It wasn't a good year for me when it came to seeing newer artists because I spent so much money on these big names. However, feel free to list more if you want.
1. Depeche Mode @ Staples Center on September 29- Depeche Mode know they are one of the best, and they perform with so much swagger and confidence. First time seeing them, favorite songs were Precious, Walking In My Shoes, Enjoy the Silence
2. Moby @ The Fonda on October 2 - Innocents part was solid, but then when Moby played the hits, I was blown away by the lighting, energy, and the singers. Bodyrock, In My Heart, and Extreme Ways were some of the best
3. blink-182 @ The Wiltern on November 12- I mean they played one of my favorite records straight through. I Miss You was on point, Not Now, Go, and M+Ms were some the best.
4. Nine Inch Nails @ Outside Lands on August 12 - The set was pretty much everything I wanted. Loved the production. Even though I had mono at the time, that 4 mile walk to get there and crappy creme brulee made the experience even more memorable.
5. Jimmy Eat World @ Hollywood Palladium on September 28 - Free show. Probably one of the best setlists the band could put together. 23, Lucky Denver Mint, The Authority Song all apart of that awesome rock show.
6. Imagine Dragons - @ The Wiltern on March 20 - Went into that show a causal fan and left with them becoming one of my favorite bands of the year. Demons was a stand out, Round and Round was a killer opener. They really energize the crowd.
7. James Blake @ Coachella on April 15 - Best set I saw all weekend. To the Last was incredible. Great performer.
8. New Politics @Santa Barbara Bowl on September 18 - Best opener I've ever seen. Most of you don't like them but I love what they do
9. Green Day @ Fox Theater Pomona on March 10. Up front in the pit. Wish the sound was better up front, but once I moved back it was much better. Always fun hearing a lot of my favorite songs being performed like Boulevard of Broken Dreams and When I Come Around.
10. Thirty Seconds to Mars @ Hollywood Bowl on October 12 - This band rounds out my list, though I considered putting the RHCP at 10. They didn't exactly give much love towards their first 2 albums, but the production was some of the best I saw all year. The crowd made it fun and Kings and Queens + Closer to the Edge were the best of that show.