concerts.

I love concerts, I’m a concert fanatic.

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Concerts are one of those things that I’m always willing to spend my money on.  I originally wrote, “it’s almost always worth it”, but that’s so inaccurate.  It’s literally always worth it.  Even people I don’t take a particular liking too, their concerts are always enjoyable.  It’s the atmosphere.  It’s live music.

What’s that quote about music lifting you up?  Music lifts you up, maybe?  Probably.  Because it does.

I get shivers, goosebumps.  I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, when I hear great music.  But I actually mean it (not the eating and sleeping thing).  Everything else fades into the background.  Answering text messages, work on Monday (or the next day), everything else becomes irrelevant.  You hear and you can physically see an artist’s heart and soul being put into their music.  Their passion transcends to you and to the audience and there’s no other feeling like it.

You feel such a sense of unity in crowds too.  It’s crazy, absolutely crazy, that hundreds of thousands of people can stand squished together for consecutive hours and there’s nothing but positive vibes.

Music is pure happiness.

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I’ve been to an insane amount of concerts… I’d never been to one until I was sixteen, and my first one was Aerosmith.  Pretty good first one to go to, right?  I went with me and my sister; we’d gotten the tickets for free.  We were also probably the only teens there without their parents or grandparents, but it was such a great time and definitely fuelled both our concert obsessions.

My all-time favourite musical artist is Dallas Green.  City and Colour is perfection.  With absolute certainty he is the shit.  Everyone should experience a City and Colour concert.  When I mentioned chills and feeling passion, Dallas Green is the epitome of that.  His music is so beautiful and unique, and it’s always what I go to when I need to relax, or want to drown in my sorrows, or want to go on a peaceful run.  His music is my escape.  I’ve also been to his concerts on five different occasions, and saw him in Alexisonfire on their farewell tour.

I also love Alexisonfire, but their concert scene is a little hardcore for my taste.

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That, probably times six thousand.

I can definitely appreciate their music, but I think it’s better for my health to do it from afar.

My Top 15 Artists I’ve seen in concert, in no particular order (that’s way too hard):

1. Lorde

Favourite song: Ribs

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Florence And The Machine.  She was so cute.  I love her music, and she was one of the people I was most excited to see when going to Osheaga in 2012.  She was so peaceful singing.  When she first came on she sang a few songs consecutive without explicitly addressing the crowd, and then after she sang for a while the first thing she said into the mic was, “I fucking love Canada”.  And she said it so casually in her British accent.  She’s beautiful.

Favourite Song: Her cover of “You’ve Got The Love” is one of my all-time favourites

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The Black Keys.  My first concert where we were able to squeeze to the very front row and literally get front row centre.  Not only do I love the Black Keys (you’ll learn I really do love all music), but the experience of being in the front row for a band you really appreciate… It’s surreal.  It was also on the last night at the Osheaga Music Festival, and the last show, so it was the biggest headliner of the weekend.

Favourite song(s): Everlasting Light, Nova Baby

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 11.01.34 AM  And to top it all off, my best friend – who’s taller than me and also unwilling to share his good luck – caught the drummer, Patrick Carney’s, drumstick.  I wish I was kidding.  Lucky bastard.  But I got to take pictures with it, so there’s that.

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He never returned it.

Snoop Dogg.  As if I actually go to see S-N-Double O-P D-O-Double G.   This man is LEGENDARY.  This guy is smoking blunts probably the length of my forearm on stage, in public, beside cops, casually, while rapping.  His concert was ridiculous.

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He’s also in literally every song, and you don’t even realize.  California Girls by Katy Perry, Young Wild & Free, Buttons by the Pussycat Dolls.  And then classics: Gin and juice, Ain’t nothing but a G Thang, Still Dre…

The Lumineers.   They were amazing.  So multi-talented.

Favourite song: Flowers in Your Hair

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Arctic Monkeys.  I also had the pleasure of seeing them twice.  I’ve liked them since my elementary schools days, and only got to see them this summer, finally getting to see them was literally my dreams turning to reality.  Too bad I couldn’t get a nice picture of the AM logo.

Favourite songs: Dancing Shoes, I Wanna Be Yours

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Childish Gambino.  Worst quality photo, but he was amazing.  One of the concerts where the performer had amazing energy.  Even the friends I was with appreciated him when they didn’t really know his music.  Awesome rapper.

Favourite song(s): All the Shine, New Prince

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Death Cab For Cutie.  Every 90’s indie chick has got to appreciate this one… Death Cab was my grade seven crush.  I was so happy to be able to this past summer.  I also fortunately got to see them in one of the last few shows they played with Chris Walla [1].

Favourite song: Transatlanticism (of course)

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Vance Joy.  I just saw Vance Joy a few weeks ago and I was so excited.  I only caught his last few songs for his set at Osheaga.  I think everyone would probably fall in love with him, just hearing his dreamy little Australian accent.

Favourite Song: First Time

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Weezer… Come on, obviously they’re awesome.

Favourite song:  Pork and Beans

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ooh-eee-ouuuu I look just like Buddy Holly…

Band of Horses.  A long time favourite that I’ll hold a special place in my heart forever.  First experience of Band of Horses was actually from One Tree Hill, of course it was the funeral.  But that was the seed that sparked my interest.

One of my all-time favourite songs is The First Song.

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Outkast.  I don’t love Outkast, I honestly don’t know them too well at all.  I saw them at Osheaga this past summer.  And although I didn’t love them, the experience was such a highlight for me.  I had really wanted to see Band of Horses’s set, but we had gotten to the very front row for Outkast’s set – and even if we wanted to, there was no way we could’ve gotten out.  It was really cool to be able to see Big Boy and Andre 3000 so close up we could see the sweat dripping from their face.  No one can question both the artists’ talent, that’s definitely for sure.

Favourite song: Sorry Mrs. Jackson

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And the songs I did know, everyone knows, and loves… Sorry Mrs. Jackson, Hey Ya, Roses, Kryptonite.  Love the songs or not, you probably know every word.

The Arkells.  A great Canadian band, who’s so great live.  I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them twice.

Favourite song: Kiss Cam

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The Beach Boys.  I know.  I saw the Beach Boys.  It was their fiftieth anniversary tour and it may have been one of the best days of my life.  I grew up listening to them, I love them.  I’m the absurd twenty year old that is obsessed with seventy year olds.  My roommate was the one who told me about it, and even though she doesn’t particularly like the Beach Boys she knew I would want to go.  Again, we were the only people that weren’t a) with their grandparents and b) not over the age of fifty.  They were so cute.

Favourite Song: Darlin’

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Chvrches.  Listening to Chvrches album, The Bones of What You Believe, I really enjoyed them.  Seeing them live completely changed something for me.  I fell in love there (see, what I said earlier about loving everyone?).  I saw them at Osheaga, and honestly they probably stole the show for me.  Total underdog story.  I knew I had wanted to see them, but I had no real expectations for them.  They completely blew me away.

Favourite song(s):  Lungs, Tether

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Haim.  Everyone go listen to Haim right now.  Pronounced “Hiiii-UMM” [2].  I got it wrong at first, like most people do.  They are fucking rockstars.  They’re an all girl band, and just like Chvrches, I liked their music, but their set was way beyond my expectations.  The three ladies can all play multiple instruments, and they can all fucking rock out on the drums.  The swearing is so necessary.  They’re really incredible.

Favourite song: Let Me Go

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Them rocking out on the drums:

Other concert highlights include: MacMiller, J. Cole, Asap Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Fun., MGMT, Santigold, Metric, Passion Pit, Journey, Phoenix, and Foster The People,

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And of course, my personal shrine to Dallas Green.  Favourite Song(s): What Makes A Man, Death of Me, Waiting, The Lonely Life, Hope For Now, Day Old Hate

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Good music, good vibes, good friends and family, it’s all you need.

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