Best of the Year: Top 10 Photos of 2019 by Chris

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Judas Priest made the list of Chris Smyth’s Top 10 photos of the Year (but not this particular one). (Photo by Chris Smyth)

Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2019 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.

It is an odd feeling when you love and hate something simultaneously. The emotions don’t make sense, yet it’s fully real. That is how I feel each time I am tasked with creating this year-end list. I love looking through my old photographs and remembering each concert that I was fortunate enough to attend, and reliving each show through the images that I was able to capture along the way.

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Snapshots: Silversun Pickups @ Rams Head Live — 12/6/19

silversunpickups9 Brian Aubert fronts Silversun Pickups at Rams Head Live on Dec. 6, 2019. (Photo by Katherine Gaines/ ambienteye.com)

Silversun Pickups released Widow’s Weeds, the band’s fifth studio album, over the summer via their own New Machine Recordings. In support of the record, the indie rockers toured through Rams Head Live recently, and Katherine Gaines shot the show!

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Snapshots: GWAR @ Rams Head Live — 9/29/19

gwar29 GWAR performs at Rams Head Live on Sept. 29, 2019. (Photo by Katherine Gaines/ ambienteye.com)

Thrash metal overlords GWAR sieged Rams Head Live as the command center for the band’s Use Your Collusion Tour recently. Katherine Gaines got pictures of all of the guts and glory you would expect from a heavy metal “alien invasion.”

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Live Review: The Wallflowers @ Rams Head Live — 8/23/19

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The Wallflowers at Rams Head Live, Aug. 23, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

Towheaded and impressionable, I found Bringing Down the Horse at Sam Goody’s end-of-row display shelf in the Towsontown Mall, its stamplike W and stars drawing my eyes.  I pulled a pile of ones out of my pocket, the slowly-earned financial detritus of chores completed and change received, counting out the $16.99 required.  Then (and maybe now), spending my money filled me with some worry, concern that my decision would ruin my mood.  That, somehow, this thing I’d promised my time wouldn’t be worthy of it.

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