50 most popular live music reviews of 2011 | 2011 in review

Paul McCartney at Wrigley Field

Paul McCartney at Wrigley Field Photograph: Erica Gannett


What were TOC readers most jazzed to read about online in 2011? Often, it was our reviews of gigs and concerts in Chicago. Here are our most trafficked 50 live reviews (with photo galleries) from 2011. Relive the magic.

Paul McCartney at Wrigley Field
HoZac Blackout Fest at Velvet Perineum
Bon Jovi at the United Center
Duran Duran at Chicago Theatre
Arcade Fire + The National at UIC Pavilion
St. Vincent + Cate le Bon at the Metro
Pearl Jam at Pearl Jam 20
Portishead at the Aragon
Foo Fighters at the Metro
A.V. Fest 2011 at Hideout, Saturday
Riot Fest: Descendants at Congress Theater
Lady Gaga at the United Center
Braid at the Metro
Les Savy Fav at Green Music Festival
Bryan Ferry at the Civic Opera House
Glee Live! at the Rosemont Theatre
Sade at the United Center
Neil Young at Chicago Theatre
Manu Chao at Congress Theater
Taylor Swift at Allstate Arena
Beady Eye at the Metro
A.V. Fest 2011 at Hideout, Sunday
Wild Flag at the Empty Bottle
The Cars at Riviera Theatre
Black Star at House of Blues
J Mascis + Kurt Vile at Subterranean
Ellie Goulding + The Knocks at Lincoln Hall
Earth at Mayne Stage
R. Kelly at Allstate Arena
DJ Harvey + Kid Color at Smart Bar
Amon Tobin performs ISAM live at Congress Theater
Bon Iver at Chicago Theatre
Deadmau5 at Soldier Field
Friendly Fires + Wise Blood at Lincoln Hall
2011 U.S. Air Guitar Chicago Regional Championship at the Double Door
Riot Fest: Danzig Legacy at Congress Theater
Dum Dum Girls + MINKS + Dirty Beaches at the Empty Bottle
Duran Duran at Chicago Theatre
James Blake + Active Child at Lincoln Hall
Usher at Allstate Arena
Antlers at the Metro
Archers of Loaf at Bottom Lounge
Cut Copy + Washed Out + Midnight Magic at Riviera Theatre
Wire at the Metro
James Murphy at the Mid
Against Me! at the Metro
Red Bull Thre3style at the Mid
Echo & The Bunnymen + Kelley Stoltz at the Vic Theatre
The Dodos at the Metro
Cibo Matto at Lincoln Hall


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