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End of the Year 2013 “Best Live Shows” List by ON TOUR MONTHLY

The Joy Formidable | Paramore – Words by Michal Elizabeth Smith | Photos by James Villa – I was faced with a myriad of trials throughout 2013, but two concerts acted as an I.V., keeping me strong during each adversity. I think we’re all ready for the New Year, but let’s take a look at what concerts 2013 brought us. The…

House of Blues (Dallas, TX) – Words by Austin Reed / Photos by James Villa – Prior to the show at House of Blues Wednesday night, James and I caught a beer in the dining hall, at which point I warned him of a fear with which I had been grappling for practically the entire week. “Staying objective throughout this review…

Trees (Dallas, TX) – Words and Photos by James Villa – If there is one thing I’ve learned about metal bands from overseas attempting to break into the American market, it’s this. The U.S. is a tough nut to crack. Not only are the fans of the music sophisticated in the bombastic ways the game is performed, they’ve heard…

South Side Ballroom (Dallas, TX) – Words by Austin Reed / Photos by James Villa – I will be the first to admit that, when it comes to music, I’m detrimentally hypercritical. Call it what you want, but I call it a curse that, should I not possess it, would make me an exponentially happier and more delightful human being…

Granada Theater (Dallas, TX) – Words by Austin Reed / Photos by Crystal Prather – So, something really weird happened at the Mayer Hawthorne show last night. Now, that’s not to say that weird things never happen at other live shows, and it’s certainly not to say that the weird things that do happen don’t always affect…

The Prophet Bar (Dallas, TX) – By Jordan Buford (The Music Enthusiast) – “One of the Best Shows I Have Ever Seen“ For the first time in several years, the New York based rock outfit known as Ours was performing in Dallas. This was actually the first time they had truly toured in awhile, taking a hiatus while front man…

The Kessler Theater (Dallas, TX) – Words by Jordan Buford (The Music Enthusiast) / Photos by James Villa – “Life is Still Good“ There was a special night of music going on at the Kessler Theater in the Oak Cliff part of Dallas. It wasn’t just because the venue was playing host to some amazing local bands, but the only…

Trees Dallas (Dallas, TX) – Words by Austin Reed / Photos by James Villa – The city was abuzz Wednesday night in an attempt to perpetuate what had already been stamped as a week for the record book as live music was concerned. Perennial-yet-furtive virtuosic trio The Postal Service mesmerized the Verizon Theater in Gra…