My First Show: Best of 2012 Edition

Categories: My First Show

Drew Gaines
M83 at the Granada

We decided to check back in with some of the people we interviewed this year for My First Show, and ask about favorite concerts, records, and most-wanted Christmas gifts. Bad Design's Steven Altuna takes the cake for best answer for a Christmas wish.

What was the best show you saw this year?
Evan Johnson (Dead Flowers/Smile Smile): Best local show I saw was Somebody's Darling at Dada. It probably would have been their show at LaGrange opening for Shovels and Rope, but I missed it. Roadshow was either Delta Spirit or Yeasayer, both at House of Blues.
Stephen O'Sicky (This Will End): Would have to be the whole Coachella Festival. Refused, At the Drive-In, Childish Gambino, Radiohead, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, etc. It was amazing.
Christopher Robinson (Caterpillars): The best show I saw this year was The Velvet Teen at Dan's Silverleaf. I have been a fan for years but never got the chance to see them.
Brandon Butters (The West Windows/Things of Earth): Without question would have to be At the Drive-In at Trees. This was supposed to be a band I was never going to be able to see live. I'm extremely thankful for Kris Youmans bringing them to town. The online sale was an event in itself. I remember practically breaking my mouse trying to refresh the ticket page. But the show blew me away. I haven't been to a show with that much energy in a long time. My ribs were sore the next day. It was just a rowdy good time with the entire club singing (screaming?) along with every word.
Vinnie Tuley (Dead Flowers): Mugen Hoso at LaGrange. These two could be an amazing blues band, but they chose punk and do it right. Attitude and energy, huge sound for a two-piece.
John Paul Hossley (Bad Design): Wilco at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, California. Totally amazing experience. The sound was impeccable, and Wilco put on one the best shows that I ever seen.
John Gillespie (Bad Design): Probably the Dirty Projectors at the Kessler Theater. Great venue, great band. I've seen them a few times, but I've usually had to travel quite a ways to do so. The opener, Wye Oak, was about as exciting as listening to paint dry, but the sound at the Kessler is fantastic and the Dirty Projectors sounded amazing.
Justin Young (Rich Girls/Auxiliary Voice/J. Charles & the Trainrobbers/Arm Tha Homeless): M83 at Granada. First time to see them and I walked in assuming it was a project that couldn't replicate the power/intensity of their albums. I was completely wrong on that front.
Clint Sawyer (Bad Design): I got to see Lincoln Durham open up for James McMurtry at Dan's Silverleaf back in June. Amazing set, very powerful performance. If you haven't had the chance to see him live, it is well worth it.
Steven Altuna (Bad Design): For pure scene factor it was The Eccotones on top of Cool Beans as a non-official 35 Denton show.
Jordan Kline (Ice Eater): After listening to them for 10 years, I finally got to see M83 at the Granada.

Corey Howe (Dead Flowers): The best show I saw this year was probably Shovels and Rope and Somebody's Darling at LaGrange. It's been so much fun watching Shovels and Rope grow in our little Dallas scene, and those little Dallas Darlings have never played a bad show! Also, The Revival Tour at Trees would be up there too, seeing all those gods on stage commanding a large crowd with a single voice.

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Shovels and Rope
Emil Rapstine (The Angelus): Swans at Trees this past September was the hands down, thumbs up, earplugs in show of the year for me. Their sonic bludgeoning was as cathartic as usual - my fourth time seeing them since their 2010 reformation - but when Michael Gira let loose on the club for having several flatscreen TVs on, I think everyone in the crowd experienced a bit of schadenfreude as the staff sheepishly scrambled to shut them off. After that Gira abused the crowd and his band equally in a dramatic manner which made it hard to tell if it was purely show or grave earnestness. Either way, new levels of what is known as the sublime were achieved musically. The audience left stunned but euphoric.
Ed Chaney (Dead Flowers/Aquaholics): Best show for me this year was Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree at House of Blues. Was surprised to see Marco Minnemann on drums. I have always loved his style. He was backed by top notch players and the show was inspiring.
Guyton Sanders (Menkena): Honestly, there were a lot of shows that blew me away. So it is hard to narrow it down. But I'd have to say locally, it'd be Air Review. They really impressed me with the music, but when I saw them at the same show Menkena played at, they were dynamic and had a lot of strong grooves I always look for in other music. Nationally, I'd have to say Beach House. I had bought tickets to surprise my girlfriend; she's a big fan of theirs. It was a blast seeing those guys. When you make an album like they do, you expect to be more people in the band at least to play on the tour, but seeing them live pulling off the textured tones and music just like the album impressed me. I can also appreciate a band who uses visuals.
Sean Dove (Noonday Morningstar): Future of the Left at Prophet Bar. It was the night before Thanksgiving so the crowd was pretty meager but they put on a ridiculous show. They closed out with a 15-minute feedback-drenched freakout, pulling people up on stage and forcing instruments into their hands, Dismemberment Plan-style. Throwing a couple of McLusky songs into the set didn't hurt matters either. Runner-up moments: Bob Mould playing Hüsker Dü, Afghan Whigs playing Frank Ocean, and evacuating City Tavern during King Tuff/Natural Child/Spookeasy after the roof (almost) caught on fire.

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