Lovin’ It Live: The Best Concert Performances of 2012

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Alright, alright, I realize 2012 has come and gone, but considering I live here in the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin, Texas, I would be remiss if I didn’t share one more “Best Of” from the past year…that being the most outstanding live music performances I caught over the last 12 months…both here in Austin and elsewhere.

Given such an unforgettable year of tunes, the narrowing of this list was no easy task and, admittedly, I was extremely fortunate to have witnessed some unbelievable shows throughout 2012. Really hate to leave off the likes of witnessing the band, fun., at three different points during SXSW 2012 or the remarkable “Austin City Limits” taping of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, among others, but I can honestly say that what I’ve included as my “Top Six” were each absolutely incredible live music experiences that I am happy to share with you here.

Without further adieu, below are the “Top Six” best concert performances I witnessed during 2012…

1) Robert Plant & Patty Griffin – The Continental Club (Austin) – 12/16/12 

1 - Robert Plant and Patty Griffin - 1

1 - Robert Plant and Patty Griffin - 2

1 - Robert Plant and Patty Griffin - 3

2) Coldplay – “Mylo Xyloto” Tour – American Airlines Center (Dallas) – 6/23/12

2 - Coldplay - 1

2 - Coldplay - 2

2 - Coldplay - 3

3) Old Crow Medicine Show, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Mumford & Sons – “The Big Easy Express” SXSW Performance – LBJ Library Lawn @ University of Texas Campus (Austin) – 3/17/12

3 - Big Easy Express

3 - Big Easy Express - 1

3 - Big Easy Express - 3

4) We Walk The Line: “A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash” – ACL Live at Moody Theater (Austin) – 4/20/12

4 - We Walk The Line - 1

4 - We Walk The Line - 2

4 - We Walk The Line - 3

5) Ryan Bingham – “Tomorrowland” Tour – Stubb’s BBQ (Austin) – 10/4/12

5 - Ryan Bingham - 1

5 - Ryan Bingham - 2

5 - Ryan Bingham - 3

6) Gary Clark, Jr. – ACL Music Festival @ Zilker Park (Austin) – 10/14/12

6 - Gary Clark Jr - 1

6 - Gary Clark Jr - 2

6 - Gary Clark Jr - 3

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Comments

  1. Gavinrowurboat says:

    Plant’s performance at CClub was not that great to to be honest. We ended up attending both nights. Big Plant fan here, but being honest as well. Saw him back in 2005, and 2007 with Krauss and he rocked both times! Its almost like Griffin sucks the creative force out of him. Not sure how to explain that one exactly. Could even tell he was drifting off, and singing about another woman. My wife figured that one out. Only in Austin folks. Hey, it was worth the bucks to see a fav perfomer again, and up so close. We had second/third row both nights. Now Gary Clark, Jr at Zilker Park.. oh wow, that was cool.

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