I’ve attended a number of concerts in the year of 2010. Most were memorable, but some were more legendary than others. Here are my favorite shows of the past year:
20. Matt & Kim @ Webster Hall
October 27, 2010
This was the first time seeing these power-pop duo. I’ve never seen a band smile as much as Matt & Kim did. Their happiness was contagious and the whole floor was a dance-fest. They might not be the best musicians, best singers, or best duo… but they sure have a hell of a lot of fun and so did I.
19. Everytime I Die @ Studio at Webster Hall
November 3, 2010
These hardcore rock-stars crashed the intimate Studio at Webster Hall and tore the house down. I’ve only seen this band one time before and at a bigger venue, so it was special to attend such a small show. Their music is one of the most aggressive that I enjoy listening to. I wouldn’t mind getting my ass kicked in the crowd again for Everytime I Die.
18. Sugarland w/ Jake Owen @ PNC Bank Arts Center
May 22, 2010
Every time I go back to PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, I tell myself how awesome the venue is (though I’ve never attended a show with lawn seats). This Country concert was one of my favorites of the year. Country super-duo Sugarland really put on a spectacular show, opening with a new track off of The Incredible Machine, and then hitting on a number of hits, such as “Stay” shown above.
17. Two Door Cinema Club @ Webster Hall
October 21, 2010
Two Door Cinema Club knows how to throw an awesome dance-party. Even though they only have one album of about thirty minutes, I was dancing my feet off at Webster Hall that night. They are one of the more polished pop-punk-dance bands around right now. If you want to have fun throwing your arms in the air and moving to the music, this band is for you. I’m trying to get tickets to their tour with Tokyo Police Club that’s stopping at Terminal 5 next month.
16. Sleigh Bells @ Studio at Webster Hall
September 20, 2010
So I first heard of this group when they opened up for Yeasayer in New York City. Months later my friend and I heard about Sleigh Bells playing the tiny Studio at Webster Hall. Only once we got there did we realize it was a show being recorded and streamed live on mtv.com. Needless to say, the show freakin’ rocked!
15. Modest Mouse @ The Wellmont Theater
July 22, 2010
The first time seeing Modest Mouse was a fantastic experience. It was also the first time I stepped foot in The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. The venue was incredible and Modest Mouse put on a great show. They opened with “Spitting Venom” for crying out loud! These guys are highly underrated.
14. Something Corporate @ Roseland Ballroom
August 13, 2010
It was “A Night with Something Corporate.” For some reason I didn’t know that meant there would be no openers and it would literally be an entire night with Something Corporate. Well needless to say I was pleasantly surprised. The reunion tour was a memorable one for me. I saw their brief set at Bamboozle in May and seeing a full set that night was priceless. I love these guys.
13. Say Anything, Motion City Soundtrack, Saves the Day @ Starland Ballroom
November 5, 2010
It’s awesome to go see a concert when you love a band that’s playing. But it’s even better when you love more than one band! This was the case at this show when Saves the Day and Motion City Soundtrack rolled into Starland Ballroom in November. Say Anything headlined and they’re good too, but I was there for STD and MCS… and boy did they put on a rocking show. Maybe they’ll go on tour together again soon? Please???
12. Dashboard Confessional @ Webster Hall
December 7, 2010
Since I’m in my mid-twenties, there have been a lot of 10-year anniversary concerts in 2010 for me. One album that I had on repeat for quite some time was Dashboard Confessional’s Swiss Army Romance. Well, mister Chris Carrabba went on a solo tour playing the album in its entirety plus other hits and it was a blast. Ever since he formed a full band for Dashboard Confessional it’s been years since seeing him perform solo. This concert was definitely a blast from the past and I enjoyed every second of it.
11. Jimmy Eat World @ Terminal 5
October 14, 2010
Jimmy Eat World has been one of my favorite bands for a while now, yet I’ve never seen them live until this year. I managed to see them twice during their tour, first at Starland Ballroom and then a few weeks later at Terminal 5 in New York City. Any show in the city beats out a show at Starland Ballroom. I don’t know if it’s the atmosphere, the crowd, the venues, or maybe because they’re allowed to play past 11 p.m. But Jimmy Eat World played a great set hitting on a number of my favorite tracks such as “23” “Dizzy” “A Praise Chorus” “Lucky Denver Mint” “Goodbye Sky Harbour” and “Sweetness.” Such an awesome show.