Live reviews can paint a picture of artistic expression from any given event, but much like the saying goes, a picture alone can be worth 1,000 words. In looking back on another phenomenal year of live music, Exclaim! has rounded up 50 of our best concert photos from 2016.
This year's gallery runs deep with incredibly expressive artists. Sia puts on a gigantic look of surprise with her stage time, while Gord Downie remains reflective and emotional in opening one of his Secret Path shows. Tom Morello isn't pulling any punches in taking the power back with Prophets of Rage, while Partner and the Hives get up to some high-energy, airborne stage moves of their own.
Other artists remain incredibly collected onstage. Jazz Cartier gestures confidently to a hometown crowd, while Thom Yorke delivers the aching lyrical beauty of A Moon Shaped Pool. Nile Rodgers laying down some tasty guitar licks, while Kacy Hill keeps time on her first Canadian tour date ever.
Find further shots of Metallica, Grimes, Savages, Blood Orange, Fucked Up, Charlotte Cardin, Daniel Caesar, July Talk, Sharon Jones, Kamasi Washington, Metric and more in the gallery below. (And if you can't see the gallery, click here.)