Monday, December 31, 2007

2007 YEAR IN REVIEW: Best in Live Music - Electronic Music Explodes

2007 Year In Review:
Best Live Music  |  Best Coachella Catch  |  Best CMJ Ticket  |  Best Crowd

Maybe I've been living under a rock and you've known it all along, but is electronic music having a new renaissance? What I'm talking about extends beyond just the realm of the recording to the live concert experience. Not only has it been a ridiculously good year for releases, but it's been an unparalleled year (in my memory, at least) for the sheer number of electronic tours to come across our doorsteps.

Take these videos and photos of the best live shows I saw this year as cases in point.

Daft Punk @ Keyspan Coney Island 8/9/07
1: Daft Punk
Keyspan Park, Coney Island, NY
One of the Top 3 shows I've ever seen.
Photos  |  Video

Justice @ Terminal 5 102207-306_edited
2: Justice
Terminal 5, NY

Paul Van Dyk @ Central Park 081807-072
3: Paul Van Dyk
Central Park Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield, NY
Photos  |  Video

Bjork at United Palace Theatre
4: Bjork
United Palace Theatre, Harlem, NY
Photos  |  Video

DJ Krush @ Highline Ballroom
5: DJ Krush
Highline Ballroom, NY
Photos  |  Video

Simian Mobile Disco Live KEXP Broadcast @ CMJ
6: Simian Mobile Disco
KEXP Live Broadcast from CMJ, Gibson Showroom, NY
Photos   |   Videos

LCD Soundsystem @ Randal's Island
7: LCD Soundsystem
Randall's Island, NY
Photos   |   Videos

UNKLE @ Webster Hall for CMJ 101807-079_edited
Webster Hall CMJ Showcase, NY
Photos   |   Videos

Teddybears at Hiro Ballroom, 3/1/07
9: Teddybears
Hiro Ballroom, Maritime Hotel, NY
Photos   |   Videos


I'd like to call out Brazilian Girls, CSS and Klaxons as among the top Dance shows, as well. All of them at Coachella, btw. But alas, I think it's appropriate to set the limit of requiring some portion of the music to be performed by DJs in order to be considered true "electronic music." So there you have it.

Coachella 2007 - Brazilian Girls  Coachella 2007 - CSS    Coachella 2007- Klaxons
Brazilian Girls | CSS | Klaxons
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2007, Indio, CA

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