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Sling Standalone Standouts: Stingray Qello is Music Nerd Nirvana

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We all have our weaknesses. Some of us can’t resist a Golden Girls marathon, while others eagerly slurp up all four iterations of 90 Day Fiancé or all 12 sets of Real Housewives. Me, I’m a music nerd, and thus I find rock documentaries irresistible. And by that I mean I am just as likely to sit through a documentary about a famous band that I don’t like as one about a band I love. If the band has a good story — and what successful band doesn’t? — I’m in. I’m the guy who never seemed to get past Palladia (R.I.P.) when flipping channels. So for someone like me, Stingray Qello, a subscription video-on-demand service available on Sling, is catnip wrapped in bacon with a crack rock on top. 

I mean, look at this very partial list of their documentaries, which definitely shows where my musical biases lie: 

1991: The Year Punk Broke
Amy Winehouse: The Legacy
The Beach Boys: Doin’ It Again
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years
Beyonce: Life is But a Dream
Many episodes of the Classic Albums series, including:
The Band (self-titled); Black Sabbath: Paranoid; Bob Marley and the Wailers: Catch a Fire; Steely Dan: Aja; Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road; Phil Collins: Face Value;  Def Leppard: Hysteria; The Doors (self-titled); Fleetwood Mac: Rumours; The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Ladyland; John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band; Metallica (self-titled); Paul Simon: Graceland; Peter Gabriel: So; Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon; Queen: A Night at the Opera; The Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Damn the Torpedoes; and The Who: Who’s Next
David Bowie: Sound and Vision
The Doors: No One Here Gets Out Alive
Dr. Dre: Another Beat
Eminem: Behind the Lyrics
Festival Express
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
History of the Eagles
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Marvin Gaye: Behind the Legend
The Miles Davis Story
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (personal favorite)
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story
Prince: Purple Reign
Radiohead: Meeting People is Easy
Runnin’ Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Simon & Garfunkel: The Harmony Game
The Story Of: Hip Hop — Don’t Stop
The Who: The Kids Are Alright

Qello also has quite a few concerts (again, a partial, biased list):

The 1975: Live at the Hangout Music Fest
AC/DC: Plug Me In
(A few full sets back to back, both with Bon Scott and Brian Johnson)
Adele: Homecoming
Alabama Shakes: Live at the Metro Theatre
Alice Cooper: Super Duper
Alice in Chains: MTV Unplugged
Alt-J: Live at the Cutting Room
Amy Winehouse: Belfast 2007
Arcade Fire: Love at Earls Court
A$AP Rocky & ASAP Ferg: Live at the Hornern Pavilion
The Avett Brothers: Live at Hangout Music Fest 2014
The Beach Boys Live at Knebworth 1980
The Beyonce Experience Tour
Beyonce Live at Roseland (2011)
The Black Keys: Live at the Crystal Ballroom
Blondie: Live at CBGB 1977
Cheap Trick: Live in Budokan 1978
Childish Gambino: Live at Rockwood Music Hall
Coldplay: Live 2003
Cream: Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2005
David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
DMX: Up in Smoke (2003)
The Doors: Live at the Hollywood Bowl
Dr. Dre Up in Smoke Tour
Eddie Vedder: Water on the Road
ELO Live at Wembley 1978
Etta James and The Roots
George Michael Live in London 2008
Ike & Tina Turner: Live in ‘71
Imagine Dragons: Smoke + Mirrors Live
INXS: Mystify – Live at Rockpalast 1997
Janelle Monae: Dirty Computer
Jimi Hendrix Plays Berkeley
John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band: Sweet Toronto
Kenny Wayne Shepherd: 10 Days Out
The Killers: Live from the Royal Albert Hall (2009)
The Kinks: One for the Road (1979)
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones (1972)
Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour (2011)
Lauryn Hill: MTV Unplugged
Ludacris: Live at the Tabernacle (2008)
The Lumineers: Live at Musilac 2017
Madonna: Confessions Tour (2006)
Marilyn Manson: God, Guns, and Government
Maroon 5: Casino de Paris (2011)
Miles Davis Live in Munich (1988)
Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones: Live at the Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago 1981
Mumford & Sons: Live in South Africa
My Chemical Romance: The Black Parade is Dead
Nas: Live at House of Blues 2008
N.E.R.D.: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 2008
Nine Inch Nails: Beside You In Time
Nirvana: Live at Reading
Nirvana: Live at the Paramount
The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival 1963-65
Paul McCartney & Wings: Rockshow
Pixies: Live at the Paradise in Boston (2004)
Primal Scream: Screamadelica Live
Queen: Live at the Rainbow (1974)
Rage Against the Machine: The Video (1997)
The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live in Texas (1978)
Rush: Exit… Stage Left (1981)
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Live at the El Mocambo (1983)
Talib Kweli: In Session 2003
Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense
Tupac: Live at the House of Blues (1996)
Usher Live from London
The Who: The Kids Are Alright 
Wu-Tang Clan: Live at Montreaux (2007)

You get what I’m saying? This channel is a must-have for any serious music fan.

Also worth noting: if you get the urge to sing some of the songs you see on Qello, there is another channel called Stingray Karaoke (brought to you by the same discerning minds) that makes it easy. 

Rock on! 

Add Stingray Qello to your Sling TV subscription — or as a standalone, without a base pack — by going to sling.com, or in the “Add Channels & More” ribbon at the bottom on the MyTV tab in the Sling TV app.