PICS: The Year in Music 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, we take a look back at some of the most amazing shows that hit San Diego -- through the eyes of our talented staff photographers.

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1/23
Alex Matthews
Run the Jewels always put on an epic show -- and San Diego was lucky enough to have the duo bookend the year with Jan. 30 and Dec. 10 shows at the Observatory North Park. (Photo by Alex Matthews; see the show's photos here http://bit.ly/2DezriM)
2/23
Connie Bolger
Long before Portugal. The Man (that dang period throws us off every time!) broke the record for most consecutive weeks atop Billboard's Alternative Rock chart with "Feel It Still," they put on a killer performance at the Observatory North Park on March 16. (Photo by Connie Bolger; see of the show's photos here http://bit.ly/2DilO21)
3/23
Fatima Kelley
San Diego was lucky enough to get two Green Day headlining shows in 2017 -- the first of which touched down at Valley View Casino Center on April 8. (Photo by Fatima Kelley; see the show's photos here http://bit.ly/2DijqZc)
4/23
Allyson Ta
Little Dragon delivered one of the most riveting and hypnotic shows of the year with a dazzling performance at the Observatory North Park on April 16. (Photo by Allyson Ta; see the show's photos here http://bit.ly/2l14Uyc)
5/23
Tim Fears
Lil Wayne on 4/20? Sounds like a good time, right? Like the rest of the crowd, the rap star was all smiles at SDSU's Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre. (Photo by Tim Fears; see the rest of his photos from the show here, http://bit.ly/2DUxbOM)
6/23
Fatima Kelley
Arguably the concert of 2017 in San Diego, Chance the Rapper stormed Valley View Casino Center on April 24 and proved yet again why he's one of the most awe-inspiring artists around. (Photo by Fatima Kelley; see the show's photos here http://bit.ly/2DVVOKQ)
7/23
Alex Matthews
It's no surprise the Flaming Lips took home Best Concert Visuals in our just-announced 2017 SoundDiego Music Awards for their all-senses-overload show at the Observatory North Park on May 7 -- 'twas truly mind-blowing and so much fun. (Photo by Alex Matthews; see the show's photos here http://bit.ly/2BCV37P)
8/23
Tim Fears
An indie-rock double whammy took over House of Blues San Diego when Catfish & the Bottlemen and July Talk hit the downtown venue on May 23. (Photo by Tim Fears; see the rest of the show's photos here, http://bit.ly/2DfRGUT)
9/23
Fatima Kelley
Judging by the number of Instagram, Facebook and Twitter posts during Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' epic show at San Diego Civic Theatre on June 26, it looked like rock's "Prince of Darkness" had the entirety of the San Diego music scene in the palm of his hand. So epic. (Photo by Fatima Kelley; see the show's photos here http://bit.ly/2Di92k0)
10/23
Alex Matthews
Was there a bigger, more eagerly anticipated show in San Diego in 2017 than Metallica's Petco Park pummeling? Probably not. The show was simply thunderous, they played all the crowd favorites, and everyone -- from the front row to the nosebleeds -- had a great time. (Photo by Alex Matthews; see the show's photos here http://bit.ly/2DfWCZQ)
11/23
Tim Fears
Sylvan Esso, one of the biggest indie-pop artists of the year (and recent Grammy nominee), put on a show at the Observatory North Park on Aug. 26 absolutely worth all the hype. Come back soon, ya hear? (Photo by Tim Fears; see the show's photos here http://bit.ly/2BEMysZ)
12/23
Tim Fears
Reunited and it feels so good: Quicksand, the post-hardcore/rock titans, got back together and hit the Belly Up on Sept. 11 to remind us just how much we missed them over the last few years. (Photo by Tim Fears; see the show's photos here http://bit.ly/2Cbkzo8)
13/23
Kristy Walker
Also on the comeback trail? That Seattle-based, harmony-blessed folk troupe known as Fleet Foxes. After a years-long hiatus, Robin Pecknold & Co. finally emerged with a new album ("Crack Up") and a sold-out tour that rolled through the Observatory North Park on Sept. 21. (Photo by Kristy Walker; see the show's photos here http://bit.ly/2pCYcTM)
14/23
Tim Fears
Words do not come easy when attempting to describe the magical performance that Irish rock gods U2 delivered to Qualcomm Stadium on Sept. 22. Touring in support of their seminal "Joshua Tree" album's 30th anniversary, the band ruled the night amid epic backdrop landscapes. (Photo by Tim Fears; see the show's pics here http://bit.ly/2BUmYV6)
15/23
Fatima Kelley
The XX put on a must-see show of smooth, minimal electro-pop on Sept. 23, and we couldn't have loved it more. (Photo by Fatima Kelley; see the show's photos here, http://bit.ly/2l3nvth)
16/23
Tim Fears
After starting off their career initially a post-hardcore outfit, PVRIS switched gears a couple years back and delivered an excellent album of electro-pop gems on their new "All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell" album -- which we were more than delighted to hear during their Sept. 25 SOMA show. (Photo by Tim Fears; see the show's photos here http://bit.ly/2DgsfCv)
17/23
Fatima Kelley
That's Ms. Lauryn Hill to you: The R&B/hip-hop superstar stopped in at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre for one of the best shows of the year on Oct. 3. (Photo by Fatima Kelley; see the rest of the photos at http://bit.ly/2BCkneb)
18/23
Alex Matthews
Enjoy the silence: Depeche Mode fans had to reason to celebrate when the electronic rock juggernauts powered through Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on Oct. 6. As usual, David Gahan and his bandmates were quite the photogenic rock stars! (Photo by Alex Matthews; see the show's photos here, http://bit.ly/2pFox3k)
19/23
Tim Fears
Regardless if you're a huge Coldplay fan or not, the UK rock/pop band put on one of the most incredible performances of the year at SDCCU Stadium (as it's now called) on Oct. 8. Just look at that photo! Kudos to our photographer Tim Fears on that epic capture. (See the rest of the show's pics here, http://bit.ly/2BTU9rU)
20/23
"Cold Beer, Warm Friends": Live Wire 25th anniversary celebration basically turned into the hugest house party ever at the Observatory North Park on Nov. 2 -- it seemed like all of San Diego was out in force to usher in the beloved dive bar's birthday! Rocket From the Crypt, Mariachi El Bronx and the Meices all played and, of course, they were all excellent. (Photo by Alex Matthews; see the show's photos here, http://bit.ly/2hf4uSy)
21/23
Alex Matthews
One of the biggest creative forces in the pop realm, Charli XCX showed us why she's a master performer at Viejas Arena on Nov. 5, as well as an innovative singer, songwriter, and producer to boot. (Photo by Alex Matthews; see the show's photos here, http://bit.ly/2zFVQXx)
22/23
Allyson Ta
In a show that captured our hearts and minds, Julien Baker was simply enthralling at the Irenic on Dec. 15 -- a fitting final show at the all-ages North Park church venue, as well. (Photo by Allyson Ta; see the show's photos here, http://bit.ly/2BeAK4x)
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Allyson Ta
R&B/hip-hop star Kehlani wowed us with her performance at the Observatory North Park on Dec. 19. As photographer Allyson Ta told us afterward: "It was such a fun show to shoot. She's an amazing performer!" What a way to wrap up the year. (See the show's photos in full here, http://bit.ly/2zgv04m) Thanks 2017, it's been real -- but we're already looking forward to the sights and sounds of next year's shows!
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