Top 10 Shows of 2012

I think it’s easy to say that in 2012 I went to more shows than any previous year of my life. I saw a greater variety of styles as well-everything from hip-hop and afrobeat to blues and indie pop. Just the way I like it. These ten shows were the ones that really got me excited about being out and witnessing great music in the moment. I know I tend to favor the lesser-known bands from Chicago or Brooklyn (or Oakland), but when it comes down to forking over some hard-earned cash, sometimes the bigger names are big for a reason…

10. The Shams Band/Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes (July 23rd at Schubas)

9. Bhi Bhiman (4 shows in 2012-Park West, Schubas, Lincoln Hall, Uncommon Ground)

8. Of Montreal (March 28th at Metro)

7. Wilco/The Congregation/Andrew Bird (July 8th at Fifth Third Ballpark)

6. Sons Of An Illustrious Father/Mooner/The Canoes (July 20th at Observatory Studios)

5. Fiona Apple (March 18th at Lincoln Hall)

4. Prince (September 24th at House Of Blues)

No videos unless you want The Purple One to sue you.

3. Frank Ocean (August 3rd at Metro)

2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (September 11th at Wrigley Field)

1. Jeff Mangum (February 6th and 7th at Athenaeum Theatre)