I feel like I go to less and less concerts every year. And still, I go to way more than I deserve to probably. I was browsing around the music blogosphere today and saw some damned impressive best concerts listings and debated whether or not I would even throw my hat into that ring this year. But, I gotta do it anyway, despite some big challenges when it comes to live music in 2007. Challenge #1 is living in Cincinnati. It is a shame, but there are not alot of national acts that make their way here compared to many other cities around the country, or even Columbus and Louisville for that matter. And in the past, I have made a few trips to both Cbus and Louisville, but this year, I just didn’t. I can put that on the fact that I am still a family man at heart, with a wife and three boys, bouncing to Newport is tough enough at times.
On the positive side though this year, I did get to experience Bonnaroo for the first time, and am very happy I got to see acts like The Police, Spoon, Hot Chip, Feist, EL-P and DJ Shadow for the first time. I could make a list with just my favorite acts from the “roo”, but thats not right. I also was fortunate enough, as a member of the crew at WOXY.com, to see some amazing performances in our lounge this year, from artists like Yo La Tengo, Joseph Arthur, My Brightest Diamond and The Rentals, just to name a few, that I know were special performances in their own right, but will also not be found on this list. So, without any more jabbering, here they are, my favorite concerts of 2007.
#10 The Mountain Goats @ Mad Hatter