The Year in Music: Best of Orange County Concerts

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Chad Sengstock

Wilco at the beautiful Fox Theatre Pomona, 6/20. Jeff Tweedy replaced his typical frown and snark with smiles, cajoled fans to sing along and even fell to the floor while playing his guitar amongst flashing cameras, lit iPhones and the outstretched arms of overjoyed attendees. Although Wilco has always been known for their solid shows, the band meshed particularly well with a diverse setlist that spanned their acclaimed 15-year career. (Vickie Chang)

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Here are our top picks of the most memorable and well, just the best live shows from 2009--from Jeff Tweedy being abnormally perky to Rufus Wainwright arriving onstage wearing a set of Mickey Mouse ears. Aw.