2010 continued the encouraging trend of a) bands actually coming to Charlotte instead of just Chapel Hill or Atlanta and b) me attending festivals and seeing a lot of great bands in a relatively short timespan. 2011 is already promising, as I already have Girl Talk in Charlotte as well as a reunited Dismemberment Plan in NYC on the calendar in late January. A return trip to Austin for SXSW 2011 and going to Bonnaroo for a third year in a row are also out there. In any case, here are my 5 favorite shows of the year.
5. Free Energy at Snug Harbor, Charlotte, NC, 6/2 – I always love a small club show where the band is just on, and this was certainly the case for Free Energy, a band I wasn’t too familiar with before seeing them that night. Kenny had a nice write up of the show here.
4. The National and Owen Pallett at Progress Energy Center, Raleigh, NC, 10/4 – My favorite current band in top form, with Matt Berninger doing his crazed lead singer thing (as opposed to him being painfully shy when I first saw them in 2005). As stated before, Owen Pallett was a revelation live.
3. Major Lazer at Pitchfork Music Festival, Union Park, Chicago, IL, 7/18 – This show was less of a concert and more of a performance art show. We thought we were just getting a good spot for headliners Pavement, but this turned out to be so much more than just camping out for a good spot. The show had Chinese dragon dancers, ballerinas, daggering, daggering from on top of a ladder, toilet paper, chugging Hennessy, and a bunch of other crazy shit I’m most likely forgetting, with Diplo and hypeman Skerrit Bwoy leading the way.
2. Pavement at Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA, 9/26 – I finally saw my favorite band ever this year (and two times at that). This one trumps the first time I saw them at Pitchfork because it wasn’t ridiculously hot and sweaty and the crowd’s median age meant it was too old for things like crowdsurfing and moshing. But also, the band wasn’t crunched for time in a festival timeslot with a noise ordinance looming and actually seemed to be in a good mood, which definitely showed on stage.
1. LCD Soundsystem at Bonnaroo, 6/11 – Quite simply, one of the most fun concert experiences I’ve ever had, and in the wee horus of 2:30-4am on the Friday of this year’s Bonnaroo at that. I would have loved for them to keep going past their timeslot, but unfortunately the people throwing glowsticks at the band kind of ruined the prospect of that for everyone. That band was tight, and each of the songs had so much energy live.
All the bands I saw this year listed in chronological order after the jump…
1/16 – The Annuals, Lonnie Walker – Snug Harbor, Charlotte, NC
2/17 – We Were Promised Jetpacks – Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte, NC
2/25 – Drive-By Truckers – Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC
3/25 – The xx, jj – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
3/27 – Julian Casablancas – The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
4/6 – Vampire Weekend – Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
4/15 – Roman Candle, The Ravenna Colt – The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC
4/23 – Rites of Spring Music Festival (Cold War Kids, Phoenix) – Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
4/30 – My Morning Jacket – Koka Booth Ampitheatre, Cary, NC
5/1 – Beach House, Washed Out – Cat’s Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC
6/2 – Free Energy, Miniature Tigers – Snug Harbor, Charlotte, NC
6/10-6/13 – Bonnaroo 2010 (Fanfarlo, Here We Go Magic, Local Natives, Neon Indian, Blitzen Trapper, Jay Electronica, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, She and Him, The National, Kings of Leon, Flaming Lips/Dark Side of the Moon, LCD Soundsystem, The Avett Brothers, Weezer, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Aziz Ansari, Japandroids, Phoenix) – Manchester, TN
7/18 – Pitchfork Music Fest – Sunday (Best Coast, Beach House, Local Natives, St. Vincent, Major Lazer, Big Boi, Pavement) – Union Park, Chicago, IL
9/14 – Elf Power – Snug Harbor, Charlotte, NC
9/26 – Pavement, Times New Viking – Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
10/4 – The National, Owen Pallett – Progress Energy Center, Raleigh, NC
10/26 – Futurebirds, The Catch Fire – Snug Harbor, Charlotte, NC
10/27 – Frightened Rabbit, Plants and Animals – Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC
10/29 – Moogfest (MGMT, Big Boi, Girl Talk, Panda Bear, Dan Deacon) – Asheville, NC
11/11 – Deakin – The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC
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