Top 10 Concerts Of 2018

We went to a ton of shows in 2018, but these are our favorites! 10. DOLL SKIN (VANS WAPRED TOUR, PNC MUSIC PAVILION) Ok. I knew nothing ...

We went to a ton of shows in 2018, but these are our favorites!

10. DOLL SKIN (VANS WAPRED TOUR, PNC MUSIC PAVILION)

Ok. I knew nothing about these guys prior to the tour. Someone told me I needed to check out this hard rocking quartet and I'm so glad I did. Charisma, attitude, and just plain fun.

9. POST MALONE (PNC MUSIC PAVILION)

Post Malone's stage was pretty sparse -- it was just him, a mic and stand, and some odd light contraption. But he didn't need gimmicks, lasers, a backing band, or fireworks. He worked the crowd, sauntering from one side of the stage to the other, rapping between sips from his Solo cup. The crowd ate everything he served up by dancing, singing, recording videos, and snapping pics of his every move. [More]

8. LANA DEL REY (SPECTRUM CENTER)

Lana Del Rey is sultry and beachy, old-fashioned and current... Lana had the crowd in her palm from the opening song. [More]

7. THE INTERRUPTERS (VANS WAPRED TOUR, PNC MUSIC PAVILION)

I was beyond psyched to see The Interrupters, and they didn't disappoint. Their blend of punk and ska, led by Aimee Interrupter's raspy voice, had the crowd up on its feet. Killer set! More people should be into these guys.

6. SUICIDAL TENDENCIES (CONE DENIM CENTER

It's been nearly 35 years since "Institutionalized" first hit MTV, but you wouldn't have known it from Thursday night's show. Original frontman Mike Muir has surrounded himself with former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, bassist Ra Díaz, guitarist Dean Pleasants (who has been around since the launch of Infectious Grooves), and guitarist Tim Stewart, who has played with Lady Gaga and Rihanna. And they sounded amazing! [More]

5. FLAMING LIPS (HOPSCOTCH MUSIC FESTIVAL)

The Lips never disappoint. They played a great set of hits and fan favorites and pulled out all the stops: confetti cannons, a giant inflatable robot, giant laser-shooting hands, unicorn rides, a "Fuck Yeah Hopscotch" balloon arrangement, and the hamster ball. Most music festivals would've closed the show with the Flaming Lips. But Hopscotch had the balls to open with them.

4. MC50 (HOPSCOTCH MUSIC FESTIVAL)

This was the best show at Hopscotch, but sadly, it wasn't that well attended. Those who slept on this show lost out. Who is MC50? Original MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer enlisted an "alt"-star lineup to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kick Out The Jams. Joining him onstage on Saturday night were Soundgarden's Kim Thayil on guitar, Faith No More's Billy Gould on bass, Fugazi's Brendan Canty on drums, and former Zen Guerrilla frontman Marcus Durant. Killer album, killer lineup, killer show.

3. METALLICA (SPECTRUM CENTER)

There are only a few bands out there where a concert isn't just a concert, it's an event. Bands that if they're playing within three hours of your home, you must be there. Metallica is one of those bands.
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2. WALK OFF THE EARTH (FILLMORE CHARLOTTE)

I haven't been this blown away by a concert in some time. Walk Off The Earth put on a fun and energetic show. I don't know if folks follow them around on tour like Deadheads, but if they don't, they definitely should. I know we we're ready to hitch our camper to the back of their tour bus. [More]


1. WEEZER, PIXIES, AND SLEIGH BELLS (PNC MUSIC PAVILION)

When we first learned legendary artists Weezer and Pixies were teaming up for a massive summer co-headlining tour and bringing it to Charlotte, we got excited. When we found out they chose Sleigh Bells to be their opening act for the second leg of the tour, we lost it. They were bringing an epic mini-festival to Charlotte's PNC Music Pavilion and like everyone else who loves great music, we had to be there. Why? Simply put, this is the tour of the year. [More]

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