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Music, Year in Review 2013

Year in Review: The Best Concerts of 2013

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Jason Hodgins
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Band: 65dayofstatic
Venue: Lee’s Palace, Toronto
Date: November 7, 2013

65daysofstatic. (Photo: Stephen McGill/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

65daysofstatic. (Photo: Stephen McGill/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

While I went to this show to see Caspian, I was completely blown away by 65daysofstatic!  The sound was great, with loud and clear, heavy hitting drums and so many other sounds combined putting up a huge wall of sound to make this the most memorable gig this year.

More photos here.

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Band: Wavves
Venue: Opera House, Toronto
Date: September 29, 2013

Wavves. (Photo: Jason Hodgins/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Wavves. (Photo: Jason Hodgins/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Wavves were such a fun band to see, a bit of a challenge to photograph without a pit… but the crowd interaction with the band and constant stage diving from crowd members made this show one to remember.

More photos & read the review here.

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Artist: Danny Brown
Venue: Danforth Music Hall, Toronto
Date: October 1, 2013

Danny Brown. (Photo: Jason Hodgins/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Danny Brown. (Photo: Jason Hodgins/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Danny Brown was new to me and he put on a great show, full of energy and so was the crowd! From Brown’s performance of tracks like “Blunt After Blunt”, “Blueberry” and “Toxic”, The Danforth Music Hall shook from the combined weight of Brown’s on-stage charisma and flow and the crowd’s fierce excitement.

More photos here.

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Band: Broken Social Scene
Venue: Fort York: Garrison Common, Toronto
Date: June 8, 2013

Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene. (Photo: Curtis Sindrey/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene. (Photo: Curtis Sindrey/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

This show was a great reminder of the first time I saw BSS at the Island Festival on June 24 2006.  At this show though, they played their classic album, You Forgot it in People, in its entirety and although is now at least a decade old, their performance didn’t feel dated and the songs that helped define Canada’s indie rock movement sounded as fresh as they did back in 2002.

More photos here.

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Artist: Alcest
Venue: The Opera House, Toronto
Date: September 18, 2013

During Alcest’s gig at The Opera House in Toronto, which mostly stuck to 2012’s Les Voyages de l’Âme, they provided a mixture of softly whispered vocals and quietly strummed guitars and their not so metal sound made for a great set.

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