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Hench's 2011 Gigs

This year started slow with concerts, but between Lollapalooza and the amount of shirts I buy, I think I wound up spending $500 at shows this year. Here are the nine concert events that I attended in 2011.
1Best Coast at the College of Wooster

This band played a free concert at my college, so I went and saw it with my friends. My god, were they boring. Every song sounded exactly the same, and it wasn't a particularly good one. Bethany is pretty funny though and I liked that their guitarist wore a Godflesh t-shirt.
2Bled Fest

I went in to see three of the 70 bands at this show in a high school in Howell, MI, but came away seeing a lot of really good up-and-coming bands. Every Time I Die, La Dispute and Defeater were every bit as great as I expected. Native and I Am Alaska (the latter of which was in a classroom) were fantastic as well. Post-rock bands Lights at Sea and Sunlight Ascending were great to chill to in the air-conditioned auditorium. Highlights: ETID - Wanderlust; La Dispute - Bury Your Flame; Defeater - Cowardice

Easily the highlight of my year despite the drain on my finances, Lolla provided three days of fantastic shows (and two days of really nice weather). I saw, in order, The Kills, A Perfect Circle, Muse, Maps & Atlases, Death From Above 1979, Deftones, Ween, Atmosphere, Eminem, Titus Andronicus, Flogging Molly, Nas & Damian Marley, Explosions in the Sky and Foo Fighters. I nearly cried tears of joy during the Foos set in the pouring rain, and Muse and DFA1979 were nuts too. My only regret was seeing Eminem over My Morning Jacket. Highlights: Foo Fighters - My Hero; Muse - Stockholm Syndrome; Death From Above 1979 - Turn it Out; Deftones - Passenger; A Perfect Circle - Counting Bodies Like Sheep
4God is an Astronaut at the Magic Stick, Detroit

I like GIAA, but I mostly saw this show for a friend's birthday, as I had to go to the airport early the next morning and their set began at 11 pm. While they are okay on record, God is an Astronaut are absolutely insane live. Everything they do is heavier and more energetic. This was just a solid hour of post-rock that was simultaneously in your face and beautiful. Great, great performers. Highlights: Fragile, Suicide By Star, All is Violent All is Bright
5Bomb the Music Industry! at the Grog Shop, Cleveland

On the first day of school I went to Cleveland to see these guys up close and personal. Got to talk to Jeff Rosenstock about jorts. One of the most fun shows I've ever seen, the whole thing was uploaded to Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYlWRi8nSm4). Highlights: The First Time I Met Sanawon, The Shit That You Hate, El Scorcho
6Fucked Up and Wavves at Skully, Columbus

Wavves are one of the most painfully mediocre bands I have ever seen, but they were better than Best Coast. Fucked Up know how to put on a good show, although I had trouble making out anything Pink Eyes had to say. He came down and gave everybody hugs at the end, and it ruled. The pit was surprisingly crazy considering all of the Wavves fans I was expecting. Highlights: Queen of Hearts, The Other Shoe, Two Snakes
7Immolation with Jungle Rot and Gigan at Blondies, Detroit

For my first death metal show ever, I got to see the best band in the game today. It was very interesting to see how everyone that was moshing during Jungle Rot just stopped and watched in awe during Immolation's set. Ross Dolan is an animal and Rob Vigna's guitar makes noises that don't belong on this earth. He shook my hand after the show and I never wanted to wash it again. Gigan was ok, but the best opener was Detroit's own Nocturnal Fear, who played some great brutal thrash, although I'm pretty sure they are skinheads. Highlights: Power and Shame, Close to a World Below
8Thrice with La Dispute at Newport Music Hall, Columbus

I got much closer to La Dispute than I did at Bled Fest, and I feel I can die happy because of it. I just wish they had played King Park or Safer in the Forest. Thrice were a great live act as well, pulling out songs from every phase of their career and playing their hearts out for an adoring audience. Glad I saw them before they went on hiatus. Highlights: Thrice - To Awake and Avenge the Dead, All the World is Mad; La Dispute - Said the King to the River
9The Hold Steady and Titus Andronicus

Saw this show in a library for a fundraiser in Braddock, PA. I went with a bunch of Hold Steady fans, but I had only been listening to them for a week, and felt awkward up front not knowing all of their lyrics by heart. Still they put on a great show. Titus was amazing as well, despite the drunk people in front of us. I also got to meet some of them (see my other list about this show). Highlights: A More Perfect, which is probably the best song of the decade so far.
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