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Concerts In 2011

A complete and in order list of every band I saw in 2011. I'm pretty sure I'm done for the year, but I left a few blank spots just in case a show comes up. Definitely the best year Ive had- went to a few festivals and a ton of shows. 26 days and 82 sets to be more exact. Next year?s calendar is already filling up quickly!

Opened for Darwin Deez. Didn?t really like them, though the second half of their set was much better.
2Bear Hands

Opened for Darwin Deez. Went to show to see Bear Hands, they put on a great show as always but it was a little short cause they opened.
3The Love Language

Opened for Telekinesis. Honestly don?t remember much of this set, almost bought a CD but ended up having to leave the show early.

Headliner. Very good set, much more in-your-face sound than on their albums.
5Against Me!

Opened for Dropkick. I was glad they played a lot of old stuff, cause that?s what I/everyone likes from them.
6Dropkick Murphys

Headliner. (Week of St. Patty?s Day show) Really fun concert. Basically a bunch of drunk irish guys stumbling over each other in a mosh pit and everyone singing along.
7The Black Angels

Headliner. My dad bought me tickets to this very last minute and I had a great time, despite barely knowing the group at the time.
8Bridge the Borders

Bamboozle, Day 2. Only went on Saturday. This was a local pop-punk band, played the first of 3 covers of Dammit
9Cheers to Romance

Bamboozle, Day 2. Local band of little kids, they were good considering their age.
10Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel

Bamboozle, Day 2. Apparently a friend of a friend knew one of the 10+ members of this band, I enjoyed it even though they left.
11Political Party Crashers

Bamboozle, Day 2. Local ska band, played Dammit.
12Abandon All Ships

Bamboozle, Day 2. Not my type of music at all- imagine if Pauly D from Jersey Shore started a crab-core band and hired some Korean pop star to play synth and sing using autotune.
13RX Bandits

Bamboozle, Day 2. Didn?t know them, but really enjoyed it. If they didn?t break up I would?ve tried to catch them again.
14Streetlight Manifesto

Bamboozle, Day 2. One of the reasons I went toBamboozle. Put on a fantastic show, but the circle pits were too crowded.
15Alkaline Trio

Bamboozle, Day 2. Never really got into to these guys, and their show was pretty average.
16DJ Chance

Bamboozle, Day 2. Spun a lot of Deadmau5 and dubstep tracks
17The Closers

Bamboozle, Day 2. Local NY ska band, I really liked them a lot. They also played Dammit I think.
18Das Racist

Bamboozle, Day 2. After all the hype I was expecting something more than some seemingly shitfaced guys stumbling around mumbling into the mic. Lost pretty much all respect for them.
19The Gaslight Anthem

Bamboozle, Day 2. The other reason I went. They played a great show for the hometown crowd.

Opened for Toh Kay. Played some acoustic songs.
21Toh Kay

Headliner. This is the singer from Streetligt Manifesto playing acoustic versions of their songs. I really enjoyed it a lot, Tomas was really funny and seemed like a chill guy.
22The Vaccines

Opened for Arctic Monkeys. I ended up buying their album before it came out in the states and they got some attention, which was really cool.
23Arctic Monkeys

Headliner. I saw them about 4 years ago and they really amped up their live performance since then.
24Bun B

Summerfest (Houston), Day 1. Bun B never disappoints, UGK 4 Life, RIP PIMP C.
25Big Boi

Summerfest, Day 1. He actually performed for this festival and showed off his skills as a rapper.
26Fucked Up

Summerfest, Day 1. Expected a lot from these guys and they really let me down. Pretty boring show. Honestly don't see the appeal in their music at all.

Summerfest, Day 1. This was my first time hearing them and I really liked how different they were from everything else

Summerfest, Day 1. I thought Id like them more, but I guess I never really enjoyed any of their albums so not a huge surprise.
29The Black Angels

Summerfest, Day 2. They were great, and since they were on so early I got pretty close.

Summerfest, Day 2. I would?ve enjoyed this more except for the 100+degree weather. Luckily halfway through it started to rain.

Summerfest, Day 2. Not as good live as I would?ve thought, but still enjoyable.
32Neon Indian

Summerfest, Day 2. The first time I heard them at all. I really enjoyed all the effects and stuff they used. Plus the theremin was incredible

Summerfest, Day 2. Had a blast singing along/pretending to know all the rap verses. Best song was I Hate U Bitch (Fuck that Ho)
34Cut Copy

Summerfest, Day 2. Super fun, had the whole crowd jumping up and down but ended on a slower song for some reason.

Summerfest, Day 2. Incredible, I got lost in the music and crowd and had some major realizations. Set was also really good- 11 songs from blue/pinkerton and only the good stuff from the others (nothing from Hurley and no BHills). #1 Set of 2011.

Opened for The Bouncing Souls. Honestly don?t remember this set at all?
37The Bouncing Souls

Headliner. Ill save some time and do all 4 shows at once. They played 2 albums straight through in order each night. Do the math to figure out what they played each night, third night was the best
38The Unseen

Opened for The Bouncing Souls. Really good set, ive been wanting to see these guys for a while. Though the jean jacket and Mohawk kids still kinda scare me out of moshing
39The Bouncing Souls

40The world Inferno Friendship Society

Opened for The Bouncing Souls. Very interesting sound, pretty unique.
41The Bouncing Souls

42Make Do and Mend

Opened for The Bouncing Souls. Reminded me a little of Gaslight Anthem. They played a really short set though.
43The Bouncing Souls

Headliner. ?104 songs in 4 nights, a musical dream? ? bassist. No repeats!
44Rodeo Ruby Love

Opened for Streetlight/RBF Co-headline tour. Didn?t really fit in with the ska sound much. I know theyre on the same ?label? as Streetlight so this was probably more for exposure.
45Reel Big Fish

Streetlight/RBF Co-headline tour. Little kids who didn?t know how to properly do a circle pit completely clogged everything up. I tried to teach them what to do by elbowing the ones who could grasp the concept of a circle.
46Streetlight Manifesto

Streetlight/RBF Co-headline tour. Super fun show. The kids learned what to do or got tired. Either way the pit was almost wall to wall. I also ran into a few HS friends I hadn?t seen in a while. #2 Set of 2011.
47Rodeo Ruby Love

Opened for Streetlight/RBF Co-headline tour. Not a typo, I saw the show once in Houston, then planned my family?s vacation around seeing it again in Boston.
48New Riot

Opened for Streetlight/RBF Co-headline tour. Fun and interactive band but I was saving my energy for the main show cause I didn?t get much sleep the night before.
49Streetlight Manifesto

Streetlight/RBF Co-headline tour. Different venue, same story- except the lack of skanking skills hurt streetlight much more than RBF since RBG is more of a jump up and down band anyway. Seriously though, any time the band did a half time beat over half the kids in the pit just stopped moving. (For those I saw Streetlight 5 times in a year counting last summer)
50Reel Big Fish

Streetlight/RBF Co-headline tour. Very fun again. They asked who had never been to a ska show before and 2/3 of the crowd raised their hands. To any remaining ska newbies- watch before you mosh, please.

Outside Lands, Day 1. Very long story that goes with this one. Basically me and 2 of friends were gonna go on a road trip to LA then drive to to SF to see OL. One of them dropped out last second so me and the other ended up paying a shit load of money for plane tickets so we wouldn?t waste the 200 dollar tix. We made the right call, it was one of the best experiences of my life. Anyway the plane Friday morning was delayed so we missed Joy Formidable and started the day with Phantogram, who were quite enjoyable.

Outside Lands, Day 1. I used to be pretty into them, so I enjoyed the set, but they had a really bad song selection for a festival. Probably the worst of the 3 times Ive seen them.
53Big Audio Dynamite

Outside Lands, Day 1. After waiting unsuccessfully for Big Boi to show, we were freezing cold (45 in August!! When we got there it was perfectly 65) and went to biggest crowd we could find and got good spots for the Shins. They were average.
54The Shins

Outside Lands, Day 1. This set was really life changing as well. I felt completely at peace with the world and knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life (and no, I wasn?t ?on anything?) James Mercer has a beautiful voice as well. #3 Set of 2011
55The Vaccines

Outside Lands, Day 2. Missed the first half, but they seemed much more confident than when they opened for the Arctic Monkeys back in may. It helped that I loved their album by this time as well.

Outside Lands, Day 2. One of bands I was really excited to see, and they did not disappoint at all. Learnt a hard lesson though as staying to end of this cost me a good spot for the next show.
57Arctic Monkeys

Outside Lands, Day 2. Not nearly as good as when I saw them earlier in the year. Seemed distracted.
58The Black Keys

Outside Lands, Day 2. Same stage, moved to right about the middle of infront of the sound board. They were really good, a lot of really good improvisation.

Outside Lands, Day 2. Same stage, got to about 20 rows back. Incredible set (as expected). Unbelievably good at times, and they basically played all the hits. #3 Set of 2011

Outside Lands, Day 3. After how awesome day 2 was, day three seemed like a ?buy 2 get one free? deal. This band was very interesting to watch do all the loops and stuff but they weren?t my style.

Outside Lands, Day 3. Got really into them once I got home.

Outside Lands, Day 3. Not my style at all, but still had fun dancing.
63Major Lazer

Outside Lands, Day 3. Really fun DJ set, the guy and chick they had running around the stage were pretty funny.

Outside Lands, Day 3. Much Improved over the last time I saw them. I would really want to see them in a smaller club.

Outside Lands, Day 3. Part of the plane ticket deal was having to choose between 30 minutes of Deadmau5 or 20 of Arcade Fire. I like this enough to buy tickets to his headline show, but I wish I coulda seen all of AF.
66Wye Oak

Opened for The National. Good band, awful venue. Only about 100/4000 other people showed the first opener.
67Yo La Tengo

Opened for The National. Great band, awful venue. People were talking and chit chatting the entire time. I would really want to see these guys if they do a headline in smaller clubs though.
68The National

Headliner. People finally shut up and stood up. They were incredible, but the experience was tainted by the overbearing security and respectless crowd.
69Beat Connection

Opened for Starfucker. Cool sound, with cool homemade light set up.

Headliner. Really fun set with everyone singing and dancing along. #8 Set of 2011

Opened for James Blake. I didn?t know they were a buzz band from way back when and funnily only like their hit song Bruises.
72James Blake

Headliner. Really great show. They were spot on in the performance of the songs plus the bass was unbelieveable. #7 Set of 2011

Opened for NoFx. I pretty much only went to this show because I wanted to go to a punk show in the fall. I got really really sick (cold) though so I didn?t have that much fun

Headliner. Good, but took WAYY too long of breaks between songs.
75DJ Excision

Opened for Deadmau5. Played a lot of Dubstep stuff, pretty fun.

Headliner. Holy shit, one of the craziest stage set ups I have ever seen. He spun his own stuff for about 2 hours which was pretty much the perfect amount. #6 Show of 2011
77Purity Ring

Opened for Neon Indian. Interesting band, used a lot of echo and cut off effects.
78Com Truise

Opened for Neon Indian. Good, but I expected more. I guess not all the chillwave bands have caught on to how to make a good live show yet.
79Neon Indian

Headliner. Really fun, played with a ton of energy and the crowd really felt it. Not a very long set or it would?ve made the top whatever.
80The Dear Hunter

Opened for Manchester Orchestra. I thought Id like them much more than I did. Still enjoyable though.
81Manchester Orchestra

Headliner. Much better than when I saw them last year. They really hit their stride with the new album. Had some really funny comments after/durings songs as well.

Headliner. Damn, this was an incredible show. The lights were among the best at a smaller venue, and everything they played was spot on. Would be higher if it was longer. #5 Show of 2011
84Shows I missed

Big D and the Kids Table (Mixed up the Dates), BTMI! (Got very sick), Slim Thug, Z-ro, Devin the Dude (Lost my ticket after driving 3 hours to pick it up from airport parking)
85Coming up in 2012

Less than Jake, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Grouplove, Young the Giant, Frank Turner, Dropkick Murphys, Of Montreal, Neon Indian, M83, Houston Summerfest ( 9 events). That?s all I have tix for now, hopefully much more will be added. Itd be cool to see 100 sets next year- that?s my goal.
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