Last Call: Summer’s halfway over, so get out there and see some live music

Panic! At The Disco performs on July 14 in Detroit, Michigan.
Panic! At The Disco performs on July 14 in Detroit, Michigan.
Photo: Scott Legato (Getty Images)
Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

Don’t miss live music season

It’s usually around this time of year that summer is halfway through and I realize I haven’t checked out near enough bands yet. So then I usually go on a but of a tear. Last night, I was lucky enough to catch Panic! At The Disco at the United Center and was frankly blown away. Brendon Urie puts on a hell of a show, which includes fireworks, shooting flames, and at one point, a piano floating across the stadium. Over the weekend, I took my son to see his first concert—Kesha and Macklemore, which, come to think of it, also had fire and lasers (also, backup dancers). Tonight I’m off to see Dinosaur Jr. with my husband, which will be on a much smaller scale (and in a much smaller club). But am psyched nonetheless to catch as many shows as possible before summer’s end. [Gwen Ihnat]

Ryan Adams and First Aid Kit

The best show I’ve seen this summer—and what a venue!—was Ryan Adams and First Aid Kit at Red Rocks last month. Their individual sets were great, but when their powers combined on “Come Pick Me Up” (above) as the evening’s cool breeze finally settled over the amphitheater—pure magic. [Kate Bernot]

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

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I feel like I'm too old for live music. My wife gets super excited, and I feel horrible for thinking about parking, late nights, standing... we have tickets for New Order this summer, which will be epic, but I'm sure I'll be old manning the whole time.