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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.


fucked up Damian Abraham

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Fucked Up

Damian Abraham of Fucked Up rocks on at the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland on November 1st, 2013.  

Alex Pines

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Robert Levon Been of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club performs at Warsaw in Brooklyn, New York on October 4th, 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.

Griffin Lotz for RollingStone.com

Palma Violets

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

Mat Hayward/FilmMagic

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

George Clinton performs with Parliament Funkadelic at Showbox Market in Seattle on March 23rd, 2013.

Donato Sardella/Getty Images for John Varvatos

Joe Perry and Slash

Joe Perry of Aerosmith and Slash perform during the John Varvatos 10th Annual Stuart House Benefit in Los Angeles, California on March 10th, 2013.  

Griffin Lotz for RollingStone.com

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite celebrate their album Get Up! at Irving Plaza on January 29th, 2013.

Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images

The Vaccines

Justin Young of the Vaccines performs as part of MTV Brand New at the Electric Ballroom in London on January 21st, 2013.

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