Rock It: The Best Concerts of 2012

Posted on November 14, 2013

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Rock It: The Best Concerts of 2012

(Photos by Rachael Mattice/Journal & Courier) (Graphic by Thomas Maxfield/Journal & Courier)

(Photos by Rachael Mattice/Journal & Courier) (Graphic by Thomas Maxfield/Journal & Courier)

By: Rachael Mattice

The year in reflection is upon us as 2012 winds down in its final days, holding us accountable for our year-long fitness goals, our victories , our hardships and if we spent enough time having fun with friends and family.

No matter the moment – lazy, ecstatic, aggressive or lost in love – music continued to stand by us through life’s circumstances with prodigious album releases and larger-than-life line-ups of live shows and festivals, both local and regional.

Some J&C readers responded with the most memorable concerts that ignited and impressed them, in addition to a few personal favorites.

Here’s a timeline of 2012’s best in concerts, according to you:

  • Jan. 14: Root Hog and Gypsy Revival at Sgt. Preston’s in Lafayette
  • Feb. 4: Dropsteppers and Union Street Rockers at the Black Sparrow in Lafayette
  • March 25: Celtic Woman at Elliot Hall of Music in West Lafayette
  • April 27: Heavy Eyes and Heavy Company at the Knickerbocker in Lafayette
  • June 15: Gypsy Revival and Mound Builders at Taste of Tippecanoe in Lafayette
  • June 26: Left Lane Cruiser at Jester’s in West Lafayette
  • Aug. 22: Ben Miller Band at Lafayette Brewing Company in Lafayette
  • Sept. 13:Rush at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis
  • Sept. 20: Deadstring Brothers at Jester’s in West Lafayette
  • Oct. 10: Mound Builders, David Bowie inspired theme at Hoot Night at the Lafayette Brewing Company in Lafayette
  • Oct. 27: The Vallures at the Holiday Inn in Lafayette
  • Nov. 16: Buffalo Clover and Jacob Jones at the Black Sparrow in Lafayette
  • Nov. 16: Pinstripes and Melting Pot at the Knickerbocker in Lafayette
  • Dec. 6: Phutureprimitive at the Mousetrap in Indianapolis

Rachael’s top picks

  • Feb. 18: Flogging Molly at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago
  • July 15: Mayhem Festival with Whitechapel, Anthrax, Slayer and Motorhead at Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville
  • Sept. 16: Thee Fine Lines at the Black Sparrow in Lafayette
  • Oct. 4: Rob Zombie (not Marilyn Manson) at Allstate Arena in Chicago
  • Oct. 20: Buddy Guy at Loeb Playhouse at Purdue in West Lafayette

Shows I heard were bad to the bone and couldn’t attend:

  • April 11: Bassnectar at Egyptian Room in Indianapolis
  • July 20: Iron Maiden at Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville
  • Aug. 3: Die Antwoord at Lollapalooza in Chicago (although I watched the live stream on YouTube)
  • Sept. 1: KISS and Mötley Crüe at Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville
  • Sept. 14: GWAR at the Vogue in Indianapolis
  • Oct. 19: Ralph Stanley at Jester’s in West Lafayette
  • Nov. 8: Lamb of God at the Egyptian Room in Indianapolis
  • Nov. 24: Carrie Underwood at Banker’s Fieldhouse in Indianapolis
  • Dec. 4: Public Enemy at the Vogue in Indianapolis

Thank you to all that contributed. Happy New Year!

Mattice is a producer and music journalist  for the Journal & Courier. She can be reached on Twitter @RachaelM_JC.

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