Robert Plant at Robinson Brian Chilson

Robert Plant at Robinson

This year had more great concerts than our amp-addled heads can recall, so in the name of brevity, here’s a quick rundown (in no particular order) of what still stands out at year’s end: Lil Wayne’s menacing rap bravado at Verizon Arena; Ho-Hum’s one-night stand at Vino’s 20th anniversary; Robert Plant, with a voice undiminished by the years, and the Band of Joy putting on a clinic at Robinson Center Music Hall; a top-notch Times New Viking using its one date between tours with Pavement and Guided by Voices to rock White Water Tavern; John Prine calmly proving why he’s a living legend at Robinson Center Music Hall; ghoul-punk god Danzig’s Halloween-time rager at The Village; Loudon Wainwright III, self-deprecating as ever, at The Aud in Eureka Springs; Titus Andronicus’ punk history lesson at Revolution; one of Brooks & Dunn’s final shows at Verizon Arena; Drive-By Truckers’ “lights-out” set at Revolution; Xiu Xiu weirding out the capacity crowd at Sticky Fingerz; Old 97s’ powering return to Little Rock at Revolution; The Body destroying Juanita’s P.A. in no more than 20 minutes; Lightning Bolt’s stunning avant-punk set at ACAC and the innumerable shows from local and area bands which prove, time and time again, that Arkansas is filled with talent.