gorilla vs. bear's Favorite Live Shows of '05
I honestly didn't think that my Favorite Shows of 2005 list would be this difficult, but I labored over this damn thing for so long. I left out some shows I had huge expectations for that I didn't feel really made a lasting impression on me (CYHSY and Brian Jonestown Massacre, please sit down). But when it comes down to it, I saw more shows this year than I have in any other year, thanks in large part to this blog. And each one of these shows was special in its own way, which made ranking them an unbelievably difficult task for me. I hope you guys enjoy the list as much as I enjoyed making it:
25. Th' Corn Gangg/Matisyahu, Carribean Lights (SXSW)
This show was slightly wheels off, but it was hilarious and very surreal. I don't know why, you just had to be there.
24. Jaime Lidell/Four Tet, Hailey's (Denton, TX)
23. M.I.A., La Zona Rosa (Austin, TX)
22. Modest Mouse/Cass McCombs, Nokia Live (Grand Prairie, TX)
Nokia Live, while decent for a larger venue, is not one of my favorite places to see a show. That said, Modest Mouse was great, and Cass McCombs made quite an impression.
21. Feist, The Fader Tent (SXSW)
This show at the Fader Tent was memorable for so many reasons. Free Red Stripe all day, Elijah Wood, and the flash thunderstorm that almost killed Feist. The girl is a trooper.
20. Metric, Gypsy Tearoom (Dallas, TX)
19. The Secret Machines/Autolux/The Moving Units, Trees (Dallas, TX)
18. SOUND team/Mazarin, Trees (Dallas, TX)
17. Rilo Kiley, Trees (Dallas, TX)
16. The Go! Team/The Grates, Trees (Dallas, TX)
The Go! Team was cool, but the highlight of the show was The Grates and frontwoman Patience. I could have watched them play all night.
15. Common/De La Soul/Rahzel, Gypsy Tea Room (Dallas, TX)
I remember this show as being one big party, which is how a good hip hop show should be. Highlights: when Dres came out with De La Soul to perform hip hop classic "The Choice is Yours"; Common's entire set; Rahzel shooting down my request to do a Bjork song.
14. Bloc Party/The Cribs/Apostle of Hustle, Urban Outfitters, Women's Swimwear Section (SXSW):
13. The Rosebuds, Gypsy Tea Room (Dallas, TX)
12. Rogue Wave/The Happy Bullets, Hailey's (Denton, TX)
11. The Faint/Bright Eyes, Stubb's, (Austin, TX)
10. Jurassic 5/Diplo, Stubb's (Austin, TX)
9. St. Vincent (Annie Clark)/Red Hunter, The Doublewide (Dallas, TX)
This show would have been top 5 if it had been longer. Red Hunter's set was like 15 minutes long, and St. Vincent's was like 30, tops. But both made a lasting impression, and both lead me to believe these artists are going to make some serious noise in '06. Highlights: Hunter's cover of "Imagination"; Annie's showstopping closer, "Now, Now".
8. Digable Planets, Gypsy Tea Room (Dallas, TX)
It is SO good to see these guys back together. They haven't skipped a beat. One highlight was local favorite E. Badu joining the group for a few songs.
7. Broken Social Scene, Gypsy Tea Room (Dallas, TX)
This show would've been higher if Kevin Drew hadn't attempted to sabotage it, but it was an amazing set nonetheless.
6. The Blood Arm, Club DeVille (SXSW):
Frontman Nathaniel Fregoso is by far the most energetic, engaging, and possibly insane person I've ever seen. Dude was climbing walls, making out with unsuspecting audience members, and running all over the small venue. Plus, free beer helps any show stand out.
5. Devendra Banhart, The Cavern (Dallas, TX)
Definitely the most bizarre show I've ever seen, and one of the best. I had seen Architecture in Helsinki and CYHSY earlier in the same night, but Devendra was the spectacle of the year.
4. Lollapalooza, Grant Park (Chicago, IL), July 23-24
So many highlights I wouldn't know where to begin. The lineup was amazing, Chicago is amazing, and I got to hang out with Dodge and MJ all weekend.
3. Iron & Wine/Calexico, Ridglea Theater (Ft. Worth, TX)
This show exceeded all my expectations going in. I wasn't sure how Sam Beam's hushed vocals would translate live, but this show was perfect.
2. The Black Keys, Zilker Park (ACL), September 24, 2005
Kevin, Dodge, and I (and our significant others) were pretty exhausted from the heat and dirt when these two took the stage...and wow. They tore it up. One of the most scorching sets I've ever seen.
1. The Polyphonic Spree, Nokia Live/The Granada/Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens
I couldn't seperate the three times I saw the Spree, because they were all spectacular. I've said it before, but if you haven't seen them live yet, please do. You might be surprised.
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