It’s probably fair to say that the granddaddy of all music websites is Wolfgang’s Vault. If by any chance you’re not acquainted with it, discover this gold mine. In 2003 rock fan and businessman Bill Sagan bought the archives of legendary rock music promotor Bill Graham’s production company, archives which had collected dust for over a decade following Graham’s death in 1991. In addition to uncovering an huge collection of mint condition photos, tickets, posters and other memorabilia from three decades of concert promotion, Sagan came upon an amazing treasure trove – thousands of live concert recordings. Since Wolfgang’s Vault launched, recordings beyond Graham’s collection have been added as well.
You can sample the site for free, but if you check out the “Performers” list on the “Concert Vault” section of the website, you’ll see why a membership is the best money a rock music fan could ever spend. And by the way, “Wolfgang” refers to Graham’s given name when he was born in Berlin before World War II.
In 2007 Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates launched “Live from Daryl’s House”, a web series of performances featuring Daryl and his band hosting an incredibly broad range of artists. Among the dozens of episodes, for example, are sessions with Nick Lowe, Cee lo Green, and Neon Trees. See our earlier post for a link to an episode featuring Allan Stone and Daryl Hall
A potpourri of unknown and well-known artists cram into a corner at the offices of National Public Radio for its “Tiny Desk Concert” series. You can hear stripped-down sets from blues giant Robert Cray, electro-pop favorite Passion Pit, and the late Chuck Brown – Godfather of Go-Go. And do check out the unknowns too.