Saturday, December 31, 2011


We feel it's very important to music (especially the music featured on Exploding In Sound) to see bands live. The live experience can truly define a band, will generally make you a bigger fan, and in many cases create a new found lifelong appreciation for their music. I try to go to as many shows as possible (though I certainly missed a fair share of great ones) and for no particular reason other than my own curiosity, I decided to keep track of every band I had the pleasure of enjoying live this year. For all those interested, this is my official recap of one music nerd's [myself] year in concerts. Keep in mind I saw other bands as well, but I did say enjoy...

It should be noted that Grass Is Green and Pile take home the honors of my greatest repeated attendance, having seen them an enormous 10 and 9 times respectively. I'm proud to say that I enjoyed the hell out of each and every one of those shows (especially when they were together)! There are some bands you can't see over and over again, these are not those bands. As far as I'm concerned, the entire city of Boston should swell with pride whenever Pile or Grass Is Green is mentioned.

We also dipped our toes into show promoting with the "EXPLODING IN SOUND PRESENTS" series this year, as we've tried to establish a presence in our new Brooklyn home. We've been working to put together some great bills throughout the year with the hopes that everyone in attendance is as stoked for the entire line-up as we are. I'd like to take the opportunity to look back and thank everyone who played in the bands, all the venues, and everyone who attended. I look forward to keeping the momentum going into 2012 with incredible shows already announced for January [HERE] and February [HERE].

Pulled Apart By Horses/Markov/Disco Doom/Zlam Dunk/Gypsyblood/Gift Horse at Friends of Sound Records [co-hosted by Friends of Sound]

Pile/Mail The Horse/Dead Sands at Brooklyn Fire Proof

Pile/Grass Is Green/Grandfather/Me You Us Them at Great Scott [co-hosted by GHouse]
Grandfather/Pile/Me You Us Them/Grass Is Green at Cameo Gallery [co-hosted by Big Ass Lens]
Zlam Dunk/Summer People/HotChaCha/Your Skull My Closet at Bruar Falls

Quilty/Pile/Grass Is Green/Bambara/Ovlov at Fat Baby

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED [in alphabetical order]:

Cave In [stripped down] + Stephen Brodsky [solo] at Great Scott
Clouds + Disappearer at St. Vitus Bar
Creepoid + Shores at LuLu's
Dinosaur Jr. (performing Bug) + Fucked Up at Terminal 5
Dirty Dishes at Glasslands
The Dismemberment Plan at The Paradise
Glassjaw + Tidal Arms at The Paradise
Hot Snakes at The Bell House
Le Butcherettes at Flamingo Cantina (SXSW)
Marnie Stern/Tera Melos/Drummers at The Middle East Upstairs
Medications/Office of Future Plans/Buildings at Rock N Roll Hotel
Mr. Dream + Widowspeak at Cake Shop (CMJ)
Mr. Dream at Piano's
Mr. Gnome + Noxious Foxes at Union Pool
Portugal. The Man at Terminal 5 (CMJ)
Porches. at Greenpoint Gallery
Pulled Apart By Horses at Latitude 30 (SXSW)
Queens of the Stone Age (performing QOTSA)/The Black Angels/Mini Mansions/J Mascis at La Zona, Rosa (SXSW)
Ringo Deathstarr/Dead Leaf Echo/Heaven/The Vandelles at Shea Stadium
Shellac at The Bell House
Sherman Burns/Pile/Margin Walker at Rugg Road
Soundgarden at Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
Torche/Big Business/Helms Alee at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Torche + Part Chimp at Mercury Lounge
True Widow at Union Pool
Ume/Me You Us Them/The Prids/Appomattox at Piano's
Weird Owl + Heliotropes at Union Pool
White Denim/Mazes/Widowspeak at Bowery Ballroom

And for the complete list of bands we enjoyed live in 2011:

• A Perfect Circle
• Action Bronson
• Adebisi Shank (x2)
• Alberta Cross
• …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead (x2)
• Appomattox (x2)
• Bad Dream
• Bambara (x2)
• Band of Horses
• Big Business
• Big Troubles
• The Black Angels
• The Black Belles
• Black Books
• The Black Box Revelation (x2)
• The Black Shades
• The Blind Pets
• Boots Electric
• The Boxing Lesson
• Bridge Farmers
• Buildings
• Bunny’s A Swine (x2)
• Burnt Ones
• Cage The Elephant
• Camper Van Beethoven
• Capsula
• Caspian
• Cast Spells
• Cave In (x2)
• Chavez
• Clouder
• Clouds
• Cracker
• Creepoid
• Crocodiles
• Cults
• Dad Rocks!
• (Damn) This Desert Air
• Dan Sartain
• Dead Cats Dead Rats
• Dead Confederate
• Dead Leaf Echo
• Dead Sands (x2)
• Death From Above 1979
• Descender
• Dinosaur Jr.
• Dinosaur Pile-Up
• Dirty Dishes (x3)
• Disappearer

• Disco Doom
• The Dismemberment Plan
• Doomstar!
• Drummers (x2)
• The Due Diligence
• Eels
• Eksi Ekso
• Fang Island (x2)
• Fax Holiday
• Fight Amp (x2)
• The Fling
• The Foreign Resort
• Fucked Up (x2)
• Futurebirds
• Geronimo!
• Gift Horse
• Gifts From Enola
• Glassjaw
• The Globes
• Gozu
• Grandfather (x6)
• Grass Is Green (x10)
• Guards
• Gypsyblood
• Hawks
• Hazard Adams (x3)
• Heaven
• Heliotropes (x2)
• Helms Alee
• Hopewell
• Hot Snakes

• HotChaCha
• J Mascis (x2)
• Joe Lally
• Junius (x2)
• Killer Mike
• King Owl
• Kylesa (x2)
• Kyuss Lives
• LaFaro
• Lavinia
• Le Butcherettes (x3)
• The Library is on Fire (x2)
• Life and Limb
• Luger
• Madam Trashy (x2)
• Magnet School
• Mail The Horse
• Manchester Orchestra
• Margin Walker
• Markov
• Marnie Stern
• The Mars Volta
• Mastodon
• Mazes
• Me You Us Them (x2)
• Meat Puppets (x2)
• Medications
• Members of Morphine with Jeremy Lyons
• Meyhem Lauren
• Mini Mansions
• Mod Gun (x2)
• MonstrO
• The Morning After Girls
• Mose Giganticus
• Mr. Dream (x4)
• Mr. Gnome
• Mr. Sister
• Mutt
• My Disco
• Nassy
• Native
• Neur
• Night Fruit
• Noxious Foxes
• Obits
• Office of Future Plans
• Ovlov (x3)
• The Parlor Mob
• Part Chimp
• Peelander-Z
• PILE (x9)
• Popstrangers
• Porches.
• Portugal. The Man (x3)

• The Prids
• Primus
• Pujol (x2)
• Pulled Apart By Horses (x3)
• Puscifer
• Queens of the Stone Age (x2)
• Quilty (x3)
• The Raconteurs
• Radical Dads (x2)
• Red Bacteria Vacuum
• Red Fang
• RIBS (x2)
• Riff Cannon
• Ringo Deathstarr
• Royal Baths
• Seaweed
• Shapes Have Fangs
• She Keeps Bees
• Shellac
• Sherman Burns (x4)
• Shores
• Slang Chickens
• Snoop Dogg
• Soundgarden (x2)
• Speedy Ortiz
• Stephen Brodsky
• Stereo is a Lie
• Summer People
• Swervedriver
• The Sword
• Tall Ships
• Tera Melos
• Tidal Arms (x3)
• Torche (x2)
• Trashfire
• Truckfighters
• True Widow (x2)
• Turbo Fruits (x2)
• TV on the Radio
• Two Inch Astronaut (x2)
• Two Tears
• Ume
• The Vandelles
• Visions
• Weekend (x2)
• Weird Owl (x2)
• White Denim

• Widowspeak (x5)
• Wu-Tang Clan
• The Young
• Young Adults
• Young Widows
• Your Skull My Closet (x4)
• Yuck
• Zechs Marquise
• Zlam Dunk (x2)

I wish I started doing this years ago...

1 comment:

Grandfather said...

Dan, thanks for your continued support. 6 Grandfather shows in 2011! You're the man, and we can't wait to bring you new music (and hopefully LP 2) in 2012!