Best headbanging, non-metal category
Long hair, Flying V guitars and devil horns aren't exclusive to metal; you're likely to see all of that when heavy-jamming, Southern rock dudes My Morning Jacket perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The Louisville group fronted by Jim James has a well-earned reputation as one of the best live bands around, playing skyscraping songs highlighted by James's equally immense vocals. MMJ exists right in the center of the jam band/indie rock Venn diagram, and its songs are custom-made for big, outdoor spaces on sticky summer nights. And when James and company launch into the guitar madness of set staple "Mahgeetah," you can expect to see some unruly manes thrashing around onstage and in the audience.
--David Malitz, June 1, 2012