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The 20 best concerts we saw in Orlando in 2015 

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This year trumped recent ones for killer concerts in town, featuring ridiculous showmanship to extremes (like "Weird Al," Culture Club and the Rolling Stones), compelling local stories (My Hotel Year reuniting, You Blew It! rocking a Park Ave CDs in-store, Solillaquists back on stage with Sage Francis, Moon Jelly's stunning return at the In-Between Series) and amazing critical darlings old and new that found their way here (Deafheaven, Failure, Metz, Meat Puppets). These concerts, in reverse date order, belong in cherished mental annals that don't need Facebook's asinine "On This Day" tool to recall.

Deafheaven and Tribulation at the Social (Nov. 11)

Author & Punisher at Will's Pub (Nov. 10)

Meat Puppets at Will's Pub (Oct. 28)

Wet Nurse's homecoming show at St. Matthew's Tavern (Oct. 23)

The Atom Age at Will's Pub (Oct. 18)

Failure, Hum and Torche at House of Blues (Oct. 11)

My Hotel Year reunion show at Will's Pub (Sept. 11)

Christopher Paul Stelling at Will's Pub (Sept. 8)

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  • The In-Between Series featuring Moon Jelly at the Gallery at Avalon Island

The In-Between Series featuring Moon Jelly at the Gallery at Avalon Island (Aug. 17)

Culture Club at the Hard Rock Live (Aug. 16)

"Weird Al" at Hard Rock Live (Aug. 11)

Meatwound at Will's Pub (July 2)

Ceremony and Tony Molina at the Social (June 23)

The Rolling Stones at the Citrus Bowl (June 12)

Fidlar and Metz at the Social (May 12)

Sage Francis and Solillaquists of Sound at the Social (April 23)

Total Fuck Off Weekend II in Mills 50 (March 27-28)

Hundred Waters at Dr. Phillips Center (March 13)

Ralphfest 4 at various venues (Feb. 21-22)

You Blew It! EP release at Park Ave CDs (Feb. 4)

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