Volume: The Synaptic’s Top 20 Shows of 2011

What a great year for live music. I got out to more shows this year than in the past few years, including 4 Texas festivals – 35 Conferette, Dia de los Toadies, Austin City Limits, and Fun Fun Fun Fest. Caught 4 of The Big Eight – Lyle Lovett, Slayer, Murder City Devils, Melvins – picked up with some older acts I hadn’t seen in a while – The Damned, Soundgarden – and caught some new favorites – Esben and the Witch, Cough, mr. Gnome, The Bright Light Social Hour. Saw My Morning Jacket a couple of times, yet they were better on the ACL festival show I saw, while catching The Sword a couple of times and they were better on their own (only slightly) than their much anticipated Dia de los Toadies set.

Made it out to several local shows this year, and while the majority didn’t make it on this list, know that I had my hair blown back by Pinkish Black, Burning Hotels, The Cush, Maleveller, Badcreek and The Velia Shrine. Also, be on the watch for 2 new Peter Thomas fronted acts, Black Hills and White Elephant.

Here are my favorite shows/sets of 2011.

  1. Lyle Lovett – Bass Hall, Fort Worth, TX – 12/20/2011
  2. Wilco/Nick Lowe – Fair Park Music Hall, Dallas, TX – 11/29/2011
  3. Arcade Fire/Okkervil River – Gexa Energy Pavillion, Dallas, TX – 4/30/2011
  4. The Damned – Fun Fun Fun Fest, Auditorium Shores, Austin, TX – 11/5/2011
  5. Melvins – Endless Residency, Mohawk, Austin, TX – 5/27-28/2011
  6. Down/In Solitude – The Rail Club, Fort Worth, TX – 9/3/2011
  7. Slayer – Fun Fun Fun Fest – Auditorium Shores, Austin, TX – 11/6/2011
  8. Esben & The Witch – 35 Conferette, Denton, TX – 3/12/2011
  9. My Morning Jacket – Austin City Limits Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, TX – 9/17/2011
  10. Murder City Devils – Fun Fun Fun Fest, Auditorium Shores, Austin TX – 11/4/2011
  11. TV On The Radio – Austin City Limits Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, TX – 9/17/2011
  12. mr. Gnome – Lola’s Saloon, Fort Worth, TX – 12/7/2011
  13. The Sword – The Granada Theater, Dallas, TX – 2/12/2011
  14. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals/Jonathan Tyler and Northern Lights – House of Blues, Dallas, TX – 2/18/2011
  15. Soundgarden/Mastodon – Verizon Theater, Grand Prairie, TX – 10/26/2011
  16. Cough – Trees, Dallas, TX – 2/9/2011
  17. This Will Destroy You/Burning Hotels/The Cush – Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art – 4/16/2011
  18. The Bright Light Social Hour – Lola’s Saloon, Fort Worth, TX – 8/12/2011
  19. Supersuckers – Lola’s Saloon, Fort Worth, TX – 10/12/2011
  20. Motley Crue/Poison/New York Dolls – Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX – 6/7/2011

With that, I tell you I look forward to an ear-ringing 2012! See y’all out there!



~ by thesynaptic on December 30, 2011.

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