Best Concert Moments of 2010: How Live Music Changed Our Lives

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B.O.B. at Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago

Before we dive into a new year of concert adventures, let’s see what live music moments mattered the most. Let’s discover how the live concert experience changed our lives in 2010.
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Weekly Wrap-up: Hip Hop Memorials, Sensual Live Shows, Crazy Slayer Fans, Grief Explorations, Free Downloads and More

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It’s not even Halloween yet and these last two weeks have been so scary good here on Live Fix that I’m terrified to think that you missed any of these posts.
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Concert Review: The Sensual, Mystical & Tribal Live Show of Beats Antique

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Earlier this month, Oakland-based trio Beats Antique traversed through their seethingly tribal set at the Abbey Pub in Chicago. We were there to cover the show for Ink19. Now, here’s what happened as the scene grew more exotic and eccentric with each passing moment.

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What’s So Progressive About This New Poster Contest?

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Razorfish Filter AM contest

Now, is this what the future of promotional collaboration in the music industry will look like? Are Razorfish, AM and Filter moving us in the right direction?
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Andrew Belle at Livestream Studio: Live Concert, Fan Chat

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Continuing our series on virtual concert experiences, we have a chance for you to watch singer-songwriter Andrew Belle tonight live from the Livestream Studios and ask him question during the show.

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De La Soul, Black Sheep at North Coast Music Festival: A Call That Demands A Response

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We’ve explored the culture of the call-and-response in hip hop before. And thanks to our friend Todd, who attended the North Coast Music Festival in Chicago this summer, we have an excellent live example of how De La Soul & Black Sheep created and executed a purely amazing call-and-response moment.

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Imagine: How Is John Lennon Celebrating His 70th Birthday?

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Our friends over at Wolfgang’s Vault are celebrating John Lennon’s 70th birthday by featuring one of his famous concerts from their vault. Let’s join in and start to wonder how Lennon might be celebrating his own birthday today.
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Concert Preview: Is Gayngs Going To Be Just As Good Live?

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One of my favorite albums lately has been the debut release from Gayngs called Relayted. And tonight at Metro we’ll see if the new album is just as good live as it has been between my headphones these past few weeks.
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17 Questions Music Bloggers Should Ask Before Writing Your Next Post

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Is Your Music Blog…

pushing boundaries…
helping people…
changing minds…
reflecting who you really are…
starting new conversations…
letting loose and having fun…
putting the spotlight on others…
asking the important questions…
following a clear mission…
taking risks…

or does your music blog only

feeding the hype machine…
playing by the rules…
flailing and wandering…
reading like a recycled press release…
always pleasing the readers…
never making anyone nervous…
only contributing to the numbing din of the blahosphere?

It’s a daily battle we must fight together my fellow music bloggers. So are you with me?

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How To Recalibrate Your Love For Live Music

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Heightened Senses!

concert burnout happens. and when it does. give your senses a rest. try something else instead of going to a show this weekend.

stay home. read a book. maybe this one. it’s one of my favorites. and it’s all about our senses.

this book’s pretty good too. it’s full of stories about how much other fans love live music just like you.

watch a concert dvd on mute by yourself. maybe one of these. not using our ears, removing the crowd effect and only relying on our eyes can reveal some amazing things.

go for a walk at night around your neighborhood. just hum and walk. hum and walk. it’s like reading a ray bradbury book and you’ll and realizing the beauty of live music (or music in general) is the silent space in between the notes.

invite your nephew or neighborhood kid who loves Yo Gabba Gabba! over. ask him why he loves to dance to “Party in My Tummy.” listen to what he says. watch what he does. how he acts. and then ask yourself if you could feel that much joy, feel that childlike at your next show. maybe you could be like this dancing guy?

invite your friends and family over. ask them what concerts were their all-time favorites. remember to ask them why. and listen closely. pay close attention to their eyes, smile and voice inflection. that’s where the gold is. see if they have a list like this one.

watch your spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend play the guitar next to you on the couch. ask them to play you a tune (anything but freebird). tell them it sounds great. watch them as they play. and think of your last concert. say thank you to your spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend.

then…

pick a concert to go to next weekend. a band you haven’t seen before. go with a friend (or that person who played you a tune, or that family member who told you about their favorite concert ever).

go to the venue blindfolded. ask your friend to walk you into the venue and protect you from bumping into things and other concert fans. when the band comes on stage wait until the end of the second song to take off your blindfold.

enjoy the rest of the show. (and remember what you read in that book.)

come back to this post and tell me what you saw, heard, felt and tasted…. in the comments below.

repeat.

What are your favorite ways to recharge your love for live music?

“Heightened Senses” Photo by Mark Johnston

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Secret Show: The Cave Singers Host JanSport’s Inaugural Bonfire Sessions

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Jansport Bonfire Sessions 2

Secret shows are always a fun way to add even more excitement to the live music experience. And on August 28, Jansport is inviting fans to the inaugural Bonfire Sessions hosted by Seattle’s indie-folk band The Cave Singers.  Read on for more info about how to find the location for the secret outdoor celebration.
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The Real Story of Live Fix That I Haven’t Told You (Until Now)

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Wolfgang's Vault - memorabilia

Usually I’m the one asking questions when it comes to live music culture, but this time Frank from Windy City Rock graciously flipped the script on me and asked some good questions about why I started Live Fix, how we mix social media with live music, and what the future looks like for concert fans. And I was surprised by what I had to say about our ambitiously pioneering live concert community.

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Rock For Kids: Pitchfork Interview, Auction & Metro Bootleg Release Party

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Rock for kids Pitchfork Music Festival 2010

While we were at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival we had the pleasure of talking with non-profit organization Rock For Kids about what inspires them to give children the opportunity to have their lives forever changed by learning how to play music and rock live in concert.

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