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My 30 Favorite Sets of 2015, part 1 of 3

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.

Crimson Wave at Sidebar

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).

War on Women record release at Metro Gallery

Downtown Boys at Windup Space.   They made me even more of a fan of the sax.

Downtown Boys at Windup Space

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.

the Body at CCAS

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.

Prince at Royal Farms Arena

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.

Lightning Bolt at Floristree

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.

Blacksage at ScapeScape

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.

Abdu Ali at ScapeScape

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!

Chastity Belt at Metro Gallery

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.

Romantic States at the Crown