A few weeks ago, my boyfriend pulled up a video on his iPad, Classic Album: Nevermind, a behind-the-scenes mini-doc about Nirvana’s seminal album and the legacy lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain has left behind. It was fascinating to learn the concept behind the video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and to hear interviews with band members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl speaking candidly about Cobain’s apprehensions about fame. We were watching the video on Qello – Watch HD Music Concerts; it was my first foray into the wonderful world of this streaming concerts and music documentaries app.
Qello makes selecting the perfect content for you a cinch with its easy navigation system: you can search by artist, genre and decade (starting in 1960 through to today), or by manually typing in the name of whatever you’re looking for. A quick search in the punk genre brings up videos from The Stranglers live at the Hammersmith Apollo to the New York Dolls’ feature-length documentary All Dolled Up. Browse through the decades and stop to watch Dusty Springfield live at the Royal Albert Hall in 1979 and then Beirut at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in 2009.
My favorite Qello feature by far is “My Setlists.” Here you can curate your own concert by pulling songs from different bands, genres and decades. Where else can you listen to Phil Collins perform “If Leaving Me Is Easy” (from Classic Album: Face Value) followed by Bad Company’s “Can’t Get Enough” (from Live at Wembley in London) and then Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman” (from Classic Album: Rumors), all in one “concert” sitting?
If your idea of fun is staying home on a Friday night and watching old band videos and music documentaries—like mine is—then Qello is definitely the app for you.
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