1. Taylor Swift – Prudential Center – March 27th, 2013– Her third tour, fourth album and post-High School if not College, Red finds the woman in complete control of everything but her heart and more than able to present it in a devastating rock concert.
2. Laura Marling – Roulette – May 28th, 2013 – Laura didn’t bring along a guitar technician. “I don’t mind,” she explained as she tuned two guitars in six keys, “but I didn’t pay for a ticket”.
3. Paramore – Hammerstein Ballroom – May 16th, 2013 – “We’ve been killing it all tour”, Hayley Williams claimed, before killing it all night.
4. Tom Petty – Beacon Theater – May 24th, 2013 – A remarkable set by the whitest man in America digging deep and hitting pay dirt. Plus? Could it “Don’t Do me Like That”??
5. Claire’s Diary – ABC No Rio – February 23rd, 2013 – First album release party by upstart rock and rollers on the last stop on the way to college, brought plaster down from the ceiling. That’s the way it is meant to be done.
6. Kelly Willis And Bruce Robison – Joe’s Pub – February 13th, 2013 – A coupla country pros show off their chops fronting a sleek band built to travel.
7. Allman Brothers – Beacon Theater – March 8th, 2013 – With no drama inflicting the world of the best boogie band, they just played in straight and were all the better for it.
8 ris Dement – City Winery – January 20th, 2013 – At the time it seemed overlong and a little winded, and while it won on points, and it won on its best moments of which there were quite a few, there were stretches that didn’t take off. But now, it seems like a flawed masterpiece where the length of the show let it not build but flow in intensity.
9. The Rascals – Richard Rodgers Theater – April 20th, 2013 – 31 songs, all killa, no filla for the 1960s super soul band.
10. Trixie Whitley – Le Poisson Rouge – January 31st, 2013 – Always a blast to see a young artist the moment they hit it big. This feels like the arrival of a major star. As her Uncle Dan Whitley said to me: “She’s a pop star without the word pop star taking away in any sense from Trixie’s brutally honest artistry.”
11. Spider Bags – Cameo Gallery – January 18th, 2013 – because Shake My Head was the best album of 2012, Spider Bags closest as they were ever going to get to a live show in nyc was a must see. But a half hour wasn’t long enough and this must the rarest of shows, one that would’ve have been better if it was longer and they delved deeper into their catalog. Still pretty great.
12. Fleetwood Mac – Madison Square Garden – April 8th, 2013 – The Buckingham Nicks love affair with each other and with us has lead them to this place: where Fleet Mac are again what they once were: a guitar art band with an excellent rhythm section.
13. Paul Williams – Cafe Carlyle – April 24th, 2013 – The great songwriter brings a first rate retrospective to a hgh end joint which had Elaine Stricht claiming the man as the warmest performer she has ever seen.
14. Cheri Dahl – rock nyc comes alive – May 16th, 2013 – We were very fortunate to get the smart and powerful Cheri Dahl for the debut of our “comes alive” concert series. She flawed the audience.
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