This is actually from REVERB, but here are the Maldives, preparing to blow everyone away. I have no idea why that crazy bitch is up there, too.
4. Scarub at Nectar
While this show wasn't the most well-attended hip hop show I've seen all year -- hardly -- it was all the better for me, because I had more room to dance. Which is what the people in the crowd wanted to do. Scarub had other plans: he actually stopped all of us once because he wanted us to listen to the lyrics. But he had a hard time doing that, because his beats were great, too and as I said -- we wanted to dance. The Grouch and Murs may be the most famous of the Living Legends, that show cemented my unwavering personal belief that Scarub is indeed the best MC in that crew.
3. Balkan Beat Box at Showbox at the Market
This was one of those rare shows where every single person in the room was dancing the whole time. I don't love listening to this band's albums -- though I dug Nu Made, the remix album they put out this year, quite a bit -- but I will never miss them live.
2. The Maldives, the Moondoggies and Zoe Muth at the Tractor Tavern
Three of my all-time favorite Seattle bands on the same stage made for just about one of the best evenings I've ever spent at the Tractor. And I've had lots of good times there. I don't even know what else to say about it, other than if you weren't there, you missed a really special evening.