Favorite Concerts of 2014

1. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, June 20 at the Milwaukee Theatre, Milwaukee

2. Jack White, July 23 at the Chicago Theatre

3. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, April 11 at the Vic

4. The Replacements, Sept. 13 at Midway Stadium, St. Paul

5. Cate Le Bon, Jan. 23 at Schubas

6. Richard Thompson and His Electric Trio, June 16 at Millennium Park (also June 14 at Space in Evanston)

7. Carsick Cars, March 28 at the Burlington

8. St. Vincent, July 19 at the Pitchfork Music Festival, Union Park

9. Courtney Barnett, July 30 at Schubas

10. Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake & William Parker Trio, June 6 at Constellation


Ex Hex, Oct. 25 at the Empty Bottle

Jambinai, March 12 at the SXSW International Day Stage

Neneh Cherry with RocketNumberNine, July 18 at the Pitchfork Music Festival, Union Park

Protomartyr, Sept. 27 at Gonerfest at the Hi-Tone in Memphis

Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Oct. 31 at Thalia Hall

Elvis Costello, June 11 at the Copernicus Center

Andrew Bird, Aug. 16 at the Chicago Theatre

Wussy, June 13 at the Red Line Tap

Bob Mould, June 23 at Millennium Park

Deaf Wish, Sept. 26 at Gonerfest at the Hi-Tone in Memphis

Patti Smith, Sept. 14 at Riot Fest in Humboldt Park

Slowdive and Low, Oct. 30 at the Vic

Gerald Dowd’s “Day of the Dowd,” Nov. 8 at FitzGerald’s, Berwyn

Robbie Fulks, Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen, Dec. 8 at the Hideout. (The night the power went out.)

Wilco, Dec. 12 at the Riviera

Reigning Sound, Sept. 1 at the Empty Bottle