Sonic Youth, Arctic Monkeys, Warpaint and more: NPR shares over 100 archival live performances
National Public Radio (NPR), the much-loved American public radio organisation, has released well over 100 archival live performances.
With the likes of Sonic Youth, Arctic Monkeys, Warpaint, Savages, Cat Power, Spiritualized and more, the performances were conducted as part of NPR’s ‘9:30 Club’ in Washington and ran between 2005 and 2017.
“In 2005… I approached the 9:30 Club about live webcasting shows from the club. Internet connectivity was coming up to speed for many households, and so an audio stream from the club seemed a way to share the wealth of talent I felt so privileged to access,” wrote Bob Boilen, who hosts NPR’s All Songs Considered, in a thoughtful essay about the club’s anniversary.
“At the top of May I realized that there would be no in-person celebration for the club’s 40th anniversary, that I wouldn’t get to see the smiling faces of the staff, the thousand fans finding community for a special evening. I began thinking about the archives of the 9:30 Club shows we recorded, over 100 concerts.”
“With all of us likely missing live music, here’s a way to celebrate and remember why it’s so vital.”