February 5, 2012 / jhsaeger
The Best Places To Catch Music
In a world where the internet brings music and musicians closer to your home then ever before, Long After Dark compiled its favorite places to catch the best of the ever-growing world of music:
Live From Daryl’s House – An oft-posted topic in Long After Dark, Live From Daryl’s House is a monthly webcast from soul singer Daryl Hall’s upstate New York home. Hall brings in a star-studded guest list of musical legends like Smokey Robinson, Jose Feliciano, Booker T. Jones, and Todd Rundgren, as well as growing acts like Fitz and the Tantrums, Nikki Jean, and Mayer Hawthorne. Live From Daryl’s House is broadcast on the 15th of each month on www.livefromdarylshouse.com/ and in the predawn Sunday hours on CBS affiliates.
Norman’s Rare Guitars – If you thought being a music shop owner near a star-studded city like Los Angeles was a beautiful thing, the youtube channel for Norman’s Rare Guitars is about as much proof as you’ll ever need. Located on Ventura Boulevard, Norman’s Rare Guitars is frequented by the likes of Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Dave Grohl, and Chris Isaak, many of whom appear on the store’s youtube page as they stop in for new gear. If you want to see the Foo Fighters (all of them) shop for guitars or Al McKay lay down the opening lick for “Shinning Star,” just add this to your list of favorite music channels: http://www.youtube.com/user/NormansRareGuitars
Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure – Speaking of Tom Petty, the head Heartbreaker’s show on SiriusXM is entering its seventh season this year. Petty traditionally spins the deepest cuts in rock ‘n roll radio, playing the likes of The Ventures, Fats Domino, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and The Animals.
Little Steven’s Underground Garage – Like Petty’s Buried Treasure, E-Street Band guitar player Steve Van Zandt has created a wonderful program that keeps the best of rock radio alive. Since its 2002 debut, Little Steven’s Underground Garage has blossomed into its own SiriusXM channel and has become one of the largest syndicated radio programs in the world.
KEXP’s Youtube Channel – If there is an up-and-coming band that’s just beginning to break and you want to see what they sound like live, odds are the Seattle/New York radio station has it. If you want to see a veteran act debuting their new material, check. Acoustic? Check. Full-length show? Check. Whether from their home base on Seattle or their satellite studio in New York, the radio station has a trove of live performances that they’ve uploaded to their youtube channel.
The World Café – Philadelphia’s gift to the contemporary music world, The World Café was initially broadcast through the University of Pennsylvania’s WXPN in 1991. In the 20+ years since then, the World Café has grown into one of the largest and most important independent music platforms in the United States.
That Metal Show – Broadcast on VH1 Classic, the short-season That Metal Show just wrapped up its ninth season of shooting. Host Eddie Trunk and Co. bring in a who’s who of metal to talk about their craft. A fun and metal-loving atmosphere at the show often brings out fun stories, like this hilarious bit from baseball player Mike Piazza’s visit: