I go to a lot of live music. Here were my thirty favorite sets, a quick sentence or two about each, and a picture. They are in chronological order. I wont be posting dates for each one though.
First up, Crimson Wave at Sidebar. It was their second to last ever show, and I included this over their last because while this was sad.. It was not as sad as the last one was.
This was from War on Women’s record release show. It was a great time with a diverse lineup, and War on Women slayed and made me a lifetime fan (I already loved the EP before this).
Downtown Boys at Windup Space. They made me even more of a fan of the sax.
The Body at CCAS! (RIP CCAS). This was one of the few times that I went to Charm City Art Space. This was a matinee show and the Body slayed like it was midnight. It was the loudest thing I heard all night.
I saw Prince on a date with my fiancee (she does not go to many shows so each one I consider a special event). Plus, motherfucking Prince yo.
This is Lightning Bolt right before they destroyed Floristree. I did not know that the crowd would be so crazy and I spent most of the show in the back of this DIY spot.
Scapescape is one of my favorite festivals. With a lineup focusing on local talent, there is always something playing that I would want to see. This was my first time seeing Blacksage (though not my last, I ended up seeing them two other times in 2015) and they did not disappoint. They should be huge.
This is another Scapescape performance, by Adbu Ali. His confrontational, emotional style of hip-hop was a thing of beauty and he had me dancing his whole set.
Chastity Belt was a band who I immediately loved when I first heard them this year. They did not let me down at their Metro Gallery show. Plus the lead singer plays the same guitar as me. I do not see tons of guitarists using it. Also props to Metro Gallery, my favorite venue. Venue of 2015!
Number ten and last of this bunch is Romantic States at the Crown. Their music is perfect pop songs with loud and soft dynamics. I saw them a couple other times this year, but this was my favorite.
The second show of that night, was the already in progress show over at the Metro Gallery. I sped off with my GPS guiding me to the venue from an unfamiliar direction. I was cutting it close – Crimson Wave were to play at 9:30 PM and Metro Gallery is pretty good with set times. The machine told me 15 minutes, but with the walk to my car, I was cutting it close. I finally got to the area, parked blocks away, and ran to the venue. I made it just in time. Local favorites Crimson Wave had just started. And it was packed. I had to stand on the side of the stage to see this final outing of this bummer pop outfit. I have all of their releases, and saw them three or four times since the first time at Baltimore Popfest 2013. I will miss them and the set was bittersweet to experience.
I was able to get a good spot at the front of the stage for headlining band, Superheaven. I guess they had less of a crossover appeal. Superheaven‘s crowd was really young, and the Xs on hands outnumbered the 21 year old plus bracelets. Not a diss, just an observation, as I am pretty sure I would have also dug this band if I was a teenager. They are definitely a grunge throwback. They played a shorter set than I expected (30 minutes) and that is my only complaint. The songs off of Jar (and their new single) sounded good on the sound system and I left a it disappointed that I did not have any money on me to buy a t-shirt from them.
After the show I hung out with a myriad of folks from Baltimore bands, and had a good chill time hanging out (something I needed that day). It ended up being a longer night than I was expecting (I got home around 3:30 AM) but it was worth it.
photos by me from my Instagram
For my second show of 2015, I went to a fundraiser show for the group, Hollaback. I am catching up so this is going to be brief…
The first band of the night was The Degenerettes. I had never heard them before. I think they were pretty good. I think I have seen their drummer in another band before. They seemed like some solid peeps.
Second up was Friendbeast. The bass player is the uncle (maybe step uncle) of my friend. My friend is in a band with me called Cool is Forever Now. Neat. He was nice. I told him I knew Justin. Their music was loud and their screaming singer sang in the crowd.
Hive Bent played next. I fucking love Hive Bent. I have seen them a few times and they always rock. A +
Next up was Crimson Wave, a band that I had not seen live in a couple years. They decided to call it a day, so the next time I see them, opening for Superheaven, it will be their last show… Say it ain’t so, as I have been a fan since Baltimore Popfest 2013.
The last band of the night was Wet Brain. Too many cameras! I think this is the show that caused UN Booking to say enough with the million of flashes and all that. The band was great as always. Before they played, the Hollaback (anti street harassment organization) organizer said thanks and I was later told I kept screaming “I ain’t no hollaback girl!” a few times. All in all a great night!
All photos by me