Discovering new music can, at times, be a chore. Sometimes one’s appreciation for an artist or band will grow after seeing that artist perform in a live setting; in other words, witnessing an artist performing their recorded music can be a pivotal point for gaining appreciation and respect for that particular artist. So if you are not only looking for new music, but looking for that particular artist that has an affinity with performance, then you should turn your eyes to the following Live Music Series. Listed below, are five unique and inspiring music series, all of which have been active for many years; and all of which showcase the artist’s skills as a performer in a variety of settings.

A Take Away Show

A Take Away Show was started by independent film-maker Vincent Moon, who recorded live performances of bands and posted them on the French website La Blogotheque. A Take Away Show takes the band out of the studio into various urban and country side environments. What results is the artist/band (usually in their more early stages) sitting in Parisian parks, catching elevators, or walking through the streets of New York, and innocently performing their music for the public. A Take Away Show has featured a swathe of artists including Alicia Keys, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Sigur Ros, Alt-J, Beirut, and The Staves.

Tiny Desk Concerts

Presented by NPR Music, Tiny Desk Concert captures a band who is performing in a room, in front of a tiny desk…you get the idea. Tiny Desk Concert have hosted countless names including: Adele, Anderson Paak, Terrence Blanchard, Sampha, Badbadnotgood, and Yusuf/Cat Stevens. Every artist that performs is essentially required to fit the whole band in what seems to be, a pretty tight corner of an office. And yet every artist provides an intimately authentic performance.

From The Basement

Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich created a web television series called From The Basement, which captures a live performance without a host or audience. Since its beginnings, From The Basement has featured performances from the likes of Albert Hammond Jr, Thom Yorke, Jamie Lidell and Architecture In Helsinki.


Daytrotter is a website that has an immensely dense archive of live recordings from a huge array of artists. The studio itself is set up in an old 1970’s radio station, which is above a pizza shop in downtown Rock Island, Illinois. The site’s founder, Sean Moeller, used to work for the local newspaper, but he started to convince bands to stop by the studio to record a session. Daytrotter has gone on to feature performances from the likes of OK Go, Foals, The Paper Kites and Titus Andronicus. Oh, and all the recorded sessions are available for free download!

Black Cab Sessions

Black Cab Sessions aims “to provide audiences with an alternative to glossy promos, something that brought them closer to what excited us about music – the magic and intimacy of a live performance”. This is achieved by capturing a performance in a black cab, that is driving through the streets of London; and doing so all in one take. Since its start in 2007, Black Cab Sessions have captured over 200 performances and have accumulated over 40 million views. They have hosted a huge array of artists, including: Run The Jewels, Django Django, Lianne La Havas, and Thundercat.