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


12. Robyn

Robyn is a force of nature that has been trapped within flesh and blood, so if you ever have a chance to see her do anything in person (i.e. a tour, a club gig, buying groceries at the store, breathing), DO SO. I got the opportunity to see her do a secret intimate club gig a few years back and I think it was not only one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen, but it was a spiritual awakening. Even for a small crowd, Robyn invokes the dance gods and transforms her audience to a netherworld. -Meghan O’Keefe


11. Wilco

Jeff Tweedy and company have been together for almost 20 years, and I’ve seen them in concert more times than I can count, but every single performance feels fresh. Their sound is layered and complex (sometimes there are several guitars and two keyboards on stage), lead by guitarist Nels Cline — get your spot in front of stage right to see him in action — and Jeff’s light-hearted between song banter belies any melancholy bent in their song lyrics. I’ve seen them at the main stage of Bonnaroo and in a tiny rock club in Williamsburg, and no matter the size of the venue, every note is perfectly flawed in the way that rock and roll should be. Get lost in “Spiders (Kidsmoke)” or “Impossible Germany” and you will be hooked. -Sabrina Rojas Weiss

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