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Our 25 (plus 1) Favorite Concert Photos of 2012

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

We take a look at some of our best images from the year in concerts.

Our 25 (plus 1) Favorite Concert Photos of 2012

It's hard to believe that the world will either be destroyed in a couple of days or that it will already be 2013 in less than two weeks.  2012 already seems like a blur that didn't stick around fast enough. We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to cover a lot of great shows and festivals this year: Catalpa, CMJ, NYC Pop Fest, SummerStage, Lackawanna Music Festical, Mumford & Sons, and the list goes on and on.  From Matt and Kim to the Black Keys, we got to cover dozens of artists, and they were all pretty photogenic. 

To commemorate the end of the calendar year in concerts, we decided to go through the hundreds of photos we took at these shows and pick out some of our favorites from the year.  There is no way to possibly rank them all, since each has its own significance and charm, but the lead photo might just be my favorite one of the bunch.  That was taken during a Young the Giant show this summer in Central Park at SummerStage.  It was one of the more festive crowds I had witnessed during the concert series in the park, and Young the Giant (along with openers Apache Relay) put on an absolutely dynamic show.  The crowd and band were in perfect sync the whole evening, and by the time the band got to their signature song "My Body" as they wrapped things up, everyone was ready to go nuts.  The lights shined out so the crowd and band could both experience the song to its fullest effect, and it was one of my favorite concert moments of the whole year.

So without more delay, here are 25 additional photos that we loved from our concert coverage this year:

Snoop Dogg, before he was Snoop Lion, performing Doggystyle to close out Catalpa.

Wyclef Jean playing the National Anthem to kick off the SummerStage Gala.

It just happened this week, but it doesn't make it any less great. Menahan Street Band at the Bowery Hotel.

Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen hitting the high notes during their Terminal 5 performance at CMJ.

Dark Dark Dark at the Knitting Factory.

Zola Jesus climbing up a scaffolding during her Catalpa set.

The Mates of State during their wholesome set at the Mercury Lounge. 

Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons during their first stop of the tour in Hoboken, NJ.

The rat tail, mustache, and glasses of Ryan Stasik say it all about the Umphrey's McGee set at Catalpa.

Amadou and Miriam at SummerStage.

Jinja Safari at Irving Plaza on Saturday at CMJ.

Matt and Kim knew how to pump up the crowd at Catalpa.

Band of Skulls rocking out at Webster Hall.

Sharon Van Etten in the atmospheric Cameo Gallery.

Patrick Watson captivates his audience at the Bowery Ballroom.

Shinobi Ninja let their hair down as they opened the main stage at Catalpa.

Local Natives played their first live show in over two years at the Bowery Ballroom during CMJ recently.

Father John Misty entertained us all at the Mercury Lounge.

Dan Auerbach, Patrick Carney, and the Black Keys rocked the main stage at Catalpa.

The Walkmen rear back once more at Terminal 5.

Theophilus London looks out at the crowd during his SummerStage performance.

Girl Talk brought an all-out party during his Catalpa set.

Born Ruffians rock during an intimate CMJ show at Pianos.

Cold War Kids on the main stage at Catalpa.

And last but not least, Dan Auerbach with the Black Keys at Catalpa.

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