The Beach Boys In Concert The band is currently on tour, celebrating its 50th anniversary and a new album called That's Why God Made the Radio. Hear an hour of highlights from several of The Beach Boys' recent shows.

Live in Concert

The Beach Boys In Concert

The Beach Boys In Concert

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/154917913/154598558" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Back in early May, I went to the Beacon Theatre in New York City to see The Beach Boys' 50th-anniversary tour. I expected a decent show, but it was so much more than that: It was breathtaking.

Nobody owns harmonies in rock music like The Beach Boys, and all these years later, the band is doing it without brothers Dennis or Carl Wilson. (Brian Wilson is the only remaining brother from the original lineup.) Brian's arrangements remain one of two secret weapons that still make this all work brilliantly well. The other is a fabulous band dedicated to that sunny sound.

The great news is that The Beach Boys gave NPR Music an hour of music recorded from several stops on the group's current tour. It's a perfect summer mix from as far back as the early 1960s — the time of Brian's hit single "Catch a Wave" — and includes the band's newest song, the title track from 2012's That's Why God Made the Radio. You'll hear how the new song fits nicely into the canon of songs about fun and friendship. So enjoy this gift from Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and the rest of The Beach Boys. As the song goes, "Every now and then we hear our song / We'll be having fun all summer long."

[+] read more[-] less

More From Rock

Wilco performs at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Wilco, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

Twenty years in, the Chicago band has staying power without sacrificing a sense of sonic exploration. Hear its catalog-spanning Newport Folk set now.

Wilco, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/539980569/542131363" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Drive-By Truckers perform at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Drive-By Truckers, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

The band kept up a keen-edged commentary on xenophobia, censorship and racism throughout its set of gritty Southern rock. Hear its set now.

Drive-By Truckers, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/539347047/542129563" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

William Matheny on Mountain Stage Josh Saul/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Josh Saul/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

William Matheny On Mountain Stage

Hear the singer-songwriter lead an all-star West Virginian rock band for a Mountain Stage set, composed mostly of tunes from his album Strange Constellations.

William Matheny on Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/540569083/540571582" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief performs at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Big Thief, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

The rising indie-rock band performed some new, unreleased songs during its Newport set.

Big Thief, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/539334569/540437991" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Seratones perform on Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Seratones On Mountain Stage

The psych-soul-rock hell-raisers from Shreveport, La., make their Mountain Stage debut.

Seratones on Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/538151420/538163259" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Back To Top