Lonesome Onry And Mean's Top 11 Shows Of 2010

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Jason Wolter
Toots & the Maytals at House of Blues, May 2
Along with the season of shopping madness and suicidal depression comes the season for Best-ofs. Live show-wise, 2010 was very benevolent to Lonesome Onry and Mean. Some of our favorites from 2010:

11. Jon Cleary, The Big Easy: Cleary put on a New Orleans rock and roll clinic at this jam-packed show. The rolling thunder of the 88s was joyously deafening. Seriously, we left the Drive By Truckers show to catch this one -- and are damned glad we did. Cleary doesn't come our way near often enough.

10. Toots and The Maytals, House of Blues: At 65, most musicians are ready for the nursing home or the psych ward, but Toots Hibbert just keeps rocking. Looking more like 50 than 65, the garlic-munching Hibbert powered through nearly every hit he ever had like a weightlifting champion and was still revving it up when the curtain fell. Loved the dummy in the front row trying to light his pipe right in front of security. Somebody slap that fool.

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Allen Hill
Los Skarnales at Discovery Green, September 9
9. Cowboy Junkies, House of Blues: HOB is known for its yakking, fidgety crowds, but it didn't take Margo Timmons and her mates long to silence the joint to the point of reverence. Keeping things mostly uptempo, this notoriously downbeat band gave one of the most emotionally satisfying performances of the year, ending with their epic "Murder in the Trailer Park."

8. Los Skarnales, Discovery Green: Ten years ago, no one ever thought we'd be watching these perennial bad boys do a family show. Kids onstage, love flowing from audience to band and back to the audience, this one had a beautiful, peaceful Houston community aura around it.

7. Warpaint, Walter's on Washington: We didn't know what to expect from these L.A. pretty girls, but they brought fine musicianship and lots of rock attitude to this packed show that also featured Buxton and Akron/Family. This was a super-stout three-band bill.

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