On March 11 the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic — forcing entire countries into lockdown and many into self-isolation.

As a result of the global health crisis, many bars and venues are shutting down while entire music festivals and tours are being postponed or outright canceled.

As the music industry and the rest of the world continues to grapple with the implications of the virus, artists are still finding ways to connect with their fans thanks to beauty of social media and the world wide web.

We’ve compiled a list of Ernie Ball artists offering exclusive new releases and virtual concerts that will keep you rocking from the safety of your home.

Dropkick Murphys

For the first time in 24 years, American Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys will not be performing live during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. But, the show must go on! The band will be live streaming their annual show from Boston on Tuesday, March 17th at 7 p.m. EST. Watch the live stream here.

The White Buffalo

The White Buffalo is offering fans a premium, one-time-only live-stream concert on April 5 at 3 p.m. EST to hear material from his forthcoming record, On the Widow’s Walk (April 17). The event costs $10, with passes available here.

Code Orange

Pennsylvania hardcore rock band Code Orange was set to play an album release show for their fourth studio album, Underneath. Despite the venue no longer accomodating crowds, the band continued to play to an empty room as they streamed the performance for their fans live on Twitch. Watch the entire performance here.


British rocker YUNGBLUD surely wasn’t going to leave his fans at home and empty handed. Joined by Machine Gun Kelly, Oliver Tree, and Bella Thorne, the early morning Yungblud show provided live music, a pancake breakfast tutorial, and much more. Watch the entire performance below.

Hunter Hayes

In light of his tour being rescheduled, country rocker Hunter Hayes live streamed his final show before parting ways with the stage for some time. Watch the live performance below.

Chicano Batman

Chicano Batman wants you to practice social distancing by staying home and playing music. Guitarist Carlos Arevalo is taking over the band’s Instagram account to teach you how to play “Cycles of Existential Rhyme.” If you’re lucky, you might even get a special appearance from his cat, Malinche. Tune into the guitar lessons here.  


More quarantine guitar lessons, this time with the help of SadGirl. Guitarist Misha Lindes is teaching you how to play their tracks “Little Queenie,” “Chlorine,” and “Norma and Jessica” over on their IGTV.


Although their new record isn’t set to release until later this year, NOFX is releasing their new material for all to enjoy while we’re stuck at home. Watch the video for their new track “I Love You More Than I Hate Me” here.


Stephen Egerton and his daughter helped create the short track “PEAR” in honor of the supporting act the Descendents performed with last year. All proceeds from the track will support PEAR in lieu of their tour cancelation. Listen to the track here.

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Hello, ALL! I wanted to let you know about a very short song that I’ve released, which can be found here: Just over a year ago, the Descendents got to play a few shows with the PEARS. I’d warned my daughter to be prepared, but she was totally blown away by their intensity and by halfway through their first set she had a new favorite band. She’s a music lover in general, but she really, really loves this band. A couple of weeks ago she used some of her paycheck (which is typically hoarded with a fury) to buy two PEARS shirts and one day later, she was anxiously checking the mailbox three times a day. Every day. Even on Sundays. Thus this song was born. I played guitar and drums, Sophie is on bass and backing vocals, and Milo stepped in as guest vocalist. As you well know, many touring bands have had to cancel or postpone tours due to covid-19. The PEARS are one of the bands impacted in this way, and so all proceeds from this song will go to them. It’s a small gesture, but I want to thank them for kicking ass, for taking CDC guidelines seriously, and for taking this song in the spirit in which it was intended. (I want to be clear that they were not at fault with Sophie’s impatience to get her shirts. She’s just a little…eager. 😬) If you would like to show them your support in other ways, check the links on the Bandcamp page. The link to the song is in my bio, and thanks for the jams, Erich, Zach, Brian, and Jarret!

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Bay Area rockers SWMRS are keeping things lighthearted while they’re in quarantine. Check out Cole Becker’s dance moves and listen to their demo “paranoia love” below.

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