Into December, and as the festive season rolls ever closer Live4ever’s 2013 Essential Listening series continues today with The Gigs.
As a regular fixture in the photo-pits across London during 2013, Live4ever’s Andy Crossland has witnessed a vast array of acts as the year has unfolded, taking in modern day legends, Mercury nominees, prog icons, art installations and plenty more along the way. And now, Andy talks us through 25 of the very best which have been collected together for you to revisit as we remember an outstanding year of live music in the capital. Find all the complete galleries by clicking on each individual picture.
Live4ever’s Essential Listening series is here to share, not preach! An interactive celebration of rock and roll where your favourites can contribute. Make sure your stand-out music gig of the year gets a deserved mention by leaving a comment below.
Here we go again! Live4ever’s end-of-year look back is primed and ready to bring the best of another great twelve months of music together during the next few weeks when some of our favourite albums, tracks, gigs and more will be remembered and revisited as the festive season gets in full swing.
The Essential Listening 2013 series begins today with some essential viewing – Live4ever’s Emmy award winning founder Paul Bachmann has been casting his expert eye over some of the best videos to have crossed our path this year, variously looking out for cinematography, visuals, production value, editing, concept and adaption, all of which prove the world of the music video is flourishing with fresh ideas and imagination.
Picking even 50 tracks to ponder and revisit out of a body work as complete as The Beatles amassed during their unrivalled career is no straightforward task. Like a kid in a sweet-shop trying to decide which sugary delights their hard-earned pocket money should go on, they all seem as tantalising and attention grabbing as each other. Countless worthy options are finally left behind for those that, at least this time, have made the final cut.
Here, we’ve taken a look at some of the Fab Four’s most celebrated songs, as well as a fair smattering of relatively lesser known gems, for you to take a read through and revisit for yourself. From early b-sides to their final, glorious 15-minute swansong, the latest addition to our Essentials Series presents a half-century of songs blessed with unparalleled success and influence.
Are you mortally offended by what is or isn’t on this list? Got a clearly superior view which you need to share with the world? Leave a comment below by all means.
As summer gets ready to rear its all-too-fleeting head, it’s that time once again when we at Live4ever take a look back through the many top quality albums to have passed our way since the new year rolled in to view. From that list we’ve picked out ten records which have particularly had our writers’ juices flowing during the past six months for you to take a look through. As ever, Live4ever’s Essential Listening series doesn’t aim to preach, it merely aims to recommend some of our own favourite releases which we hope you’ll share a passion for.
Click on the album artwork to bring up our reviews in full, and make sure you let us know your own essential albums of 2013 so far by leaving a comment below.
Our Essential Listening 2012 series concludes today with The Albums.
From the ‘cohesion through experimentation’ of Tame Impala’s ‘Lonerism, through the ‘muscular power ballads, stirring, keyboard-led harmonies and call-and-response choruses’ that inform The Killers’ return with ‘Battle Born’, to the ‘sheer magnetism and unwavering belief’ which made ‘Blunderbuss’ such a successful solo debut for Jack White, we feel this rundown highlights some of the year’s truly outstanding releases that everyone should make an effort to check out.
And don’t forget, there’s only room for one place each on our Essential Listening Series, so if your favourite artist of the year isn’t included in this particular rundown, make sure you check through our previous lists to see if they’ve made an appearance elsewhere. And after that, if they’re still nowhere to be seen, maybe you should leave a comment below to let us know about it.
And now for the tracks…So many have crossed our path this year, and with the introduction of our hugely popular New Tunes Guide, we’ve been able to highlight hundreds of brilliant tracks, singles and EPs during the course of 2012. Plenty more besides have been included with track reviews, Presents features and Soundbites articles, meaning pulling just 25 out for a special end of year mention has been one tough task. As always, when you’ve been through our list of recommendations, make sure you let us know which tracks and singles have been soundtracking your life during 2012.
Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2012 series so far is available in full at the end of this article. Next week, it’s the Albums.
During the past year, writers, guest reviewers and photographers have been out covering gigs in cities from Melbourne to Glasgow, Austin to London for Live4ever as we paid witness to some of 2012′s biggest live music events, as well as some unexpected delights. Whether it’s four Manchester legends returning home and creating history in the process, or a bunch of last minute, bandana-clad Kiwis stealing the show in Austin, we’ve brought together just some of our highlights for the next part of Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2012 series.
Don’t forget to leave a comment below letting us know who has provided your favourite live experience of the previous twelve months.
For the latest installment of Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2012 series, we’ve picked out some of our favourite music videos of the past year for you to enjoy. Some might be here for the quality of the promo, and some because we’re simply in love with the track itself, but all are included as they’ve proved to be among the most popular with our readers during the course of 2012.
From tomorrow, the business end of our annual lookback will begin with the Essential Gigs of 2012, when a select few of the many shows Live4ever has paid witness to these past twelve months will be highlighted with both live reviews and photo galleries.
Got a music video you think everyone should have been watching this year? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
There’s been so many sublime albums, tracks and EPs which have made themselves known to Live4ever’s radar screen during the past twelve months that it would be impossible to give them all a mention. But we’re going to have a damn good go. Here, we’ve picked out ten of our essential releases which made their way into our Radar section this year; with debut albums, EPs and interviews all featured within.
Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2012 series will continue tomorrow with some of our favourite and most popular videos of the year, and stay tuned for plenty more Radar bands when we look back on our Essential Tracks, Gigs and Albums during the next few weeks.
Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2012 series begins today with ten of our own favourite debut releases of the year. Stay tuned over the coming weeks for essential music videos; EP, track and album highlights from the many bands which have featured in our Radar section during the course of the year; as well as the pick of the gigs Live4ever has witnessed over the past twelve months. And don’t miss our wider, main Albums rundown next month to see which, if any, debuts have also made it on to that list.
Is your favourite debut of 2012 missing from our Essentials retrospective? Remember, we’re recommending, not preaching, so make sure you highlight your pick of the year by leaving a comment below.
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