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Beck rocked the house in 2006.

2006, if nothing else, was host to some great live shows and tours all over the
world. And while it's impossible to catch every band and every show that comes
through town, it's not impossible to still take in plenty of live performances. This
year also saw the rise of
YouTube, and with their help, here's a glance at some of
my favorite performances of 2006.
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Beck - "Nausea," Late Show with David Letterman, Oct. 30:
The Information landed this fall, and Beck took his typically eclectic self on the
road for a bit. Here, Beck is joined by a very special guest who make for good
instrument dancing. It's niice.
Pearl Jam - "Severed Hand," Reading Festival, Aug. 27:
Pearl Jam had sworn off all festivals following the tragedy at the Roskilde Festival
in 2000 where nine fans were crushed up front. But following a successful run of
stadiums in South America in 2005, the band tried the festival circuit again,
headlining this and the Leeds Festival in the UK.
The Raconteurs - "Bang Bang," Lowlands Festival, Aug. 21:
Jack White has quickly become the master interpreter of our time, and here, he
and his mighty Raconteurs take Nancy Sinatra's "Bang Bang" and twist it into a
churning, Zeppelin-like blues stomp.
Eagles of Death Metal  - "I Want You So Hard," Vintage Vinyl, St. Louis, April 8:
Jessie "The Devil" Hughes and Josh Homme pumped out the ultimate ode to
everything rock with
Death By Sexy in 2006, and here they strut their stuff in an
indie record shop.
The Who - "Tea & Theatre," Electric Proms, London, Oct. 29:
The conclusion to Pete Townshend's Wire & Glass also served as the cathartic
conclusion to the Who's live sets in 2006. Here, the simple power of Townshend
and Roger Daltrey, with just a single acoustic guitar, is palpable. And here, it
serves as the conclusion to our own little tour of 2006.
The Hold Steady - "Stuck Between Stations," Baton Rouge, LA, Feb. 11:
The Hold Steady broke out a bit in 2006, but before Boys & Girls In America
became a hit, the band took their new tunes out on the road to break them in.
The Flaming Lips - "War Pigs," Later ... With Jools Holland:
While touring in support of At War With The Mystics, the Lips revived this Black
Sabbath classic in a dark, scathing attack on the Bush administration. Includes
glitter, confetti, balloons, space suits, skeleton suits and Old Glory.
My Morning Jacket & the Boston Pops - "Gideon," Letterman, July 8:
Easily one of the most intriguing pairings of the year, Louisville's native sons
teamed up with the Pops as part of the orchestra's "Pops On The Edge" series,
performing two breathtaking shows at Boston Symphony Hall in late June. The
power of Jim James and the band is strengthened by conductor Keith Lockhart's
elegant accompaniment.
Radiohead - "Bodysnatchers," Bonnaroo, June 17:
Radiohead's newest record won't be released till some time in 2007, but that
didn't stop them from road-testing their new material. Here, the band rips through
"Bodysnatchers" for the masses at the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn.
Sonic Youth - "Pink Steam," Bonnaroo, June 18:
The ageless pioneers of all things noisy slimmed things down a bit on their new
Rather Ripped, but the aural assault of their live shows didn't change a bit.
Here, they burn through the darkest song on the album, and, as with most dates
in 2006, are joined by Pavement's Mark Ibold on bass.
What were your favorite live moments of
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We hope you enjoy the show: 2006, live on stage