The Best YouTube Channels to Stream for Live Music

Autumn Simon

Dear Live Music, we miss you!

Sincerely, 

Everyone

Our weekends are not the same without waiting in line at our favorite local music venues. Nothing beats that moment of anticipation when you come face to face with the artist of your choice. Between the connections and memories, you would make, that moment in time would always remain instilled in our hearts. With the number of outbreaks still rising, it’s safe to say that live performances will not be back for a while (well, for some states). 

Luckily, YouTube is offering an alternative for us to enjoy the show from the crib. As we all adjust to our “new normal,” which includes delivery, take-out, and binge-watching, we say you add to the fun by enjoying a concert on your couch. We put together a list of music channels on YouTube featuring live performances from award-winning, emerging and groundbreaking artists.

NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

What is this list without the Tiny Desk Concerts Series? Perhaps the most popular platform of all, National Public Radio (NPR) has been inviting artists to perform for their not-so-tiny video series since 2008. Created by host Bob Boilen and the NPR Music team, the series allows singers, musicians, background vocalists and their band to shine in an intimate setting. Shifting from their office setting to their new Tiny Desk (home) concerts, NPR proved to be both innovative and inspiring during our 2020 quarantine.

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Colors

Aesthetically appealing and offering a musical and colorful palette, the German YouTube series highlights emerging artists from across the world. With their motto “all colors, no genres,”  the platform is known for promoting distinctive new artists and their original sounds. With a catalog of over 500 videos in four years, Colors is arguably the quickest growing channel to date.

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Kenny Beats- The Cave

Created by notable hip-hop producer Kenny Beats, The Cave calls in Beat’s favorite artists/friends to rap 16-32 bars over a custom beat he makes from scratch. Music fans don’t often get to see the chemistry between a producer and MC. The YouTube series showcases a unique collaboration between two creators vibing out and expressing themselves.

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Sofar Sounds

Songs from a Room, aka (Sofar) Sounds is one of the largest music discovery communities on the internet. Originating in London, the company’s expansion in cities like New York and Los Angeles allowed them to grow their following. Sofar curates secret concerts at an undisclosed venue allowing artists and guests to connect musically without any distractions. 

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Boiler Room

Boiler Room has been creating music TV content long before the impending pandemic! What started as just a webcam duct-taped to the wall in 2010 has turned into a new tech-based platform to showcase hip-hop, jazz and club culture. The London channel broadcasts music globally and has an impressive line-up to look back on while you’re home. 

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BBC 1 Radio

This British radio station does it all! Known for their content that focuses on news, politics, entertainment and more, BBC 1 Radio also hosts their own music channel. The BBC 1 Radio Live Lounge and Mini Mixes highlight huge artists with quick interviews, performances, and their most popular segment, their covers.

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