These 25 Avant-Garde Concert Posters Are More Art Than Ad

Even at the going rate of 1000 words, accurately depicting the the audiological experience of a headlining band delivers is no easy feat. That may be part of the reason why epic concert posters like these -- ones that really illustrate what your ears are in for -- often become collectors items at show's end.

LCD Soundsystem playing the House of Blues, Cleveland

Artist: Little Jacket


Radiohead playing the Greek theatre, Los Angeles

Artist: Emek


Caribou playing the Record Bar, Kansas City

Artist: Never Sleeping Design


The Von Bondies playing the SoKal Underground

Artist: Mike Weihs


Bright Eyes playing the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz

Artist: Option-G


Foo Fighters and Weezer playing the Long Beach Arena, Long Beach

Artist: Option-G


Peter Bjorn playing the Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles

Artist: Option-G


Belle and Sebastian

Artist: Strawberry Luna


Ra Ra Riot at Diesel

Artist: Strawberry Luna


Arctic Monkeys playing the Electric Factory, Philadelphia

Artist: Strawberry Luna


Scissor Sisters playing the Electric Factory, Philadelphia

Artist: Strawberry Luna


Phish at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Denver

Artist: Stout


Menomena Music Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland

Artist: Stout


The Melvins playing the Loft at Center Stage, Atlanta

Artist: Methane Studios


Primus playing the Fillmore, Silver Spring

Artist: Methane Studios


Thievery Corporation playing the Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison

Artist: Dan Stiles


REM playing the Arena Civica, Milan

Artist: The Head Of The State


Explosions in the Sky playing the Rymann Auditorium, Nashville

Artist: DKNG


Ben Folds Five playing the 02 Academy, Birmingham, UK

Artist: Jason Munn


Gotye playing the Bill Graham Civic, San Francisco

Artist: Jason Munn


La Roux playing the Lincoln Mall, Chicago

Artist: Spike Press


Bob Dylan playing the Starlight theatre, Kansas City

Artist: A. Micah Smith


Cut Copy playing the Granada, Dallas

Artist: Decabet


Led Zeppelin Commemorative Celebration Day

Artist: Shepherd Fairey


Dave Matthews Band playing the Air Canada Centre, Toronto