It’s probably obvious that Thrillcall loves live music. Whether we’re attending shows for baby bands at underground dive bars or enjoying the sounds of a master in an arena, we’re always looking for the next cool concert. Now that it’s December, we took some time to reflect on our favorite experiences of 2017 so we could share them with you. Read the Thrillcall staff’s favorite concerts below and stay tuned to our blog to hear what our favorite songs were coming next week!
Devil Makes Three at The Crystal Ballroom, November. I’ve been tapping my foot to Devil Makes Three since my college days in Santa Cruz in the mid-2000’s, and it was incredible for me to witness the show they put on this November. Their bluegrassy yet genre-defying show has gone from the scrappy and frenetic raw power I saw at the Catalyst, to a slick and unrelenting dance party. The audience, too, has changed – the 1,500 capacity Crystal Ballroom was overflowing with true fans singing along with every song. They are clearly no stranger here in Portland.
Big Thief at Bowery Ballroom, January. At what was probably their biggest NYC show yet, they opened with a run of five or six new, unreleased songs that blew everyone away. Loved it, can’t recommend their two records highly enough, their most recent of which, Capacity, came out in June.
Manchester Orchestra at The Regency Ballroom, September. They played all the songs off their new album called, A Black Mile To The Surface. It felt as though I had pressed “play,” and there they were, performing the most epic album of the year. It was my first time seeing Manchester Orchestra, and I loved it and them. They are talented, eclectic, and powerful. I can’t wait until they tour again.
Feist at Town Hall, June. She has such an amazing voice and the band backing her was quite good. Town Hall provided an intimate and sonically satisfying venue for Feist to showcase her decades of work.
Fall Out Boy at Oracle Arena, November. This was my favorite because it was my teenage daughter’s first arena concert ever. She and her friend are such big fans, were so excited and had such a good time. They even chatted and bonded with older fans. It reminded me of how music and the live experience make people happy.
vōx with Banoffee and BOSCO at Pico-Union Project, May. The Pico-Union Project is a synagogue that has the privilege to host concerts every now and again, and vōx (say: wokes) used the space and her never ending veil to quite literally take us to church. Openers Banoffee and BOSCO managed to get everyone out of their pews and dance, sending up prayers through song and dance.