Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Turn My Swag On: Music Midway in 2009

The 25 Best Shows of 2009 (so far)
I've seen 176 individual live performances in 2009. These 25 are my favorites.
1. Nas and Damian Marley- Beaumont Club
2. Esperanza Spalding- Folly Theater
3. Steve Coleman- Blue Room
4. AC/DC- Sprint Center
5. Solange- VooDoo Lounge
6. The People's Liberation Big Band- The Pistol
7. Kris Kristofferson- Uptown Theater
8. Fito Olivares- Crown Center
9. Tony Bennett- Midland Theater
10. Lil Wayne- Sprint Center
11. The Architects- multiple locations
12. Heartless Bastards- Beaumont Club
13. Rancid- Uptown Theater
14. Aterciopelados- Beaumont Club
15. Slipknot- Sprint Center
16. Kansas City Symphony with Emanuel Ax- Lyric Theater
17. Tech N9ne- Sandstone
18, The Blue Note 7- Gem Theater
19. Saving Abel- Rockfest
20. Karrin Allyson- Jardine's
21. Stik Figa- Beaumont
22. Eddie and the Hot Rods- Record Bar
23. Dead Rock West- Knuckleheads
24. Chris Cornell- VooDoo Lounge
25. Craig Morgan- Power & Light District

The 10 Best Singles of 2009 (so far)
I favor pop songs that make me laugh, cry or want to smash stuff up.
1. Maxwell- "Pretty Wings"
2. Regina Spektor- "Laughing With"
3. Kid Cudi- "Day 'N' Nite"
4. Gorilla Zoe- "Lost"
5. Soulja Boy- "Turn My Swag On"
6. The Lonely Island- "I'm On a Boat"
7. Eric Church- "Love Your Love the Most"
8. Taking Back Sunday- "Sink Into Me"
9. Scooter Smiff- "Head of My Class"
10. GS Boyz- "Stanky Legg"

The Five Best Songs of 2009 By Kansas City-area Artists (so far)
1. XV- "A.D.D."
2. Tech N9ne- "Blown Away"
3. Krizz Kaliko- "Misunderstood"
4. Ron Ron- "Hey Honey"
5. The ACBs- "You Did It Once"

The Ten Best Albums of 2009 (so far)
1. P.O.S.- Never Better
2. Sonic Youth- The Eternal
3. Mike Farris- Shout!
4. Heartless Bastards- The Mountain
5. Joe Lovano- Folk Art
6. Rick Ross- Deeper Than Rap
7. Green Day- 21st Century Breakdown
8. The Life and Times- Tragic Boogie
9. Bob Dylan- Together Through Life
10. Mac Lethal- Love Potion 5

(Original image of Los Desperadoz by There Stands the Glass.)


cadoolittle said...

Since I only saw 2 of the shows of your top concerts I can't really mock you at all. Thanks for ranking my old fav's (and I do mean "old")AC/DC. They certainly do give you your money's worth and I guess they always will. I also would have to agree with the Architects ranking. A great live band.

Happy In Bag said...

The high quality and raw blues element of AC/DC's performance shocked me. That the Architects are a great live band, however, is to be expected. Thanks for checking in, CD.