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

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Marco Benevento shakes up The 8×10 on June 14, 2018. (Photo by Shantel M. Breen)

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.

This year has been a music filled year for me.  I have managed to make it to over 80 shows in 2018 and some of these shows I had the pleasure of reviewing for Parklife DC.  As I wrap up my concert calendar for this year, I started reflecting on my most memorable shows for 2018.  I focused on shows that I felt were excited to photograph or the performance left an impression on me.  In most cases, the shows in my Top 10 were the first time seeing the band perform and consequently, winning me over as a new fan.  Listed in chronological order, my Top 10 will take you through 2018 and hopefully remind you of some great musical memories as well!

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Music Park: The Front Bottoms with Manchester Orchestra @ The Anthem — 11/24/18

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The Front Bottoms headline The Anthem on Nov. 24, 2018. (Photo by Shantel Breen) 

The Front Bottoms returned to DC exactly one year after their last visit at The Fillmore Silver Spring.  This time, they stopped by The Anthem — and they didn’t come alone!  The Front Bottoms teamed up with Manchester Orchestra for a dynamic set from both bands on Saturday.

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Don’t Miss: The Front Bottoms and Manchester Orchestra @ The Anthem, 11/24/18

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The Front Bottoms (Photo courtesy the band)

The Front Bottoms released Going Grey, their fourth full-length studio album, last year via Fueled By Ramen. The trio constantly have been touring since, and they hit The Anthem on Saturday, Nov. 24, with Manchester Orchestra.

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Music Park: The Front Bottoms @ Baltimore Soundstage — 5/23/18

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The Front Bottoms perform at Baltimore Soundstage on May 23, 2018. (Photo by Shantel Mitchell Breen)

The Front Bottoms returned to the area performing a two-part set that included three of their releases played in their entirety. When I arrived at Baltimore Soundstage this past Wednesday for The Front Bottoms show, the line was wrapped around the building.  Fans formed a line at least three hours before doors so they would be front and center for this performance!  There is no denying that The Front Bottoms have a solid fanbase.

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