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The Best Minnesota Music Photography of 2012



2012 was a great year for local music, with amazing shows both small and large. As I started to edit my best concert photos from the year, I decided to reach out to some of the other music photographers in the Twin Cities, and add their work to our 2012 photo gallery. Ben Clark, Erik Hess, Leslie Plesser, Tony Nelson, Steven Cohen, Graham Tolbert, and Stacy Schwartz all contributed images. It is so hard to edit the selction down to a reasonable size gallery, but I tried to focus on some of the memerable shows and showcase the passion frozen in concert photographs.

Nate Ryan, Photographer/videographer at The Current


39 Photos

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    The Blind Shake / Photo by Erik Hess
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    Brother Ali / Photo by Erik Hess
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    Zoo Animal / Photo by Erik Hess
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    Birthday Suits / Photo by Erik Hess
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    Rock the Garden 2012 / Photo by Erik Hess
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    P.O.S. / Photo by Erik Hess
    Solid Gold / Photo by Graham Tilbert
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    P.O.S. / Photo by Graham Tilbert
    UMAMI / Photo by Graham Tilbert
    Father You See Queen / Photo by Graham Tilbert
    Leisure Birds / Photo by Graham Tilbert
  • Guitar Wolf plays 7th Street Entry on April 8, 2012. Photo by Leslie Plesser.
    Guitar Wolf / Photo by Lessie Plesser
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    Macklemore / Photo by Lessie Plesser Macklemore plays a sold-out First Avenue on November 30, 2012. Photo by Leslie Plesser.
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    Rock the Garden 2012 / Photo by Lessie Plesser From left to right: Merrill Garbus, P.O.S., Dessa and Craig Finn all jumping during Rock the Garden 2012. Photo by Leslie Plesser.
  • 4ontheFloor headlines First Avenue on April 13, 2012. Photo by Leslie Plesser.
    4onthefloor / Photo by Lessie Plesser
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    Jason Miller of The Evening Rig / Photo by Lessie Plesser Jason Miller of The Evening Rig plays their CD release party at the Triple Rock Social Club on August 31, 2012. Photo by Leslie Plesser.
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    The Current's Birthday Party / Photo by Nate Ryan
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    Matt and Kim / Photo by Nate Ryan
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    Rock the Garden 2012 / Photo by Nate Ryan
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    The Hold Steady / Photo by Nate Ryan
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    Marijuana Deathsquads / Photo by Nate Ryan
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    Trampled By Turtles / Photo by Nate Ryan
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    Photo by Nate Ryan
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    Chastity Brown / Photo by Nate Ryan
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    P.O.S. (Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR)
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    Semisonic / Photo by Nate Ryan
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    The Avett Brothers / Photo by Stacy Schwartz
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    St. Vincent / Photo by Stacy Schwartz
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    Wiping out Thousands / Photo by Stacy Schwartz
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    Soul Asylum / Photo by Steven Cohen
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    Y.N.RichKids / Photo by Steven Cohen
  • Father John Misty
    Father John Misty / Photo by Steven Cohen
  • Gary Burger of The Monks
    Gary Burger of The Monks / Photo by Steven Cohen
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    Mike Nesmith / Photo by Steven Cohen
  • River's Edge Music Festival
    River's Edge Music Festival / Photo by Tony Nelson Day 1 of the River's Edge Music Festival in St. Paul, June 23, 2012. © Tony Nelson / Live Nation
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    Roger Waters / Photo by Tony Nelson Roger Waters performs The Wall Live at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, June 3, 2012. © Tony Nelson
  • Bruce Springsteen
    Bruce Springsteen / Photo by Tony Nelson Sruce Springsteen & the E Street Band perform at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, November 11, 2012. © Tony Nelson
  • Florence & the Machine
    Florence and the Machine / Photo by Tony Nelson Florence & the Machine perform at the State Theater in Minneapolis, April 27, 2012. © Tony Nelson
  • Public Enemy in Minneapolis
    Public Enemy / Photo by Tony Nelson MINNEAPOLIS, MN DECEMBER 6: Public Enemy performs on the Hip Hop Gods tour at First Avenue on December 6, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota © Tony Nelson

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