If you’ve just invested in one of the best soundbars or AV receivers, you’re going to want to hear what it can do – and that means turning to your favorite streaming service for some great music. Whether it’s Liam from Oasis on Netflix, Billie Eilish on Apple TV+, or Rammstein on Amazon Prime Video, there are tons of great music documentaries and live concerts on the various streaming services. So if you want to stream something that sounds as good as it looks, these are the perfect shows to stream and play loud.
1. Rammstein: Paris (Amazon Prime Video)
If you’ve seen Rammstein live, you’ll know that very few bands put on such an epic (and very NSFW) show; when they played in Glasgow a few years ago there were so many pyrotechnics I could feel their heat from the back of the arena. This concert film was released in 2017 but the two concerts filmed were in 2012; on its first day of release, the film made more money in theaters than Beauty And The Beast. It will go on to win Best Live Concert at the UK Music Video Awards. The set is incredible but Mein Herz Brennt is particularly incredible. I just saw it again and it gave me goosebumps.
2. Taylor Swift: Folklore, the Long Pond studio sessions (Disney+)
I played Folklore to death during lockdowns and loved this intimate live version: Swift is such a likeable performer and while you can’t expect her own video to be a wart and the whole documentary, it’s It’s always nice to get some insight into the writing and recording process. The performance is wonderful and if you have a good soundbar or surround sound system, the soundtrack will really get the most out of it.
3. History of the Beastie Boys (Apple TV+)
You already have Sabotage in your head, don’t you? This theatrical retelling of the iconic band’s history is wonderfully performed by Mike D and Adam Horovitz, who explain how the self-proclaimed “mediocre rappers” became one of the world’s most beloved bands. The staging is a bit Apple Keynote at times, but there’s a wealth of archival footage here and the remaining Beasties aren’t afraid to speak up and apologize for some of their less impressive moments. There’s such an obvious love and joy in the piece, which makes it a great watch for die-hard fans and casual viewers alike.
4. Billie Eilish: The world is a bit blurry (Apple TV+)
I came to this one completely cold – couldn’t have named a single Billie Eilish song – and ended it as a fan, completely won over by both the music and Eilish herself. It’s a wonderfully engaging and sometimes sad insight into what it’s like to be one of the world’s most beloved pop stars when you’re barely an adult, and the live performances are absolutely magnetic. Eilish is from the generation whose parents filmed it all, so there are tons of adorable family movies from her childhood, and the movie is so well-paced that the long running time — it’s 140 minutes — feels a lot shorter.
5. Liam Gallagher: As He Was (Netflix)
Famously described by his brother Noel as “a man with a fork in a world of soup” and the only man to pronounce “sunshine” as “sun-shee-yine”, Liam Gallagher is one of modern rock’s finest vocalists and , as it turns out, really funny too. This authoritative documentary takes us from the bitter end of Oasis to Gallagher’s revival as an in-demand solo actor, and it’s everything you’d expect from him: he’s charming, selfish, boring, and often brilliant.