Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Top 20 Shows Of 2011

Yes, little rock'n'roll lambs, it's about that time. Well, it's probably technically past that time, but my friends all know I'm always fashionably late, and the same principle applies to my year-end review. Unlike 2010, when I went to 100 shows (which sure felt like a lot), I wasn't on a forced march. And while I took in fewer shows, the quality of these didn't decrease in the slightest.

You see, I had originally intended this list to be just 11 shows long, but so difficult was my decision that I did the only rational thing and expanded my list to the 20 most favorite shows of all of annum 2011. I hope you'll enjoy this little list, and heck, maybe you were at one or two of these shows with me. It's a list definitely heavy with the usual suspects, but I suspect that just means those bands are pretty amazing live and in person. So thanks to all the bands, for being wonderful, and to the folks who might have happened to go to these shows with me.

I couldn't possibly dream of ranking these shows, they're all rather near to my heart. Instead, let's take a romp chronological style, shall we?

1. The Moondoggies @ Iota - 1/28/11

2. Gang Of Four @ 9:30 Club - 2/9/11

3. A Place To Bury Strangers/Hooray For Earth @ Motorco - 3/11/11

4. MaCRoCk 2011, Harrisonburg, VA - 4/1/11-4/3/11

5. The Black Angels @ 9:30 Club - 4/3/11

6. Wire/Weekend @ Black Cat - 4/7/11

7. The Fresh & Onlys/Crocodiles/Young Prisms @ Black Cat - 4/25/11

8. Generationals/Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. @ Iota - 5/17/11

9. Tallahassee @ Bella - 7/2/11

10. Ringo Deathstarr @ Golden West - 7/4/11; @ Sprout, Richmond - 7/5/11

11. Bad Behaviour starring White Laces, The Late Virginia Summers, Canary Oh Canary @ Bella - 8/18/11

12. Weekend @ DC9 - 9/7/11

13. Hopscotch 2011, Raleigh, NC - 9/9/11-9/11/11

14. The Zombies @ Montgomery College - 9/16/11

15. Instant Pleasure Fest @ Strange Matter, Richmond - 9/24/11

16. Jeff Mangum/A Hawk & A Hacksaw @ 2640 - 9/27/11

17. STPP Fest (Fuzzy Logic Showcase) @ The Islander - 10/8/11-10/9/11

18. The Black Angels/Dead Meadow/Spindrift @ Ottobar - 11/1/11

19. Gringo Star @ Black Cat - 11/13/11

20. The Snowy Owls/Mittenfields @ Republic, Richmond - 12/1/11

m4a: Top Twenty (The Undertones from The Undertones)

[photo by Megan Petty]

1 comments:

  1. You forgot Art Out Loud! = }

    www.vimeo.com/channels/artoutloud2011

    Featured Big Green Cherry, Starryville, Thrive, and The Philedelphia Woodland String band.

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