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Music, Year in Review 2013

Year in Review: The Best Concerts of 2013

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Curtis Sindrey
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Band: Bad Religion
Venue: The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto
Date: January 27, 2013

Greg Graffin of Bad Religion in Toronto. (Photo: Stephen McGill/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Greg Graffin of Bad Religion in Toronto. (Photo: Stephen McGill/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

What better way to experience an iconic punk band than at a small, sweaty iconic venue? When acclaimed punk band Bad Religion announced their show at The Horseshoe Tavern on a cold January night earlier this year, you knew that something like this would never happen again.

From the ultra chaotic crowd to frontman Greg Graffin, who spouted lyrics about injustice, and political instability to his Mick Jagger-like dance moves, it was a wholly memorable gig.

More photos & read the review here.

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Band: Pearl Jam
Venue: Budweiser Gardens, London, ON
Date: July 16, 2013

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. (Photo: Curtis Sindrey/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. (Photo: Curtis Sindrey/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

 

As thousands of people packed into Budweiser Gardens in London, ON in July to witness Pearl Jam’s only summer Canadian date, there was a buzz in the arena and when the Seattle grunge rockers appeared on stage, it felt like the 9,100 in attendance were catching up with old friends as Eddie Vedder and company blasted through classics like “Do The Evolution”, “Alive”, and “Just Breathe” to the debut performance of their new album’s first single “Mind Your Manners”.

There’s always a special feeling when you see bonafide legends live. Whether it’s Springsteen, Clapton, McCartney or Pearl Jam, you can’t help but feel you’re a witness to some sort of history and this was one such night.

More photos and read the review here.

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Bands: Various (Arts & Crafts Field Trip Music Festival)
Venue: Fort York – Garrison Commons, 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)

Even more so than the reunion, although brief, of beloved Toronto-based indie rock collective Broken Social Scene, it was the overall strength of Arts and Crafts’ inaugural Field Trip festival that was the focal point. From UK indie rock heavyweights Bloc Party, to Feist, Stars and the smooth soul style of Cold Specks, the festival had everything for everyone, and although it was specifically for 10 years of A&C, I’m not the only one who would love to have it next year.

More photos here.

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Artists: Various (Iceland Airwaves music festival)
Venue: Various (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Date: November 4, 2013

Mykki Blanco. (Photo: Curtis Sindrey/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Mykki Blanco. (Photo: Curtis Sindrey/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

With what was one of the strongest nights of Iceland Airwaves 2013 (other than Fucked Up and METZ’s intense performances), UK post-punks Savages, UK electronic producer/DJ Gold Panda, US rapper Mykki Blanco, Iceland-based electronic band Ghostigital, Canadian indie rocker Mac DeMarco, Iceland-based soul-pop quartet Moses Hightower, electronic artist Kira Kira, and electronic pop quintet Kiriyama Family, provided an electrifying mix of stage presence, soul-crushing beats, thunderous guitar-bass-drum melodies and more to provide a thrilling night of music.

Check out our full Iceland Airwaves 2013 coverage here.

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Artists: Brian Wilson, Jeff Beck
Venue: Sony Centre, Toronto
Date: October 26, 2013

Brian Wilson. (Photo: Curtis Sindrey/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Brian Wilson. (Photo: Curtis Sindrey/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

 

The legacy of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys is staggering and having missed their 50th anniversary show in Toronto and having seen the Mike Love/Brian Johnston line-up at the CNE during the summer, my interest grew to see Brian Wilson when he performed at the Sony Centre with iconic guitarist Jeff Beck. While Wilson read lyrics from some of the most well-known songs of all-time from a teleprompter, his voice was as strong as ever and he and his band brought to life songs that my parents has introduced to me years ago.

More photos & read the review here.

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