio. We will be streaming on YouTube / Facebook at 4pm PST daily – link in bio. We’re still working out the details but I’m hoping to take some requests and maybe even have a guest or two stop by digitally. The first show will be tomorrow. It will assuredly be a little wonky and glitchy but we’re gonna do our best.⁣ ⁣ See You Tomorrow.⁣ ⁣ xo⁣ ⁣ Ben

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Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard will let fans enter his home studio via a livestream starting today (March 17) at 7 p.m. EST. "I’m hoping to take some requests and maybe even have a guest or two stop by digitally," he says.

Jeff Rosenstock

DIY punk don Jeff Rosenstock is performing as part of a special concert that will be livestreamed on Specialist Subject’s Instagram on Tuesday. The whole things kicks off at 3:55 p.m. EST with Rosenstock due up at 7 p.m.

Coldplay's Chris Martin

Chris Martin went live on Instagram on Monday, March 16, to chat to fans and perform songs from his home studio. He also threw in a cover of David Bowie’s "Life on Mars."

John Legend

Inspired by his Coldplay buddy, John Legend is going live on Tuesday afternoon. Supported by Global Citizen, Legend's project is described as "a series of online concert performances hosted on artists social media platforms to fight coronavirus and promote social distancing."

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A running list of your favorite artists’ lockdown livestreams