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December 20, 2010

The top ten Baltimore concerts of 2010: Usher, Drake, Erykah Badu, Virgin FreeFest

Beware: it's best-of week here at Midnight Sun headquarters (I like to think of the Sun building as Midnight Sun headquarters, with a a newspaper under it).

There'll be a top ten of the best tracks of 2010 and one of the best albums. Today, it's the best live music shows of the year.

Sure, a bunch of headliners passed through town in 2010 - Usher, Snoop Dog, Smashing Pumpkins.

But in the end, the best concerts of the year were those that packed a bunch of them under a tent.

Summer Spirit Festival gave us Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu, Whartscape had Nadastrom and the Get 'Em Mamis. And at Virgin Mobile FreeFest, you could have shuttled between M.I.A. and LCD Soundsystem. (For my money, the best tent was at the dance forest, where Neon Indian, Chromeo and Sleigh Bells performed so furiously they made it feel more like a dust bowl.)

This year's top ten goes back as early as January and as late as last week. It features some surprises  - see Sam Sessa's choice for No. 9. - but covers all genres - there's country! and hip hop! - and local acts.

Don't see your favorite show from last year? (Lower Dens at the Ottobar in October? Justin Bieber at the State Fair?) Post it in the comments, and I'll post the list's top ten snubs according to readers later this week.

The top ten list is here

Photo: LCD Soundsystem at Virgin Mobile FreeFest (Josh Sisk/Baltimore Sun)

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Posted by Erik Maza at 10:47 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Music News


Outlaw Jam @ Frederick County Fairgrounds

Arch Enemy @ Recher

No love for metal in this town.

Avetts @ Pier 6

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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