PICS: A Year in Review

2016 hasn't been the best of years, so why not reminisce about the things that went right -- like the amazing shows that came through town.

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Alex Matthews
In January, Tool went full Robocop for their performance at Viejas Arena.
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Alex Matthews
Soon after, we got down with Muse at Valley View Casino Center.
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Fatima Kelley
The Growlers ushered in February right at the Observatory.
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Followed by fellow indie mainstays, Dr. Dog.
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Fatima Kelley
But Waka Flocka Flame started to really heat things up for spring.
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Fatima Kelley
WAVVES battled it out with Best Coast on their co-headlining tour, "Summer is Forever."
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Alex Matthews
'90s kings Third Eye Blind stepped toward that ledge and dove into their nostalgic set in April.
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Meanwhile, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and his other band, the Arcs, played shadow puppets.
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Fatima Kelley
And May really exploded, starting with Explosions in the Sky at the Observatory.
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Alex Matthews
Robert Smith and the Cure took on Sleep Train.
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Steve Covault
Joe Walsh was in good company when he and coheadliners Bad Company took the stage at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on May 18.
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Connie Bolger
And the Lumineers closed out the month with some sweet ballads.
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Fatima Kelley
Who could forget Cage the Elephant's June performance?
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Fatima Kelley
Or local heroes, Pierce the Veil!
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Ringo, forever the coolest cat, brought his All-Starr Band to Humphreys in July.
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Alex Matthews
And Slayer slayed.
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Alex Matthews
The return of Blink-182 was nothing short of spectacular, of course. We didn't even need Fourth of July fireworks.
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Fatima Kelley
Perhaps one of the more memorable performances of the year, Brand New returned to the spotlight in July.
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Fatima Kelley
Savages in the same month?! You gotta be kiddin' me.
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Alex Matthews
Deftones' melodic hard rock came through in August.
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Alex Matthews
The Wiz kid himself was at Sleep Train with Snoop Dogg in September.
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Fatima Kelley
And Kraftwerk came to San Diego for the first time, well, ever.
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Philip DeFalco
Cass McCombs mellowed the Casbah out, but in such a good way.
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Fatima Kelley
Sigur Ros raised the epic level though.
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Fatima Kelley
The 1975 made the audience fawn at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU.
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Alex Matthews
The inventor of horror rock, Alice Cooper, got weird for Halloween weekend.
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Fatima Kelley
And Andra Day brought it home to Humphreys in November.
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