Featuring bands you might have heard of–or songs that are particularly good–from the live music archive. A site I could spend days looking at. And have.

1950s and 60s (and before)

White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane)-Grace Potter

Only a Northern Song (Beatles)-Yonder Mountain String Band

This Magic Moment [Jay & the Americans]-Mountain Goats

He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands (spiritual)-Mike Doughty

Shout Sister Shout (Boswell Sisters)-Ditty Bops

Interstellar Overdrive (Pink Floyd)-Camper Van Beethoven

I’ll Dust My Broom-G Love and Special Sauce

Pictures Of Matchstick Man (Status Quo)-Cracker

Rumors/Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Beatles)-Josh Ritter

Don’t Bogart That Joint-Little Feat (that’s right–the song from Easy Rider)

Walking After Midnight (Patsy Cline)-Cowboy Junkies

Lollipop (Chordettes)-Ben Kweller

Baby You Can Drive My Car (Beatles)-Soulive

Folsom Prison Blues (J Cash)-Big Head Todd and the Monsters

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (Beatles/Cocker)-Los Lonely Boy


Hollywood Nights (Bob Seger)-Umphrey’s McGee

Sweet Honey Pie (Roky Erickson)-Mike Watt

Rastaman Chant (Bob Marley)-Matisyahu

It Never Rains In Southern California [Albert Hammond]-Billy Corgan

Redemption Song (Marley)-Michael Franti and Spearhead

The Long and Winding Road (Beatles)-Ari Hest

Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young)-Back Yard Tire Fire

Primitive (Cramps)-Southern Culture on the Skids

Oh Sister [Bob Dylan]-Andrew Bird with Annie Clark

We Will Rock You (Queen)-Carbon Leaf

Waxie’s Dargle (Pogues)-The Gourds


Micahel Jackson tribute/Thriller-Tenacious D

Breakdown (Tom Petty)-Backyard Tire Fire

Devil Went Down to Georgia (Charlie Daniels)-Blues Traveller

Hot For Teacher (Van Halen)-Hank Williams III

Love Is A Battlefield (Pat Benetar)-The Brew

I Wanna Know What Love Is (Foreigner)-Guster

Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)-Lync

I Don’t Wanna Grow Up (Tom Waits)-Hayes Carll

Rockin’ In the Free World (Neil Young)-Drive-By Truckers


Mary Jane’s Last Dance (Tom Petty)-Bloodkin

Pennyroyal Tea (Nirvana)-Brian Dolzani

Wonderwall-Ryan Adams. Always a favorite.

Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me [The Smiths] -Low

Smothered in Hugs (Guided by Voices)-Local H


Lose Yourself (Eminem)-Matt Nathanson

For Today I Am A Boy (Antony & The Johnsons cover)-Carla Bozulich