PopMatters Picks:

Best (and Worst) in Show 2008

By PopMatters Staff

6 January 2009

During the past 12 months, PopMatters writers have been turned away from shows due to torrential rain, stood next to flaming cymbals, and stepped out of their comfort zones all in the name of objective reporting. Here are the best and worst musical events of 2008.

6 Jan 2009 // 8:00 PM

Part 1: Best and Worst Openers

Remember when LCD Soundsystem opened for Arcade Fire? How about when the Shins opened for Modest Mouse? Door times are for the birds, but sometimes it does pay to show up early.

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Part 2: Rawk and Anti-Rock

Anyone can lay down a rocking riff, but it takes a real fiend to unleash the fire burning below. Dust off your devil horns, because these muthas didn’t just rawk our socks; they set those little bastards on fire.

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Part 3: Hecklers and Other Interruptions

Hecklers, bless their souls, push performers to say things that no person on stage should ever say out loud. Here we honor the best on both sides of this eternal dance of the foul-mouthed.

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Part 4: Best Moves

Theater ain’t just for drama dorks -- it’s the lifeblood of rock n’ roll. Here’s to the crazy-big effects, stage set-ups, and sets that made this a dramatic year indeed.

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Part 5: Best and Worst Dressed

They may not have been Ziggy Stardust, but they certainly weren't wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Behold this year's haute couture.

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