Best of the Year: Top 10 Concerts of 2018 by Kyle

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Gruff Rhys performs at DC9 on Oct. 11, 2018, in one of the best shows of the year. (Photos by Kyle Gustafson)

Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2018 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.

Kyle Gustafson provided us his Top 10 concerts of the year — most of which he shot personally! Check out Kyle’s Top 10 shows.

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Music Park: Broken Social Scene @ Rams Head Live — 4/6/18

Broken Social Scene perform at Ram's Head Live in Baltimore, MD.
Broken Social Scene performs at Rams Head Live on April 6, 2018. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

Is there a worse feeling than this?

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Don’t Miss: Broken Social Scene @ Rams Head Live, 4/6/18

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Broken Social Scene (Photo by Norman Wong)

Broken Social Scene toured through DC after the release of Hug of Thunder, the triumphant return by Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, and company, in 2017. The chamber pop darlings return for a second leg of the tour with a date at Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore on Friday, April 6.

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Music Park: Broken Social Scene @ 9:30 Club — 9/19/17

Broken Social Scene, 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C., 9/19/17
Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene performs at 9:30 Club on Sept. 19, 2017.

Fear. Anxiety. Depression. These psychological stressors are at an all-time high, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, affecting an estimated 8.3 million American adults. Sure, meditation and exercise might be tried and true methods to calm an overloaded brain, but the Canadian baroque pop collective Broken Social Scene have an alternative prescription to offer. No, it’s not “more cowbell” — although it wouldn’t be all that surprising given how many musical instruments they utilize on stage. Kevin Drew and crew employ a more engaging and face-to-face method.

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Don’t Miss: Belle Game @ 9:30 Club, 9/19-9/20/17

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The Belle Game (Photo by Lauren Ray)

The Belle Game released Fear/Nothing, their sophomore album, on Sept. 8 via Arts & Crafts, and the Vancouver band are touring as openers for fellow Canadians Broken Social Scene. The tour stops at 9:30 Club for two nights on Tuesday, Sept. 19, and Wednesday, Sept. 20. The first night sold out, but tickets remain for the second night of two strong rock bands.

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Ticket Giveaway: Broken Social Scene @ 9:30 Club, 9/20/17

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Experimental Canadian rock band Broken Social Scene released Hug of Thunder, its fifth studio album, via Arts & Crafts in July. The 17-person collective then launched a world tour that included a stop at 9:30 Club on Sept. 19. That night quickly sold out, and the band added a second show at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, Sept. 20. You can win tickets to attend that show with Parklife DC.

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