As part of my my top LPs of 2015 wrap-up, I mentioned having seen a lot of the bands on my list perform live. Because, quite simply, I love going to shows. And I happen to live in a city (Seattle) that not only gets its fair share of touring bands, but also is home to a number of excellent local acts.
I know I ramped up my showgoing considerably this past year, but I was curious to see just how much. And since I’m as much a data geek as a music geek, I decided to crunch those numbers!
Manually scraping show data from the Google Calendar instance my friends and I use to track events, I dumped every single band and show I saw into a text file, then an Excel spreadsheet. Then I connected that data store to my instance of Tableau Public, a free data visualization tool, with which I created a few basic charts.
The results? Last year I saw at least* 173 bands at 78 shows. That’s an average of 6.5 shows per month.
Have I mentioned that I don’t actually work in the music industry?
Anyway, if you’re curious, here are some charts below that show the spread of events, the bands and the venues. Also below is the month-by-month list that shows each gig’s lineup, including only bands I actually saw (at least 3-4 songs by, minimum).
Bands Seen in 2015
I saw at least 173 bands I saw (and remember seeing) perform live in 2015, along with the number of times I saw each.
Venues Visited in 2015
All 34 rock clubs, theaters, festivals and other venues in three cities (Seattle, Portland, New York) I visited last year.
Number of Shows Attended in 2015
A monthly tally of events. December was kinda slow (only 1 gig!).
Full List of 2015 Gigs
A month-by-month breakdown of each gig, including band lineup in order of performance.
A Tribute to the Cure (~4 bands) @ Chop Suey
Tangerine, Tomten @ Neumos
Tacocat, Wimps, Kithkin @ Chop Suey
Vaselines, Loch Lomond @ Neumos
Zebra Hunt @ Hilliard’s
Lloyd Cole @ The Triple Door
Zebra Hunt @ The Sunset
Dancing on the Valentine show w/The Service Providers + others @ Neumos
Unlikely Friends, Ruler, Oh Pears @ The Rendezvous
The Flamin’ Groovies, Bread and Butter @ The Tractor
Robyn Hitchcock, Emma Swift @ Columbia City Theater
Zebra Hunt @ The Highline
Viet Cong, What Moon Things @ Barboza
!!!, OCnotes @ Columbia City Theater
Ultimate Painting @ Chop Suey
Zebra Hunt, Ruler @ Barboza
Broncho @ The Tractor
Twerps, Lures, Zebra Hunt @ The Sunset
Belle & Sebastian, Perfume Genius @ The Paramount
His Name Is Alive @ Barboza
Damon & Naomi @ EMP
Polaris, Scarves, Cotillon @ The Crocodile
Lightning Bolt, Liturgy @ Neumos
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Nurses @ Barboza
The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Black Ryder @ The Showbox
Detective Agency, Zebra Hunt, Talkies @ The Funhouse
Hutch & Kathy, S @ Barboza
Wire, Mile High Club, Posse @ Neumos
Speedy Ortiz, Alex G, Broken Water @ Barboza
NYC Popfest: The Catenary Wires, Jessica & the Fletchers, Pale Lights @ Cameo
NYC Popfest – afternoon show: Pete Astor, The Just Joans, Working, The Chandler Estate @ Baby’s All Right
NYC Popfest – evening show: The Darling Buds, The Spook School, Veronica Lake, Brideshead, Wallflower, Expert Alterations @ Knitting Factory
NYC Popfest: Club 8, Eternal Summers, Lunchbox, The Holiday Crowd, Seabirds, Starry Eyed Cadet, Cold Beat, Sapphire Mansions @ Littlefield
Ride, Sshh @ Williamsburg Music Hall
Zebra Hunt, No Grave, Acid Tongue @ Columbia City Theater
Jonathan Richman @ The Crocodile
The Tripwires @ Georgetown Carnival
San Cisco @ The Tractor
Shellac, Shannon Wright @ The Tractor
The Thermals, La Luz @ West Seattle Summer Fest
Eternal Summers, Nic Hessler @ Barboza
Ceremony, Tony Molina @ Neumos
Dick Diver, iji, Invisible Hand @ Vera Project
Craft Spells @ Westlake Park
Seapony, Zebra Hunt, Tape Waves @ Vera Project
Metz, Big Ups @ Neumos
Tangerine, The Shivas @ Seattle Center (Concerts at the Mural)
Detective Agency, Tangerine, iji, Neighbors @ Summit Block Party
Cannanes, The World Record, Blooper @ The Sunset
Versing, Aan, Bod, Pleasures @ The Sunset
Colleen Green, Pony Time, Jaill @ Lo-Fi
Dirty Sidewalks @ Victory Lounge
Dan Deacon @ XOXO Fest
A Place to Bury Strangers, Grooms @ Chop Suey
Mac McCaughan, Mike Krol, Flesh Wounds @ The Tractor
The Chameleons, Nostalgist @ Neumos
Hibou, Snuff Redux @ Frolik Kitchen
Duran Duran, Chic @ WA State Fair
Laetitia Sadier, Deradoorian, Lilac @ Vera Project
Mew, The Dodos @ Neumos
Ultimate Painting, Zebra Hunt @ Vera Project
Lushy @ The Swedish Club
Dude York, Versing, Clearance, Neighbors @ Black Lodge
Skylar Spence, Kero Kero Bonito @ Chop Suey
Viet Cong, Grave Babies @ Neumos
Salad Boys, Prom Queen @ Highline
DIIV, No Joy, Sunflower Bean @ Neumos
Deerhunter, Atlas Sound @ Showbox
Your Heart Breaks, Mommy Long Legs @ Hilliard’s
Luna, Houndstooth @ Showbox
Cheatahs, Vulkano, Gibraltar @ Barboza
Broncho, The Shelters, Pearl Charles @ The Tractor
Joanna Gruesome, Tony Molina, King of Cats @ Vera Project
Ride @ The Neptune
Yo La Tengo @ The Neptune
Low, Andy Shauf @ The Crocodile
Public Image Limited @ The Showbox
!!!, Stereolad @ The Crocodile
This lifestyle made possible by dedicated fandom, coffee, childlessness, earplugs, friends who also like going out, and an equally-music-obsessed boyfriend who enables my behavior.
*Two shows I went to were themed events featuring lineups with rotating casts of members from local bands. Since I don’t remember the exact number of sets at each, I just counted each event as a single band.