Tuesday, January 16, 2007

BEST OF 2006: A Year In The Life of Live Music

The Year In Review
It was a very good year. At least in live music. I got an eye-full, an ear-full, and a drawer-full of ticket stubs. Traveling back in time, here's who rocked my world in 2006.

Brazilian Girls @ Irving Plaza, New Years 12/31/06, photo by Ames Friedman
Brazilian Girls New Years:
Irving Plaza, 12/31
Review | Video | Photos

Sean Lennon @ the Bowery Ballroom, 12/19/06, photo by Ames Friedman
Sean Lennon:
Bowery Ballroom, 12/19
Review | Photos

Matisyahu's Festival of Lights @ Hammerstein, 12/17/06, photo by Ames Friedman   Ben Kweller @ Matisyahu's Festival of Lights, Hammerstein, 12/17/06, photo by Ames Friedman
Matisyahu's Festival of Lights:
Hammerstein Ballroom, 12/17
w/ Ben Kweller
Review | Video | Photos: Matis | Photos: Ben

Wainwright Family Christmas at Carnegie Hall 12/13/06, photo by Ames Friedman
Wainwright Family Christmas:
Carnegie Hall, 12/13
Martha & Rufus Wainwright & family w/ Jimmy Fallon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Teddy Thompson & Antony
Review | Video | Photos

Photo by ksmichel at Flickr
NYC Gay Men's Chorus:
Carnegie Hall, 12/11
w/ Charles Busch

Andrea Bocelli & Steven Mercurio at Madison Square Garden, photo by Ames Friedman
Andrea Bocelli:
Madison Square Garden, 11/30
Review | Video | Photos

Photo by ksmichel at Flickr
Sweet Honey in the Rock:
Carnegie Hall, 11/10

Death Cab for Cutie at the Theater at MSG, Night 2, photo by Ames Friedman
Death Cab for Cutie:
Theater at Madison Square Garden, 11/8 & 9
Video | Photos

The Decemberists 11/3/06, photo by Ames Friedman
The Decemberists:
Hammerstein Ballroom, 11/3
w/ Alasdair Roberts
Review | Video | Photos

Scissor Sisters at Hammerstein 10/21/06, photo by Ames Friedman
Scissor Sisters:
Hammerstein Ballroom, 10/21
Video | Photos

Goldfrapp at Roseland 10/18/06, photo by Ames Friedman
Roseland Ballroom, 10/18
Video | Photos

Massive Attack's Del Naja at Roseland Ballroom 10/5/06, photo by Ames Friedman
Massive Attack:
Roseland Ballroom, 10/5
w/ DJ Prince Language
Video | Photos

Regina Spektor, photo by Ames Friedman
Regina Spektor:
Town Hall, 9/27
Video | Photos | More

Jack White & Jack Lawrence of The Raconteurs, photo by Ames Friedman
The Raconteurs:
Roseland Ballroom, 9/25
Review | Video | Photos

Nouvelle Vague at Webster Hall, photo by Ames Friedman
Nouvelle Vague:
Webster Hall, 9/19
Review | Video | Photos

M. Ward at Webster Hall 9/14/06, photo by Ames Friedman
M. Ward:
Webster Hall, 9/14

Martha Wainwright autograph signing @ McCarren 8/24/06, photo by Ames Friedman   Neko Case @ McCarren, photo by Ames Friedman
Martha Wainwright:
McCarren Park Pool, 8/24
w/ Neko Case
Review | Video | Photos

The Shins @ McCarren 8/23/06, photo by Ames Friedman
The Shins:
McCarren Park Pool, 8/23
Video | Photos

Iron & Wine @ McCarren 8/17/06, photo by Ames Friedman
Iron & Wine:
McCarren Park Pool, 8/17
Video | Photos

Crowd @ McCarren Park Pool, photo by Ames Friedman
Bloc Party:
McCarren Park Pool, 7/29

Irving Plaza, 7/28

Madison Square Garden,
7/19 & 6/29

Brazilian Girls @ Irving Plaza, New Years 12/31/06, photo by Ames Friedman
Brazilian Girls:
Fort Greene Park, 7/11

Rufus Wainwright:
Carnegie Hall, 6/15
w/ Martha Wainwright, Kate McGarrigle & Lorna Luft

Theater at Madison Square Garden, 6/14
w/ The Black Keys

Nine Inch Nails:
Nissan Pavilion, 6/13
w/ Bauhaus

?uestlove spins @ McCarren Park Pool Party, photo by Ames Friedman
The Roots:
Radio City, 5/19
w/ Mos Def & Erykah Badu

Kele Okereke performing with Bloc Party at Coachella, photo by Lauren Dobkin
Bloc Party:
Coachella Festival, 4/30

Death Cab for Cutie at the Theater at MSG, Night 2
Death Cab for Cutie:
Hammerstein Ballroom, 4/14
w/ Franz Ferdinand

The Apollo, 4/6
w/ De La Soul, Dennis Hopper, Ike Turner, Shaun Ryder, Neneh Cherry, Bootie Brown, Roots Manuva, Martina Topley Bird, the Juilliard Strings & many more

Jenny Lewis at Town Hall 10/13/06
Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins:
Irving Plaza, 3/18

Matisyahu's Festival of Lights @ Hammerstein, 12/17/06
Hammerstein Ballroom, 3/7
w/ Balkan Beat Box

Best of 2007: Crystal Ball Predictions
Reigning Kings:
Will 2006 rulers The Decemberists, The Scissor Sisters, The Roots, M. Ward, Bloc Party and The Shins hold their titles in 2007?

The Challengers:
Will challengers The Hold Steady, The Apples in Stero, Of Montreal, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera stage an overthrow?

Power in Numbers:
Will wonder twin powers activate with double-headers like VietNam/Lemonheads and OK Go/Snow Patrol? Will fests like Coachella, featuring historic reunions of Rage Against the Machine and Crowded House, and the return of belles of the ball like Bjork trump everyone?

The Upstarts:
Will newcomers like Explosions in the Sky, Libby Johnson, Chris Glover or Paul Michel rule the day?

The Verdict?
Stay tuned! Only time will tell...

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