Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
The Black Keys – Brothers
Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. Wuz Here
Books – The Way Out
Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
ceo – White Magic
Curren$y – Pilot Talk
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
Free Energy – s/t
Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Glasser – Ring
Ghostface Killah – Apollo Kids
Hot Chip – One Life Stand
jj – n° 3
Jonsi – Go
Menomena – Mines
MGMT – Congratulations
Owen Pallett – Heartland
The Radio Dept. – Clinging to a Scheme
Ryan Adams & the Cardinals – III/IV
The Samps – s/t
Sleigh Bells – Treats
The Soft Pack – s/t
Spoon – Transference
Surfer Blood – Astrocoast
Twin Shadow – Forget
The Walkmen – Lisbon
Wavves – King of the Beach
White Denim – Last Day of Summer
Wild Nothing – Gemini
Aka The Morning Benders – “Excuses” and 9 others
Antoine Dodson and The Gregory Brothers – “Bed Intruder Song”
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – “Round and Round”
Beach House – “10 Mile Stereo”
Glasser” – “Apply”
LCD Soundsystem – “Pow Pow”
Owen Pallett – “Lewis Takes His Shirt Off”
S. Carey – “In the Dirt”
The Tallest Man on Earth – “You’re Going Back”
Tame Impala – “Expectation”
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… Continue reading
Great graphic of the clothes of 20 iconic musicians. Hit this link to get the lowdown on each of the 20 outfits and the iconic male musician who wore them. Some more iconic than others.
One week until Moogfest! Here is the official concert poster:
But I kinda like the winner of the Creative Allies Design Contest more (though wish I could find it without a watermark):
In any case, so excited!
Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
Pavement was in a great mood for their Atlanta show after the Maryland crowd the night before apparently “sucked.” Stephen Malkmus was in guitar god mode, Bob Nastanovich was awesome as always, and I had a great spot up front by the rail, stage Malkmus (thanks to Kenny and I sacking up). A decent-length set, two encores and plenty of frumpy, middle-aged sing-a-longs later, I felt the long drive back home to Charlotte (via a stop over in Greenville, SC) was completely worth it to see one of my favorite bands ever for my second (last?) time.
All of my photos from the night can be found here.
In the Mouth a Desert
Elevate Me Later
Shady Lane / J vs. S
Cut Your Hair
Shoot The Singer
Heaven is a Truck
Rattled by the Rush
Date with Ikea
Conduit for Sale!
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Snug Harbor, Charlotte, NC
More photos can be found in my Concerts 2010 Flickr set