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The Janky Smooth Top 10 Shows of 2017 Rated by Contributors

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Spencer Moody of Murder City Devils at the Teragram Ballroom by Jessica Moncrief

Above any album or single releases, CONCERTS had to be the best thing about music in 2017. It wasn’t necessarily the dissidence in the air but rather the acts that chose to play in Los Angeles, that made the year so good. Bands like James Chance and The Contortions made their fateful returns to our city after over twenty years of hiding on the East Coast. Audioslave reunited for the first time in ages and tragically ended up simultaneously playing their final show at the Teragram Ballroom. Every band in the Big 4 of Thrash was on tour in 2017. Lets also not forget that Iggy fucking Pop played four festivals and during every set he raged like it was 1987.

The concerts were great and somehow the festivals only got better, FYF expanded this year to three days and got Frank Ocean to serenade us like only he can; Desert Daze had King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Sleep absolutely kill it; and Sound and Fury raged with Trapped Under Ice and Turnstile headlining. I think 2018 will have an impossible time trying to beat 2017 but who knows, Yanni’s on tour. Janky Smooth has listed our best concerts of the year, wish you were there too.

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TOP 10 SHOWS of 2017

Rob Shepyer, Author at Janky Smooth

  1. Frank Ocean – FYF Fest
  2. Tool – Glen Helen Ampitheater
  3. Ceremony – The Echo
  4. Murder City Devils – Teragram Ballroom
  5. Candlemass – The Regent
  6. James Chance and The Contortions – The Echoplex
  7. Sleep – The Fonda
  8. Negative Approach – The Echoplex
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  10. Career Suicide – The Resident

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  1. Iggy Pop – Desert Daze
  2. Death Valley Girls – Desert Daze
  3. Ho99o9 – The Shed
  4. The Gories – Desert Daze
  5. Kenneth Anger/Boyd Rice – Madam Siam
  6. OCS/Ty Segall/Shannon Lay – Teragram Ballroom
  7. Twin Temple – Echo Park Rising
  8. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Desert Daze
  9. Starcrawler – Desert Daze
  10. L.A. Witch – Ace Hotel, Palm Springs 
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Lawrence Rengert II, Author at Janky Smooth

  1. Mike Blanchard and the Californios – Twang n’ Bang XII
  2. The Flytraps – The Redwood Bar
  3. The Lemon Twigs – Teragram Ballroom
  4. Guy Blakaslee, Mapache, and Allah-Las – Soho
  5. Canshaker Pi – Skatecafe
  6. Pacific Range – Bombays
  7. Cleo Lynx and Chasing Rainbows – Dunbar Brewing
  8. The Chillz – Folk Steady
  9. Mimi Gilbert – The Mercury Lounge
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Michael Haight, Photographer at Janky Smooth

  1. Terror Jr – The Roxy
  2. Julien Baker –  The Palace
  3. SOPHIE – Teragram Ballroom
  4. The Schizophonics – Anywhere
  5. WTF Fest
  6. Twin Temple – Madam Siam
  7. Fright Fest
  8. Sketch Fest 




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Jessica Moncrief, Photographer at Janky Smooth

  1. Burger Boogaloo – Mosswood Park
  2. Murder City Devils – Teragram Ballroom
  3. Ho99o9 – The Shed
  4. Run the Jewels – The Shrine Auditorium
  5. George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic – The Novo
  6. Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo Bay School of Medicine/Reverend Horton Heat – The Observtory
  7. ChameleonsVox – The Echoplex
  8. Phantom Limbs/Egrets on Ergot – The Echoplex
  9. The Pixies – House of Blues: Anaheim
  10. The Primitives – The Echoplex
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  1. The Misfits – MGM Grand Arena
  2. Modest Mouse – The Growlers 6
  3. Tom Petty – Arroyo Seco
  4. Cap n’ Jazz – The Echo
  5. The Side Eyes – Top Acid’s East End Block Party
  6. Me First & The Gimme Gimmes and Kid Kongo – The Fonda
  7. Hinds – Coachella
  8. Alkaline Trio – When We Were Young
  9. Choking Victim/Leftover Crack – Freebirds Salon
  10. Wu-Tang Clan – The Observatory
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Aria Silva-Espinosa, Author at Janky Smooth

  1. Nature World Night Out – Union Nightclub
  2. The Shrine/Feels – The Echoplex
  3. Girl Pusher/Antwon – Sunnyvale Gardens album release show
  4. Noname & M.I.A. – ComplexCon
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  1. The Misfits – The Forum
  2. Wand/Dreamdecay – The Griffin
  3. Model/acrtiz/Girl Pusher – The Hi Hat
  4. Desert Daze
  5. Punk Rock Bowling
  6. Dais Records 25th Anniversary Show – The Regent
  7. Roky Eriksen/Death Valley Girls – The Roxy
  8. Obituary/Exodus/Power Trip – Teragram Ballroom
  9. Plague Vendor/Meatbodies/Twin Temple – Echo Park Rising
  10. Tool/Primus/Fantomas – Glen Helen Ampitheater

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