2018 Live Highlights Playlist (pt. 12)


Call It What You Want – Taylor Swift

This was the first performance from the Reputation era that I really fell in love with (“Look What You Made Me Do” is not my fave song). So, I’m glad I could find a video, even if it strangely cropped.

Second Wind- Maren Morris

Cheerleader – St. Vincent


Bloodbuzz Ohio – The National 

“I still owe money to the money to the money I owe” is one of my favorite lyrics of all time.

Still Life – I’m With Her 

Kiwi – Harry Styles 

Sinking Sands – Sunflower Bean 

Somebody Told Me – The Killers 

Bad Idea – Katharine McPhee and Eric Bergen 

(Obviously this sounded better in the acoustics of a theater, but I really love the score from this show, and McPhee was SO GOOD in the title role.)

Mirrors – Niall Horan 

Funnily, this means we have the closing encore songs from both of the former members of One Direction I’ve seen play live this year on the list this week.

As always, you can listen to the whole list on Apple Music here. And this week’s not available to stream is:

Sacré Coeur – Niall Connolly

2018 Live Highlights Playlist (pt. 11)


Cool Your Heart – Dirty Projectors 

Fear and Trembling – Gang of Youths 

I Am a Good Man – Niall Connolly 

We All Die Young – The Decemberists 

I like live versions of this song more than the album because there are no creepy children’s voices! (Why do people keep doing that?)

Seeing Blind – Niall Horan feat. Maren Morris 


I don’t think Maren is on stage with him at this moment, but as you can see, my blurry photo tradition continues to create mysteries

Everybody Does – Julien Baker

Alaska – Maggie Rogers

Don’t Save Me – HAIM

<a href="http://”>Was this year Este almost died from a low blood sugar? Because she looks amazing if so…

I do not look that cute when I’m low (bass face or not).

Mr. Brightside – The Killers 

Apparently they closed with this here, but they opened their Boston Calling set with it, which is kinda baller.

Havana – Camila Cabello 

As always you can listen to the whole list (with new additions this evening!) here on Apple Music.

This week’s not on the playlist special:

Carey – I’m With Her covering Joni Mitchell 


2018 Live Highlights Playlist (pt. 10)

Happy (day after) Thanksgiving! I hope you are full and sleepy and relaxed, here’s some music to soundtrack the rest of your break!


Let Me Down Easy – Gang of Youths 

I know, I’ve shared this song here before, but it’s still one of my favorites, and I’m going to see them live again in a few weeks, and can’t wait to dance like crazy to this.

High Hope – Glen Hansard

Roman Holiday – Olivia Chaney

Cannibal Resource – Dirty Projectors

Pills – St. Vincent

Slip Away – Perfume Genius

I have a confession, I didn’t love Perfume Genius’s set at Boston Calling, in fact this was the only song that made it to the playlist, which means this will be my only chance to share this not great photo I took.


Sign of the Times – Harry Styles 

The Man – The Killers 

I legit did not like this song until I saw it live, and now I kind of love it, which shows you the power of Brandon Flower’s stage presence.

Blind Spot – Field Report 

Wild One – I’m With Her 

If you need more background noise, you can listen to the whole list here.

And this week’s not available on streaming bonus is (appropriate since this week marks the end of her tour):

Long Live/New Year’s Day – Taylor Swift


2018 Live Highlights Playlist (pt. 9)


Imperfections – Olivia Chaney 

Carolina – Harry Styles 

(Just a reminder, that this was my show! That’s why I’m using this video despite the not perfect sound. Also, our view was a little different from the upper deck.)

We Are Never Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift 

Unintentional juxtaposition of pop stars I promise. (And of course, this one‘s not about the above anyway.)

Persevere – Gang of Youths

This was the first show I went to this year, and therefore this song was the first time I cried at a concert this year.IMG_0962

Paying My Way – Glen Hansard

See You Around – I’m With Her

Blue Ridge Mountains – Fleet Foxes

Curse of the !-5 Corridor – Neko Case

Shot at the Night – The Killers

That’s A Lifestyle – Dirty Projectors

As always, the whole list is here for those of you with Apple Music. But not everything is available, even through Apple, so here’s this week’s live bonus:

American Girl – The Killers covering Tom Petty 

2018 Live Highlights Playlist (pt. 8)


It’s a banner day in this series – there’s no Taylor Swift on this list! (To be honest, “End Game” did come up on shuffle while I was putting this together, but it was already included so, we are Swift-less this week.)

When You Were Young – The Killers 

The Rio Grande – Kacy & Clayton 

Shelter – Olivia Chaney 

Song of Good Hope – Glen Hansard 

Give a Little – Maggie Rogers 

(I’m a little obsessed with her right now, and am happy for her that her SNL performance went so well, but also having some hipster feelings about loving her before John Mayer posted about her on Instagram…)

The Mariner’s Revenge Song – The Decemberists 

I’ve seen/participated in this twice this year, here’s what the whale looked like at an outdoor festival:

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Memoria – Sunflower Bean 

Soliloquy – Joshua Henry 

Unfortunately couldn’t find a good quality live version, but it was truly astounding to hear him sing this in person. This is also the first theater song to pop up on the list! I know it may seem incongruous, but this was one of the best musical moments of my year!

(And yes, I know the gender dynamics of this song/this show are retrograde and way more than problematic, but also, I love this song.)

Fool’s Errand – Fleet Foxes 

Since We’re Alone – Niall Horan 

As always, you can listen to the whole playlist, with new additions from I’m With Her from last night! on Apple Music. But not everything is available even from the Apple monolith, so here’s this week’s live only bonus (also from Niall, but I swear I use a random number generator to pick these):

Drag Me Down – Niall Horan’s touring band version 


For those of you who don’t know, this is a One Direction song, but Niall plays it like he’s trying to channel Duran Duran. (Credit for that reference to my boyfriend. Also credit to him for coming to the middle of nowhere New Jersey to a Niall Horan show with me.)

2018 Live Highlights Playlist (pt. 7)


I Did Something Bad – Taylor Swift

Sorry about the weird cropping, I’m posting this version specifically for the way the editing turned the lyric from “if a man talks shit” to “if a man talks…then I owe him nothing” which I think most women in the world can appreciate.

(I kid, I know, #NotAllMen. Not even all the ones I know.)

Dance For You – Dirty Projectors

Burn It – Sunflower Bean


The rare, semi-decent concert shot taken by me

Brunswick Stew – Kacy & Clayton 

This is a real, old-fashioned folk song, which means it’s really fucking dark. You’ve been warned.

Seven Nation Army – Jack White 

Spaceman – The Killers 

Hip Hop Kids – Portugal. The Man 

Calling Cards – Neko Case 

(This version includes my love Kelly Hogan, who unfortunately was not on this Neko tour – though I have seen them sing together live and it’s magic.)

Wonder Woman – Kacey Musgraves 

Shiny One – Belly 

As always, if you have Apple Music, you can listen to the full playlist here.

Today’s bonus, not available on that platform track is:

Roll On Slow/Gloria – Glen Hansard

2018 Live Highlights Playlist (pt. 6)


Enchanted – Taylor Swift

So, this was actually the surprise song at our show in Jersey this summer. It was also acoustic, but this video doesn’t include perfectly timed rain. Which was a magical moment I shared not only with my boyfriend and friend Mary Kate, but also my favorite music writer Rob Sheffield:

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Break-Thru –Dirty Projectors

May 12, 1916: A Song for James Connolly –Niall Connolly feat. Glen Hansard

Nobody Else Will Be There –The National

Split Stones –Maggie Rogers

Human For –Sunflower Bean

Dragonfly –Olivia Chaney

I Love It –Charli XCX

Oracle of the Maritimes –Neko Case

Grace Beneath the Pines –Glen Hansard

As always you can find and shuffle the full list for yourself here if you have Apple Music.

This week’s not on streaming bonus:

Rox in the Box (with Blackleg Miner interlude) – The Decemberists


2018 Live Highlights Playlist (pt. 5)


Blank Space – Taylor Swift

(The always include Taylor Swift when I push “Shuffle” algorithm continues to dominate. I am still not complaining.)

I Found It in U – Dirty Projectors

Velvet Curtain – Anna Tivel

The Way It Was – The Killers

Bad Luck – Neko Case

Bad Luck – Neko Case

O Valencia! – The Decemberists


We’ve actually seen them twice this year. The first time it was raining

(Also, both times we saw them, Colin Meloy did not bring up Ed Sheeran once, but this is very funny.)

Ever Since New York – Harry Styles

Oh No, Bye Bye – Sunflower Bean

(This was the show I was at!)

Flicker – Niall Horan


As always, you can see the full list (and maybe get a shuffle that doesn’t start with Taylor – maybe…) here. And you can follow adventures (or rants against CATS: The Musical) on my Instagram.

This week’s not available on Apple Music Bonus:

Anna – Harry Styles 

I was at this show, and I love this song, (maybe even more than the other more gossip worthy non-album track he played on tour that I’m sure we’ll get to) which should be unsurprising considering it includes a George Michael sample.

2018 Live Highlight Playlist (pt. 3)

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Relevate – Glen Hansard (Originally recorded with The Frames) 

King of My Heart – Taylor Swift

I’m sure due to some algorithm that (correctly) guesses I would pretty much always like to be listening to Taylor Swift, her music comes up fairly quickly when I put this (massive) playlist on shuffle. So expect her on every list until we run out of her setlist!

Right Now – Dirty Projectors 

It was slightly less dark (but very cold) when we saw them at Boston Calling:


Last Cigarette – Anna Tivel

Want You Back – HAIM

Crisis Fest – Sunflower Bean

Space Cowboy – Kacey Musgraves

Gepetto – Belly

Hell-On – Neko Case

My Church – Marren Morris

(Unfortunately the gospel choir and brass band were not on hand at the amphitheater in Holmdel, NJ but this version is too good to not post).

And this week’s not on iTunes bonus:

Mustang Sally – Rockinghaim

This video is long (you can skip 3:49 to for when the music starts) but it’s from the night we saw them at Radio City and it was sooooo cute.



As always you can listen to the whole playlist here on Apple Music.

2018 Live Highlights Playlist (pt. 2)

Yay round 2! You can read a description of what this is in last week’s post.

Runaways – The Killers

You should know there are certain artists (these guys, Taylor, Harry, The Decemberists) who are going to show up on A LOT of these lists, I would apologize, but they’re all really fun live, so you’re welcome?



End Game – Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran & Future

(For better or worse – probably better? – Ed was not at our show.)

Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard

I Was a Fool – Sunflower Bean

The Question – Anna Tivel

Hotel Yorba – Jack White

Woke Up New – The Mountain Goats

If I Knew – Field Report

Woman – Harry Styles

Down By The Water – The Decemberists

And today’s not available on Apple Music bonus song is:

Present Tense – Glen Hansard covering Pearl Jam

(And this was recorded the night I saw it! (Not by me.)

As always you can listen to the whole playlist here on Apple Music.