John Taylor (left) performs with Simon LeBon in Duran Duran at The Fillmore New Orleans on Feb. 19, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
During the national COVID-19 crisis, many musicians have found ways to connect with their audiences virtually, using platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube to present concerts or interactive experiences.
In my opinion, bassist John Taylor of Duran Duran has developed one of the most joyful, uplifting, and thoroughly entertaining of these virtual performances with his Stone Love Bass Odyssey series, which he broadcasts via Duran Duran’s Instagram on Wednesdays. In the two-part program, John first shares an iconic baseline from a classic Duran Duran song and then he chats with a fellow musician about their careers and shared interests.
The result is must-see Instagram TV!
Khruangbin (Photo by Tamsin Isaacs)
Khruangbin recently released a new single, “So We Won’t Forget,” a track from their forthcoming album, Mordechai, out June 26 on Dead Oceans, in association with Night Time Stories.
VOWWS (Photo by Eric Fain)
LA-based duo VOWWS reveal the official video for their latest single “Impulse Control.” The song arrives on the heels of a partially completed world tour with Poppy (including a stop at U Street Music Hall) during which time VOWWS wrote the menacing, angular DEFCON 1 anthem.
Electric Grandmother (Photo courtesy the band)
Slash Run presents DC “sitcom-core” duo Electric Grandmother in a virtual album release show via YouTube on Saturday, May 16.
Michael Schenker Fest (Photo by Stephanie Cabral)
Last year, guitar legend Michael Schenker released his second MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST album Revelation, that features the ever-legendary Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley and Doogie White on vocals. The album also features guest singer Ronnie Romero. Instrumental parts were handled by Michael himself, as well as Steve Mann, Chris Glen, Bodo Schopf and Simon Phillips.
Recently, the band were pleased to reveal a lyric video for track “The Beast in the Shadows” from that album.
Lauren Calve (Photo by Shane Gardner)
DC-area storyteller and songwriter Lauren Calve performs a special show for Sixth & I’s Living Room Sessions on Friday, May 15, on Sixth & I’s Facebook page.
Cro-Mags (Photo by Maurice Nunez)
2019 saw the CRO-MAGS crushing the masses with the release of their first pieces of music in 19 years. Today, the legendary hardcore pioneers have released a music video for the previously released single “From the Grave,” featuring former Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell.
The band’s first full length album in 20 years, titled In the Beginning, will be available on June 19 via Mission Two Entertainment.
Melo Relo (Photo courtesy RXNIN)
Melo Relo is a hip hop and R&B producer and songwriter from Rockville, Maryland, and he’s appearing on Songbyrd Music House’s Caged Byrd livestream series via Instagram on Thursday, May 14.
Dennis DeYoung (center) performs with his band. (Photo courtesy the artist)
Former Styx member Dennis DeYoung is back with a new original solo album, 26 East, Vol. 1. The album is available May 22 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Joseph Mount (center) fronts Metronomy (Photo courtesy Orienteer)
Joseph Mount from Metronomy broadcasts an exclusive Instagram TV transmission to fans on the @roughtradenyc Instagram TV feed on Tuesday, May 12!