New York City's Hardest-Working Bands of 2016 - Oh My Rockness

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New York City's Hardest-Working Bands of 2016

December 12, 2016
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We list a lot of shows (9,761 this year in NYC, to be exact) for lots of bands.

We crunched the year-end numbers and below is some super interesting show data we dug up.

The following 10 bands had the most shows listed on Oh My Rockness in New York City in 2016 A.D..

Please note #1: There are bands who have played more shows in NYC this year than those mentioned here -- we just didn't list them.

Please note #2: It's possible that the bands mentioned here played even more shows in NYC than what's indicated below -- we just didn't list them.

Please note #3: I don't know why we didn't list them -- we just didn't list them.

Please note #4: If you're in a band and you've read the first three notes (in bold, no less) and you still complain about this list we suggest sitting quietly in a chair for a few minutes every day until you start to feel a bit better about things -- make sure your posture is good so you can fully breathe.

#1 Thick - 45 Shows Listed in 2016

“Girlwave. Garage. Punk. Drunk."

Thick is a hella good band and they shred something sick.

Read more about them here.

Bands they played with: Pouty, Patio, Diet Cig, Twiga

Most-played venues: Aviv, IDIO Gallery, Shea Stadium

#2 Fruit and Flowers - 35 Shows Listed in 2016

Moody post ____ psych punk.

Think swirls meets riffs meets all the feels.

Read more about them here.

Bands they played with: What Moon Things, Tancred, Dead Stars

Most-played venues: Berlin, Shea Stadium, Sunnyvale

#3 Surf Rock is Dead - 32 Shows Listed in 2016

Super solid jingle jangle pop!

Surf Rock is Dead made our Top 20 “Hardest-Working Bands of 2015" list too.

Still working hard - still hustling - still sweet!

Read more about them here.

Bands they played with: Puro Instinct, Steep Leans, Gingerlys, Lazyeyes

Most-played venues: Berlin, Baby's All Right, Mercury Lounge

#4 Stuyedeyed - 32 Shows Listed In 2016

Heavy psych rock meets the punk rock meets your wildest most blown out dreams.

(If we were doing the “Hardest Band Names To Spell of 2016" list this crew would be #1.)

Read more about them here.

Bands they played with: Yonatan Gat, The Yin Yangs, Tall Juan, Bambara

Most-played venues: The Gateway, Baby's All Right, Sunnyvale

#5 Surfbort - 29 Shows Listed In 2016

Heavy trashy sludge punk!

Not surf music.

Kim Gordon > Brian Wilson.

Bands they played with: Thee Oh Sees, GOGGS, No Parents

Most-played venues: Silent Barn, Shea Stadium, Palisades (RIP)

#6 Decorum - 29 Shows Listed In 2016

Dark chilly post ___ punk with pretty melodies.

I've goth* 99 problems but this band ain't one.

(*no sic U, dude)

Bands they played with: French Vanilla, Future Punx, Parlor Walls

Most-played venues: Silent Barn, Aviv, Alphaville

#7 RIPS - 28 Shows Listed In 2016

Solid lo-fi rock 'n' roll, yo. Works best if you blast it.

This band should tour with Parquet Courts. I'd pay to see that show.

(If that happens can somebody put me on the guest list, please? Thx!)

Read more about them here.

Bands they played with: Parquet Courts, Navy Gangs, Acid Dad, B Boys

Most-played venues: Union Pool, Baby's All Right, Palisades (RIP)

#8 Haybaby - 27 Shows Listed In 2016

Guess what? Haybaby was in this exact same position (#8) on our “Hardest-Working Bands" list from last year. Ain't that the good coincidental shit!

Think quiet / loud / quiet / louder.

Please note: Haybaby rules.

Read more about them here.

Bands they played with: Pill, Izzy True, Fern Mayo

Most-played venues: Shea Stadium, Sunnyvale, Baby's All Right

#9 Sic Tic - 27 Shows Listed In 2016

Sludging swirling psych BOOMS.

Strap in tight now. It's a long and bumpy road to Mars, man.

Bands they played with: Yucky Duster, Thick, Dead Stars, No Ice

Most-played venues: Alphaville, The Gateway, The Gutter

#10 WALL - 27 Shows Listed In 2016

Allow me to direct you to something I wrote about WALL in March of 2016.

“I'm gonna go ahead and make a bold claim that WALL is a virtual LOCK to make our "Hardest Working Bands of 2016" list and if you don't know what the hell I'm talking about please read our 2015 and 2014 "Hardest Working Bands" features and then you will."

Such a prescient young music blob I was back then.

Read more about them here.

Bands they played with: Beverly, Fear of Men, Mannequin Pussy

Most-played venues: Shea Stadium, Silent Barn, Aviv

Rounding Out The Top 20:

#11 Best Behavior (26 shows)

#12 gobbinjr (26 shows)

#13 Bambara (26 shows)

#14 Navy Gangs (26 shows)

#15 Future Punx (25 shows)

#16 No Ice (25 shows)

#17 Parlor Walls (24 shows)

#18 Spit (24 shows)

#19 Yucky Duster (24 shows)

#20 Pill (23 shows)

Who were the hardest-working bands of 2015? CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT >>

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