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    Best Concerts of 2019

    So I went to my last gig of the year last night so now its time for best gigs of the year

    Vezhlivy Otkaz - New York - bucket list band for a decade, never thought I'd get to see them, stunningly good
    King Crimson - Boston - as good as any of their recent tours, still stellar
    Nick Mason - Boston - really excellent to see all the old Floyd material with real sense of joy and a high energy packed venue
    The Comet Is Coming - Big Ears Knoxville & Boston - high energy modern electro jazz funk featuring Shabaka Hutchings on sax
    Koenjihyakkei - RIO Lyon - another bucket list band, high energy Japanese Zeuhl heavy and bonkers all the time
    This Is Not This Heat - Big Ears Knoxville - Experimental Rock one of the highlights of the festival
    Nik Bartsch Ronin - Big Ears Knoxville - Swiss minimalist modern zen groove jazz
    PoiL - RIO Lyon - punky avant rock - tiny club all standing loads of fun
    Schnellertollermeier - Swiss brutal minimalist jazz, crushingly good.
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    We really enjoyed Joe Jackson and Neal Morse in Boston, Flying Colors in NYC, Steve Hackett and King Crimson in Montreal, Adrian Belew in neighboring Holyoke, and Jane Siberry and the Musical Box right here in town.

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    Nik Bartsch Ronin - Big Ears Knoxville
    Stereolab - 9:30
    Messthetics - Big Ears
    God Is An Astronaut - R&R Hotel
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    Haven't been to a ton of shows this year, but the ones I have, ranked in order:

    1. Vezhlivy Otkaz - Cleveland Heights
    2. Steve Hackett - Cleveland
    3. King Crimson - Northfield Park
    4. Jonah Koslen - Cleveland
    5. Neal Morse Band - Cleveland
    6. Jon Anderson - Northfield Park
    7. The Musical Box - Cleveland

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    1. STRAWBS 50th Anniversary Weekend! - Lakewood, NJ
    2. Soft Machine - Seattle, WA. Highlight was the drummerís Plumbers Crack to the audience while adjusting his drums!

    3. Riverside - Seattle, WA
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    King Crimson - Greek Theater Los Angeles
    The Pineapple Thief - El Rey Theater Los Angeles

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    It was a great year for shows. Glad I could even see a few of these with a few of the fine folks in this thread like Ian and Mark

    Quick run through some notables:

    William Basinski @ U Street
    Deafheaven @ Fillmore
    Com Truise @ Union Station
    Nick Mason @ DAR Constitution Hall
    Sunn O))) @ Howard
    Nik Bartsch Ronin @ Big Ears
    This is Not This Heat @ Big Ears
    KTL @ Big Ears
    Imogen Heap @ Lincoln
    Kyle Dixon + Michael Stein @ Kennedy Center
    The Midnight @ The National
    God is an Astronaut @ Rock + Roll Hotel
    Oranssi Pazuzu @ Metro Gallery
    Drab Majesty @ Union Station
    Polite Refusal @ Rhizome
    Cinematic Orchestra @ 9:30 Club
    Street Cleaner @ Metro Gallery
    Henry Kaiser @ Rhizome
    Between the Buried + Me @ Fillmore

    So far 2020 has Swans/Anna Von Hausswolff, Cult of Luna, Heilung, whatever Big Ears has in store, and an Ensemble Ire with Franck Vigroux. So, looks like another great year lies ahead (can't wait).

    PS: Fuck it...special mention to seeing Metavari @ Songbyrd Cafe in DC, mainly because it's the only time I've been to a show where 100% of the audience loved the band as completely as me. That's because I was literally the ONLY person in the audience, but why nitpick. It was amazing and I gave him a full room's worth of enthusiasm.
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    Perhaps our favorite musical performance this year was not a concert per se, but David Byrne's American Utopia during it's Boston pre-Broadway run. Exceptional show. Getting rave reviews on Broadway.

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    Us Today @ Progday
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    It was hard to whittle it down but here:

    NUMBER ONE SPOT definitely goes to:

    6/19/2019 Вежливый Отказ aka Vezhlivy Otkaz aka Polite Refusal - Rhizome, DC

    rest are in date order.

    2/17/2019 Spellcasters - Bertha's, Baltimore

    2/28/2019 Boom Tic Boom - An die Musik, Baltimore

    3/22/2019 Big Ears - Ralph Towner

    3/23/2019 Big Ears - This Is Not This Heat

    3/26/2019 FIRE! - Rhizome, DC

    4/5/2019 Tomeka Reid Stringtet - Milkboy Arthouse, College Park, MD

    5/5/2019 Rosetta Trio [Jamie Fox/Liberty Ellman/Stephen Crump] - Rhizome, DC

    5/18/2019 The Mercury Tree - Orion, Baltimore, MD

    6/23/2019 Empirical - Rhizome, DC

    6/26/2019 Marbin - Seasons & Sessions - DC

    11/22/2019 Henry Kaiser - Rhizome, DC
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    P.S. - really pleased to see several people pick US, TODAY's Progday performance. I was not at Progday, but I've seen them twice in the last few years, and am a fan and am glad others here share my enthusiasm.
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    This Is Not This Heat - Copenhagen
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve F. View Post
    It was hard to whittle it down but here:

    NUMBER ONE SPOT definitely goes to:

    6/19/2019 Вежливый Отказ aka Vezhlivy Otkaz aka Polite Refusal - Rhizome, DC

    rest are in date order.

    2/17/2019 Spellcasters - Bertha's, Baltimore

    2/28/2019 Boom Tic Boom - An die Musik, Baltimore

    3/22/2019 Big Ears - Ralph Towner

    3/23/2019 Big Ears - This Is Not This Heat

    3/26/2019 FIRE! - Rhizome, DC

    4/5/2019 Tomeka Reid Stringtet - Milkboy Arthouse, College Park, MD

    5/5/2019 Rosetta Trio [Jamie Fox/Liberty Ellman/Stephen Crump] - Rhizome, DC

    5/18/2019 The Mercury Tree - Orion, Baltimore, MD

    6/23/2019 Empirical - Rhizome, DC

    6/26/2019 Marbin - Seasons & Sessions - DC

    11/22/2019 Henry Kaiser - Rhizome, DC
    You know, I almost included Polite Refusal too...in retrospect I really should have. They were excellent and I also got lots of fun stories about the before/after aspects of the show
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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    So far 2020 has Swans/Anna Von Hausswolff, Cult of Luna, Heilung, whatever Big Ears has in store, and an Ensemble Ire with Franck Vigroux. So, looks like another great year lies ahead (can't wait).
    I've got Swans/Von Hausswolff & Heilung already planned for 2020.

    Wish I'd gotten to see Us, Today, love their stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    You know, I almost included Polite Refusal too...in retrospect I really should have.
    That's why God gave you the edit button!!

    P.S. The stories are not part of the concert. Sadly.....
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    Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets was pretty special, as was Gong at HRH Prog in Sheffield. Looking forward to Richard Thompson acoustic on ... New Year's Eve.
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    I only went to one show this year, but it was King Crimson....
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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post

    So far 2020 has ... Heilung,
    Heilung is touring the US??!! I'm going to have to find the dates. I think I might even travel for that one, if I have to. Thanks for mentioning it.

    I have Nektar & TMB tickets for 2020 so far.
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    Robin Trower - Tulsa, OK
    Judas Priest/Uriah Heep - Austin, TX
    Kansas - Norman, OK
    Steve Hackett - Chicago, IL

    Gotta travel to see most shows anymore. OKC is not much of a hotbed for the kind of music I prefer unfortunately. Tulsa seems to get the best shows in this state.
    2020 is already starting to shape up with:

    The Eagles - Dallas, TX
    Frank Marino - Dallas, TX

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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    Heilung is touring the US??!! I'm going to have to find the dates. I think I might even travel for that one, if I have to. Thanks for mentioning it.

    I have Nektar & TMB tickets for 2020 so far.
    It seems to be a very limited tour, like six or seven dates. Full honesty, I knew nothing about them before a friend got tickets. Still not 100% how I feel about them musically but based on the YT videos, it should be one hell of a night regardless

    Good luck! I hope you can score tix
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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    It seems to be a very limited tour, like six or seven dates. Full honesty, I knew nothing about them before a friend got tickets. Still not 100% how I feel about them musically but based on the YT videos, it should be one hell of a night regardless

    Good luck! I hope you can score tix
    Only resale tix are available for the Chicago show. Fairly expensive, with hefty fees on some of the sites. One is even charging $7.50 per for you to download tickets. Anyway, I tried ordering off the ticketmaster site and the PayPal option glitched/didn't go through, so I tried using a cc, and that didn't cooperate either. Fuck it, maybe next time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Still not 100% how I feel about them musically but based on the YT videos, it should be one hell of a night regardless
    I'm not really buying the "Amplified History" aspect, but Maria Franz has an incredible voice, and if you checked the YT videos, you have seen that the spectacle should be...spectacular. Hope you enjoy it.

    I'm on their mailing list through Bandcamp, I wonder why they didn't notify me of the tour by email. They email about all new releases, even T-Shirts.
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    Ah, that blows...hopefully they'll be back or add more dates
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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Ah, that blows...hopefully they'll be back or add more dates
    ...And then I checked my email, and the PayPal payment went through, despite what the page said. SMH. What a ridiculous website.
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    Steve Hackett at the Beacon Theater NYC-September 25, 2019. Excellent show highlighted by performing Selling England By The Pound in it's entirety.

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