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Live Music_FP_13

As we’ve reported over the last few weeks, 2011 saw the release of plenty of great music. Luckily, in a year with so many great releases, we also had the opportunity to see plenty of great shows. From arena blow outs to dive bar ragers, the following are the 13 best live performances I saw over the last 12 months.

1/15: Punch Brothers @ Bowery Ballroom (NYC)

Punch Brothers are arguably the most talented touring band today, and their mid-January Bowery Ballroom performance did not dissapoint. Billed as one of their famed “P-Bingo” Nights, Punch Brothers ripped through the high points of their two albums (three, if you count How to Grow a Woman from the Ground) and tackled over 10 pristine (and at times raucus) covers from “Paperback Writer” to Sufjan Stevens’ “Concerning the UFO Sighting” and The Strokes’ “Heart In a Cage.” This show also held my number one music moment of the year, when Chris Thile solo-performed an unplugged Bach concierto on mandolin for an awestruck Lower East Side.

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Golden Boy

Prior to last night’s James Blake show at the Rock and Roll Hotel on H St. NE, I thought I had a relative idea of what to expect, thanks to the pristine performances BBC have uploaded across YouTube. But the show was so much more than that. In an effort to share my experience, I recorded the performance. While it certainly does not recreate the magic we witnessed last night, we hope that it gives you a better idea of who James Blake the performer is, and why you should continue to follow his lead. The files can be found after the jump.

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Northern Virginia's Filene Center at Wolf Trap

With the majority of the Mason-Dixon Line above us, DC can and should be lumped with other large Southern metropolises. We know it’s getting to be summer when the Republicans start breaking out their seersucker. As almost a two year resident of Washington, the heat of summer has become something I both long for and fear. Luckily, artists and concert promoters have put together a stacked summer schedule to get you through these sticky months.

As always, after the jump are all the upcoming announced shows in DC with tickets still available that we recommend. Expect a separate post for all the Fort Reno shows once the schedule is announced, as well as further updates on new shows. Stay cool.

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Janie, baby, I miss you. Little darling, It’s been a long, cold, lonely winter, and I know that I no longer want to be apart. I know I’ve been an ass, but it’s been so hard without you. These few solo months have helped me reassess our relationship, and I just want you to hear me out.

At first, I kind of liked it. The metro was less nerve racking; a bit more stable than your rocket to the crypt approach. I tried to fill the void you left with books, magazines and ipods, and, I admit, it was pretty nice. I felt like a normal person for once; like a person who showed up to work in the clothes they would actually be working in, like a person who finally knocked out that New Yorker he’s been meaning to tackle, like a person who no longer cares to give up their coveted metro seat in the name of chivalry.

Through all this, I told myself that it was better without you, but I never really believed it. Somewhere along the way, the 50 minute commutes became grating and frustrating, no longer new and exciting. I longed for your smooth ride and low maintenance stature; your devilish speed and hipster poise.

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