16 Live Sets To Watch During Isolation – Part 8

We’re up to part 8 of this series already with the likes of Los Bitchos, Oh Sees, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Altin Gun, Kikagaku Moyo, Dungen, Wand, The Black Angels, Mdou Moctar, Flamingods, The Black Lips and many others all gracing our previous seven ’16 Live Set To Watch During Isolation’ features. So as a testament to the endless chasm of sensational musical talent that enrich our lovely little planet, here’s another 16 live sets that you need to check out during these times of lockdown.

HABIBI

Habibi take elements of middle eastern soundscapes and incorporate western psychedelia to create a wonderful tapestry of sounds that are perfect for the mind, body and spirit. Absolutely brilliant stuff. 

LA LUZ

The incredible La Luz make sun-bleached surf-rock perfect for fun times drinking cans by the beach on warm summer days. You can almost taste the sea air and hear the seagulls swirling around above looking to nick your chips.

THE COMET IS COMING

Striding between jazz, psychedelia, dub, funk and underground UK bass sounds, The Comet is Coming are one of the most exciting bands in the U.K right now. Check out their Boiler Room set below.

DERYA YILDIRIM & GRUP ŞIMŞEK

Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek make dancebale Turkish psychedelic-folk music akin to the legendary Barış Manço and Selda Bağcan that’s perfect for the soul. If you ever get a chance to see said band then do so as they’re a wonderful experience.

BANANAGUN

The lockdown isolation live shows regardless of sound or visual quality have been great in these times of quarantine and closure of live venues and pubs helping fill the void of live music. One act with an absolutely ripper of an isolation live set is Nick van Bakel’s from Australian psychedelic outfit Bananagun for Button Pusher.

TINARAWEN

Forming in 1979, Tinariwen hypnotic desert blues and psychedelic-rock is some of the most joyous sounds a human being can hear. Watch their glorious live show below.

SUNWATCHERS

Signed to one of the mightiest record labels on the planet, Brooklyn’s mutant free- jazz, garage-punk war machine Sunwatchers are one of the most thrilling acts around.

GRINDERMAN

One of the multiple projects from the living god that is Nick Cave, Grinderman are (or possibly sadly were) frenzied cacophonous beasts delving between noise-rock, violent garage-rock and doom-laden psychedelia. Nick Cave has reportedly hinted that a third album could be coming, so here’s hoping for that soon.

KHURANGBIN

Texan trio Khruangbin’s spell-binding psychedelic-funk is a cocktail of sounds from across the globe. A soundtrack for the sunset paradise to the sweltering late nights, lose yourself in these times of lockdown to the beguiling rhythms of Khruangbin.

MERIDIAN BROTHERS

If The Clangers crash landed in South America, you’d get Bogota’s Meridian Brothers. A cosmic sci-fi tropical psychedelic toaster, Meridian Brothers are one of the most interesting bands standing in our solar system today.

WOODEN SHJIPS

Delve into the heady-psychedelic space-rock chamber of Wooden Shjips. Like a melting-pot of psychedelic royalty such as Hawkwind, early Pink Floyd, Fifty Foot Hose, The 13th Floor Elevators, etc, etc with elements of Neu! And Can, Wooden Shjips are one of the most mind-melting bands in existence. 

TAMIKREST

The exceptional Tureg outfit delve heavily into desert blues and psychedelia that mix traditional African music with Western sounds. Lose yourselves to the groove-laden sounds from Tamikrest.

THE HOLYDRUG COUPLE

The nebulous, pearly magic bus voyage of The Holydrug Couple is a commute across the astral plane. The Chilean psychedelic-pop outfit may well actually be the soundtrack to dopamine itself.

AMEN DUNES

Striding between psychedelic-folk and cosmic space-rock akin to some of Moon Duo’s work, Amen Dunes is sonic nirvana.

MORGAN DELT

Unadulterated sun-baked, fluorescent, psychedelia, step through the archway of the enchanted garden that is Morgan Delt and let yourself float through their garden forest landscape.

SONGHOY BLUES

The Malian desert blues meets psychedelic maestros, Songhoy Blues are perfect listening for these times of isolation. Watch their Primavera Set below.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Honourable mention also go to Yin Yin who we featured before hand in this series, but KEXP have very recently released their killer set from back in December during Trans Musicales 2019 so have a watch of that too. There’s also the incredible ‘Live At The Windmill’ compilation featuring black midi, Black Country, New Road, Rosie Alena, Fontaines D.C, Shame and many others that is worthy of your time that helps support the wonderful venue itself. 

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