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Janky Smooth Top 10 SHOWS of 2019 Rated by Contributors

This decade saw numerous paradigm shifts that laid the groundwork for a future where people basically become some form of android. That’s nothing to fear, thoughwe’re still safe….Many predict we’re seeing the fall of the American empire or some kind of apocalypse…hopefully they only mean in the sense that we’re entering a new chapter in humanity’s being….Still, no sweat, right?We can handle this….In 2019 Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” become the most successful song of all time….Code red! Abandon ship! Get your kicks in before the whole shit house goes down in flames!

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John Maus

John Maus at Substance LA shot by Jessica Moncrief

Every genre of music saw scene defining moments but I guess that ought to happen every year. What was special about 2019 though, was all the reunions that went down. It’s as if when a band decides to get back together, Los Angeles is the first place they think to play just so all their artist friends can attend the show. A few examples of such reunions were: Bauhaus at the Hollywood Palladium, Heart to Heart at Sound and Fury, Stereolab at Desert Daze, The Locust at Desert Daze, Limp Bizkit at the Troubadour then Musink festival, The Strokes at the Wiltern and Ohana Fest, Dethklok at Adult Swim Festival, and of course, My Chemical Romance at The Shrine.

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Have Heart shot by Veronika Reinert

Have Heart at Sound and Fury 2019 shot by Veronika Reinert

Limp Bizkit

Limp Bizkit at Musink Festival 2019 shot by Taylor Wong

Reunions are certainly important landmarks in a band’s legacy but there are certain special shows where an artist chooses to span their entire career’s on stage and put it all on the line in one evening. The first one that comes to mind is Amanda Palmer who played for FOUR FUCKING HOURS at the Theater at the Ace Hotel. Others were Cancerslug celebrating 20 years at the Whisky and Sebastian Bach celebrating 30 years. 2019 was a year for many important anniversaries.

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Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer at the Theater at the Ace Hotel shot by Jessica Moncrief

Cancerslug

Cancerslug at the Whisky shot by Anthony Mehlhaff

Celebrations of the past were just as joyous as celebrations of firsts some artists had. Many artists played their first shows in America. Psychedelic guitar genius Shintaro Sakimoto came to the West Coast for the first time and so did punk rockers Death Side, both all the way from Japan.

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Shintato Sakamoto

Shintato Sakamoto at Terrapin Crossroads shot by Dillon Vaughn

Death Side

Death Side at The Regent shot by Dillon Vaughn

Plenty of festivals came into their own this year as well. Desert Daze went smoothly in their new location, without a single drop of rain to muck things up. Then we covered Psycho Las Vegas for the first time, the year they diversified from metal and set up shop at Mandalay Bay, and realized it was one of the best festivals on the planet.

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Khruangbin

Khruangbin at Desert Daze 2019 shot by Dillon Vaughn

1349

1349 at Psycho Las Vegas 2019 shot by Anthony Mehlhaff

So many moments defined 2019 for underground music in Los Angeles and since we were there for a few of them, we had to give you our list for the best shows of 2019. Enjoy.

Rob Shepyer, Editor at Janky Smooth
  1. The Cure at Pasadena Day Dream
  2. The Flaming Lips at Desert Daze
  3. Pageninetynine at Catch One
  4. The Hives at The Fox Theatre Pomona
  5. Bauhaus at The Hollywood Palladium
  6. FKA Twigs at Camp Flog Gnaw
  7. Billy Corgan at The Lodge Room
  8. Sloppy Jane at Bootleg Theater
  9. Angel Du$t at The Lodge Room
  10. Heron Oblivion at The Lodge Room
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The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips at Desert Daze shot by Dillon Vaughn

Pageninetynine

Pageninetynine at Catch One shot by Anthony Mehlhaff

Heron Oblivion

Heron Oblivion at The Lodge Room shot by Dillon Vaughn

Angel Du$t

Angel Du$t at The Lodge Room shot by Dillon Vaughn

Taylor Wong aka Giuseppe Steel, Photographer at Janky Smooth
  1. Bauhaus at the Hollywood Palladium
  2. Punk Rock Bowling
  3. Refused and The Hives at Fox Theater Pomona
  4. Gorilla Biscuits at the Roxy (night show)
  5. Gorilla Biscuits at the Roxy (matinee)
  6. Plague Vendor and No Parents at The Echo
  7. Plague Vendor at House of Machines
  8. Ho99o9 at House of Machines
  9. TSOL and Youth Brigade at The Regent
  10. Limp Bizkit at Musink Festival
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Bauhaus

Bauhaus at the Hollywood Palladium shot by Taylor Wong

The Hives

The Hives at the Fox Theater shot by Taylor Wong

Refused

Refused at the Fox Theater shot by Taylor Wong

Gorilla Biscuits

Gorilla Biscuits at the ROxy shot by Taylor Wong

Toby Morse & Travis Barker

Toby Morse & Travis Barker at the Gorilla Biscuits Roxy show shot by Taylor Wong

Dillon Vaughn, Photographer at Janky Smooth
  1. The Misfits at Banc of California Stadium
  2. Iron Maiden at Banc of California Stadium
  3. Shintaro Sakamoto at Great American Music Hall
  4. This Town Needs Guns at Crystal Ballroom
  5. Suicidal Tendencies at Garden Amp
  6. Heavy Psych Sounds LA at House of Machines
  7. The Antlers at Hollywood Forever
  8. Carcass, Low Life at Show Your Scars Fest
  9. Possessed and Grave Danger at the Whisky
  10. Vio-Lence and Sacred Reich at the Regent
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Possessed

Possessed at the Whisky shot by Dillon Vaughn

Carcass

Carcass at the Regent shot by Dillon Vaughn

Vio-Lence

Vio-Lence at the Regent shot by Dillon Vaughn

Audrey Kemp, Author at Janky Smooth
  1. Cold Cave & ADULT. at The Theater at the Ace Hotel
  2. The Black Queen, Uniform, & SRSQ at the Regent
  3. Bikini Kill at the Hollywood Palladium
  4. Twin Temple at The Roxy
  5. Ceremony at the Observatory
  6. The Space Lady at Zebulon
  7. Dean Wareham performs Galaxie 500 at the Teragram Ballroom
  8. Drab Majesty, Body of Light, and HIDE at the Fonda Theatre
  9. Yes, Asia, John Lodge, and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy at Five Point Amphitheater
  10. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard at the Greek Theatre
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Cold Cave

Cold Cave at The Theater at the Ace Hotel shot by Audrey Kemp

Twin Temple

Twin Temple at the Roxy shot by Audrey Kemp

Ceremony

Ceremony at the Observatory shot by Veronika Reinert

Yes

Yes at Five Point Amphitheater shot by Audrey Kemp

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard at the Greek Theatre shot by Audrey Kemp

Maggie St. Thomas, Photographer at Janky Smooth
  1. Sick of it All at the Teragram Ballroom
  2. Portugal. The Man at Troubadour
  3. X at the Coachhouse
  4. Snoop Dogg at Fantasy Springs
  5. One Love Festival at the Queen Mary
  6. The Damned and X at Pacific Amphitheatre
  7. Slightly Stoopid at Five Point Amphitheatre
  8. Andre Cymon at The Mint
  9. Think EXP at The Wisdome LA
  10. Leikeli47 at The Roxy
Fishbone

Fishbone at One Love 2019 shot by Maggie St. Thomas

Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man at the Troubadour shot by Maggie St. Thomas

Leikeli47

Leikeli47 at the Roxy shot by Maggie St. Thomas

Dave Smith, Author at Janky Smooth
  1. Shock Therapy and The Side Eyes at Malone’s
  2. The Red Pears at Nothing Fest
  3. Patti Smith, Jawbreaker, and Turnover at Riot Fest
  4. X and the Aquadolls at the Belly Up Tavern
  5. Black Lips and Joan Jett at Five Point Amphitheater
  6. Phoenix and Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Just Like Heaven
  7. The Side Eyes at Alex’s Bar
  8. The Adolescents at Garden Amp
  9. Brendan Kelly, Vagabonnies, and Jen Pop at The Slidebar
  10. The Misfits at Banc of California Stadium
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Black Lips

Black Lips at Five Point Amphitheater shot by Taylor Wong

David Fearn (SHITSHOW DAVE), Photographer at Janky Smooth
  1. The Coathangers and Prettiest Eyes at the Teragram Ballroom
  2. Daughters at The Regent
  3. Black Midi at the Bootleg Theater
  4. Oh Sees, Amyl and the Sniffers, and Surfbort at SXSW
  5. The Spits, Surfbort and Die Group at Alex’s Bar
  6. Glue at Zebulon
  7. Tropical Fuckstorm at the Bootleg Theater
  8. Idles at the Wiltern
  9. Viagra Boys at Desert Daze
  10. Death Valley Girls at the Lodge Room
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The Coathangers

The Coathangers at the Teragram Ballroom shot by David Fearn

Idles

Idles at the Wiltern shot by David Fearn

Surfbort at SXSW shot by David Fearn

Veronika Reinert, Photographer at Janky Smooth
  1. Sound and Fury at the Belasco Theater
  2. Gorilla Biscuits at Garden Amp
  3. Pageninetynine at Catch One
  4. Bad Religion and Birdman at The Observatory North Park for Tony Hawk Pro Skater 20th Anniversary
  5. Sect, Power Alone, TORSO, No Right, and The Choice at 924 Gilman st
  6. New Age Midwest Fest at Fubar in St. Louis
  7. Phoebe Bridgers and Azure Ray at the Bootleg Theater
  8. Heiress and Great Falls at Programme Skate & Sound
  9. Jeremy Enigk at Gold Comb Barbershop
  10. Better Oblivion Community Center at the Observatory OC
Drain shot by Veronika Reinert

Drain at Sound and Fury 2019 shot by Veronika Reinert

Better Oblivion Community Center

Better Oblivion Community Center at the Observatory OC shot by Veronika Reinert

Grace Dunn, Photographer at Janky Smooth
  1. John Cale at Levitation
  2. Devo at Desert Daze
  3. The KVB at Levitation
  4. Stereolab at Desert Daze
  5. Ringo Death Starr at Levitation
  6. APTBS and Dinosaur Jr. at Levitation
  7. Death Valley Girls at the Lodge Room
  8. Amyl and the Sniffers at the Bootleg Theater
  9. Uncle Acid and The Dead Beats at the Wiltern
  10. Lightning Bolt at Desert Daze
Dinosaur Jr.

Dinosaur Jr. at Levitation 2019 shot by Grace Dunn

John Cale

John Cale at Levitation 2019 shot by Grace Dunn

Albert Licano, Photographer at Janky Smooth
  1. The Damned at Alex’s Bar
  2. Dropdead at 1720
  3. Siege at Catch One
  4. Death Side at Manic Relapse
  5. Lowlife (Cryptic Slaughter) at Show Your Scars Fest
  6. Career Suicide at 5 Star Bar
  7. Bauhaus at the Hollywood Palladium
  8. Excel at Brick by Brick
  9. Crom at Chinatown LA
  10. Gorilla Biscuits at Garden Amp
Dropdead

Dropdead at 1720 shot by Albert Licano

Gorilla Biscuits

Gorilla Biscuits at Garden Amp shot by Albert Licano

Paige Vreede, Author at Janky Smooth
  1. The Shrine at House of Machines
  2. Amyl and the Sniffers at the Teragram Ballroom
  3. Bass Drum of Death at the Lodge Room
  4. Culture Abuse at the Teragram Ballroom
  5. Camp Cope at the Bootleg Theatre
  6. Gang of Youths at the Roxy
  7. Interpol at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne Australia
  8. Taking Back Sunday at the Hollywood Palladium
  9. Veronica B and Andy Clockwise at Hotel Cafe
  10. Together Pangea and No Parents at The Roxy
Amyl and the Sniffers shot by Anthony Mehlhaff

Amyl and the Sniffers at the Teragram Ballroom shot by Anthony Mehlhaff

Jessica Moncrief, Photographer at Janky Smooth
  1. Erykah Badu at Smokin’ Grooves
  2. Billy Corgan at the Lodge Room
  3. The Spits, Surfbort, and Die Group at Alex’s Bar
  4. Flipper at Alex’s Bar
  5. Against Me! at the Fonda Theatre
  6. Siya Makuzeni at the Ford Theatre
  7. Orville Peck at the OC Observatory
  8. Mallwalker at the Factory
  9. Murder City Devils at the OC Observatory
  10. The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black at the Globe Theatre for Sex Cells
The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black

The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black at the Globe Theatre shot by Jessica Moncrief

Orville Peck

Orville Peck at the OC Observatory shot by Jessica Moncrief

Rodney Campos, Photographer at Janky Smooth
  1. Day n’ Vegas
  2. Adult Swim Festival
  3. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib at The Roxy
  4. Anderson Paak at surprise Contact High opening show
  5. Vince Staples, JPEGMAFIA, and Chanel Res at The Novo
  6. Baby Keem at The Roxy
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Playboi Carti

Playboi Carti at Day N’ Vegas shot by Rodney Campos

Dethklok

Dethklok at Adult Swim Festival shot by Rodney Campos

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib at The Roxy shot by Rodney Campos

JPEGMAFIA

JPEGMAFIA at The Novo shot by Rodney Campos

Baby Keem

Baby Keem at The Roxy shot by Rodney Campos

Anthony Mehlhaff, Photographer at Janky Smooth
  1. Daikaiju and the Manx at The Factory
  2. Daikaiju and the Manx at the Church of Fun
  3. Idles and Surfbort at the Wiltern
  4. Clitkat and Melted Bodies at The Smell
  5. Graf Orlock, The Manx, Wacko, and Skullcrack at The Satellite for Anthony’s own photo show
  6. Municipal Waste, Napalm Death, and Sick of it All at the Teragram Ballroom
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    Municipal Waste

    Municipal Waste at the Teragram Ballroom shot by Albert Licano

Jonathan Reyes, Author at Janky Smooth
  1. Brainiac at The Regent
  2. Idles at the Wiltern
  3. Nitzer Ebb at the Regent
  4. Boy Harsher at Substance LA
  5. Billy Corgan at The Lodge Room
  6. Erykah Badu at Smokin’ Grooves
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William Patrick Corgan

William Patrick Corgan at The Lodge Room shot by Jessica Moncrief

 

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