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

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“You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?” David Byrne ponders being my No. 1 concert in 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

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.

Hi, I’m Mickey, editor of Parklife DC. I’m an MTV-bred New Wave and Post-Punk kid at heart, and it will come as no surprise to you that my Top 10 concerts of 2018 mostly burst right off your television screens in 1985.

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Music Park: The National @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 9/28/18

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The National performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

The National stopped at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Friday in their first area appearance since playing The Anthem at the end of 2017, finishing up a string of dates leading up to their own There’s No Leaving New York festival in Queens.

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Music Park: Trillectro Music Festival @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 9/22/18

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SZA performs at Trillectro at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sept. 22, 2018. (Photo by Will Colbert)

The weather is becoming more unpredictable each year, but our music festival calendars will never steer us wrong. The arrival of Coachella tells us Spring has sprung, and Firefly signals Summer. This year, the first day of fall was marked by the triumphant return of the Trillectro Music Festival.

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Don’t Miss: The National @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, 9/28/18

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The National (Photo by Graham MacIndoe)

A little over a year ago, The National released Sleep Well Beast, the band’s seventh studio album, via 4AD. They’ve been touring incessantly since, and they are not quite done! The National play a big show at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Friday, Sept. 28.

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Don’t Miss: Trillectro @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, 9/22/18

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SZA (Photo courtesy RCA Records)

Trillectro 2018 is set for Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 22, and tickets are still available!

Act fast to see all these thrilling hip hop and electro acts on one stage:

SZA, 2 Chainz, RL Grime, Young Thug, Playboi Carti, The Internet, Smokepurpp, Rico Nasty, Maxo Kream, Sheck Wes, Snoh Aalegra, Rayana Jay, Everyday People, Jungle Fever, Beau Young Prince, Good Intent, Rezt, Innanet James, Soduh, That Feel Good, Joy Club, Skin Valley, Closed Sessions, First Family, Girlaaa, Chicken & Mumbo Sauce, True Laurels, and Special Guest: Carnage!

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Music Park: Cake @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 8/18/18

Cake_Merriweather Cake performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 18, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Eight months ago, when I started covering live music for Parklife DC, I pitched my editor for the opportunity to cover Cake when they came to town in August. I was new and wondered if that request would come to fruition — perhaps, perhaps, perhaps… And it did! In one of the odder concert pairings of the summer, Cake appeared at Merriweather Post Pavilion recently with Ben Folds and special guest Tall Heights — and I was there to cover it.

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Don’t Miss: CAKE @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, 8/18/18

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Cake (Photo courtesy The Umbrella Group)

On Aug. 3, Cake released “Sinking Ship,” the lead single from their upcoming seventh studio studio album, and the band is now on tour. Vocalist John McCrea and his bandmates headline Merriweather Post Pavilion in a show with Ben Folds on Saturday, Aug. 18.

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