I saw approximately 150 concerts in 2013. Many of them were forgettable. And there are a few that I'd sure like to forget.

Ah, but some were downright magical -- ones I'll treasure for years to come.

It's time to relive those moments. So here are my top 10 concerts of 2013. It was a great year for live music by the Bay, so narrowing down my list to just 10 was tough. So I've cheated a bit and included some honorable mentions.

Lead vocalist Lauren Mayberry of the Scottish synthpop band Chvrches kicks off the band’s performance at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, Calif., Sunday,
Lead vocalist Lauren Mayberry of the Scottish synthpop band Chvrches kicks off the band's performance at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group) (D. ROSS CAMERON)

1. Jay Z and Justin Timberlake, July 26, Candlestick Park, San Francisco: The Legends of the Summer Tour definitely lived up to its name during its local stop, which drew some 53,000 highly enthusiastic fans to the 49ers' soon-to-be-former home. It was the rare co-headlining show that was greater than the sum of its parts, as the King of Hip-Hop and the Prince of Pop combined forces to create something that sure felt like a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Indeed, it was pretty much a perfect pop music spectacle. The set list was fantastic, and the performances were every bit as flashy and satisfying as the elaborate production. Instead of playing their own individual sets, Jay and Justin wove their performances together into one 100-minute thrill ride through two fantastic songbooks. The synergy between the stars was breathtaking.

2. My Bloody Valentine, Aug. 23, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco: It was a musical trial by fire. My Bloody Valentine wasn't out to entertain fans as much as test them. The legendary Irish alt-rock act, led by genius songwriter Kevin Shields, seemed determined to find out just how much musical complexity and, most of all, volume the crowd could take.

The result had some people covering their ears -- even if they were already wearing earplugs -- and looking downright nauseous. Yet it was also one of the most transformative evenings of music I've ever experienced, and I left the building feeling like I'd been reborn as a listener. That confession sounds a bit hokey to me now, but it felt all so real at the time.

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, not pictured, perform in concert at the Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, July 26, 2013. (Ray Chavez/Bay
Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, not pictured, perform in concert at the Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, July 26, 2013. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) (RAY CHAVEZ)

3. The Dandy Warhols, June 15, Fillmore, San Francisco: I believe that "Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia" is the best album of the last 15 years (if not longer), so it's really no surprise that a concert featuring the record performed in its entirety should rank so high on my list. The Portland, Ore., band has its occasional off-nights onstage, but this certainly wasn't one of them. The Dandy Warhols were downright magnificent as they relived not just their own crowning achievement -- but one of the crowning achievements of alt-rock history.

4. The xx, May 30, Fox Theater, Oakland: The British trio, which consists of vocalist-guitarist Romy Madley Croft, vocalist-bassist Oliver Sim and producer/multi-instrumentalist Jamie xx, was utterly bewitching as it conjured up one delicate, atmospheric indie-pop gem after another. The sound was more about restraint than rock, with each song crafted with breathtaking care. It was a thing of hushed, meticulous beauty, and it still lingers in my memory to this day.

5. Television, Nov. 5, Independent, San Francisco: The influential proto-punk band thrilled a capacity crowd with its legendary two-guitar attack, which, despite Jimmy Rip taking over for original member Richard Lloyd in 2007, still sounds like no other. Credit that to bandleader Tom Verlaine, who has maintained such a clear and consistent vision for the band throughout the decades. The show served as further proof that Television deserves to be ranked along with -- if not above -- Blondie, the Talking Heads, the Patti Smith Group and all the other bands that rose from New York City's CBGB scene in the '70s.

6. Black Sabbath, Aug. 26, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View: It was a tour that many believed wouldn't happen, due to guitarist Tony Iommi's battle with cancer, vocalist Ozzy Osbourne's substance abuse problems and drummer Bill Ward's departure from the band. Yet Sabbath defied the odds and showed up at Shoreline for an evening of mighty, menacing metal.

7. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, April 9, Bill Graham Civic: Nick Cave was pure stark-raving genius as he sang songs of murder, mystery and Miley Cyrus. He was as poetic as Leonard Cohen and as punk as Iggy Pop, yet always managed to come across as a true original. What else would you expect?

8. Wire, Nov. 18, Slim's, San Francisco: It was a diversely appealing night of rock, true to the band's nearly four-decade career. The London group offered up everything from catchy pop tunes to lengthy art-rock opuses to succinct punk ditties -- and everything sounded great.

9. REO Speedwagon, Sept. 12, Wente Vineyards, Livermore: Laugh all you want, but this was the finest classic-rock show of the year. The band is nearly 30 years past its commercial prime, yet it's still at the top of its game onstage.

10. Chvrches, Nov. 17, Fox Theater: The Scottish buzz band more than lived to its hype as it delivered a retro-hip night of synth-pop that made me believe weall better learn how to spell the Chvrches' name.

Honorable mention

Muse, Jan. 28, Oracle Arena, Oakland: One of the most consistently impressive and entertaining arena acts.

Leonard Cohen, March 2, Paramount Theatre, Oakland: I'd need his mastery of the English language -- which, sadly, I don't possess -- to properly describe Cohen's greatness.

Joy Formidable, March 22, Fillmore: The Joy was indeed Formidable.

Johnny Marr, April 13, Fillmore: The former Smiths guitarist doesn't need Morrissey to put on a thrilling show.

Sigur Ros, April 17, Bill Graham Civic: You don't have to speak "Hopelandic" (Sigur Ros' made-up language) to enjoy the band's dreamy, dramatic songs.

Cowboy Junkies, May 2, Yoshi's-San Francisco: They are tragically underrated, but the Junkies never let that stop them.

Kings of the Mic, May 25, Shoreline: LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul joined forces for the best old-school hip-hop show of the year.

Martina McBride, June 26, Wente: Further evidence that she's one of the top five female vocalists in country music history.

Phish, Aug. 2-4, Bill Graham Civic: It's all one show, man.

Selena Gomez, Nov. 10, SAP Center: The multimedia star delivers on her first solo headlining trek.

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