Best Concerts of 2010

2010 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 2010. 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 nights of my life this year. [Photo by CJ Foeckler]

1. Pavement – Pabst Theater, Milwaukee (Video: “Range Life” “Summer Babe” “Trigger Cut“)
2. Neil Young + Bert Jansch – The Ryman, Nashville (Nashville Scene Review)
3. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Preservation Hall, New Orleans (Muzzle of Bees Review/Photos)
4. Muzzle of Bees 5th Anniversary – Cactus Club, Milwaukee (A.V Club Milwaukee Review)
5. Megafaun + Sam Quinn + Conrad Plymouth – Club Garibaldi, Milwaukee (Video: “Bonnie’s Song” | A.V Club Milwaukee Review)
6. Jónsi – Pabst Theater, Milwaukee (Video: “Grown Till Tall” “Tornado” “Sinking Friendships“)
7. The Tallest Man On Earth – Pabst Theater, Milwaukee (Video: “I Won’t Be Found“)
8. Breathe Owl Breathe – Cactus Club, Milwaukee (Video: “House of Gold” “Swimming“)
9. The Rural Alberta Advantage – SXSW Backyard BBQ, Austin (Muzzle of Bees Review)
10. Sharon Van Etten – Cactus Club, Milwaukee (Video: “A Joke Or A Lie“)
11. The Rosebuds + Broken Social Scene – Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh (Review)
12. Strand of Oaks + Golden Coins + Wolfgang Schaefer – Cactus Club (Video: “Two Kids“)
13. GAYNGS – Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee (A.V. Club Milwaukee Review)
14. Frontier Ruckus + David Wax Museum + Juniper Tar – Cactus Club
15. Roadside Graves + Jeremiah Nelson – Cactus Club, Milwaukee
16. Crooked Fingers + Conrad Plymouth – Club Garibaldi, Milwaukee (Video: “Revenge“)
17. A.A. Bondy – High Noon Saloon, Madison (Video: “Black Rain, Black Rain“)
18. Damien Jurado – Mad Planet, Milwaukee (Video: “Kansas City” “Harborview” “Abilene“)
19. The Flaming Lips – Riverside Theater, Milwaukee (Video: “Do You Realize?“)
20. The Avett Brothers + The Low Anthem – Riverside, Milwaukee (Video: “I & Love & You“)
21. The National + Owen Pallet – Riviera, Chicago (Video: “Terrible Love” “Squalor Victoria“)
22. Harlem – Slims, Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh (Video: “Gay Human Bones“)
23. St. Vincent – Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee (Video: “These Days“)
24. My Morning Jacket – Charter One Pavillion, Chicago (Muzzle of Bee Review/Photos)
25. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros + Dawes – Pabst, Milwaukee (Video: “Home“)
26. Langhorne Slim – Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee (Video: “Land of Dreams“)
27. Built To Spill – Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee (Video: “Car” “Carry The Zero“)
28. Nathaniel Rateliff – Club Garibaldi, Milwaukee (Video: “Pounds & Pounds“)
29. Devo – Summerfest, Milwaukee (Video: “Beautiful World” “Jocko Homo“)
30. The National + The Antlers – Radio City Music Hall, New York (Video: “Conversation 16“)

Discuss: What were the best concerts you saw this year? What shows did you miss that you really wanted to see? Who tops your list of who you’d like to see live in 2011?

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