Austin City Limits Music Festival programming tops this week’s virtual concert offerings

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival is making up for this year’s canceled event with a weekend of archival footage, running Friday through Sunday, Oct. 9-11, via and the event’s YouTube channel. Performances — including some filmed for the “Austin City Limits” TV show — include Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish, Willie Nelson, Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Phish and many more. Matthew McConaughey, meanwhile, will host two “Make Change” sessions exploring social and community issues.

Other Events:

• The Who’s new YouTube series showcases archival footage from benefit concerts for frontman Roger Daltrey’s Teenage Cancer Trust, showcasing Ed Sheeran on Thursday, Oct. 8, Muse (Oct. 9), Paul McCartney (Oct. 11), Pulp (Oct. 14), Noel Gallagher (Oct. 15) and Them Crooked Vultures (Oct. 16), all at 3 p.m. and free. The series runs through Oct. 18.

• Nick Cave will be joined by co-composer Warren Ellis, director John Hillcoat and photographer Polly Borland for a listen-along and Q&A about the soundtrack for the 2012 crime drama film “Lawless” at 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, via

• Elvis Costello will premiere a video for “Shut Him Down,” one of three new songs he’s written with trumpeter and Steely Dan member Michael Leonhart at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, on Quincy Jones’ QWest TV Facebook page and YouTube channel.

• Mostly quiet since the 2017 suicide of signer Chester Bennington, Linkin Park regroups at noon Friday, Oct. 9, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its debut album, “Hybrid Theory,” and the release of special deluxe anniversary packages. The five group members will sit for a Q&A with fans via, followed by the world premiere of footage from a 2002 Projekt Revolution Tour concert in Las Vegas. A second showing takes place at midnight. Tickets are available via, with proceeds going to Crew Nation and the National Independent Venue Association.

• Rufus Wainwright launches his ambitious “Rufus-Retro-Wainwright-Spective” virtual concert series at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 via Wainwright will play each of his nine solo albums during the eight weekly sessions, along with occasional Q&A’s. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show, with bundled packages available.

• Alt.rockers All Time Low play their entire new album, “Wake Up, Sunshine,” for the first episode of its Basement Noise Concert Series at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. Tickets are $15 and up via Each of the four band members will take turns curating the other four shows.

• Country duo the Brothers Osborne celebrates the release of its new album, “Skeletons,” with a virtual performance and more at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, via

• Saxophonist Dave Koz celebrates “A New Day,” his first album of original material in 10 years, with a streaming concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 via Guests include Brian McKnight, David Sanborn and Bob James. Tickets are $15 and $40 and benefit MusiCares COVID-19 relief efforts.

• Singer and pianist Tony DeSare has become an online sensation with his performances of pop and rock standards as well as his own compositions. He’ll play a special virtual concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 via Tickets are $12.

• Jazz keyboardist Jason Miles is joined by Sypro Gyra’s Jay Beckenstein and others for “The Journey of Jason Miles: A Musical Biography,” livestreaming at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, from Tarrytown, N.Y. Tickets and more details via

• The Metropolitan Opera Theatre’s 30th week of nightly performance streams spotlights German composer Richard Wagner via a 1990 performances of “Siegfried” on Friday, Oct. 9, and “Gotterdammerung” on Saturday, Oct. 10, and a 2013 rendition of “Parsifal” on Sunday, Oct. 11. All at 7:30 p.m. via

• Hanson hits the stage again this weekend to kick off a new monthly series of streaming shows from Cain’s Ballroom in the trio’s home town of Tulsa, Okla. The first shows — at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 9-11 — will celebrate the 15th anniversary of “The Best of Hanson, Live and Electric,” and proceeds will help benefit independent venues and the #SaveOurStages campaign. Tickets via Subsequent performances take place Nov. 5-7, Dec. 4-6 and Jan. 8-10.

• Brandi Carlile and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready play a Vote Your Values concert benefiting GALvanize USA, an organization that empowers women in the Midwest, at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. Free tickets available via

• Scarypoolparty continues Los Angeles venue tour with a livestream from The Roxy at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, via $17.

• Philadelphia’s Big Nothing streams live from Ovation Sound in North Carolina at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, via The show is free.

• Charli XCX performs her new album “How I’m Feeling Now” for the first time at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, via TIDAL and the Venues app. Register via

• Dayton rockers Hawthorne Heights offer three days of “Stay Home” virtual concerts, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. Mark Rose of Spitafield opens. Tickets via

• Manchester, England’s United We Stream presents a Headstock Weekender music festival Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, via Band playing include Nothing But Thieves, Larkins, Kodaline and more. Donations benefit Help Musicians and Manchester Mind.

• Singer-songwriter Mitchell Tenpenny raises money for his 10Penny Fund with a streaming concert at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, from downtown Nashville. Tickets and other details via

• Heavy rockers Rage will stream their live concert from Essen, Germany — in front of an audience of about 300 — at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. Tickets are about $12 via

• Yung Pinch takes his hybrid hip-hop sound to Cocoon Malibu at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, for a streaming concert via $10.

• Industrial rockers Pigface supports independent music venues with an “Everywhere At Once” livestream concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, featuring a Nov. 30, 2019, show from Louisville, Ky. and a Q&A with the band. Tickets start at $15, with proceeds benefiting participating venues. Tickets via

• South African singer-songwriter Sharon Katz and her band, the Peace Train, streams its performance for the Get Out the Vote Music Rally at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, via Zoom from a studio in Tijuana. $20 via

• The Verve Pipe performs a virtual concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. $20 via .

• Pitbull makes sure nobody stops the party when he plays “Live & Timeless” concerts at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, and Oct. 17 via

• Inventive multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird offers his first livestream performance of “The Mysterious Production of Eggs,” celebrating the piece’s 15th anniversary, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. Tickets via, with proceeds benefiting some of Bird’s independent venue and promoter partners worldwide.

• Cold War Kids begin a four-date virtual tour at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, performing its “Robbers & Cowards” in its entirety for the first time ever. Tickets start at $15 via

• Carly Pearce, Josh Turner, Jeannie Seely and others will make their first appearances at Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. The show will be streamed via Circle All Access’ YouTube, Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as on

• Touring partners Soul Asylum and Local H team up again for a streaming concert at 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, from Minneapolis. Tickets and more information via

• Melissa Etheridge will play a two-hour concert to benefit her Etheridge Foundation at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, via Tickets are $20 via the web site, with proceeds going to the foundation.

• Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa celebrates the release of a new album, “Hero Trio,” with a performance and Q&A at 3 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 via

• Sugarland regroups to play for the Camping World Concert Series at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, via and the company’s Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages.

• “American Idol” finalist Lauren Alaina performs another virtual concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 for VYE Live, with guests Jon Pardi, HARDY, Devin Dawson and Lindsey Eli. Tickets via

• Following a similar events for “The Princess Bride,” “This is Spinal Tap” principals Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Rob Reiner and Harry Shearer will reunite, virtually, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, to discuss the 1984 mockumentary in a benefit for Pennsylvania Democrats. Patton Oswalt will moderate. Tickets and other information at

• Britain’s Glass Animals go “Live in the Internet” at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, via and The show is planned to last an hour.

• Karen Mason takes her 2015 show from New York’s Don’t Tell Mama online for three showings, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. Tickets are $15 via

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