Muzzle of Bees :: Best Concerts of 2008

2008 provided plenty of memorable nights of live music in Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, and at various festivals and cities across the US. Below you’ll find my 30 favorite concerts of 2008 [*]. Inevitably, there are probably ones I forgot about, didn’t attend, or straight up didn’t know about. That being said, the 30 shows listed below represent some of the best times had this year.

1. Tom Waits – Moren Theater, Jacksonville (Muzzle of Bees Review)
2. Bruce Springsteen – Lakefront/Harley-Davidson 105th (Muzzle of Bees Review)
3. Bon Iver/AA Bondy – Pabst Theater, Milwaukee (Muzzle of Bees Review)
4. My Morning Jacket – Riverside Theater, Milwaukee
5. David Byrne – Austin City Limits, Austin (Muzzle of Bees Review)
6. Radiohead – Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa (Muzzle of Bees Review)
7. R.E.M. – United Center, Chicago (Muzzle of Bees Review)
8. Steve Earle – Barrymore Theatre, Madison (Muzzle of Bees Review)
9. Fleet Foxes – UW Terrace, Madison (Muzzle of Bees Review)
10. Jens Lekman – Music Hall, Madison (Muzzle of Bees Review)
11. The Swell Season – Overture Hall, Madison (Muzzle of Bees Review)
12. Black Mountain – Headliners Music Hall, Louisville (Muzzle of Bees Review)
13. The Avett Brothers – Monolith Music Festival, Red Rocks (Muzzle of Bees Review)
14. Bruce Springsteen – Bradley Center, Milwaukee (Muzzle of Bees Review)
15. Sigur Ros – Chicago Theatre, Chicago (Muzzle of Bees Review)
16. Of Montreal – Pabst Theater, Milwaukee
17. DeVotchKa – Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee (Muzzle of Bees Review)
18. White Denim – The Mohawk, Austin (Muzzle of Bees Review)
19. Band of Horses – Austin City Limits, Austin (Muzzle of Bees Review)
20. TV On The Radio – Monolith Music Festival, Red Rocks (Muzzle of Bees Review)
21. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – Overture Hall, Madison (Muzzle of Bees Review)
22. David Byrne – Pabst Theater, Milwaukee
23. The Hold Steady – Majestic Theatre, Madison (Muzzle of Bees Review)
24. Girl Talk – Lollapalooza, Chicago
25. Wilco – The Riveria Theater, Chicago (Muzzle of Bees Review)
26. Dark Meat – SXSW Vice Party, Austin
27. AA Bondy – Austin City Limits, Austin (Muzzle of Bees Review)
28. The Rosebuds/Megafaun – High Noon Saloon, Madison (Muzzle of Bees Review)
29. Langhorne Slim – High Noon Saloon, Madison (Muzzle of Bees Review)
30. Drive-By Truckers/The Felice Brothers – Pabst Theater (Muzzle of Bees Review)

* We will be seeing a handful of shows before the year comes to an end. We reserve the right to edit this list with consideration to those performances, but also want to give you something to talk about and discuss for the rest of the month.

That’s our list kids. What did we leave out? What did we miss? Leave your favorites, memories and thoughts in the comments!

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