April 15, 2007 3:04 PM Subscribe
Which bands/artists put on the best live shows?
posted by SBMike to media & arts (102 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
Having seen a string of excellent concerts in the last year or so, I'd really like to go see some more. The shows that really do it for me are the ones where the performers have a great deal of energy, where they really seem to be enjoying themselves onstage, and where the crowd really gets into the show. Good stage banter is a plus, as is a general sense of showmanship, but not to the point where it seems gimmicky or forced. Bands that I would include in this class are Guided by Voices (sadly, no more), the Tragically Hip, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, the Violent Femmes, and Flogging Molly. The kind of bands where after you see their show, you and anyone else who was there feel like you shared an experience. Bands that you would see again and again each time they come through town. The kind of bands that naturally develop an intensely loyal fan base that comes out to see them each time too.
I'd appreciate hearing about fairly well known bands that totally rock out, but the budget is somewhat limited, so bonus points for somewhat obscure bands that do all this for under $20. They should be big enough to come through LA though. Mainly interested in straight-up rock, but not rigidly so.