B List: 10 Bands That Should Go Unplugged

[Originally Published: April 14, 2011]

Back in 1989, when MTV was still living up to its Music Television title, the cable network debuted a show with a simple premise called Unplugged. Artists from a wide variety of genres would perform acoustic sets in front of a small audience. By 1992 the show had produced a #1 single (Mariah Carey’s I’ll Be There) and a #1 album (Eric Clapton’s Unplugged) and dozens of memorable performances.

MTV’s Unplugged is currently in its 21st season with Lykke Li, Train and Adam Lambert among the latest batch of underwhelming performers visiting the show. It’s been quite some time since an episode of Unplugged has generated lots of buzz and we’d like to see that change. For this week’s B List, I’ve put together a list of ten acts I think would kill on Unplugged…

10. Fleet Foxes

While appearing on Unplugged wouldn’t exactly take Fleet Foxes out of their comfort zone since frontman Robin Pecknold usually plays an acoustic, we would love the whole band eschew electricity for a set of pastoral folk-rock.

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of Montreal stopped by Spinner’s The Interface and laid down three brand new live performances – all of which featured front man Kevin Barnes on acoustic guitar. Anytime a song is performed acoustic, or “unplugged” if you will, it seems to take on a bit of new context.

This is especially true with lyrics such as, “He’s the sort of guy who would leave you in a K-hole to go play Halo in the other room.” I think this series of videos reassures that without all the freaky live stage antics, Barnes is a great songwriter and performer at his core.

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