From 2005 until 2017, NPR broadcast live performances from the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. Now, in celebration of the venue’s 40th anniversary, that archive of over 100 performances is available for your streaming pleasure through NPR’s website.
The fine folks at National Public Radio have put a tremendous amount of effort into this archive. Each individual concert has been published with its original write-up. Remember a time when “Conor Oberst has been called the voice of his generation”? Us neither, but apparently that happened when he was 24-years-old. In that sense, this isn’t just an abundance of fine performances, it’s also a collection of music criticism — sometimes hyperbolic, but always earnest — by hardworking people who love music.
From the first concert by Bright Eyes in 2005 to the 2017 anniversary party ending with Tank and the Bangas, NPR and the 9:30 Club hosted living legends, rising stars, and underground favorites including Sonic Youth, Death Cab for Cutie, Lucinda Williams, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arctic Monkeys, Neko Case, Sleater-Kinney, James Blake, Jenny Lewis, The Black Keys, The National, Animal Collective, Spoon, Wilco, The Raconteurs, Dinosaur Jr., Best Coast, Bon Iver, Sharon Van Etten, and literally dozens more.
Check out the full list of performances below, and click on any artist to stream their show. It’s worth mentioning that President Trump recently proposed reducing NPR’s budget to $0 by 2023. While Congress has the final say, concerned fans of local journalism and cool free projects like this one could always consider a donation.
Belle and Sebastian and The New Pornographers
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Toots and the Maytals
The Black Keys and Black Angels
OK Go and French Kicks
Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton
The Good, The Bad & The Queen
Explosions In The Sky
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Low with Loney, Dear
The Polyphonic Spree
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova from the film Once
The Apples in Stereo
Iron and Wine
The New Pornographers
Broken Social Scene
The Hold Steady