Best Music of 2014

Top Live Acts of 2014

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If you scroll down to the very bottom of the page and click on “About Us,” you’ll find a mission statement we take seriously: “Consequence of Sound is the missing link between mainstream pop culture and the underground.” Year after year, we get better at putting that idea into action. Our live coverage — from giant festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo to stadiums and arenas to theaters and clubs — aims to feature what both we and our readers feel is important.

In years past, we never ventured off to Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry concerts, but this year we did and found out that big pop spectacles are actually a pretty great time. We also tried to incorporate more EDM live coverage into the mix. We still focused on the major markets of Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, but we also established San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, London, and Minneapolis as areas to explore. Needless to say, we saw a lot.

And after all we saw, we’ve now chosen five acts that have stood out over the last 12 months. If we’ve done our job, this list shouldn’t be a surprise. Our goal for next year’s coverage is to find even better ways for you to experience the fun we get to have on a nightly basis. Maybe you’ll use our live reviews as a way to relive your experience or as a filter for deciding what you’ll see with your ticket-buying money. Regardless, if you get the chance, we can wholeheartedly recommend the following five acts. (Spoiler alert: It’s too late to see one of them. Sorry.)

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