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Best of 2011: The year’s best concerts

All week long we’re looking back at the year in music. Here’s a list of some of the year’s best concerts — from the people who reviewed and photographed them up close.

John Hendrickson, Reverb managing editor

10. Abigail Washburn @ Telluride Town Park, 06/18/11
9. Le Butcherettes @ Flamingo Cantina (SXSW), 03/17/11
8. Jeff Tweedy @ the Boulder Theater, 01/08/11
7. Adele @ the Ogden Theatre, 05/28/11
6. John Prine @ the Paramount Theatre, 03/26/09
5. The Flaming Lips @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 08/03/11
4. Justin Townes Earle @ the Bluebird Theater, 02/16/11
3. Arcade Fire @ Coachella (Indio), 04/16/11
2. My Morning Jacket @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 08/04/11
1. Thee Oh Sees @ the Larimer Lounge, 02/17/11

 

Colin St. John, Reverb columnist

10. Das Racist @ the Larimer Lounge, 02/09/11
9. Phish @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 09/03/11
8. The Flaming Lips @ Snow Ball, 03/06/11
7. Bill Callahan @ the Hi-Dive, 06/27/11
6. Okkervil River, Titus Andronicus, Julianna Barwick @ the Bluebird Theater, 06/15/11
5. TV on the Radio @ the Ogden Theatre, 09/21/11
4. Future Islands @ the Larimer Lounge, 11/10/11
3. Battles @ the Bluebird Theater, 07/19/11
2. Tune-Yards, Buke and Gass @ the Hi-Dive, 05/04/11
1. Phish @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 09/02/11

Lisa Higginbotham, Reverb photographer

10. Jane’s Addiction @ the Belly Up 12/31/10
9. Cold War Kids @ the Odgen Theatre 03/08/11
8. Guttermouth @ the Marquis Theater 02/22/11
7. Yonder Mountain String Band @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre 08/20/11
6. Dispatch @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre 06/04/11
5. Widespread Panic @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre 06/26/11
4. Trevor Hall @ Boulder Theater 12/08/11
3. Incubus @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre 08/17/11
2. Ben Harper @ the Ogden Theatre 06/07/11
1. John Butler Trio @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre 08/12/11

Michael Beherenhausen, Reverb writer

10. Deerhoof @ the Marquis Theater, 02/21/11
9. Trentemoeller @ the Ogden Theatre, 10/21/11
8. Mike Watt and the Missingmen @ Ottobar (Baltimore), 04/01/11
7. Junip @ the Larimer Lounge, 04/28/11
6. Thee Oh Sees @ the Larimer Lounge, 02/17/11
5. The Damned @ Fun Fun Fun Festival (Austin), 11/05/11
4 Andre Williams @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (Austin), 11/04/11
3. Wire @ the Black Cat (Washington, D.C.), 04/07/11
2. Sade @ the Pepsi Center, 08/11/11
1. Portishead @ 1stBank Center, 10/27/11

Sam DeLeo, Reverb writer

10. Andre Williams @ Beauty Bar (Austin), 11/04/11
9. Le Butcherettes @ Fun Fun Fun Festival (Austin), 11/06/11

8. Tune-Yards @ Fun Fun Fun Festival (Austin), 11/06/11

7. Slayer @ Fun Fun Fun Festival (Austin), 11/06/11
6. Marc Ribot Trio @ the Oriental Theater, 05/19/11
5. Ratatat @ the Ogden Theatre, 06/05/11
4. Matthew Shipp Trio @ Dazzle, 07/15/11
3. Odd Future @ the Ogden Theatre, 10/09/11
2. Amon Tobin @ the Ogden Theatre, 10/19/11
1. The Damned @ Fun Fun Fun Festival (Austin), 11/05/11

Mike Long, Reverb writer

10. Other Lives (opening set for the Rosebuds) @ the Hi-Dive, 07/16/11
9. Rick Kulwicki Benefit (Overcasters, Buckingham Squares, Purple
Fluid, Omens, Geniuses, Git Some) @ the Bluebird Theater, 03/26/11
8. Doug Stanhope @ the Oriental Theatre, 11/04/11
7. Lindsey Buckingham @ the Newman Center, 09/14/11
6. Adele @ the Ogden Theatre, 05/28/11
5. Arctic Monkeys @ the Ogden Theatre, 05/30/11
4. Thee Oh Sees @ Moe’s Original BBQ, 11/26/11
3. My Morning Jacket @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 08/04/11
2. Moon Duo @ the Hi-Dive, 04/16/11
1. Lykke Li @ the Ogden Theatre 11/11/11

Paige Montgomery, Reverb writer

10. Hollywood Undead @ the Fillmore Auditorium, 11/07/11
9. Papa Roach @ Summit Music Hall, 05/11/11
8. Red @ the Black Sheep, 07/27/11
7. Corey Taylor @ the Gothic Theatre, 11/21/11
6. Godsmack @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, 07/18/11
5. 10 Years @ Summit Music Hall, 09/26/11
4. A Day to Remember @ the Fillmore Auditorium, 03/18/11
3. Rise Against @ the Fillmore Auditorium, 04/18/11
2. Five Finger Death Punch @ 1stBank Center, 10/24/11
1. Avenged Sevenfold @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, 10/06/11

Joshua Elioseff, Reverb photographer

10. Randy Newman @ the Boulder Theater, 03/09/11
9. Warren Haynes Band @ the Ogden Theatre, 10/31/11
8. India.Arie @ Denver Botanic Gardens, 07/21/11
7. Furthur @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 10/02/11
6. Avett Brothers @ the Boulder Theater, 07/08/11
5. Voices of the Wetlands @ the Boulder Theater, 02/03/11
4. Reverend Peyton @ the Bluebird Theater, 09/14/11
3. Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue @ the Fox Theatre, 02/16/11
2. The Head and the Heart @ the Gothic Theatre, 10/10/11
1. The Gourds @ the Fox Theatre, 11/12/11

Check back every day this week for a new list!

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