Firebird St. Louis

Below, you’ll find our favorite shows of 2012 at the Firebird, but before that, a few thank-yous are in order.  First, thank you to all of the writers, photographers and artists who wrote about, took photos of, and designed posters for our shows.  Additionally, thanks to all of the bands – from St. Louis and elsewhere – who played the venue over the past year.  Finally, we are infinitely grateful to all of you who came to concerts at the Firebird in 2012, be it just one or many dozen.  Without all of you, working together, we couldn’t do what we do, and for that, you have our unending thanks.

Now, onto the shows!  It wasn’t easy for anyone to pick just ten, but we think this is a fine sampling of what 2012 brought to the club.  Feel free to comment your favorites, as well.  Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you soon.

Top Tens Shows of 2012, as voted by Firebird staff

10. Naked Raygun (July 28) – 16 pts

Photos, care of Bryan J. Sutter Photography.

9. Peelander-Z (March 7) – 16.5 pts

Photos, care of Bryan J. Sutter Photography.

8. Baroness (April 26) – 17 pts

“Being a stranger after this show was impossible. There’s something really unexplainable about the connection made between music and audience at a live show, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. But last night, what was even more powerful was the love between Baroness and the music. I really sincerely hope that these guys don’t wait two years to tour again because that’s just too long to wait for a show this good.”KDHX

7. Mayer Hawthorne & The County (May 22) – 17.5 pts

“From the first it was clear that the packed house of all-ages fans were feeling it, with shimmying and swaying in no short order and catcalls, like, “You’re so sexy!” and “I want your babies!” abounding.”  –RFT Music

6. Japandroids (November 20) – 18.5 pts

“Japandroids went feral. King threw his “you”s to the crowd during “Art Czars,” pointing at a different face with every pronoun. The guitar riff from “Hearts Sweat” (from 2009’s Post-Nothing) somersaulted over Prowse’s sinuous drumwork and sounded dangerous, like thunder in a black sky.”Eleven

5. Propagandhi (November 4) – 20.5 pts

“Forget ideology for a second. The band’s technicality and precision are unreal – the albums are full of the kind of impossible passages you might find in a Dillinger Escape Plan or Meshuggah song. Even more shocking is how effortless it all looks as Propaghandi perform it live.”RFT Music

4. Mission Of Burma (April 4) – 23 pts

“It may have taken more than three decades for St. Louis to hear these classic songs in person, but Mission of Burma more than rewarded us for our patience with a stunning performance.”RFT Music

3. Pinback (June 15) – 25 pts

“The more Newcastle Rob poured down his throat, the more his voice scraped and the more the crowd loved it. But it’s Zach, whose raw, half-screamed, half-sung vocals belie a shy, restrained stage presence. Although their voices are both similar in range and pitch, the harmonies work and they toss verse and chorus back and forth to each other effortlessly.”KDHX

2. Dan Deacon (September 2) – 30.5 pts

“During songs, it was easy to categorize Dan Deacon as relentless; the rhythm and speed of each track designed for dancing, and if you can’t keep up with the frenetic pace and adrenaline rush, then please step aside to allow others to enter the left side vs. right side dance contest instigated by Deacon from the stage.”KDHX

1. Melvins w/ Unsane (May 3) – 47.5 pts

“The Firebird was humid and packed, with little room to push or shove. The space was uncomfortable but oddly fitting, as the constipated room disabled any chance of moshing, and limited crowd movement to fierce head-banging: A choreographed wave of buzz cuts and messy hair.”RFT Music

Individual Ballots

Rob Colie
-Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster – February 14 – 10 pts
-Lawrence Arms – January 12 – 9 pts
-Japandroids – November 20 – 8  pts
-Propagandhi – November 4 – 7 pts
-Naked Raygun – July 28 – 6 pts
-Teenage Bottlerocket – October 15 – 5 pts
-Melvins – May 3 – 4 pts
-Mickey Avalon – June 24 – 3 pts
-Deer Tick – May 16 – 2 pts
-Voodoo Glow Skulls – February 3 – 1 pt

Hannah Costillo
-Andrew Jackson Jihad with Laura Stevenson and the Cans – April 19 – 5.5 pts
-Say Anything – April 1 – 5.5  pts
-Maps & Atlases – May 12 – 5.5 pts
-Margot & The Nuclear So & So’s – June 1 – 5.5 pts
-Jukebox The Ghost – July 12 – 5.5  pts
-The Sun And The Sea – August 3 – 5.5 pts
-Hellogoodbye – August 12 – 5.5 pts
-First Aid Kit – October 6 – 5.5 pts
-The Early November – October 17 – 5.5 pts
-The Front Bottoms – November 8 – 5.5 pts

Mike Cracchiolo
-Pinback – June 15 – 10 pts
-Junius – February 25 – 9 pts
-VNV Nation – March 3 – 8 pts
-Big Freedia – July 21 – 7 pts
-Baroness – April 26 – 6 pts
-The Life and Times – January 28 – 5 pts
-Doomtree – March 10 – 4 pts
-Peelander Z – March 7 – 3 pts
-Mission of Burma – April 4 – 2 pts
-An Under Cover Weekend Night One – September 27 – 1 pt

Honorable Mentions
-Melvins – May 3
-Active Child – May 17

Jamie Ellis
-Icky Blossoms (with The Mynabirds) – July 1 – 10 pts
-Melvins – May 3 – 9 pts
-Peelander-Z – March 7 – 8 pts
-Penguin Prison – May 31 – 7 pts
-VNV Nation – March 3 – 6 pts
-SSION – October 12 – 5 pts
-Pinback – June 15 – 4 pts
-Guitar Wolf – April 5 – 3 pts
-False Moves covering Interpol’s Turn On The Bright Lights – November 24 – 2 pts
-A Place To Bury Strangers – July 19 – 1 pt

Chris Grady
-Mayer Hawthorne & The County – May 22 – 5.5 pts
-Every Time I Die – December 14 – 5.5 pts
-Pomegranates – August 19 – 5.5 pts
-Smoking Popes – October 8 – 5.5 pts
-Sharon Van Etten – November 5 – 5.5 pts
-Swans – October 23 – 5.5 pts
-Melvins – May 3 – 5.5 pts
-Propagandhi – November 4 – 5.5 pts
-Baroness – April 26 – 5.5 pts
-High On Fire – December 6 – 5.5 pts

Kenny Hofmeister
-Dan Deacon – September 2 – 10 pts
-Swans – October 23 – 9 pts
-Mission Of Burma – April 4 – 8 pts
-Guitar Wolf – April 5 – 7 pts
-Fucked Up – April 8 – 6 pts
-Japandroids – November 20 – 5 pts
-Purity Ring – August 26 – 4 pts
-Quintron And Miss Pussycat – May 18 – 3 pts
-Moon Duo – September 27 – 2 pts
-Rob Delaney – January 7 – 1 pt

Josh Jennewein
-Diplo – March 30 – 10 pts
-Melvins – May 3 – 9 pts
-Dan Deacon – September 2 – 8 pts
-Mayer Hawthorne & The County – May 22 – 7 pts
-Terror/Bane – July 30 – 6 pts
-Black Cobra (with Corrosion of Conformity) – June 18 – 5 pts
-Gaslight Anthem – July 13 – 4 pts
-Big Freedia – July 21 – 3 pts
-Doomtree – March 10 – 2 pts
-Guitar Wolf – April 5 – 1 pt

Robert McClimans
-Naked Raygun – July 28 – 10 pts
-Melvins – May 3 – 9 pts
-Propagandhi – November 4 – 8 pts
-Dan Deacon – September 2 – 7 pts
-Fucked Up – April 8 – 6 pts
-Motion City Soundtrack – June 21 – 5 pts
-Terror/Bane – July 30 – 4 pts
-Andrew Jackson Jihad with Laura Stevenson And The Cans – March 19 – 3 pts
-Mission Of Burma – April 4 – 2 pts
-Less Than Jake – September 19 – 1 pt

Sarah Myers
-Astronautalis – March 22 – 5.5 pts
-Reptar – April 6 – 5.5 pts
-Maps & Atlases – May 12 – 5.5 pts
-Margot & The Nuclear So & So’s – June 1 – 5.5 pts
-Big Freedia – July 21 – 5.5 pts
-Purity Ring – August 26 – 5.5 pts
-Dan Deacon – September 2 – 5.5 pts
-Sharon Van Etten – November 5 – 5.5 pts
-Japandroids – November 20 – 5.5 pts
-How To Dress Well – November 25 – 5.5 pts

Aubrey Probst
-Gaslight Anthem – July 13 – 10 pts
-Mayer Hawthorne & The County – May 22 – 5 pts
-Say Anything – April 1 – 5 pts
-Mariachi El Bronx – May 19 – 5 pts
-Every Time I Die – December 14 – 5 pts
-Hellogoodbye – August 12 – 5 pts
-Motion City Soundtrack – June 21 – 5 pts
-Strung Out – September 21 – 5 pts
-An Under Cover Weekend – September 7/8 – 5 pts
-Riverboat Gamblers – October 24 – 5 pts

Ryan Sears
-Heartless Bastards – February 8 – 5.5 pts
-Mission Of Burma – April 4 – 5.5 pts
-Baroness – April 26 – 5.5 pts
-Melvins – May 3 – 5.5 pts
-Deer Tick – May 16 – 5.5 pts
-Quintron And Miss Pussycat – May 18 – 5.5 pts
-Astrofang – June 28 – 5.5 pts
-Fishbone – September 18 – 5.5 pts
-The Life And Times – November 10 – 5.5  pts
-Maserati – November 15 – 5.5 pts

Bryan Tucker
-High On Fire – December 6 – 5.5 pts
-Pinback – June 15 – 5.5 pts
-Melody’s Echo Chamber (with The Raveonettes) – September 28 – 5.5 pts
-A Place To Bury Strangers – July 19 – 5.5 pts
-Doomtree – March 10 – 5.5 pts
-Astronautalis – October 2 – 5.5 pts
-Buck 65 – June 2 – 5.5 pts
-Melvins – May 3 – 5.5 pts
-Mission Of Burma – April 4 – 5.5 pts
-Corin Tucker Band – October 4 – 5.5 pts

Jimmy Vavak
-Peelander-Z – March 7 – 5.5 pts
-Pinback – June 15 – 5.5 pts
-A Place To Bury Strangers – July 19 – 5.5 pts
-Ring, Cicada – August 17 – 5.5 pts
-Big Business – September 14 – 5.5 pts
-Doug Stanhope – September 29 – 5.5 pts
-Kyle Kinane – October 16 – 5.5 pts
-The Life And Times – November 10 – 5.5 pts
-Neal Brennan – November 14 – 5.5 pts
-W. Kamau Bell – December 11 – 5.5 pts

Previously in our 2012 review:
Favorite Staff Records
The Year in Concert Photos
The Year in Concert Posters

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