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Year In Review: Top 10 Concerts of 2015 Rated by Contributors

Savages at FYF 2015 by Taylor Wong-Top 10 Concerts of 2015
Destruction Unit at Berserktown II-Top 10 Concerts of 2015 shot by David Evanko

Top 10 Concerts of 2015- Destruction Unit at Berserktown II- shot by David Evanko

Since the beginning of time, mankind grabbed whatever it could find to tap out and amplify the rhythm in our souls.  From the most tribal roots of humanity, those rhythms brought us to our feet and inspired us into spastic soliloquies and baby making motions. Before the advent of the recording studio, there was only one way to hear music- LIVE.  For true music snobs and purists, if you can’t do it live, you can’t do it.  That is my segway into Janky Smooth’s Top 10 Concerts of 2015.

Janky Smooth contributors attended 100’s of shows this year.  Selecting the top 10 concerts of 2015 was quite a challenge.  Most of the concerts we attended were in Los Angeles so while new labels, venues and promoters are taking advantage of the music explosion taking place all over the globe, Los Angeles continues to be it’s music capital.  I often complain about the low energy of concert attendees in the city of my birth and while a handful of bands have been skipping Los Angeles on their tour schedules for this reason and opt for Pomona or Orange County, there’s no denying that if you hype up a Los Angeles crowd, you can hype up any crowd.

Top 10 Concerts of 2015

Brent Smith- Author: Top 10 Concerts of 2015

  1. Ho99o9 EP Release Party at Mystery Box
  2. Savages at The Roxy
  3. Lydia Lunch at Teragram Ballroom
  4. Fuzz and Birth Defects at The Roxy
  5. Kim and the Created and Deap Vally at The Echo
  6. Destruction Unit Record Release at Teragram Ballroom
  7. The Replacements at The Palladium
  8. L.A. Psych Fest at The Regent Theater and The Echo
  9. Veronica Bianqui at Harvard and Stone
  10. Le Butcherettes in store performance at Amoeba Records

Top Post: The Replacements- Alt Heads, Why The Palladium Sucks and Whole Foods Blues

The Replacements at The Palladium- Shot by David Evanko

The Replacements at The Palladium- Shot by David Evanko

Taylor Wong- Photographer/Author: Top 10 Concerts of 2015

  1. Every Ho99o9 Show
  2. Dead Milkmen at The Troubadour
  3. Beach Goth 4 at The Observatory
  4. Punk Rock Bowling in Downtown Las Vegas
  5. Beach Boys- Civic Arts Center Thousand Oaks
  6. Band of Horses at The Observatory
  7. FYF at Exposition Park/LA Sports Arena
  8. Trash Talk, together Pangea and Rat King at The Echoplex
  9. Desert Daze- Sunset Ranch Oasis, Mecca California
  10. Burgerama 4 at The Observatory

Top Post: Beach Goth 4: The Party of the Year

The Mummies at Beach Goth 4- Shot by Taylor Wong

The Mummies at Beach Goth 4- Shot by Taylor Wong

David Evanko- Photographer: Top 10 Concerts of 2015

  1. Thee Oh Sees at Hotel Vegas SXSW
  2. Ty Segall- Burgerama 4
  3. Wand at The Echo
  4. Ho99o9 EP Release Party at Mystery Box
  5. Television at Teragram Ballroom
  6. Fuzz at The Continental Room
  7. Feels at Burger a go go
  8. Corners at The Echoplex
  9. Drinks at The Echo
  10. Warpaint at Desert Daze

Top Post: Ho99o9 EP Release Party at The Mystery Box- An Initiation 

Ho99o9 at The Mystery Box- Top 10 Concerts of 2015 shot by David Evanko

Ho99o9 at The Mystery Box- Top 10 Concerts of 2015 shot by David Evanko

Travis Moore- Videographer: Top 10 Concerts of 2015

  1. Desert Daze 2015 at Sunset Ranch Oasis
  2. Kim and The Created and Deap Vally at The Echo
  3. Retox at Runaway Fest
  4. No Parents at Beach Goth 4
  5. Mr Elevator and the Brain Hotel at Beach Goth 4
  6. Chicano Batman at Coachella
  7. Birth Defects at Summer Fest/The Satellite
  8. Santoros at Echo Park Rising
  9. Run the Jewels at Coachella
  10. Aquabats at Beach Goth 4

Top Post: Dazed in the Daylight-Desert Daze Video Recap (part 1)

Jai Chebaia- Author: Top 10 Concerts of 2015

  1. Cherry Glazerr/Slow Hollows/N0-Fi/Honeydrip at “Spencer’s Birthday Party”
  2. Tame Impala at Hollywood Forever Cemetary
  3. Unknown Mortal Orchestra at FYF
  4. Savages at FYF
  5. Shannon and the Clams at El Rey Theater
  6. Meatbodies at The Echo
  7. SXSW
  8. Desert Daze at Sunset Ranch Oasis
  9. Broncho at The Teragram Ballroom
  10. Ty Segall and Feels acoustic set at The Smell

Top Post: Tame Impala- Tie Die in the Sky at Hollywood Forever Cemetery 

Kevin Parker Shredding at Hollywood Forever Cemetery- Top 10 Concerts of 2015 shot by David Evanko

Kevin Parker Shredding at Hollywood Forever Cemetery- Top 10 Concerts of 2015 shot by David Evanko

Julien Kelly- Photographer: Top 10 Concerts of 2015

  1. FIDLAR record release show at Amoeba Records
  2. Ty Segall and Feels acoustic set at The Smell
  3. Shannon and the Clams at El Rey Theater
  4. Fuzz at The Smell
  5. Chastity Belt/Meat Market/Guantanamo Baywatch at The Smell
  6. Burgerama 4 at The Observatory
  7. Desert Daze at Sunset Ranch Oasis
  8. Meatbodies at The Echo
  9. Mr Elevator and the Brain Hotel at The Troubadour
  10. Jacco Gardner/Mild High Club at The Echo

Top Post: Meatbodies Lay Waste to The Echo with Spectacular Theatrics

Meatbodies- Top 10 Concerts of 2015 shot by Julien Kelly

Meatbodies- Top 10 Concerts of 2015 shot by Julien Kelly

Lawrence Rengert- Author: Top 10 Concerts of 2015

  1. Little Big Here at Folk Steady, Ojai
  2. Guy Blakeslee at Good Time Davey Waynes
  3. Mike Blanchard and the Californios at Twang and Bang X Fest, San Luis Obispo
  4. Jonathan Richman at The Monday Club, San Luis Obispo
  5. The Miseries at Garage Bar
  6. Blake Mills at Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam
  7. Melvins acoustic set at Permanent Records
  8. Dan Deacon at Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam
  9. Little Wings at Pehrspace
  10. Goldy at Velvet Jones in Santa Barbara

Top Post- “It’s Important to be Sincere” Jonathan Richman at The Monday Club

Justin Cornwall-Author: Top Concerts of 2015

  1. Sufjan Stevens at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
  2. Caribou at Pappy and Harriet’s
  3. RATATAT at The Mayan
  4. Foo Fighters for Grohl’s birthday at The Forum
  5. Robert DeLong at CRSSD fest San Diego
  6. Tod Terje at Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetary
  7. Mac Demarco at FYF
  8. Skrillex at L.A. Coliseum
  9. Of Montreal and Diane Coffee at The Regent Theater
  10. Death Cab for Cutie at The Hollywood Bowl

Top Post: Caribou Does NOT Push Play at The Fonda Theater

Caribou- Top 10 Shows of 2015- shot by Taylor Wong

Caribou- Top 10 Shows of 2015- shot by Taylor Wong

Paige Vreede- Author: Top 10 Concerts of 2015

  1. FIDLAR/Dune Rats- Halloween Show at The Regent Theater
  2. Built to Spill at The Troubadour
  3. Shannon and the Clams at The Griffin
  4. Twin Peaks at some sketchy Downtown LA Warehouse
  5. Corners at The Echoplex
  6. War on Drugs at The Hollywood Bowl
  7. Beach Party and The Buttertones at The Echoplex
  8. La Luz at The Echoplex
  9. Sad Girl and Colleen Green at Atwater Village Warehouse party
  10. Beach Goth 4 at The Observatory

Top Post: FIDLAR Put Razor Blades in my Candy at the Regent Theater

FIDLAR Halloween Show at The Regent Theater- Top 10 Concerts of 2015- shot by Don Morris

FIDLAR Halloween Show at The Regent Theater- Top 10 Concerts of 2015- shot by Don Morris

Danny Baraz- Publisher/Author: Top 10 Concerts of 2015

  1. Gogol Bordello Gypsy Punks 10 Year Anniversary at The Wiltern
  2. Ho99o9, Mykki Blanco at The Church of Fun
  3. Beach Goth 4 at The Observatory
  4. Riot Fest Chicago
  5. Fuzz, Thee Oh Sees, Wand at The Teragram Ballroom
  6. Tame Impala at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  7. L7 reunion show at The Echo
  8. Trash Talk, together Pangea and Ratking at The Echoplex
  9. Joey Bada$$ at The Belasco Theater
  10. The Flesheaters and Skating Polly at The Echoplex

Top Post: Ho99o9 Recruit YOUR Children to their Death Kult at The Church of Fun

Ho99o9 at Church of Fun- Number 2 of Top Concerts of 2015-Shot by Taylor Wong

Ho99o9 at Church of Fun- Number 2 of Top 10 Concerts of 2015-Shot by Taylor Wong

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