Best 2011 concerts in the Twin Cities

Here at Gimme Noise, we kinda have a thing for live music. Practically every night of the week we deploy one of our staff members to a show, whether it's a local band playing a CD-release show at the Turf Club or a national act headlining an arena. So we had a lot of gigs to choose from by the end of this year, and a tough time narrowing down our top picks. 

In lieu of attempting to come to a consensus as a group, we thought it'd be fun to have each of our most frequent contributors list their top 10 favorite shows of 2011. Naturally, almost all of us had a hard time keeping it to just 10.

Motörhead at First Avenue
Motörhead at First Avenue
Photo by Stacy Schwartz
Cyn Collins, Writer

Brute Heart CD release party with Tender Meat, Jerusalem, and the Star Baskets - Turf Club, May 11, 2011
Reverend John Wilkins w/ Poverty Hash 7th Street Entry July 11, 2011
Morning After Girls/The Hounds Below/Magic Castles/Chatham Rise at the Crooked Pint, October 15, 2011
The Goondas CHUD EP release party w/ The Bad Spots, blood&stuff and Pink Mink 9/24/11
Blood&stuff Grumpy's residency, October, 2011
Doomtree Blowout 7 - "One Whole Fucking Week" - December 4 - 10, 2011
TIE: The Swans First Avenue, September 20, 2011 and the Cars First Avenue May 17, 2011

Honorable mentions:
• Gastro non Grata - ALL. But most recently: Bottles and Boars fe: Fortified Five, Dreamcrusher and Silverback Colony at Triple Rock Dec. 11, 2011
• All the Pretty Horses CD release party w/ The Japhies and Hastings 3000 December 2, 2011
• Porcupine/Darla at 400 Bar, November 4, 2011 (Darla is a new band-to-watch fe: Jimmy Peterson and Paul Pirner of The 757s, Mike Wisti (Rank Strangers) and John Crist (Dashboard Saviors and Bellwether). Porcupine from LaCrosse, Wisconsin is really good.) 

Shows I wish I'd attended: 
tUnEyArDs First Avenue Nov. 12, 2011, Wild Flag, Varsity Theater, Oct. 3, 2011 and The Joy Formidable, April 6, 2011

Lissie at the Cedar
Lissie at the Cedar
Photo by Stacy Schwartz
Natalie Gallagher, Writer

tUnE-yArDs at First Ave
tUnE-yArDs at First Ave
Photo by Erik Hess
Erik Hess, Photographer and Writer

1. tUnE-yArDs, Howler, Pat Jordache at First Avenue (10/12) [ Review | Slideshow ]

2. Sound Town (all of it, particularly Flaming Lips) at Somerset Amphitheater (08/19 & 08/20) [ Recap | Slideshow ]

3. Czeslaw's Loop on the Mississippi River during Art-A-Whirl (05/21 & 05/22) [ Review | Slideshow ]

4. Black Moth Super Rainbow, Dosh, Marshmallow Ghosts at the Turf Club (09/10) [ Review | Slideshow ]

5. KMFDM, 16 Volt, Army of the Universe at First Avenue (09/12) [ Slideshow ]

6. Pizza Lucé Block Party (08/13) [ Review | Slideshow ]

7. M83 at First Avenue (11/16) [ Review | Slideshow ]

8. Daytrotter Barnstormer 4 at the Free Range Film Fest Barn in Wrenshall, MN (04/26) [ Review | Slideshow ]

9. Gayngs Afilyated at First Avenue (03/06) [ Slideshow 1 (Erik Hess) | Slideshow 2 (Stacy Schwartz) | Slideshow 3, Behind the Scenes (Graham Tolbert) ]

10. Hank3 at First Avenue (11/29) [ Review | Slideshow ]

Honorable Mentions (Chronologically):
Goondas and All The Pretty Horses at the 331 Club (02/19)
Doomtree Showcase at SXSW (03/16) [Slideshow]
Peelander-Z, Birthday Suits, Anamanaguchi at the Turf Club (04/15) [Slideshow]
Bootsy Collins at First Avenue (06/09) [Slideshow]
Rock for Pussy at First Avenue (06/10) [Review | Slideshow]
Sondre Lerche, Kishi Bashi at the Fine Line (06/17) [Slideshow]
Peter Bjorn and John, BNLX at First Avenue (09/27) [Slideshow]
James Blake, Chairlift at First Avenue (09/28) [Review | Slideshow]
Ladytron at the Fine Line (10/03) [Review | [Slideshow]
GWAR at First Avenue (11/02) [Review | Slideshow]
Mike Mictlan's crazy Blowout rap festival at the Entry (12/05) [Recap]
P.O.S., Poliça, Marijuana Deathsquads Blowout at the Entry (12/07) Recap]

Dolly Parton at Mystic Lake
Dolly Parton at Mystic Lake
Photo by Steve Cohen
Nikki Miller, Writer

1. Don Williams at Grand Casino Mille Lacs, 9/3/11
4. Ricky Skaggs at the State Fair's Leinie Lodge Bandshell, 8/27
6. Cactus Blossoms Release Show at the Ritz with Meg Ashling and Spider John Koerner, 10/7/11
7. Charlie Daniels Band at Black Bear Casino, 11/19/11

St. Vincent at the Walker Art Center
St. Vincent at the Walker Art Center
Photo by Tony Nelson
Tony Nelson, Photographer

TV On The Radio - 1st Av
Titus Andronicus - 1st Av
Ha Ha Tonka - Varsity Theater

Sleigh Bells at First Avenue
Sleigh Bells at First Avenue
Photo by Erik Hess
Pat O'Brien, Writer

Dessa at the Fitzgerald Theater
Dessa at the Fitzgerald Theater
Photo by Stacy Schwartz
Stacy Schwartz, Photographer

2. Beirut at the Congress Theater (Chicago)
4. Joy Formidable with The Lonely Forest - 7th Street Entry
5. The Civil Wars at the IFC House - SXSW
7. Free Energy at the Lake Harriet Bandshell
8. Bob Mould at the UBS Forum

Honorable Mentions: 
Jayber Crow at Honey
NKOTBSB at the Target Center
Brandi Carlile at the Fitzgerald
The Acrocats Rock Cats at Heart of the Beast

Gwar at First Avenue
Gwar at First Avenue
Photo by Erik Hess
Danny Sigelman, Writer

Mad Professor 7th Street Entry
Dengue Fever 7th Street Entry
Dam-Funk 7th Street Entry
Tony Allen Cedar Cultural Center
Zhao Jiazhen O'shaughnessy Auditorium
M83 at First Avenue
The Kills at First Avenue
Bootsy Collins at First Avenue
OMD at First Avenue
Gwar at First Avenue (Corey Smoot RIP!)
Anthrax and Testament at First Avenue
Toots and the Maytals at the MN Zoo
Phillip Glass at the Dakota
Dan Penn at the Dakota
Ramsey Lewis at the Dakota
Ozzy Osbourne Target Center
Wilco State Theater

Diddy at Epic
Diddy at Epic
Photo by Erik Hess
Jack Spencer, Writer

1. Kyuss Lives! at First Ave (November 30)
4. Mucca Pazza at Turf Club (July 23)
6. Audio Perm Block Party at Suga Records (Aug 27)
9. Psalm One at Cause (Sep 24)

Aretha Franklin at Mystic Lake
Aretha Franklin at Mystic Lake
Photo by Steve Cohen
Andrea Swensson, Editor

M83 at First Avenue
M83 at First Avenue
Photo by Erik Hess
Erik Thompson, Writer

3. The Joy Formidable at the 7th Street Entry (04.06.11)

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