Best of 2013: The top concert photos and crowd shots of the year

Flip through our favorite band images, festival footage, stages, costumes and crowd shots from the past 12 months. Kanye West, Paramore, Lollapalooza, Big Boi, Pink, Pitchfork and much, much more.
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Photograph: Josh MellinKanye West brings mountains and masks United Center in Chicago on his Yeezus Tour of North America, December 18, 2013.
 (Photograph: Bill Whitmire | www.billwhitmire.com)
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Photograph: Bill Whitmire | www.billwhitmire.comSteve Aoki, Pharrell Williams and Waka Flocka Flame throw a party on the Aokify America Tour at Chicago's UIC Pavilion.
 (Photograph: Josh Mellin)
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Photograph: Josh MellinShe & Him at Aragon, June 29th, 2013.
 (Photograph: Kendall Thacker)
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Photograph: Kendall ThackerElectric Daisy Carnival Chicago 2013
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comM.I.A. plays to crowds of indie kids and music lovers at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013, Sunday, July 21.
 (Photograph: Bill Whitmire)
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Photograph: Bill WhitmireR. Kelly plays to crowds of indie kids and music lovers at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013, Sunday, July 21.
 (Photograph: cousindaniel.com)
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comCrowds take in new bands and indie rock icons at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 at Union Park, Sunday, July 21.
 (Photograph: Josh Mellin)
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Photograph: Josh MellinKanye West brings mountains and masks United Center in Chicago on his Yeezus Tour of North America, December 18, 2013.
 (Photograph: Josh Mellin)
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Photograph: Josh MellinMGMT performs psychedelic epics from its self-titled album at the Aragon, November 19, 2013.
 (Photograph: cousindaniel.com)
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comParamore | Chicago Theater | May 9th, 2013
 (Photograph: Josh Mellin)
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Photograph: Josh MellinKanye West brings mountains and masks United Center in Chicago on his Yeezus Tour of North America, December 18, 2013.
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max HermanChance The Rapper performs at The Riv on November 27, 2013.
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comCanadian R&B star Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye brought Kiss Land to Chicago Theatre for a two-night stand, October 13-14, 2013.
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comCanadian R&B star Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye brought Kiss Land to Chicago Theatre for a two-night stand, October 13-14, 2013.
 (Photograph: cousindaniel.com)
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comFiona Apple brought her intimate tour with Blake Mills to the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago, October 15, 2013.
 (Photograph: Josh Mellin)
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Photograph: Josh MellinThom Yorke, Flea and Nigel Godrich run "AMOK" with their supergroup Atoms for Peace in Chicago's UIC Pavilion, October 2013.
 (Photograph: cousindaniel.com)
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comBig Boi | Park West | May 1st, 2013
 (Photograph: Josh Mellin)
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Photograph: Josh MellinMGMT performs psychedelic epics from its self-titled album at the Aragon, November 19, 2013.
 (Photograph: Joshua Mellin)
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Photograph: Joshua MellinPink brought aerial acrobatics and hits from her sixth album to the United Center for the Truth About Love Tour, November 5, 2013.
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comAlicia Keys at the United Center | April 18, 2013
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comThe long-awaited Replacements reunion came to Riot Fest Chicago 2013, headlining the music festival on Sunday, September 15, 2013.
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max HermanPunks, headbangers and rockers unite for the Riot Fest Chicago 2013 music festival on September 14, 2013.
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comHayley Williams of Paramore sings to the crowd at Chicago Theater on May 9th, 2013.
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comBig Boi | Park West | May 1st, 2013
 (Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg)
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Photograph: Hallie DuesenbergFestival-goers congregate in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Sunday August 4th.
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max HermanPorn and Chicken at Wavefront Beachside Music Festival, July 1, 2012.
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max HermanPorn and Chicken at Wavefront Beachside Music Festival, July 1, 2012.
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comThe long-awaited Replacements reunion came to Riot Fest Chicago 2013, headlining the music festival on Sunday, September 15, 2013.
 (Photograph: cousindaniel.com)
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comThe Cure close out the weekend in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Sunday, August 4.
 (Photograph: www.billwhitmire.com)
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Photograph: www.billwhitmire.comPhoenix gets the crowd dancing in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Sunday, August 4.
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photo: www.billwhitmire.comMumford & Sons get twangy in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Saturday, August 3.
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Photograph: www.billwhitmire.comPhoenix gets the crowd dancing in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Sunday, August 4.
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comFestival-goers congregate in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Saturday, August 3.
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Photograph: www.billwhitmire.comPhoenix gets the crowd dancing in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Sunday, August 4.
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photo: www.billwhitmire.comMumford & Sons get twangy in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Saturday, August 3.
 (Photograph: cousindaniel.com)
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comNine Inch Nails deliver an industrial set in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Friday, August 2.
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comThe Postal Service delivers a nostalgic performance in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Saturday, August 3.
 (Photograph: TOR3Y)
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Photograph: TOR3YThe Killers dazzle the crowd in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Friday, August 2.
 (Photograph: TOR3Y)
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Photograph: TOR3YThe Killers dazzle the crowd in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Friday, August 2.
 (Photograph:  cousindaniel.com)
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comSolange plays to crowds of indie kids and music lovers at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013, Saturday, July 20.
 (Photograph: Bill Whitmire)
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Photograph: Bill WhitmireBelle & Sebastian play to crowds of indie kids and music lovers at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013, Saturday, July 20.
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max HermanDuck Sauce at Wavefront Beachside Music Festival, July 1, 2012.
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comLocal Natives at the Vic | March 21, 2013
 (Photograph: Calbee Mundy)
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Photograph: Calbee MundyKim Gordon at the MCA | March 26, 2013
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comRihanna at United Center | March 22, 2013
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max HermanDuck Sauce at Wavefront Beachside Music Festival, July 1, 2012.
 (Photograph: cousindaniel.com)
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comDjango Django and Night Moves | Metro | March 15, 2013
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max HermanPunks, headbangers and rockers unite for the Riot Fest Chicago 2013 music festival on September 15, 2013.
 (Photograph: cousindaniel.com)
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comPunks, headbangers and rockers unite for the Riot Fest Chicago 2013 music festival on DAY 3, September 15, 2013
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max HermanAttendees wear a variety of strange attire in Union Park at North Coast Music Festival 2013 on September 1, 2013.
 (Photograph: Chandler West)
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Photograph: Chandler WestAttendees wear a variety of strange attire in Union Park at North Coast Music Festival 2013 on Saturday August 31, 2013.
 (Photograph: Joshua Mellin)
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Photograph: Joshua MellinLeonard Cohen at the Chicago Theatre | March 13, 2013
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max HermanAttendees wear a variety of strange attire in Union Park at North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.
 (Photograph: Bill Whitmire)
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Photograph: Bill WhitmireCrystal Castles play in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Friday, August 2nd.
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max HermanAttendees wear a variety of strange attire in Union Park at North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.
 (Photograph: cousindaniel.com)
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comSky Ferreira plays to crowds of indie kids and music lovers at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013, Sunday, July 21.
 (Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg)
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Photograph: Hallie DuesenbergFestival-goers congregate in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Friday, August 2nd.
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max HermanRap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comFestival-goers congregate in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Saturday, August 3.
 (Photograph: Bill Whitmire)
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Photograph: Bill WhitmireFestival-goers congregate in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Friday, August 2nd.
 (Photograph: Bill Whitmire)
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Photograph: Bill WhitmireGhost B.C. plays in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Friday, August 2nd.
 (Photograph: cousindaniel.com)
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comFather John Misty in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Friday, August 2.
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Photograph: www.billwhitmire.comFestival-goers congregate in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Friday, August 2nd.
 (Photograph:  cousindaniel.com)
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comFestival-goers congregate in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Sunday, August 4.
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comFestival-goers congregate in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Sunday, August 4.
 (Photograph: cousindaniel.com)
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comM.I.A. plays to crowds of indie kids and music lovers at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013, Sunday, July 21.
 (Photograph: Ashlee Rezin)
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Photograph: Ashlee RezinThe Chromatics and Classixx perform an official Pitchfork after-party at the Mid, Friday, July 19, 2013.
 (Photograph: Kendall Thacker)
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Photograph: Kendall ThackerElectric Daisy Carnival Chicago 2013
 (Photograph:  cousindaniel.com)
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comJoanna Newsom plays to crowds of indie kids and music lovers at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013, July 19.
 (Photograph: BOBBY TALAMINE)
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Photograph: BOBBY TALAMINEFleetwood Mac at the United Center | April 13, 2013
 (Photograph: Chandler West)
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Photograph: Chandler WestCrowds take in new bands and indie rock icons at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 in Union Park, Friday, July 19.
 (Photograph:  cousindaniel.com)
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comCrowds take in new bands and indie rock icons at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 at Union Park, Friday, July 19.
 (Photograph: Chandler West)
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Photograph: Chandler WestCrowds take in new bands and indie rock icons at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 in Union Park, Saturday, July 20.
 (Photograph:  cousindaniel.com)
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comSavages play to crowds of indie kids and music lovers at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013, Saturday, July 20.
 (Photograph: Bill Whitmire)
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Photograph: Bill WhitmireCrowds take in new bands and indie rock icons at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 in Union Park, Sunday, July 20.
 (Photograph: cousindaniel.com)
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Photograph: cousindaniel.comCrowds take in new bands and indie rock icons at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 at Union Park, Sunday, July 21.
 (Photograph: Jeff Kroll)
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Photograph: Jeff KrollTy Segall | The Empty Bottle | February 9, 2013
 (Photograph: Bill Whitmire)
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Photograph: Bill WhitmireCrowds take in new bands and indie rock icons at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 at Union Park, Sunday, July 21.
 (Photograph: Bill Whitmire)
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Photograph: Bill WhitmireCrowds take in new bands and indie rock icons at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 at Union Park, Sunday, July 21.
 (Photograph: Bill Whitmire | www.billwhitmire.com)
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Photograph: Bill Whitmire | www.billwhitmire.comSteve Aoki, Pharrell Williams and Waka Flocka Flame throw a party on the Aokify America Tour at Chicago's UIC Pavilion.
 (Photograph: Kendall Thacker)
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Photograph: Kendall ThackerElectric Daisy Carnival Chicago 2013
By Brent DiCrescenzo |
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We caught a ton of concerts this year. We were in the fields of summer music festivals, in the streets, in bars, in arenas, on beaches, in grand old theaters, in dingy clubs. And our team of photographers captured all the crowds and stars wonderfully. Still, certain images stuck in my mind throughout the year. That bro in the Batman mask at North Coast. The construction workers on stilts. Pink twirling from the rafters. That punchable dude with tats, gauged ears and reading glasses flipping through a book on workplace equality in the Pitchfork Festival field (because of course). The freaking Replacements headlining Riot Fest. Kanye West sporting bejeweled S&M headwear. Alice Glass swigging a bottle of Jameson at Lollapalooza. The butterfly people at Electric Daisy Carnival. The right crowd shot, or even just the right fan can perfectly capture the entire scene. So here I've gathered my favorite images from 2013.

And we're not done. Stay tuned for pictures from New Year's Eve concerts like Zedd at Aragon.

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