VH1 Staff Picks: 14 Amazing Bands You Need To See Perform Live In 2014

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If you’re a music lover (or even if you’re not) there are few things greater than seeing a band perform live. At its best, it’s like watching magic happen right in front of your eyes! But we know that tickets sometimes ain’t cheap, and sometimes going to see a show can be a big investment. So your friendly neighborhood VH1 staffers have decided to pool our knowledge (and our ticket stubs) and give our picks for the very best live musicians in the biz. If you ever get a chance, be sure to beg, borrow or steal a ticket, because these folks are not to be missed! And if they’re not touring, then do whatever you can to gain access to their homes and listen to them sing in the shower, because your musical existence will never be complete without these epic performers making sweet love to your ear drums. Get your lighters out, because here are 14 of the best concerts you will ever see…

14. Guster

Shout-out to the underdogs! This Boston-bred alternative rock band is the best thing from the ’90s. Okay, them and the internet. The chilled out group still has steam, and now performs to their original fans… plus their fan’s kids. What’s cooler than that? Despite Guster’s family-friendly persona, you can expect a lot of badass entertainment at one of their concerts. Recently I attended their “Parachute” anniversary concert at the Brooklyn Bowl, and it felt like a family reunion (In the best way. No creepy uncles were to be found.) A fan gave frontman Ryan Miller the shirt he wore on the Parachute album, and he swiftly changed into it for the remainder of the set. And multi-instrumentalist Joe Pisapia, who was a member of the group from 2003-2010, joined the gang for a surprise end-of-show performance. Finally, they did loads of encores. Trust me, snag a seat (or stance) at one of their shows. It’s heart-warming worth it. -Sam Friedman

 

13. Yeah Yeahs Yeahs

Every time I see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs the evening feels like one big celebration with a few thousand of your closest friends. There’s no way you can leave the show not on a musical high and not covered in confetti. Karen O is otherworldly and I’ve officially declared her my spirit animal. -Crystal Puccio

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