Since we're well into 2013 already, I decided to go ahead and start up the new thread.
Went to my first concert of the year yesterday, and I saw Surfer Blood and AWOLNATION at the UC Riverside Heat Music Festival. This was the third year I went to Heat (I don't go to UCR, but a few friends of mine do so I get discounted tickets from them), so it's pretty much becoming an annual thing for me lol.
Surfer Blood is pretty solid live, although it appeared the singer left off-stage mid-set to vomit during one song as he upchucked a bit while finishing the fourth song in the set. Since this was a college show, the crowd was ridiculously rowdy (albeit fun); so rowdy that a mosh pit broke out during their set, which was ironic since Surfer Blood plays relatively mellow indie rock lol. Anyways, overall a nice set even though I believe that I was the only person in front row who actually knew who they were lol.
AWOLNATION, on the other hand, was as expected and was incredibly fun. A larger mosh pit broke out right behind me and loads of crowd surfers arose. Aaron Bruno and his crew really know how to put on a show, and the UCR crowd was nuts in moving along with the music although it did get pretty crazy sometimes, especially when some girl behind me almost got trampled near the end of their set. Aside from that, AWOL's set yesterday definitely deserves a spot among my all-time favorite sets.
I was also gonna catch Best Coast and part of Porter Robinson at the show as well (did get to see Best Coast do a couple of songs including The Only Place), but after it took me and my friends a good 20-30 minutes to maneuver ourselves out of the main stage crowd we were pretty much done for the night and decided to grab some late night grub at Denny's.
I'll be seeing Imagine Dragons with Atlas Genius and Nico Vega at the Wiltern in LA in a couple of weeks, weekend 2 of Coachella next month, and eventually some more shows later on in the year...so can't wait!!!
tl;dr: saw Surfer Blood and AWOLNATION yesterday; SB 7/10, AWOL 9/10