The Best Performances From La Blogothèque’s Take Away Shows

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For six years, La Blogothèque has changed the way people experience music. We film beautiful, rare and intimate sessions with your favorite artists, and the ones you are soon to fall in love with.

Inspired by a film that he saw, French filmmaker Vincent Moon (real name: Mathieu Saura) came up with La Blogothèque's Take Away Shows in 2006, a web series that would feature artists like Arcade Fire and St. Vincent improvising musical performances. The musicians would be filmed playing a song in a public area—a park, an abandoned house, roaming the streets of Paris—without all of the instruments and technology that they'd usually rely on. The result is an impressive and intimate glimpse into an artist's raw talents.

What makes Take Away Shows so interesting is that it's a very different approach to live music. Seeing your favorite artist on stage at a concert can be a powerful thing in itself, but to completely remove an artist from their comfort zone—their stage or venue built with perfect acoustical architecture in mind—gives the audience another reason to appreciate a musical act. Its innovative approach has received many accolades in the past six years for its 300+ videos. Here, we look at some of the best Take Away Shows, featuring Lykke Li, St. Vincent, Bon Iver, and more.

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