5. ATP – The Breeders, Minehead, 15-17/5/2009
The combination of The Bronx’s head smashing punk, CSS’s Brazilian carnival, Bon Iver’s emotional retelling of For Emma, Holy Fuck’s free beers, Mariarchi el Bronx’s guitarrón, Deerhunter’s daydream pop, The Breeders’ classic headline set and luxury indoor camping made for a perfect weekend on the Somerset coast. (photos, knitting)
4. Phoenix, O2 Academy, Birmingham, 24/10/2009
Still largely under the radar in the UK, Phoenix brought their delicious pop songs to an ever appreciative crowd. (review)
3. Datarock, Thekla, Bristol, 23/11/2009
The Boat That Rocked: When I think of bands on boats I get images of tired old crooners wobbling away to greys in Hawaiian shirts. Datarock on the Thekla was anything but tired, though they did play a cover of (I’ve Had The) Time Of My Life that would do Jack Jones proud (review).
2. Massive Attack, O2 Academy, Birmingham, 22/09/2009
Debuting new tracks alongside classics, Massive Attack proved they are still as angry and essential as ever. (review)
1. Nine Inch Nails and Janes Addiction, O2 Arena, London, 15/07/2009
These two behemoths of 90s alternative rock came together for a mind blowing stadium rock show.
The freshly reformed Jane’s Addiction pulled off a performance so good you could be forgiven for thinking they had never been away, before Nine Inch Nails played their rawest, rockest set in years with the urgency of a band trying to get noticed, not say goodbye. (review)