Updated: Best Concert Experiences

By: Glen Maganzini

Keyword is “Experiences,” which takes slightly more into account how fun the show was than how awesome the bands were. Like Jay Reatard was funner than Walkmen, but Walkmen were the better performers. The opening acts for Reatard were simply better than the Walkmen show.

The Best
1. March 2009 – Black Lips/Gentleman Jesse & His Men/Mean Creek – Grade: A+
2. May 2009 – King Khan & The Shrines/Mark Sultan/Homosexuals – Grade: A+
3. October 2009 – KK+BBQ/Dum Dum Girls/Downbeat 5 – Grade: A+
4. April 2009 – No Age/The Beets/Lemonade – Grade: A+
5. October 2009 – Jay Reatard/Nobunny/Hunx and His Punx/Box Elders/Useless Eaters – Grade: A+
6. September 2009 – Walkmen/Here We Go Magic/The Dig – Grade: A+

Amazing
7. December 2009 – Arctic Monkeys/Screaming Females – Grade: A
8. August 2008 – Radiohead/Grizzly Bear – Grade: A
9. November 2009 – Pixies/Jay Reatard – Grade: A
10. November 2009 – Sonic Youth/The Feelies – Grade: A
11. February 2010 – Editors/Antlers/Dig – Grade: A
12. September 2009 – The Rifles/Mike Fiore – Grade: A
13. August 2009 – Arctic Monkeys/Modey Lemon – Grade: A
14. May 2009 – Animal Collective/Grouper – Grade: A
15. September 2009 – Pains of Being Pure At Heart/Depreciation Guild/Cymbals Eat Guitars – Grade: A
16. July 2009 – Head Automatica/Cubic Zarconia – Great: A
17. July 2009 – Handsome Furs/Dri/Cinnamon Band – Grade: A
18. November 2008 – No Age/Soft Circle/Silk Flowers – Grade: A

Great
19. January 2008 – Editors/Hot Hot Heat/Louis XIV – Grade: A-
20. June 2009 – Sunset Rubdown/Elfin Saddle/Witchies – Grade: A-
21. July 2008 – No Age/High Places/Abe Vigoda/Ppalmm – Grade: A-
22. October 2009 – KK+BBQ/Dum Dum Girls – Grade: A-

Very Good
23. October 2008 – Built To Spill/Dinosaur Jr/Meat Puppets – Grade: B+
24. February 2010 – The Growlers/Married Men/Forest Fire – Grade: B+
25. August 2009 – Warlocks/Morning After Girls/Vandelles – Grade: B+
26. July 2009 – Jay Reatard/TV Smith/Pretty & Nice – Grade: B+
27. September 2009 – Wavves/Ganglians/Many Mansions – Grade: B+

Good
28. March 2010 – Vivian Girls/Male Bonding/You Can Be A Wesley- Grade: B
29. January 2010 – Mission of Burma/The Konks – Grade: B
30. October 2009 – Rural Alberta Advantage/Lovely Feathers/Arletta – Grade: B
31. September 2008 – Paul Weller/Rifles – Grade: B
32. July 2009 – Trevor Hall – Grade: B
33. January 2009 – Mission of Burma/Neighborhoods/Faces on Film – Grade: B

Pretty Good
34. October 2007 – Morrissey/Kristeen Young – Grade: B-
35. March 2009 – War on Drugs/The Drones/Tsui – Grade: B-

All Right!
36. July 2007 – Psychedelic Furs/Alarm/Fixx – Grade: C+
37. August 2007 – Weird Al Yankovic – Grade: C+
38. September 2007 – Bob Dylan/Elvis Costello/Amos Lee – Grade: C+

Too Long Ago To Remember
39. July 2000 – B-52s/ – Grade: N/A

Glen Maganzini

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