Wonder Showzen 2013 >> was absolutely remarkable and just like every other year in live music for me this series of concerts, parties, festivals and such, each had an identity of its own. Artists have continued to develop, galas have grown and newly discovered bands have come into fruition, making all events and even the most familiar of productions a whole new experience.
I experienced more than 100 live performances once again and still can confidently state that the quality of this year's collections has been the best yet. From the valley to Cali and from here to there I experienced many an artist for the first time [Empire Of The Sun, Mumford & Sons, The Killers], 12th time [Jimmy Eat World], long-awaited [Prince, Depeche Mode, Fleetwood Mac, The Cure], and some I haven't seen in close to a decade [Wu-Tang Clan].
This year I basked in festivals across state lines like Coachella, Austin City Limits and Life Is Beautiful, experienced local classics like Soundwave take the next step in grandioseness and the valley's own THAT DAMN SHOW making a comeback. Staples like AXIS-RADIUS and Martini Ranch were put to rest while Crescent Ballroom and Marquee Theatre continued to assert their presence into the scene and old ones arose from the dead, reinvigorated from dormancy like the newly remodeled Pub Rock Live in Scottsdale.
Net net 2013 was a superb year and once again I got to wander a music lover’s paradise. As always I had the blastest blast with my best friends, made a shit ton of new ones and even partook some of these gigs on the solo tip. It's far too difficult to decipher the best of 2013 because each were unique from the performance aspect, my variety of company and each experience was distinct for one reason or another. Thus, in lieu of choosing, I’ll salute all of the artists that took part in my phenomenal 2013 in a Flickr tribute and healthy shout-out list. Happy 2014, my friends!
2 Chainz 2 Door Cinema Club Aesop Rock AFI The Airborne Toxic Event Alabama Shakes x 2 Aston Shuffle Atmosphere Atoms For Peace Audacity Audien AWOL Nation Bad Religion Baggi Begovic Bassnectar Benny Benassi Biffy Clyro Bingo Players Blur The Bright Light Social Hour Capital Cities Childish Gambino Crystal Castles x 2 The Cure Cut Copy Depeche Mode Divine Fits x 2 The Dirty Heads DJ Craze DJ Noah Wylie x ? Doldrums Dragonette Dresses Dry River Yacht Club Empire Of The Sun Face To Face The Faint Fedde Le Grand Fleetwood Mac Flying Scorpion French Horn Rebellion The Gaslight Anthem Grouplove Grimes x 2 Holy Coast Holy Ghost! Hot Chip How To Destroy Angels Jake Bugg Japandroids The Joy Formidable Jimmy Eat World Judgment Day Jurassic 5 Kaskade x 2 Kill The Noise The Killers Krewella The Limousines Lionel Richie Major Lazer Man Or Astro-Man? Manufactured Superstars Matt and Kim Midi Matilda Midnight Magic Modest Mouse MONA Mourning Maxwell Mumford & Sons Muse Mystery Jets Nabiha NERVO Oh No Fiasco Parallels Passion Pit x 3 Pastries With Teeth Penguin Prison Phoenix x 3 Pinback x 2 Porter Robinson Portugal. The Man Postal Service x 2 Prince Purity Ring x 2 The Presets Pretty Lights x 2 Puscifer R3hab Ra Ra Riot Rancid Red Hot Chili Peppers Robert Earl Keen Shiny Toy Guns Slightly Stoopid Slow Magic Slowpoke Social Distortion Speak Snake Burner x ? Steve Aoki x 2 Strung Out Tame Impala Tiesto Tiger Army Transplants Tranzit x ? The Used Vampire Weekend x 2 Walk The Moon We Came As Romans Wolfgang Gartner Wu-Tang Clan The XX YACHT x 2 Yeah Yeah Yeahs x 2 Youth Lagoon Zedd