Class of 2013: The Performers

2013-Performers_large2013 started out a little slow in the live music department, but it ended with an insane run of shows. Never before have I witnessed so many great performers in the last few months of the year. My final count came to 183 performances at 80 shows (and a handful of festivals). Literally 70% of those shows are worthy of mention, but I decided to keep my shortlist to an even 10. Here are my most memorable live music experiences of 2013…

Cooley

Mike Cooley
02.23.13 / 02.24.13
Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO
two days with my favorite Trucker. trekked through the snow for this one.

Nick

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
04.03.13
Ogden Theater, Denver, CO
the master of ceremonies offering himself to the masses during the end of days.

Prince

Prince
05.12.13
Ogden Theater, Denver, CO
two intimate sets during his small venue tour. they were worth the hefty pricetag.

The National

Red Rocks Season 2013
05.12.13 – 09.17.13
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
once again I complained about the line-up. and once again I attended a shitload of shows. Queens of the Stone Age killed it more than any other. but closing it out with The National was sublime.

Deafheaven

Deafheaven
07.09.13
Marquis Theater, Denver, CO
it was great to see the guys from San Francisco draw a crowd this time around. the wife giving herself whiplash was an inevitable side-effect.

Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell
09.04.13
Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
sobriety finds him well. he is better than he has ever been.

Future Islands

Future Islands
10.12.13
Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO
schizophrenic Sam and a major buzz from GABF. I just wish I remembered more of Phantogram’s set.

Tom Waits

Tom Waits
10.26.13
Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
all things are anchored in the real world, yet somehow it’s like seeing them through distorted eyes. 

Mazzy Star

Mazzy Star
11.10.13
Ogden Theater, Denver, CO
never before have I been able to hear a pin drop at a sold-out show. heartbreak has never felt so good. 

Kanye West

Kanye West
12.03.13
Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
hate all you want. Yeezus was the arena tour of the year. 

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