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Favorite Shows of 2012: Special Event Edition

It is hard for me to narrow down my favorite shows of the year, mainly because I go to so many, but also because it is hard to put individual shows up against say, The Avett Brothers at Kings or any of the other extraordinary special nights (festivals or otherwise) this year. So, first, my top 5 favorite special event shows of the year.

So first my favorite of those standout nights:
The Avett Brothers, Racing the Cure, Kings, Raleigh NC, 03/23/12
1. 3/23/12 – The Avett Brothers/Old Ceremony/Filthybird/Schooner/Jack the Radio – Kings
There were two other venues participating in this one day Racing The Cure event. I’m sure those other venues were great that night too, but I was determined to get into Kings and see the Avett Brothers play a club show again. This was the only show all year where we actually sat outside the venue in queue starting at around 5 PM to get in. And the wait paid off . All the bands did a fine job leading up to the headliner. And then just a few rows from the front, it was magical to see the Avett’s like this again. photo set

Whatever Brains, Slim's, Hopscotch, Raleigh NC, 09/08/12
2. 9/6/12-9/9/12 – Hopscotch Music Festival – mostly at Slim’s to be honest
At Hopscotch this year 80% of the bands I saw this year were either locals or playing at Slim’s or both. This means I had pretty much the best Hopscotch I could imagine. I was primarily at Hopscotch to shoot video for the Indy/Hopscotch video team and the coordinator for that, the alwayS outstanding Dan Schram, gave me a schedule that played right to the things I love. It made for a wonderful bar full of great friends, great music, and alot of time standing on the stairs at Slim’s leaning out over the crowd with my camera. All Hopscotch photos here and highlights here.

Langhorne Slim, Casbah, Durham NC, 06/12/12
3. 6/12/12 – This day: Wood Ear – Bull City Records, Hiss Golden Messenger/Michael Chapman – Pinhook, Langhorne Slim/Ha Ha Tonka – Casbah
I’m a huge fan of earlier shows and this was just one of those days where everything lined up perfectly: Wood Ear’s in-store for their CD release, followed by Michael Chapman then Hiss Golden Messenger at Pinhook, and for a night cap the amazing Ha Ha Tonka opening for the wonderful Langhorne Slim. 5 stellar bands, otherwise ordinary night in Durham where all the concert stars aligned to remind me of how lucky I am to live in such a great part of the country for live music. Wood Ear pics here, Michael Chapman/Hiss Golden Messenger pics here, Langhorne Slim/Ha Ha Tonka pics here.

Janelle Monae, Obama For America Rally, ArtsCenter, Carrboro NC, 08/04/12
4. 8/4/12 – Janelle Monae – ArtsCenter, Pipe/Flesh Wounds – Pinhook
By my count there were 5 people, myself included, who went from the amazingness of seeing Janelle Monae in the tiny ArtsCenter to Pinhook to see Flesh Wounds & Pipe. And by my estimation we five were the luckiest people in the Triangle that day. Janelle Monae photos here & Pipe & Flesh Wounds photos here

Arliss Nancy, Death to False Hope Fest, Motorco Garage, Durham NC, 06/30/12
5. 6/29/12 & 6/30/12 – Death To False Hope Fest – Motorco
I love you guys. I already said everything I need to say about this weekend earlier in the week. Don’t imagine I could say it better.

Happy Anniversaries

to Pinhook (4 years)

Dan McGee, Layabout's 5 Year Anniversary, Durham NC, 11/04/12

and to The Layabout (5 Years)

So many congrats to you both!

Photos from Pinhook’s anniversary concert: Pipe w/ Shark Quest here

Photos from The Layabout’s anniversary concert: Grant Hart w/ Dan McGee & Ben Carr here.

Pipe, Pinhook

Churchkey Records threw another free show last Saturday, part of their stellar First One’s Free series.

Pipe, Pinhook, Durham NC, 08/04/12

Pipe played a set that always seemed like it was a half step away from breaking apart into chaos, and revelling in that and having fun with it.

Flesh Wounds, Pinhook, Durham NC, 08/04/12

Flesh Wounds barreled through their set, cutting almost all the talking & time between songs out and fitting a 45 minute set into 30 minutes flat.

For me it was a huge change of pace from the Janelle Monae show earlier that night (I wasn’t the only person to go to both shows, this is one of the reasons this area is awesome), and it was a great show.

Churchkey Records have another show coming up at Pinhook August 25th to celebrate their Fifth Anniversary. I know there are a million things going on that night but you should be at Pinhook. I’ll be there (and another show too, because I’m me).

Full photo set here.

Pipe, Pinhook, 02/11/12

Saturday night’s Pipe show at Pinhook will be one of the shows that people talk about all year.

Pipe, Pinhook, Durham NC, 02/11/12

After the show I heard more than one person say it was the “best show I’ve ever seen at Pinhook.”

Pipe, Pinhook, Durham NC, 02/11/12

To me one of the indicators of a great show is that after the show people don’t leave the venue, instead people stand around and recount and highlight and discuss the show.

Saturday night was that kind of show. Pipe was just fantastic.

Chest Pains, Pinhook, Durham NC, 02/11/12

For openers, Chest Pains played a set that got better and better with each track.

The Bastages, Pinhook, Durham NC, 02/11/12

And The Bastages managed to rip through about 20 songs in their 45 minute set, starting the night off correctly.

Full photo set here (nb. – Pinhook was too dark to get pictures of the stage diving and everything else that happened off stage, but I think the on stage photos still capture the greatness of this show).