1. 6/10/11 - My Morning Jacket at Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN
Waiting it out for a spot in the pit was the best decision I made all festival. A small price to pay for the best live band of our generation.
2. 1/29/11 - The Dismemberment Plan - Webster Hall, NYC, NY
After waiting nearly 10 years, I finally got the nerve to jump on stage during “Ice of Boston” (second photo above) and did not regret it one bit.
3. 10/31/11 - M83 at Moogfest - Asheville, NC
Only a 1.5 hour set at Moog Fest, but “Intro” and “Midnight City” sounded amazing even though by that point I was thoroughly worn out from the amazing weekend.
4. 9/30/11 - Explosions in the Sky - The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
Texas and/or post rock forever. So so good, and at one of my favorite venues ever too.
5. 10/28/11 - The Field at Moogfest - Asheville, NC
So glad I left Moby early to catch The Field before TV on the Radio. Hypnotic and groovy as hell. The kind of show why I’m glad I went to Moog Fest.
My 2011 concert list:
1/25/11 - Girl Talk - The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
1/29/11 - The Dismemberment Plan - Webster Hall, NYC, NY
4/3/11 - Explosions in the Sky - Amos’ Southend, Charlotte, NC
4/7/11 - Futurebirds - The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC
4/9/11 - The Avett Brothers - Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
4/14/11 - The Whigs - Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC
4/20/11 - Wavves - Dixie’s Tavern, Charlotte, NC
5/17/11 - The Flaming Lips - The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
6/9/11-6/12/11 - Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN (Futurebirds, Wavves, School of Seven Bells, Best Coast, Twin Shadow, The Walkmen, Deerhunter, Matt & Kim, The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire, Big Boi, Bassnectar, Lil’ Wayne, Ratatat, Man Man, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Smith Westerns, Iron & Wine, The Strokes)
8/21/11 - My Morning Jacket, Neko Case - Time Warner Cable Uptown Ampitheatre, Charlotte, NC
9/12/11 - TV on the Radio, Broken Social Scene - The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
9/30/11 - Explosions in the Sky, Wye Oak - The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
10/13/11 - Futurebirds - Visulite Theatre, Charlotte, NC
10/28/11-10/31/11 - Moogfest - Asheville, NC (The Antlers, Moby, The Field, Flying Lotus, TV on the Radio, Dan Deacon, CANT, Crystal Castles, The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent, Battles, M83, Neon Indian, James Murphy, Passion Pit)
11/17/11 - Megafaun - The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC
11/23/11 - The Airborne Toxic Event - The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
- Can’t wait to read this: From West Texas to the Billboard 200: An Explosions in the Sky oral history
- Could there be a Rocketeer sequel?
- Could there be a “Party Down” movie?
- A guest list of current favorites from Washed Out
- New Wilco album and tour date announced
- Flavorwire’s 10 underrated 2011 albums we apparently need to hear
- Another recommended podcast listen from All Songs Considered: some favorite musical discoveries in 2011
- “Louie” returns for season 2 tonight, and is “darker and smarter than ever” according to Alan Sepinwall
- In case you were wondering, the Elijah Wood comedy “Wilfred” premieres before “Louie” and also got a favorable review
- AV Club is revisiting “Arrested Development” this summer and recaps two episodes from season 1 this week
- Jamie Foxx gets the lead in Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained
- A gallery of images from a new coffee table book of cult movie art
- Explosions in the Sky’s first video ever is for “Last Known Surroundings”
- Stereogum’s Top 20 Albums of 2011 So Far