Happy Holidays 2013: Music Edition

I dubbed 2013 as The Year of Music – prior to this year, I had attended maybe… 3 or 4 live concerts total. Growing up in the ‘field, not many artists (at least, the pop artists I listened to back in the day – BSB 4eva) passed through town, so live concerts weren’t a significant part of my childhood. This dearth continued through college and my early 20s until 2013, when I began to take advantage of some of the endless opportunities in the Bay Area. I kicked off the year with Muse’s 2nd Law tour in Oakland (which was nothing short of amazing), continued through with Coachella in the spring, Kaskade’s intimate Redux show at Monarch and concluded with several smaller shows in San Francisco.

Below are a few favorites from 2013:

1. Bastille
When I was a more frequent user of HypeM (our old office didn’t allow Spotify use), I came across the Kat Krazy remix of Pompeii. Haven’t had a chance to see them in concert yet – but fingers crossed for 2014.

2. Yuna
Heard her first through the Adventure Club remix of Lullabies (there’s a trend here) and was lucky enough to catch her show at Yoshi’s in SF just one week ago.

3. Two Door Cinema Club
Originally saw them at Coachella and again at the Fox Theater in Oakland – both shows were really fun with a ton of energy.

4. St. Lucia
Admittedly, I had never heard of them until they opened for Two Door in Oakland and was pleasantly surprised.

5. Wild Belle
Courtesy of Shannon, saw them live at The Independent. The leader singer has a great voice, and I really dug the Rag & Bone jeans she was rockin’ that night.

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