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2023 shows I'm stoked for

So, possible #humblebrag incoming, but 2022 was unexpectedly sort of a banner year for this guy getting back into the groove (ehhh?) of live music: I ended up making it out to, by my reckoning (and a not-at-all nerdy spreadsheet I kept), 37 shows. I have no illusions about recreating that lofty number this year, especially since I missed the boat on reupping my season pass to one of my favorite local venues (which easily contributed at least a third of last year's tally, probably closer to half; I'll have to cross-reference the spreadsheet haha), but I'm hoping to at least make it out to two shows per month (and the more, the merrier). Anyways, far from comprehensive here--I'll surely get more granular with time--but as of right now, here are the top prospects I'm looking to in the year ahead.
1The Hold Steady
Almost Killed Me

Starting with a cheat, but saw these guys at the venue I mentioned above (Ottobar) back in February. Pretty damn killer way to kick things off, especially considering how quickly tickets vanished, gobbled up by greedy scalpers, only to drift back down to face value closer to go-time.
2Killswitch Engage
Alive or Just Breathing

Playing Ram's Head Live! on 4/10 - Haven't locked down tickets just yet, and I truthfully couldn't name a track off their past few albums, but I got into this band in high school--right around when the torch was passed (ahem) from Jesse to Howard, for context and/or proof of how ancient I am--and still have yet to see them live, and they strike me as the type to play the proverbial hits.
If They Move...Kill Them

Playing Metro Gallery on 4/28 - Coheadlining with an allegedly (local) legendary band called Liars Academy, whom I thought I knew before I realized I was thinking of Rival Schools. Regardless, Fairweather alone is enough for me, anything else is value added.
4The Callous Daoboys
Celebrity Therapist

Also playing Metro Gallery on 5/8 - Saw them open for Rolo Tomassi last year, and the prospect of seeing them headline their own set is goddamn epic. (Frankly, even just having that many people onstage at this venue is a pretty wild accomplishment, and it's tough to undersell the tension of watching the violinist routinely almost jab her bandmates in the head.)
5Origami Angel
Somewhere City

Playing Baltimore Soundstage on 5/20 - Meanwhile, saw *this* (significantly smaller) group open for Wonder Years as my first show to kick things off last year, and, well, ditto. Tickets locked and loaded, I'm already dancin'.
6City of Caterpillar
Mystic Sisters

Playing Metro on 5/21 - I mean...
The Artist in the Ambulance (Revisited)

Playing RHL 5/28 - Tickets secured, and got a whole squad lined up for this one. It's a Sunday night and I already took the next day off work since I'm certain I'll have no voice at all.
8Jeromes Dream
Seeing Means More Than Safety

Playing Metro 6/1 - See #6
9The Cure

Playing Merriweather Post Pavilion on 6/25 - Hopefully not jinxing this, since the sale doesn't start until next week, but man oh man am I excited about this prospect, especially if those anti-scalping measures they've mentioned hold true.
10The Twilight Sad
It Won/t Be Like This All the Time Live

Opening for The Cure, and rightfully so. Worthy of their own entry, this album has helped through some tough stuff recently.
11Bruce Springsteen

Playing Oriole Park at Camden Yards on 9/9 - Technicality here, maybe, but the Boss is playing the baseball stadium literally across the street from my house, so while I certainly wouldn't have plunked down $100+ to see him, I'mma absolutely pull out a lawnchair and just soak it in.
12Death Cab for Cutie

Playing Merriweather on 9/14 - SO COME O-O-O-ON, COME O-O-O-O-ON!
13The Postal Service
Give Up

"Coheadlining" with DCFC

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