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Concerts In 2012 (part One)

Yeah so I made my goal of seeing 100 bands this year way early. So that?s why this list is part 1, part two will come at the end of year year and include highlights/awards too.
1Samiam

Less than Jake headling. Man I barely remember these guys at all
2Less than Jake

Headliner. Great show. It was their 20th aniversary tour so they played a lot of older stuff which was awesome. The pit was a little small for a ska show but still a ton of fun
3Other Lives

Opened for Radiohead. Very folky music, but also pretty plain. They played a lot of instruments so it was interesting to watch, but after waiting for 4+ hours I honestly just wanted to see Radiohead.
4Radiohead

Headliner. Finally saw Radiohead. My life is that much more complete. I was about 10 rows back (at most) and was on Jonny's side so I got to see all the cool shit he does during the show. I flew from Boston to Houston for a weekend just to see this show and it was 100% worth it.
5Arctic Monkeys

Opened for The Black Keys. Three days after Radiohead I went to this show- got to the venue 10 minutes after doors and ended up in about the same spot I was for Radiohead. Arctic Monkeys were great, they had a great stage presence and a decent amount of the fans in the venue saw the show as pretty close to a co-headliner.
6The Black Keys

Headliner. The Keys live are always a great choice. Despite shitty mixing in a huge venue and a few rude fans, the show was still lots of fun with everyone rocking out the whole time.
7Grouplove

Opened for Young the Giant. I went for Grouplove and they did not dissappoint. The venue, however, was shit. I seriously fucking hate how House of Blues Boston oversells the mezzaine level to shit. I got there maybe 5 or 10 minutes after doors and could half way see Grouplove over someones shoulder depending on if he was dry humping his girlfriend or not.
8Young the Giant

Headliner. Somehow I completely lost my view. I almost left after a few songs but someone was nice enough to give me a spot where I could kinda see something. Glad I stayed, but only because after the show I meet everyone in Grouplove and talked to the bassist and guitarist a little and got my ticket signed. Young the Giant is NOT at headlining ability yet. They have maybe 45 minutes of quality material, but played for closter to 90 mintues. Lots and lots of filler.
9Frank Turner

Opened for Dropkick. I'm glad I got to see Frank Turner, he was really good. This was for the St. Paddys show so everyone was shit faced
10Dropkick Murphies

Headliner. St. Pattys show is always great. I went with two of my great friends and moshed around a little and made my roommate crowd surf when they called all the females to the stage for Kiss Me Im Shitfaced. She didn't make it but it was a great show. Sadly, I was getting sick that night so the illness combinded with the alchol, combinded with the dehydration of running around lead to the worst hangover/headache of my life. Almost had to go MIA for the real St. Pattys day but pulled off a miracle recovery somehow.
11Purling Hiss

Opened for Dr. Dog. They were alright. A few straight forward rockers, but a couple really catchy poppy songs in the vein of Cloud Nothings
12Dr. Dog

Headliner. Kinda went to this on a whim, but I'm glad I did. I'm really only familiar with a few of their songs but they really put on a fun show. The Shadow People/Hang On combo in the middle of the set was killer
13Kishi Bashi

Opened for Of Montreal. My introduction to Kishi Bashi. He was fun and talented enough for me to check out his album. I'm really glad I did cause its one of my favorites of the year now and I saw him twice on his headliner tour.
14Lonely Dear

Opened for Of Montreal. As fun as Kishi Bashi was, Lonely Dear was doubly as boring and sucked all the energy out of the crowd. I think they are label mates, but still?
15Of Montreal

Headliner. I realize at this point I'm just trying to match the insantity of the first time I saw Of Montreal back at the first FPSF. I guess the high is never as good as that first time, but this show was still awesome with crazy light shows and crowd surfing galore. The set list of that first concert was just incredible though.
16Bear Hands

Opened for Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Springfest Small Concert. My school put on a small concert in their 200 capacity venue/ oversized starbucks (there is literally a starbucks and a stage in this room.) Bear Hands is one of my old favorites, so even though my good friend couldn't go I deciced to make the trip across the parking lot anyway. Met up with some friends who were in the club that put on the show and they didn't know either band playing. Anyway the show was fun, if not a little dull because of the crowd. I got to meet most of the band afterwards which is always cool.
17The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Headliner. Springfest Small Concert. I had never heard of them before, but really loved their live show so I ended up buying both their albums at the merch table. I only had $20 so the lead singer offered me a 2 for 20 (instead of 15 each) deal on the vinyl and of course I took the deal.
18Jack's Mannequin

Springfest Concert 12. Same week as the last show, my school puts on a yearly concert in the hockey arena. Its always a pain in the ass to get tickets, but me and my roommate got tickets and maybe pregammed a little too hard. Jacks Mannequin isn't my type of music, but I can't deny theyre fun to watch and I see the appeal.
19Passion Pit

Springfest Concert 12. One of the first shows they had in 2012. Just before they started releasing new material online so I think we got first listens to Take a Walk and maybe Carried Away. I was worried about how good theyd be live, but I guess the singer practiced a ton cause he was on top of it. side note: the pitchfork piece of the singer is really good.
20Nelly

Springfest Concert 12. This was pretty funny. I really only liked Air Force Ones but it turns out Nelly has a lot of hits. Had a good time but by the end I was tired and ready to go home.
21Low

Opened for Death Cab. A few of their songs really really great and progressed very well, but a few of them just went nowhere.
22Death Cab for Cutie

Headliner. With Magik Magik Orchestra. The added benefit of the orchestra ensemble was perfect. The only complaint I have is they didn't have a very good set list. For example, they didn't play Marching Bands of Manhattan, which could've been really good with the strings added. the Encore was perfect though. Pretty much all the classics, including the Tiny Vessels to Transatlanticism transition.
23Blouse

Opened for Bear in Heaven. Went to this show completely on a whim. I liked a few Bear in Heaven songs and it was cheap and I had nothing to do so I went. Blouse was pretty good, I enjoyed it more than the average opening band- especially at a small venue.
24Bear in Heaven

Headliner. They were great. Much more shoegaze/post-rocky than I thought. The songs I liked were nothing like most of their material, but they were also the ones I liked more. They had a really crazy light show complete with color changing strobe lights and angel wing floruencent light decorations.
25Real Estate

Opened for The Shins. I didn't realize they were opening when I bought tickets so was pretty pumped when I saw they were. The venue was way bigger than they were, but it was also very fitting to their sound and they put on a really solid show.
26The Shins

* Headliner. The Shins have put on a fantastic show everytime I've seen them. Something about them just makes sense. After the show I met the touring guitarist (Jessica Dobson) got she signed my ticket. Only compaint was it was such a nice theater that everyone sat until the encore.
27I Break Horses

Opened for M83. I think they had some sound problems but overall were pretty good.
28M83

Headliner. I saw them last year and even though they played longer and I was much closer to the stage, I still think the first time I saw them was better- even if not by much. They had almost identical setlists, but the band's attitude had clearly changed from being amazed they sold out a 2000 capacity venue to such sellouts being the norm. Gotta say it was still one of the best shows of the year.
29Silent Diane

Opened for Neon Indian. Kinda a weird band but a little entertaining
30Lemonade

Opened for Neon Indian. Very percussion based live. It got tiresome by the end of the set but was still fun to watch for most of the show.
31Neon Indian

* Headliner. Neon Indian amped it up a lot from the last time I saw them. They band was way more in control of the performance and chose the setlist much better. The badass light show was just about the only thing that stayed the same.
32Starfucker

Free Press Summerfest Day 1. My fourth year going to the growing Houston festival. This was the first year it almost felt like a legit big scale fest. Missed Clap Your Hands Say Yeah because the line was unorganized by luckily I was able to get a good spot for Starfucker. Honestly a weaker set from them but probably cause it was early.
33Best Coast

Free Press Summerfest Day 1. Best Coast was pretty good, but it seemed like they were affected by the Texas heat which is clearly more brutal than the Cali sun.
34Diplo

Free Press Summerfest Day 1. We stopped by Diplo's DJ set for a little before lunch. He played a lot good EDM tracks and was much better solo than doing his Major Lazer persona.
35Phantogram

Free Press Summerfest Day 1. Man these guys had the bass cranked! Took a lunch break while watching these guys but they were good
36Z-Ro

Free Press Summerfest Day 1. Houston classic. I Hate U Bitch was sick
37Two Door Cinema Club

Free Press Summerfest Day 1. Wasn't sure how much I'd like them live, but I was pleasently surprised as they put on a really fun and energetic show.
38Major Lazer

Free Press Summerfest Day 1. Missed the first half of the set, which was apparently a little more fun, but I was a little unimpressed with the Switch-less Major Lazer. They had some good moments but overall didn't live up to expectations. Bun B made an appearance though which was fun.
39Snoop Dogg

Free Press Summerfest Day 1. Biggest surpise of the weekend- Snoop started 10 minutes early!! Someone probably told him to go on stage now figuring it would take him 20 mintues and he went. I wasn't sure how the aging rapper would be, but Snoop still has it. No surprise guests or gimmicks, just a solid performance.
40The Flaming Lips

* Free Press Summerfest Day 1. I was really looking forward to this one. The Lips headlined this fest in its second year, so it was pretty sick of them to come back so soon. This time around they played 4 of their own songs before heading into the entire Dark Side of the Moon. This was really of of those rare concerts thats just as much as an life experience as a show. I was right in the middle of the floor area and was a couple feet away from getting to touch Wayne's hamster ball. Near the end of the set Wayne noticed the full moon up near the Houston skyline and for a few minutes the universe made sense.
41Fitz and the Tantrums

Free Press Summerfest Day 2. I had heard a lot about how good these guys were live and was not dissappointed. They had the whole crowd dancing and jumping around even though most of us fairly unfamiliar with their material.
42Ponderosa

Free Press Summerfest Day 2. My brother wanted to see these guys. I thought they were alright but the small stage near a lot of pass through traffic didn't help.
43Young the Giant

Free Press Summerfest Day 2. Young the Giant had a 40 minute set time so they spent almost no time dicking around with their microphones and stuck to the songs people wanted to hear. They make for a good festival band, but the new material sounded very weak and I can't see them getting much bigger unless they write a ton more good songs.
44Portugal. The Man

Free Press Summerfest Day 2. My dad highly recommended this band and although they were very good, I got the feeling that they would be much much better on a small dark stage with a light show.
45Willie Nelson

Free Press Summerfest Day 2. Figured I'd stop by and see the legend himself. Willie's old but he still likes to have a good time. Not really my type of music but he had a very large and diverse crowd which was cool to see.
46Danny Brown

Free Press Summerfest Day 2. Danny Brown put on a very solid performance on the small rap/dance tent. A lot of crowd interaction and pretty funny wordplay.
47Descendants

Free Press Summerfest Day 2. The only 'punk' band to play on one of the main stages. I've never really been into these guys, but got the crowd pretty amped.
48Shabazz Palaces

Free Press Summerfest Day 2. I was a little disappointed by the live performance of this rap group. They used pretty incomplete backing tracks and played live hi hats and toms over it but the studio version of all the songs are much better.
49Primus

Free Press Summerfest Day 2. Primus is one of those bands I've never understood. How does some guy playing jimmy jangly riffs on the guitar and mumbling into a mic that?s barely audible cause kids to jump around moshing going crazy? Weird stuff
50Pretty Lights

Free Press Summerfest Day 2. Probably the highlight off day 2. Pretty Lights lived up to his name and had a great light show and great stage presence for a dj. Bun B had a guest appearance and rapped over one of Pretty Lights's tracks. At the end of the set fireworks went off, which I guess is now a festival tradition.
51Starfucker

* Free Press Summerfest Day 2 After Party. Free show at one of the best venues of Houston with one of my favorite bands on the lineup? Count me in! The show was twenty times better here than it was two days ago and since I had turned 21 thirty mintues before the show I was able to have my 'first' ever beer at the venue with one of my best friends who went to the fest with me.
52Stephie Coplan and the Pedestrians

Seaport 6. Pretty much a going away concert for one of the last good radio rock radio stations in the US. This band was one of the last small acts they were trying to hype up, they were pretty good.
53Reptar

Seaport 6. Really weird group. Kinda like a bad mix of AnCo and Of Montreal, but they were really energetic on stage.
54Delta Spirit

Seaport 6. I really liked these guys and might go see them and Jeff the Brotherhood in December
55Grouplove

Seaport 6. Quickly becoming one of my favorite bands, they really brought it down for this show
56Cake

Seaport 6. Not at all what I was expecting. I was never into this band but they were definitely good. I couldn't tell if the lead singer was really funny or a dbag
57Two Door Cinema Club

Seaport 6. The extra stage lighting helped them a lot more than I thought it would. They were tons of fun to dance along to.
58Zammuto

Opened for Explosions. Really shitty band. By far the worst set of the year. Put more effort into shocking the audience with dumb gimmicks than the music.
59Explosions in the Sky

Headliner. Band put on a fantastic show, but the crowd ruined it. Houston has notoriously talkative crowds and pretty much everything the band toned it down the coverstations picked up. "When we gonna leave? I have work tomorrow" Shut the fuck up its 1030.
60Luther

Opened for The Boucing Souls. Went to this show with my dad and brother, Luther was good opener but a little stale by the end
61The Menzingers

Opened for The Bouncing Souls. I really liked their sound, but the mix was off. I wanted to get their cd but never got around to it for some reason.
62The Bouncing Souls

Headliner. Sixth time I saw them and first time I didn't mosh at all. The show was still fun and the new songs were surprisingly energetic.
63Anti-Flag

Warped Tour San Antonio. After partying in Austin the night before, I got a late start to SA and had a nice breakfast at RoLo's so I didn't get to warped till close to 2. Worked out cause the only band I wanted to see was Streetlight and this was I wasn't hung over when they started and didn't have heat stroke either.
64Pierce the Veil

Warped Tour. Like a shitty version of Protest the Hero, not very enjoyable.
65Streetlight Manifesto

Warped Tour. The 30 mintues they were on stage was totally worth the $40 ticket. This was a pop punk heavy year, so I guess nobody there knew how to mosh. There was maybe one other kid who was in the circle pit more than me. Though there was plenty of room to skank around, so atleast it wasn't a repeat situation of the RBF coheadline tour last year. Sadly Ill miss the Streetlight tour this fall cause of Thanksgiving so Im glad I saw them when I could.
66The Used

Warped Tour. Biggest surprise of the day. They were actually kinda good and the lead singer was pretty funny.
67I Fight Dragons

Warped Tour. Really fun set. Kinda weezer ish sound and they had a lot of custom midi instruments
68The Chicarones

Warped Tour. Best new discovery of the day, and they weren't even on an official stage. There were maybe 20 people watching these guys when they started and 50 when they ended.
69Yellowcard

Warped Tour. Worst band of the day. Not sure why my friend wanted to see them, but apparently he heard a remix of their song on FIFA and thought theyd be good. We left after 3 songs.
70Class Actress

Opened for Sleigh Bells. Pretty good group, but not very memorable.
71Sleigh Bells

Headliner. Wow they had an insane light show. Pretty overwhelming at times, but freaking awesome
72Chromatics

Opened for Hot Chip. Awesome set from Chromatics. Their material definitely held its ground live.
73Hot Chip

* Headliner. One of the best shows of the year. Hot Chip killed it live.
74Those Darlins

Opened for Best Coast. I came straight from the premiere of 'Shut up and play the hits' so I missed the first band, but this band was pretty entertaining.
75Best Coast

Headliner. Way better in a club than the festival.
76Ra Ra Riot

Firefly Music Fest Day 2. So the Thursday before this show around midnight I convinced my roomate to drive me down to Delaware from Boston to see one day of this festival. He was broke so I had to pay for gas, but it was definitely worth the 13 hours of driving in one day. Coming back I took a nap and woke at 2am to my friend face down on the steering wheel in one of those Jersey Turnpike gas stations. I ate a cheeseburger, drank a 5 hour energy and drove straight from Newark to Boston, getting in at 7 am. Had to take a piss as soon as we got into Connecticutt, but really didn't want to stop. Anyway, Ra Ra Riot was better than last time, but they really need to change things up if they want to get any bigger than they are.
77Kids These Days

Firefly Music Festival Day 2. Oh yeah, I got 3 hours of sleep the night before the show and 1.5 hours in car. We woke up at 4 am and left before 5 am to get there around 1130. This band was the best surprise of the day. I ended up buying their schoolhouse rock style shirt.
78Cults

Firefly Music Festival Day 2. Took a quick break from music and had a custom Firefly Fest Beer by Dogfish Head, which completely revived me. Cults were good, but the sound was off. Everyone left after Go Outside.
79Grouplove

Firefly Music Festival Day 2. The place got packed for Grouplove, and they put on a great show.
80Young the Giant

Firefly Music Festival Day 2. I was far away for this one, eating and trying to recover from the whole no sleep till delaware thing. Set time was too long and they fucked around too much.
81Chiddy Bang

Firefly Music Festival Day 2. Chiddy Bang always puts on a energetic show, but I left early to get a good spot for Modest Mouse.
82Modest Mouse

* Firefly Music Festival Day 2. Main reason I wanted to go. Got pretty close. Modest Mouse had a near perfect setlist, only song missing was Cowboy Dan. There was a weird encore- it almost seemed like they weren't gonna come back, but the Mouse soundguy kicked the stage crew out and they returned for an encore.
83Lupe Fiasco

Firefly Music Festival Day 2. Not a huge fan of Lupe, but he had a really great stage presence and played with a full band with is always fun for rappers. By this point I was starting to lose my mind in a good way
84The Killers

* Firefly Music Festival Day 2. Ended up being pretty close for the Killers and was able to sit for like 20 mintues before the show. Wasn't sure what to expect, but was blown away by a barrage of hits and fireworks.
85Frank Ocean

*Headliner. Longest line I've ever seen at Paradise. Started 2 mintues after I got inside even though I was at the venue 30 mintues before show time and he was late. Frank Ocean killed it. One of the best performances I've seen. Sold Out the venue based on the strenght of his mixtape alone, but everyone already knew his album by the time he came on stage.
86The Shills

Opened for Kishi Bashi. Second sold out show of the weekend, but this one was at a small bar type show. Local band, but nothing special
87Tall Tall Trees (Solo)

Opened for Kishi Bashi. Good folk set, but a little long
88Kishi Bashi

Headliner. Had the guy from Tall tall Trees help him for a few songs, which lead to a very good show.
89Bruce Springsteen

* Headliner. At Fenway Park- went with my dad and aunt. So the night before I slept on a plane from SF to Boston (Sadly not from Outside Lands? went to Vegas with my friend instead, which was fun anyway.) and took a midterm so I couldn't nap before the show. Was pretty dead, but Bruce was great and being on the outfield of Fenway was pretty awesome experience.
90Bruce Springsteen

Headliner. At Gilette. Went with the full family for this. Pretty fun show. Better set than at Fenway, but we were way up in upper level with an obstructed view.
91The Last Bison

Opened for Kishi Bashi. Really good folk family band, ended up buying their cd after the show.
92Kishi Bashi

* Headliner. Kishi Bashi had the full Last Bison help with some songs. The crowd was awesome for this too, which is rare for Houston. It was also funny cause he was playing on one of the stages my shitty HS band played on back in the day. Cool to see an actually good band play on the same stage I did.
93Anais Mitchell

Opened for Bon Iver. Pretty good, but the mix was way to quiet.
94Bon Iver

* Headliner. Wow, this was a near mind blowing experience. Much heavier live, only complaint is he didn't play Flume. Otherwise perfect.
95Ceremony

Opened for Bloc Party. Nothing special, just a kinda punkish band.
96Bloc Party

Headliner. Very fun. I know they are out of their prime, but you would never know by their live set. By the end of the show the crowd starting moshing which was impossible to resist.
97Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Opened for Grizzly Bear. Good band, but the mix was way off. High notes on guitar completely overtook everything. They did a cool cover of a Pink Floyd song though.
98Grizzly Bear

Headliner. Would be starred if I wasn't sick. They were amazing. I wasn't a huge fan going into this, but I am now.
99Schoolboy Q

Opened for ASAP Rocky. Wow, this was crazy. The security at HoB was tripled, and the amount of weed was atleast times 10. I was literally surrounded on 3 sides by joints. Wasn't planning on it, but ended up getting pretty baked just off contact or whatever. Schoolboy was sick, very energetic and played very well to the crowd. One Love type message too.
100ASAP Rocky

Headliner. Really good solo, but picked the wrong songs. Missed a lot of his best songs from his solo mixtape in favor of stuff with ASAP Mob. Brand New Guy and Hands on the Wheel with Schoolboy Q were highlights.
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