Cults & Delicate Steve at Webster Hall, NYC (Jan 19, 2012)
My first concert of 2012 was one of my (and tons of critics') favorite bands from 2011 - Cults. Closing out their tour by returning to New York City, where the band was formed, Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion led their full live band through about an hour of material. Madeline said that they don't usually do encores, but for this one they performed one song with special guest Freddie Gibbs.
There were two opening bands. The first was Dirty Fences, whose gimmick seemed to just be as much metal distortion as possible. The second band Delicate Steve was an upbeat, ambient, possibly post-rock band that was the highlight of the night for me.