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Music, Year in Review 2013

Year in Review: The Best Concert Photos of 2013

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Calum Slingerland
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Band: Death Grips
Venue: RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, Ottawa
Date: July 13, 2013

MC Ride of Death Grips. (Photo: Scott Penner/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

MC Ride of Death Grips. (Photo: Scott Penner/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

This photo, taken by Scott Penner, single-handedly encapsulates the raw, unbridled energy that went into Death Grips’ performance at Ottawa Bluesfest that hot July day. MC Ride was a force to be reckoned with while onstage, pacing back and forth dripping with sweat all while delivering lyrics in a maniacal fashion. Screaming and yelling like a man possessed, it confused and disturbed some who were waiting patiently for Björk later that evening. For those who were moved by the sonic assault of Death Grips, it was an integral part of the show. The performance can be simply described as hard-hitting – much like this photograph.

More photos & read the review here.

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Artist: Jack Johnson
Venue: Massey Hall, Toronto
Date: September 28, 2013

Jack Johnson. (Photo: David Logan/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Jack Johnson. (Photo: David Logan/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

This photo, taken by David Logan, makes me envious of everyone in attendance at Massey Hall watching Jack Johnson play a seemingly intimate gig. Don’t get me wrong, I’m aware of Massey Hall’s size, but it certainly makes a show more intimate no matter the setting when solely the artist and his or her instrument are on stage. I’m a firm believer that Jack Johnson is the world’s most relaxed man – take a look at those flip-flops he’s wearing in Canadian autumn. It certainly looks like he was successful in bringing his island surf-rock flavor to the great white north.

More photos here.

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Artist: Janelle Monáe
Venue: Kool Haus, Toronto
Date: October 19, 2013

Janelle Monáe. (Photo: Sarah Rix/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Janelle Monáe. (Photo: Sarah Rix/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Janelle Monáe is incredibly skilled at conveying her larger-than-life concepts and ideas through her music. The same also seems to go for her live performances, as she pulls a phenomenal face during her performance at Kool Haus in Toronto.

Captured by Sarah Rix, Monáe is obviously engaged in the performance, giving it her all. Playing in the style that she does would certainly require that, bringing a musical melange of soul, funk, pop and R&B to the table. Any time music fans are able to see an artist put this amount of vim and vigor into a show is certainly special.

More photos here.

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Band: Kendrick Lamar 
Venue: Ottawa Folk Festival, Ottawa
Date: September 6, 2013

Kendrick Lamar. (Photo: Scott Penner/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Kendrick Lamar. (Photo: Scott Penner/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Another incredible photo by Scott Penner, this photo beautifully captures the king of west coast hip-hop in what could be called an introspective moment. What else could the man do while gazing out over the masses who came to see him in Hog’s Back Park on that chilly September evening? Being right up front in the crowd myself, everyone in attendance was going wild. This energy didn’t let up until the end of the show. With every fan in attendance screaming in adoration, it’s only fair to let ‘King Kendrick’ take a moment between dropping bars.

More photos & read the review here.

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Artists: Protest The Hero
Venue: Sound Academy, Toronto
Date: November 10, 2013

Protest The Hero. (Photo: Neil Van/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Protest The Hero. (Photo: Neil Van/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Protest The Hero frontman Rody Walker (pictured) has made a name for himself as a bit of a character when it comes to Protest the Hero live shows, filling pauses between songs with his witty banter. It’s apparent he loves being on stage and doing what he does, and this photo by Neil Van perfectly encapsulates that. Walker is raising both fists in the air in a triumphant manner, celebrating a packed house at Sound Academy. With the band starting a chapter in their career after crowdfunding their latest record and enlisting a member to sit behind the kit,  this photo shows that Rody and the rest of Protest the Hero are ready to greet these changes with open arms.

More photos here.

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