Wow. 2010 was truly a banner year for us. At the beginning of the year we set out to expand our boundaries with our coverage and concert galleries and looking back over the past 12 months, I’d say it was a success! We covered everything – rock, metal, emo, indie, hipster, country, hair bands, reunion tours, soul, funk, oldies, local bands, living legends, jam bands, guitar gods, royalty of rock and everything in between – and had a blast all the while! We covered many multi-band events including Warped Tour, Mayhem Fest, Lilith Fair, snoe.down, Beale Street Music Festival, New England Country Music Festival, Life is Good Festival and those are just what pop to mind as I type this.
I want to start out by thanking all of the photographers who contributed, be it one show or several – your contributions and passion for music and photography are what this site is built on and we wouldn’t exist without you! So very special thanks to: Dave Barnum, Sergio Bastidas, Jeff Gerew, Tasha Schalk, Mandi Loranger, Diana Guay, Josh Lowe, Jamie Ivins, Laura DiBetta, Alyssa Scheinson, Joe Harrington, John Bellavance & Jennifer Russo! (I really hope I didn’t miss anyone!)
(While I’m at it, a huge thanks to our stellar staff of writers: Sally Feller, Dorise Gruber, Roger Scales, Heather Kobrin, Jessica Messina, Justin Bartz, Debie Patton, Mandi Loranger, Ryan Labbe, Antonio Marino Jr., Stacie Caddick-Dowty and everyone else that contributed pieces throughout the year. You bring words to our photos and you are the life blood of this operation so thank you for everything you do!)
Concert photography isn’t a perfect science, in fact, it’s not much of a science at all, it’s more about your gut instinct. While skill and camera expertise will take you so far it’s a special mix of music, movement and magic to capture the right moment at that precise time. When this magic happens, we’re able to really reach out to our readers and share with them the true experience of a live show, and that’s what makes it all worth it!
I’ve gone through and selected the best of the best from all the shows we covered this year. Please take a moment to check them out and “like” your favorites! I’d love to compile the top 25 shots of the year based on your feedback.
Here’s to 2011!
View the “Best of 2010” photos below or go directly to the gallery here:
December 21, 2010
TD Garden – Boston, MA
Photos by: Mary Ouellette
John Waite has announced the details of his upcoming release Rough & Tumble on February 22, 2010.
Best known for his work in the ’70s with The Babys, his solo music in the ’80s and then as the frontman for Bad English in the early ’90s it’s great to see him still rocking!
The album shows a new and fresh side of the British singer/songwriter’s creative output. Recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles, Waite considers Rough & Tumble a new beginning for him. “I approached this project with an entirely different ambition musically than I’ve had in the past,” Waite commented. “It’s the first record I’ve made that I think is made up of singles. All 12 tracks are contenders. They’re all alive in their own way. I’m not really sure what the energy is behind the songs, but there is a real kind of velocity in the album where we just picked up speed and kept going. We just wanted to play and win.”
A lot of Rough & Tumble was written and produced as a collaborative effort with Matchbox Twenty lead guitarist/songwriter Kyle Cook, who Waite met through a mutual friend. “It’s pretty much extraordinary,” Waite says about the material he created for the new album. “It’s not like what people would expect from me. It’s a step to the left. There’s a rock imprint on the music and a melodic presence, but it’s just shifted gears. It’s an extreme record. It has an identity and a philosophy of its own, which is really fresh for me.”
Sounds good to us! Looking forward to it!
Rough & Tumble Track Listing
Rough & Tumble
If You Ever Get Lonely
Sweet Rhode Island Red
Further The Sky
Love’s Goin’ Out of Style
Better Off Gone
Peace of Mind
Halloween came a little late for moe. fans this year but some things are worth the wait! The theme for this year’s annual Halloween moe. show was “The Electric LeMOE.nade Acid Test“. View our gallery of photos from the show below for the full head on visual assault! Just another moe. show or alien takeover? You decide!
In related news, the band has announced details for snoe.down 2011. The winter music and sports festival will take place March 25-27, 2011 at Killington Resort in Killington and Spartan Arena in neighboring Rutland, VT. moe. will headline both nights at the arena and joining the festivities throughout the weekend will be Keller Williams, Lotus, The London Souls, Ryan Montbleau Band, Swany and more. For all the ticketing options visit the band’s website.
December 5, 2010
Washington Avenue Armory – Albany, NY
Photos by: Dave Barnum
The 2010 Boston Music Awards happened last night. Here’s the list of winners from (Borrowed from The Globe). Congrats to all.
Artist Of the Year
Album Of The Year
“Midnight Souvenirs”, Peter Wolf
New Artist Of The Year
Song Of The Year
“Living In America”, Dom
Live Artist Of The Year
Video Of The Year
“Used To Be”, Have Nots
Female Vocalist Of The Year
Male Vocalist Of The Year
Eli “Paperboy” Reed
Americana Artist Of The Year
David Wax Museum
Blues Artist Of The Year
Electronic Artist Of The Year
DJ Artist Of The Year
Folk Artist Of The Year
Lady Lamb The Beekeeper
Hip Hop Artist Of The Year
International Artist Of The Year
Jazz Artist Of The Year
Metal/Hardcore Artist Of The Year
Pop/R&B Artist Of The Year
Punk Artist Of The Year
Dead Cats Dead Rats
Rock Artist Of The Year
Singer/Songwriter Of The Year
Producer Of The Year
Best Music Blog
Ryan’s Smashing Life
Best Live Music Venue
The Middle East
Best Boston Artist That Doesn’t Live In Boston
Best DJ/Dance Night
The Pill @ Great Scott
Best Live Ongoing Residency
Sea Monsters @ Precinct
Humanitarian Of The Year Award
Unsung Hero Award
Hall Of Fame Award
Barry & The Remains
Time Out Editor’s Choice Award
Radio 92.9 Boch Boston Band Award
Gold Star Morning
November 27, 2010
TD Garden – Boston, MA
Photos by: Mary Ouellette
The web has been whispering about the return of System of a Down and over the holiday weekend the band took to their website to fill everyone in:
We are excited to announce that System will be playing some dates together in 2011.
We also want to thank you for your loyalty and support, not only to System Of A Down, but to all of our solo efforts as well. We have no master plan of sorts – we are playing these shows simply because we want to play together again as a band and for you, our amazing fans.
The list of dates and on-sale information for these shows is below. Stay tuned to SystemOfADown.com for further updates.
We look forward to seeing all of you!
System Of A Down
Tour dates so far:
2 June 2011 – Italy, Milan, Milan Fiera Arena (on-sale Dec 1 @ 10am)
4 June 2011 – Germany, Nurnberg, Rock im Park (AVAILABLE NOW)
5 June 2011 – Germany, Nurburgring, Rock am Ring (AVAILABLE NOW)
6 June 2011 – France, Paris, Omnisports de Bercy (on-sale Dec 14 @ 10am)
9 June 2011 – Switzerland, Interlaken, Greenfield Festival (on-sale Dec 1 @ 10am)
11 June 2011 – UK, Castle Donington, Download Festival (on-sale Dec 3 @ 9am)
13 June 2011– Austria, Nickelsdorf, Novarock (AVAILABLE NOW)
15 June 2011 – Germany, Berlin, Wuhlheide (on-sale Dec 1 @ 9am)
17 June 2011 – Sweden, Gothenburg, Metaltown Festival (on-sale Dec 2 @ 9am)
19 June 2011 – Finland, Turku, Provinssirock (on-sale Dec 1 @ 9am)
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals have confirmed the December 14 release of the double length album III/IV on Adams’ own Pax Am label.
III/IV compiles a wealth of material from a planned two-week session at New York City’s Electric Lady that ended up running some six months and yielding over 60 tracks. Some of these eventually found a home on 2007’s classic Easy Tiger, while the vast majority either languished in the vaults, turned up on the internet or were aired once or twice in a live setting. Check out the track listing below.
III/IV will be available in extremely limited red and blue vinyl (including download code), limited CD, and infinite digital versions.
Breakdown Into The Resolve
Stop Playing With My Heart
Lovely And Blue
Kisses Start Wars
The Crystal Skull
Sewers at the Bottom of the Wishing Well
My Favorite Song
Death And RatsKill The Lights
Ben Folds & Lady Danville Rating:
November 17, 2010
Reviewed by: Dorise Gruber
Black Label Society
Black Label Berzerkus Tour
November 9, 2010
Main Street Armory – Rochester, NY
Photos by: Jeff Gerew