For me, this year proved that “Rocktober” really is the month to see some great concerts. My editors asked me to write about the shows I enjoyed most this year. While I don’t usually pick a hands-down favorite, this year was an exception. The following list isn’t in any sort of order, except for the very first one. Two months following The War On Drugs’ show at the Greek in Berkeley, my friends and I are still talking about that gig.
After feeling a bit blah from years of raising kids and giving my all to others, I decided I needed an adventure. I was starting a fitness kick and needed a goal to work towards. I had discovered the Camino pilgrimage through a movie and I became convinced this was my goal, to walk 800 kilometres across Spain as millions before me had done, to reach Santiago de Compostela, where I would receive a certificate upon its completion. Now, I'm no athlete so this was a big deal for me.
OAKLAND — The Decemberists are known for incorporating elaborate stories and historical references in their songs, as well as audience participation. But Thursday at the Fox Theater, singer-guitarist Colin Meloy announced that they did not want to repeat themselves and would instead try something new with “stuff they don’t normally play.” Remarkably, Meloy only forgot the lyrics once.
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