I don’t think it was the most prolific year in music for any of us. Wes bought a house. Todd spent six weeks in Thailand Muay Thai fighting. And I Rip Van Winkled myself, sleeping most the year. Nevertheless, we all were able to catch some good live music. Let us know what your favorite show was this year.
5. Stevie Wonder – United Center
I’m pretty jealous of this one. Wes got to see Stevie do Songs in the Key of Live in its entirety. From Wes’ glowing report, it sounds as if Stevie hasn’t lost a step vocally, which is always the risk we run when seeing aging artists.
4. The Knife – Aragon Ballroom
We were all hoping we could all get together for this one, and behold, I was the missing link. Todd and Wes were more than capable of soaking in the weird and wild fun The Knife can deliver.
3. Beck – Pitchfork Festival
When we all saw Beck at Bonnaroo in 2006 he was brutal. Disjointed, sloppy and sluggish, I never thought I would have the desire to see Beck again. After Todd and Wes’ rave reviews, I think I’m ready to see how Beck has transformed over the years.
2. St. Vincent – Pitchfork Festival/Riviera Theatre
By all accounts St. Vincent was a great performer before her dalliances with David Byrne. Afterwards, she is an animal. Every movement is immaculately thought out and executed, making her a person that needs to be seen.
1. Jack White – Fox Theatre/Bonnaroo
I wrote pretty extensively on my Jack White experience, and Todd went into his Bonnaroo trip as well. Long story short: Jack White is the greatest living artist and performer right now.
Todd – Kanye West – Bonnaroo
Todd said Kanye was an absolute madman during this show. Angry even. With Kanye’s checkered past at Bonnaroo, its no surprise he put on another memorable show.
Wes – Janelle Monae – Taste of Chicago
Wes has long been infatuated with the talent and live performances of Ms. Monae, so this latest electric show was par for the course.
Austin – Jason Isbell – Plush
This show was actually kind of a nightmare, due to the hillbilly crowd and tight quarters. Still, Isbell put on a powerhouse performance. Next time, though, I’m paying for actual seats.