So how about gigs then?
Personally I've been to so few this year that I haven't had some hand in organising it's going to be tricky to even pull a top 5 together but here goes.
Teeth of the Sea, Goat & Gnod @ The Lexington
MONO @ The Village Underground (yes, I know this is actually next weekend but it's not too much of a gamble to say it'll be in this list!)
Shearwater @ The Scala
Stabbing A Dead Horse tour @ The Lexington
Spring Offensive @ The Castle, Mancehster
There's probably more but these come to mind right now.