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Favorite Shows of 2012

Following up on yesterday’s post. My 10 favorite shows of the year.

Red Collar, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 1/14/12
1. 1/14/12 – Red Collar w/ Spider Bags & Rat Jackson – Local 506
I love when a show early in the year sets the bar high. And all year long no single show topped this one. Just a fantastic kick start to the year. From Rat Jackson covering Alan Jackson to Reese McHenry joining Spider Bags on stage to the energy and passion Red Collar poured into every moment – this show was packed full of memorable moments. photo set

John Darnielle, Mac McCaughan, & Greg Cartwright, Protect All NC Families Benefit, Motorco, Durham NC, 04/19/12
2. 4/19/12 – John Darnielle, Mac McCaughan & Greg Cartwright – Motorco
Amazing night for a great cause. A completely unique chance to see these three songwriters trade songs and play off each other. photo set

Des Ark, Local Beer Local Band, Tir Na Nog, Raleigh NC, 05/10/12
3. 5/10/12 – Des Ark w/Midtown Dickens – Tir Na Nog
The best show Local Beer Local Band show I saw all year. But what really makes this night stand so high on my list is that it was exactly the show I needed at that moment. photo set

Lucero, Orange Peel, Asheville NC, 04/27/12
4. 4/27/12 – Lucero w/J Roddy Walston & The Business – Orange Peel
This show was nearly a shoe in, after all we decided to drive to Asheville to see the combo of Lucero w/ J Roddy opening. At the same time it was a show I had mighty high expectations for. They were more than met. photo set

Bombadil, The Farm, Hillsborough NC, 06/09/12
5. 6/9/12 – Bombadil w/ JKutchma & the 5/5ths- The Farm
I really hope there are more shows at The Farm next year. Absolutely a stunning place to see a show. The scenrey adds to the music; the chance sit in a chair on the grass listening to great local music chorus with the sounds of night setting in on a summer night. photo set

Reigning Sound, Nightlight, Chapel Hill NC, 08/24/12
6. 8/24/12 – Reigning Sound w/Last Year’s Men – Nightlight
Reigning Sound at Nightlight? Yes, please. photo set

Team Dresch, Pinhook, Durham NC, 09/29/12
7. 9/29/12 – Team Dresch w/ The Butchies & The Tomboys – Pinhook outdoor stage
Another year, another amazing Pinhook concert for Pride. This year, finally, the chance to see Team Dresch. photo set

Ted Leo, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 02/18/12
8. 2/18/12 -Ted Leo w/ Mac McCaughan – Coffeehouse
Great night. Never had the chance to see Ted Leo play before this, but the highlight of the night may just have been McCaughan talking about the first show he saw at the Coffeehouse. photo set

Vandaveer, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 05/11/12
9. 5/11/12 – Vandaveer – Local 506
I love to see full shows, and am saddened when a band doesn’t draw as well as I hoped. And man, y’all all missed this one. It meant we got to sit on the riser at 506 and enjoy an amazing and intimate Vandaveer show. Lovely. photo set

Crooked Fingers, Kings, Raleigh NC, 01/06/12
10. 1/6/12 – Crooked Fingers w/ Mount Moriah – Kings
What a great way to kick off the year. A packed Kings, great sets by both bands.

Up next in the year count down: favorite videos & favorite photos.

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Spider Bags, 10/25/12

Spider Bags

Bad Lovers, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 10/25/12
Bad Lovers

Sad Horse, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 10/25/12
Sad Horse

Working my way through some shows I didn’t post. This was a particularly good one at the Coffeehouse last month.

full photo set here

Woods, 10/31/12

Woods

Widowspeak, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 10/31/12
Widowspeak

full photo set here

Brickside Festival, Duke Coffeehouse, 03/24/12

Congrats to the folks at Duke Coffeehouse & WXDU for pulling off a very smoothly run, almost entirely on time first music festival. Some photo highlights:

Whatever Brains, Brickside Festival, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 03/24/12

Whatever Brains. First band to play and they were both great and great at waking me up for the day.

Sore Eros, Brickside Festival, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 03/24/12

Sore Eros

Hospitality, Brickside Festival, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 03/24/12

Hospitality

Royal Baths, Brickside Festival, Jameson Gallery, Durham NC, 03/24/12

Royal Baths

Gunn Truscinski Duo, Brickside Festival, Jameson Gallery, Durham NC, 03/24/12

Gunn Truscinski Duo

Midtown Dickens, Brickside Festival, Jameson Gallery, Durham NC, 03/24/12

Midtown Dickens

Supreme Dicks, Brickside Festival, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 03/24/12

Supreme Dicks

Kurt Vile, Brickside Festival, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 03/24/12

Kurt Vile

full photo set here

Wow

This weekend I saw Mark Kozelek play to 60 people,

Kurt Vile, Brickside Festival, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 03/24/12

Kurt Vile play to around 120 people,

The Avett Brothers, Racing the Cure, Kings, Raleigh NC, 03/23/12

and The Avett Brothers play to 250 people.

All were extraordinary events.

Thanks to Grayson Currin, Kings, and everyone else who helped organize Racing the Cure for the last one. Thanks to everyone at Duke Coffeehouse & WXDU who helped organize the Brickside Festival for the first two.

The Triangle really is an amazing place for someone who loves music. This weekend was a glorious reminder.

All the photos from Racing the Cure w/ The Avett Brothers are here.

All the photos from Brickside Festival at Duke Coffeehouse are here

Ted Leo, Duke Coffeehouse, 02/18/12

A treat to see Ted Leo play a solo show at Duke Coffeehouse on Saturday night.

Ted Leo, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 02/18/12

For me the surprising highlight of his set was the beautiful Hazel Dickens cover.

Mac McCaughan, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 02/18/12

Opener Mac McCaughan also pulled out an unexpected cover by A Number of Things, one of the two bands who played the first show he saw at Duke Coffeehouse in 1983.

Mac McCaughan, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 02/18/12

His whole opening set was just fantastic.

Full Photo Set Here

Athens Boys Choir & Katastrophe, Duke Coffeehouse

Excellent, inspiring, and at times hilarious show last night wth Athens Boys Choir and Katastrophe at Duke Coffeehouse.

Katastrophe, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 11/6/11

I love a Sunday night show that challenges my expectations, makes me laugh, fits easily into my night, and is over before 10pm.

Full photo set here