December 31, 2023

The Heart Sounds 2023 Year Recap

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A kaleidoscope of sounds throught the year!

In 2023, The Heart Sounds magazine embarked on an extraordinary odyssey, capturing the heartbeat of the global music scene through 80 incredible shows featuring over 200 bands and 8 fantastic festivals in Texas, California, Illinois and Georgia that illuminated our year.

Each show unfolded as a unique chapter in our coverage’s symphony, capturing the musical landscape’s diverse beats and celebrating the kaleidoscope of sounds that defined 2023.

We extend heartfelt thanks to the artists, organizers, venues, contributors, and readers who made this odyssey possible, turning our lives into a melodic tapestry of unforgettable moments!

In today’s article, we wanted to do a quick recount of some of the best moments we were able to cover and share them with you.

Taylor Swift

Definitely one of the highlights of 2023 was the impressive tour Taylor Swift brought to so many cities all over America and we were lucky to cover her first show in Texas together with another 70,000+ hardcore fans.

The Eras Tour was a dazzling spectacle that traversed her illustrious career. From the country twang of “Fearless” to the synth-pop brilliance of “1989” and beyond, Swift’s magnetic stage presence and flawless vocals made each era come alive, creating an unforgettable journey through her musical evolution.

Taylor Swift - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Taylor Swift - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode with Dave Gahan and Martin L. Gore decided to kick off their North American Memento Mori tour right here at the ATT Center in San Antonio, TX!

Even though they were going through the sad loss of Andy Fletcher, the band delivered such an incredible performance that the tour kept extending to different countries. 

Depeche Mode - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Depeche Mode - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

Coachella

Of course, among many shows and festivals, we couldn’t miss one of the best music festivals in the world, Coachella

The festival that happens every April of the year in the desert of California is the perfect spot to hear new bands, legendary bands and see the trends of music festival fashion.

This year the festival had for the first time headliners from different countries and genres, such as Bad Bunny, Black Pink, and the return of Blink-182. Also in this year’s lineup, we enjoyed the performances of Gorillaz, The Chemical Brothers, Blondie, Rosalía, Bjork, and others.

Coachella - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Bad Bunny and Arcangel - Coachella 2023 - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Rosalia - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Blondie - Coachella 2023 - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Blink-182 - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

Shaky Knees Fest

Atlanta’s best music festival Shaky Knees celebrated its 10th anniversary with great bands such as Muse, The Killers, The Lumineers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Placebo, Greta Van Fleet, Tenacious D, The Flaming Lips, among others.

A euphoric vibe, iconic performances, and a diverse array of music genres made this anniversary edition truly unforgettable and we’re happy we were part of this celebration.

Shaky Knees 2023- Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Muse - Photo: Ismael Quintanilla
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
The Killers - Photo: Chris Phelps
Tenacious D - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

The Cure

The Cure’s 2023 tour was a mesmerizing journey through decades of musical brilliance. Robert Smith’s haunting vocals and the band’s atmospheric sound created an immersive experience for fans who gathered at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas. 

From timeless classics to deep cuts, each song was a testament to The Cure’s enduring influence and their ability to captivate audiences with an ethereal sonic landscape.

The Cure - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
The Cure - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

Cruel World Fest

The second edition of Cruel World Fest came back to the Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and same as the previous year, it was amazing, but with some inconveniences.

For this edition, Goldenvoice brought a very special artist, Siouxsie Sioux whose last performance in North America was 15 years ago. Together with Iggy Pop, Billy Idol, Love And Rockets, Echo & The Bunnymen, and other great acts, they all delivered incredible performances.

But what should be a 1-day festival, due to a storm approaching, the last bands of the evening got rescheduled for the following day. Sadly many attendees from out of town who were flying back to their cities on Sunday missed these bands.

Siouxsie - Photo: Pooneh Ghana
Billy Idol - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Iggy Pop - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Cruel World 2023 - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

Peso Pluma

Mexican new sensation Peso Pluma made a stop at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas bringing his Doble P Tour.

Joined on stage by musicians with just acoustic instruments, the singer delivered an incredible show for more than 2 hours proving the “corridos tumbados” music style is here to stay. He wore a Spurs jersey throughout the show making everyone at the venue super happy.

Peso Pluma - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Peso Pluma - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

Café Tacvba

Another highlight of 2023 was the special presentation of Café Tacvba at the legendary and majestic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.

It was a historic collaboration between Café Tacvba with the LA Philharmonic and directed by Gustavo Dudamel. It was a musical feast that celebrated the diversity and richness of Latin American culture, with songs that ranged from rock to folk to cumbia to bolero.

Rubén Albarrán, Meme Del Real, Joselo and Quique Rangel, joined by Ramiro Del Real and Luis “Children” Ledezma delivered a great show as they always do in front of almost 20,000 people!

Café Tacvba - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Café Tacvba - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

Lollapalooza

Chicago’s best music festival Lollapalooza came back with a fantastic lineup!

This year’s edition included big names such as Kendrick LamarBillie EilishRed Hot Chili PeppersOdeszaLana Del Rey, the first Latin artist to headline the festival Karol GThe 1975, and Tomorrow X Together.

Four incredible days full of great music is what “Lolla” brings to the thousands of fans who travel to The Windy City every year and we were there to share with you what we experienced.

Lollapalooza 2023 - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Karol G - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
30 Seconds To Mars - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
RHCP - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Lana Del Rey - Photo: Pooneh Ghana

Maná

Another band who had an extended tour during 2023 was Maná who brought the “México Lindo y Querido” tour two times to San Antonio, Texas.

Fher, Alex, Juan, and Sergio had two sold-out shows in April and September.

More than a show, they bring a big party. They really know how to deliver such a fun show that basically people never use their seats with all the singing and dancing during the show.

Maná - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Maná - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

Sam Smith

English singer Sam Smith brought “Gloria” tour to Texas. His show was a soul-stirring experience, where the artist’s ethereal voice takes center stage.

With a carefully curated setlist that traverses emotional depths, Smith’s performance was a celebration of vulnerability and empowerment. “Gloria” was a captivating showcase of musical prowess and an intimate connection with the audience.

Sam Smith - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

Caifanes

Another Mexican rock band that visited our town was the iconic Caifanes.

The band, led by the charismatic Saúl Hernández, delivered a mystic performance at the Aztec Theatre, blending hypnotic rhythms and poetic lyrics.

Their stage presence was magnetic, creating an immersive experience where the spirit of Latin rock came alive.

Caifanes - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Caifanes - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

P!nk

P!nk’s Summer Carnival Tour was a high-octane spectacle of pop brilliance and aerial acrobatics.

The fearless artist electrified the stage with a powerhouse voice and boundless energy, delivering hit after hit. The carnival-themed production added a whimsical touch, creating an immersive experience.

Pink’s charismatic performance and chart-topping anthems made the tour a thrilling and unforgettable celebration of music and showmanship during this year.

P!NK - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
P!NK - Photo: NachoDelaGarza
P!NK - Photo: NachoDelaGarza

U2

A show that definitely was a highlight of 2023 was the show U2 delivered during the inauguration of the Sphere in Las Vegas, Nevada.

U2’s performance was a monumental sonic and visual extravaganza at the 2.3 billion dollar venue that utilizes a 160,000 wraparound LED display and an impressive quantity of 164,000 speakers.

The legendary band, with Bono’s impassioned vocals and The Edge’s iconic guitar, created an awe-inspiring experience. Against the backdrop of cutting-edge visuals, U2’s anthems echoed through the futuristic venue, marking a historic moment where music and technology converged in a spectacular celebration of artistry and innovation.

U2 - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
U2 - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
U2 - Photo: Jason Zinn

Power Trip Fest

Power Trip Fest was a metal behemoth, featuring 6 legendary acts in the desert of Indio, California.

The lineup included bands Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Tool, and Metallica during the weekend. It was a relentless assault of iconic riffs and thunderous rhythms, celebrating the timeless power of metal.

Each band brought their distinct energy, creating an unforgettable sonic onslaught. Power Trip Fest was a metalhead’s dream, uniting genre titans for a symphony of headbanging intensity that reverberated through the hearts of devoted fans.

Power Trip - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Credit: Power Trip
Credit: Power Trip
Guns N' Roses - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Power Trip Fest - Photo: NachoDelaGarza

Austin City Limits

Texas’s best music festival came back to Austin, TX, Austin City Limits!

This year’s edition was a testament to musical diversity and intimate connection with a lineup that included Kendrick Lamar, The Lumineers, Kali Uchis, Maggie Rogers, Foo Fighters, Shania Twain, The 1975, Alanis Morissette, Mumford & Sons, Odesza, Hozier, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, among so many other great bands!.

The festival’s stages pulsated with a vibrant lineup, bridging genres and generations. From headlining acts to emerging talents, each performance resonated with authenticity.

Attendees reveled in the festival’s unique blend of Austin’s music culture and global sounds, creating an immersive experience.

ACL - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Kendrick Lamar - Photo: Pooneh Ghana
The 1975 - Photo: Dusana Risovic
Mumford & Sons - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Odesza - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

Luis Miguel

Luis Miguel’s 2023 tour was a mesmerizing journey through the timeless charm of his incredible music.

The Latin icon’s soulful crooning and magnetic stage presence created an intimate yet grandiose atmosphere. From romantic ballads to lively classics, each song was a celebration of his illustrious career.

The tour showcased Luis Miguel’s vocal mastery and enduring appeal, leaving the audience captivated and immersed in the richness of Latin music’s most iconic performer. An unforgettable experience that echoed the essence of musical elegance.

Luis Miguel - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Luis Miguel - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

Darker Waves Fest

New Wave’s creme de la creme was brought by Darker Waves Fest to Huntington Beach, California. Many of the best bands from the ’80s and ’90s in one place couldn’t be ignored so we flew to Surf City USA

The festival’s lineup included New Order and Tears for Fears as headliners but also The B-52s, Echo & The Bunnymen, DEVO, Soft Cell, The Psychedelic Furs, The Human League, OMD, Violent Femmes, The Cardigans and many more!

With evocative performances and an intimate ambiance, Darker Waves Fest created a space where artists pushed boundaries, exploring the complexities of the human experience through their art.

Darker Waves Fest - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Tears For Fears - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
New Order - Photos: Nacho DelaGarza
The B-52s - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Devo - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

Bésame Mucho Fest

Bésame Mucho Fest 2023 was a vibrant celebration of Latin music, a blend of rhythms and cultures at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

The festival showcased a diverse lineup of artists, from traditional to contemporary, creating an electrifying fusion of sounds such as Molotov, Natalia Lafourcade, Paquita La Del Barrio, Banda Machos, Café Tacvba, Caifanes, La Ley, Los Bukis, Alejandro Fernandez, Gloria Trevi, Aterciopelaods, and many more.

Attendees were immersed in the rich tapestry of Latin music, dancing to the beats of iconic performers. Bésame Mucho Fest transcended boundaries, uniting music enthusiasts in a joyous celebration of Latin heritage and the universal language of melody that echoed through every note.

Bésame Mucho Fest 2023 - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Gloria Trevi - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Maldita Vecindad - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Natalia Lafourcade - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Alejandro Fernandez - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Los Bukis - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
La Ley - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Caifanes - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Café Tacvba - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

As our pages turned, the synergy between artists, promoters, contributors, and venues shaped the narrative of 2023. The collective effort transformed concerts into experiences, festivals into cultural phenomena, and moments into memories.

The year was a testament to the unifying power of music, transcending borders and genres. And once again, our heartfelt thanks go to the artists who poured their passion onto the stage, the promoters who orchestrated these musical journeys, and the venues that became the canvas for these sonic masterpieces.

Here’s to a harmonious and unforgettable 2023, etched in the records of music history.

With much love,
The Heart Sounds team

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