2009 was an epic year for live shows -- and SPIN was there to capture the best and biggest of them, from Lady Gaga's Monster Ball extravaganza and Metallica's world tour to Paramore's headlining gig and Nine Inch Nails' last show ever. Click through the gallery to see photos from each concert and read our take, beginning with My Morning Jacket's mammoth New Year's show!
Vince Staples is hardly the ingratiating type. “Don’t shake my hands unless you passing payment,” instructs the redoubtable young’un on “C.M.B.,” a paean to ruthlessly mercenary, Randian capitalism. “Keep your salutation / I need my 40 acres.” This ice-grilling Left Coaster is more Mack 10 than Myka 9, a verbal marksman who refuses to placate… More »