Wonder Showzen 2011 > was the shit. Looking back on a grandiose year in live music I'll go ahead and say it was probably the best in shows from my experience. Perhaps not the most shows I've been to in a calendar year or even my favorite artists ever but definitely a collective brilliance to the max. I partook all over the valley and from Cali to the Windy City I saw artists for the first time [The Black Keys, Sidney Samson, etc.], 12th time , long-awaited [Crystal Castles, Starfucker], and some I even never heard of prior [Manufactured Superstars].
I got to marvel at epic festivals across state lines like Lollapalooza and Outside Lands and even local classics like Fall Frenzy and Soundwave. I got to check out a brand new and instant favorite venue in Phoenix [Crescent Ballroom] as well as other east side staples for the millionth time [Marquee, Clubhouse]. All in all it was a superb year and I got to wander a music lover's paradise in 2011. I had the blastest blast with some of my best friends, made a shit ton of new ones and even enjoyed a few of these gigs on a solo mission.
It was way too hard to decide which shows were my favorite of 2011. Each were unique in that performances were distinct, my company varied and each experience were special in their own way. So instead of choosing, I'll salute all of the artists listed below that helped make my 2011 fucking phenomenal. Cheers.
12th Planet x 2 311 x 2 A Perfect Circle Above & Beyond Afrojack Arcade Fire Arctic Monkeys x 2 Beirut x 2 Best Coast The Black Keys x 2 Blink-182 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Cage the Elephant Cee Lo Chromeo Crystal Castles CSS Deadmau5 x 3 Dirty South DJ Noah Wylie x ? The Drums x 2 Dry River Yacht Club EC Twins x 2 Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina Eminem Face to Face Flogging Molly Foo Fighters Foster the People French Horn Rebellion Friendly Fires Girl Talk x 3 Hellogoodbye Jimmy Eat World Kaskade Kid Cudi Kids at the Bar x 2 The Kills The Limousines x 2 Mayer Hawthorne Manu Chao Manufactured Superstars Matt and Kim MEN MGMT Mira Aroyo Mourning Maxwell Muse The Naked & Famous Paper Diamond Parallels Pinback Roger Sanchez The Roots Sidney Samson Skrillex x 2 Slightly Stoopid The Sounds x 2 Starfucker Steve Aoki Stir Crazy Strung Out Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano Two Fresh Yelle Z-Trip x 2