I Will Follow You Into the Livestream: Ben Gibbard Is Playing Solo Shows Online

Music in the time of coronavirus.

Due to the necessity of social distancing, live music is pretty much kaput right now. There’s no way to attend a concert without rubbing elbows with dozens of people, possibly infecting them or getting infected yourself. But musicians are resilient, and some are compensating by playing livestreamed shows for virtual audiences. Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard has kicked things up a notch and promised a solo show every day at 4 p.m. PST, from now until…indefinitely, I suppose.

Gibbard was supposed to embark on a solo headlining tour next month, but that has been cancelled—and this is a pretty decent alternative. Via Twitter, he explained: “For the next few weeks I will be playing songs everyday from my home studio. We will be streaming on YouTube / Facebook at 4 pm PST daily. We’re still working out the details but I’m hoping to take some requests and maybe even have a guest or two stop by digitally. The first show will be tomorrow. It will assuredly be a little wonky and glitchy but we’re gonna do our best.”

If you’re quarantined at home right now (you should be, unless you have a really good reason to go outside), watch Gibbard’s livestream here. He said he’s taking requests, so I will personally be demanding “Passenger Seat.”


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