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Best D.C. concert tweets of 2011, Part I

December 27, 2011 - 09:20 AM
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Twitter! You can use it at concerts. And many rock critics do. Herewith, an initial survey of some of the funniest short observations from Washington-area shows this past year. Want to nominate something for the next parts of this series (and spare me the task of reading an entire year of one person's tweets, which I assure you IS NOT A LOT OF FUN, TECH-WISE)? E-mail me!


Klimek writes for the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, and DCist, so he gets plenty of practice killing it at live gigs. Choosing three tweets from this prolific funny person was this writer's greatest Dec. 27-based challenge so far.


So @930Club staff made my date to Marketa Irglova check her knitting needles on the way in. I expect this happens at every Irglova gig.
Nov 29 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

Awkward moment post-Kid Rock gig when the lights come up. Then some dude yells "Let's go watch a foreign film!" and we all exhale.
Nov 17 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply


Lady in front of me @930Club for #HoldSteady has played Tetris & Kindled smut during gig. Also she Googled "Sequestered in Memphis" lyrics.
Sep 02 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply


The Washington Post pop critic attends more concerts than seems humanly possible (when contacted for this piece, Malitz, who was enjoying the holidays, apologized for not having his spreadsheet of concerts he attended in 2011 available on his non-work computer). While an exhaustive study of his year in Twittering reveals fascinating subnarratives involving the Fall, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Washington Wizards, I managed to narrow his excellent show-tweeting to three entries.

On attending a Smashing Pumpkins reunion show:

It's like watching Wrestlemania after not watching WWE for a few years because last time you watched you were embarrassed you *ever* watched
Oct 18 via UberSocial for AndroidFavoriteRetweetReply

On attending a Fucked Up performance:

When damian wraps himself up with the microphone cord all over his body he looks like my uncle in shul
Jun 28 via Twidroyd for AndroidFavoriteRetweetReply

 On attending a Taylor Momsen show at Jammin' Java:

Taylor momsen curses with the excitement of someone who just discovered the f-word last week
Mar 18 via twidroydFavoriteRetweetReply


Washington City Paper's arts editor is also a frequent presence at rock concerts in the Washington area. Like Malitz, he did some of his best work at the Smashing Pumpkins reunion show at the 9:30 Club this fall, but his relentless attendance of summer festivals also yielded some gems.

Shocked at dearth of Zwan chants tonight.
Oct 18 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

The danger of a barely curated rock festival: sometimes you get bro-ed-out instrumental metal bands.
Jun 04 via UberSocialFavoriteRetweetReply

DIY shows in tireyards are cool and all, but I'm pretty sure we'd all rather be at Shake Shack
May 21 via UberSocialFavoriteRetweetReply

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