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Our 15 best live music GIFs of 2012

Yeah! It's time to run down the year in live music GIFs. This Black Sabbath fan from Lollapalooza this summer embodies how psyched we are to share these with you.

With help from photographers Erik Hess, Anna Gulbrandsen, and Stacy Schwartz, this was a year for the already excellent visual representations from live events to take on a more, ahem, active role. Here are 15 of our best GIFs of 2012.

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Minnesota Joe:


Here, Erik Hess captured the acrobatics of extraordinaire Minnesota Joe performing a move he called Cannonball as a companion to our cover story about local b-boy stars. Maybe this isn't your textbook definition of "live music," but it's far more active than most shows we attended this year.

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Rock the Garden at Walker Art Center, 6/16/12:



This was Erik Hess' first collection of GIFs for City Pages, and it immediately showed his attention to the wild ways that bodies move. At top, we see 89.3 the Current's Mark Wheat flying through the air to introduce Doomtree, and then Sims, Dessa and P.O.S. showing how to get down.

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Amon Tobin at Orpheum Theatre, 9/6/12:


Photographer Anna Gulbrandsen got in on the GIF action too with this flowing piece that shows how elaborate Amon Tobin's live visuals were during his show at the Orpheum in September.

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Amon Tobin at Orpheum Theatre, 9/6/12

 

River's Edge Music Festival at Harriet Island, 6/23-24/12:


Two of the many visual highlights of the inaugural River's Edge Music Festival captured by Erik Hess. Note that we only said visual -- especially in the case of Dave Matthews above. The Dorothys assembled below are from the Flaming Lips' performance, which was a joyous moment in a couple of hot, days by the water.

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Vans Warped Tour at Canterbury Park, 7/8/12:



At top, Breathe Carolina set in motion what will be several headbanging moments in these eye-catching collection, and Skip the Foreplay want to be rock gods someday. These, and a great mosh pit GIF came from Erik Hess' photography at this year's Vans Warped Tour.

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Lollapalooza 2012:



There were dancers in the mud, the wild antics of Die Antwoord's Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and so much more sheer strangeness at the storm-torn Lollapalooza 2012 in Chicago.

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Slipknot's Knotfest at Somerset Amphitheater, 8/18/12:

 




GIFs and headbanging go together like Red Bull and vodka. We have some vigorous Knotfest fans, Lamb of God's Randy Blythe, and George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher from Cannibal Corpse encapsulating the intensity of Slipknot's day-long party in Wisconsin.

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Neil Diamond at Xcel Energy Center, 7/11/12:

That's all she wrote, folks. Stacy Schwartz's GIF of Neil Diamond says farewell to a year our eyes will never forget.

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Neil Diamond at Xcel Energy Center, 7/11/12


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