Best Of 2018

Best wasn’t never meant: AMERICAN FOOTBALL AT ORPHEUM AND THE BRICKS

The prodigal kings of a late-’90s indie-rock subgenre called emo reunited for a show in 2014, but hope for a Bay area show from the sporadically-gigging band led by Mike Kinsella was pretty much nonexistent. It took four years, but the now-quartet arrived in August for nearly sold-out show which was followed by an after-party DJ gig down the street. Not to be overly dramatic, but we thought this show would always and forever be one that was never meant. —RR