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40 Best Live Photos of 2013

See this year’s club-wrecking, festival-killing road rulers

The past 12 months have set a high bar for live performances — and even even higher one for awesome concert photography. From Phoenix standing on fans' shoulders at the Apollo in Harlem to Bruce delivering a sweaty set in Rio to Diarrhea Planet destroying a club in Oregon, here are our favorite shots of 2013.

Diarrhea Planet

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Diarrhea Planet

Diarrhea Planet perform at Tiny Tavern in Eugene, Oregon on September 15th, 2013.


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Dawes cast a spell at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York on July 24th, 2013.

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Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand perform at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on October 22nd, 2013. 

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Courtney Love

Courtney Love performs at Warsaw in Brooklyn, New York on June 26th, 2013.


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DIIV rage for Converse Represent at Slim's in San Francisco on June 23rd, 2013.

Lauren Gesswein

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar performs during Hot 97's Summer Jam XX at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on June 2nd, 2013.

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Fleetwood Mac

Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac jams at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 26th, 2013. 

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Matthew Bellamy of Muse shreds at Emirates Stadium in London, England on May 25th, 2013

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Father John Misty

Father John Misty performs at the Sasquatch Music Festival in George, Washington on May 24th, 2013. 

Lindsey Best

Arctic Monkeys

Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys hits a high note at the Majestic Ventura Theater in Ventura, California on May 22nd, 2013.

Joseph Llanes


IAMX performs at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on May 15th, 2013.

Joe Papeo

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill performs at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on May 14th, 2013.

Michael Jurick


Thomas Mars of Phoenix performs at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York on May 13th, 2013.

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Palma Violets

Chilli of the Palma Violets dives right in at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on May 9th, 2013.

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Chris Cornell of Soundgarden commands the spotlight at the Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey on May 3rd, 2013.

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Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush perform at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on April 23rd, 2013.  

Kevin Mazur/WireImage


Prince gets funky at Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, Canada on April 15th, 2013.  

Joe Papeo

Green Day

Green Day perform at the Barclays Center in New York City on April 7th, 2013.

Jessica Lehrman

Flatbush Zombies

Meech of Flatbush Zombies performs at the Paid Dues Festival in San Bernardino, California on March 30th, 2013.

Kevin Mazur/TAS/Getty Images for TAS

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift performs at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on March 27th, 2013.