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 Theater, 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 Theater, 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