Los Angeles' Hardest-Working Bands of 2016 - Oh My Rockness

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Los Angeles' Hardest-Working Bands of 2016

December 12, 2016
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We list a lot of shows (5,514 this year in L.A., to be exact) for lots of bands, so it's always fun to crunch the numbers at the end of the year and see what cream rises to the top of the pops.

What you see below is the real show data we dug up.

These 10 bands played the most shows that we listed in Los Angeles in 2016.

They worked hard this year. It takes hustle. It takes heart.

Please note #1: There are bands who have played more shows in L.A. 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, dude. We just didn't list them.

Please note #4: If you're in a band and you've read the first three notes and you still complain about this list we suggest sitting quietly in a chair for a few minutes every day -- make sure your posture is good so you can fully breathe.

#1 French Vanilla - 28 Shows Listed In 2016

Solid post punk goodness. You can dance to it, too!

Oh, yeah. Best sax of your life.

Read more about them here.

Bands they played with: Ty Segall, Chastity Belt, Screaming Females, Cherry Glazerr

Most-played venues: The Smell, The Echo, Perhspace

#2 Feels - 25 Shows Listed In 2016

Super good garage psych post punk!

Feels play with the best bands.

Read more about them here.

Bands they played with: Drive Like Jehu, Dilly Dally, Bleached, La Luz

Most-played venues: The Hi Hat, The Echo, Bootleg

#3 Melted - 25 Shows Listed In 2016

Dirty surf punk!

Goes great with burgers and lollipops.

Bands they played with: Thee Oh Sees, Peach Kelli Pop, No Parents, Acid Dad

Most-played venues: The Honey Trap, The Echo, The Observatory

#4 Janelane - 25 Shows Listed In 2016

Lo-fi doo wop pop!

It's easy. It's breezy. It's good sh*t.

Read more about them here.

Bands they played with: Moving Units, Mike Watt, SadGirl, Roses

Most-played venues: The Smell, The Hi Hat, Bootleg

#5 Roses - 24 Shows Listed In 2016

These solid indie popsters were #1 on this list last year.

The number five position smells just as sweet tho!

Every band is a winner on this thing. Every single one.

Read more about them here.

Bands they played with: Fartbarf (yum!), DIIV, Slingshot Dakota, Fear of Men

Most-played venues: The Hi Hat, The Glass House, The Smell

#6 Ramonda Hammer - 22 Shows Listed In 2016

Grunge-y alt pop that you can totally sing along too if you have have a lovely singing voice like I do.

First time on this list for RH and probably not the last.

They have hustle and plenty of ❤︎❤︎❤︎.

Bands they played with: Palehound, Sharkmuffin, Magic Bronson

Most-played venues: The Hi Hat, The Echo, The Lost Knight

#7 Moaning - 22 Shows Listed In 2016

Fuzzy noisy crunchy goodness!

Come for the blitz - stay for the synths.

Read more about them here.

Bands they played with: Japandroids, No Age, DIIV, Winter

Most-played venues: The Smell, The Hi Hat, Bootleg

#8 Colleen Green - 22 Shows Listed In 2016

Colleen Green rules. Never grow up, please.

Now let's go smoke some weed!

Bands they played with: Slowdive, Basement, The Thermals, Jimmy Whispers

Most-played venues: The Echo, The Observatory, Junior High

#9 SadGirl - 21 Shows Listed In 2016

Lo-fi / garage / psych / post spaghetti western / surf rock!

Please note: I don't know what "post spaghetti western" means, I thought you did.

Read more about them here.

Bands they played with: The Drums, Sunflower Bean, Shannon and the Clams, Bon Iver

Most-played venues: Teragram Ballroom, The Roxy, The Observatory

#10 Wild Wing - 21 Shows Listed In 2016

Cow garage punk!

Works best if you blast it.

Read more about them here.

Bands they played with: Tomorrow's Tulips, Gardens and Villa, Tijuana Panthers, Death Valley Girls

Most-played venues: The Smell, The Hi Hat, The Echo

Rounding Out The Top 20:

#11 Jurassic Shark (20 shows)

#12 Beach Bums (19 shows)

#13 The Paranoyds (19 shows)

#14 Cellars (18 shows)

#15 The Buttertones (17 shows)

#16 Adult Books (17 shows)

#17 Upset (17 shows)

#18 The Pesos (16 shows)

#19 The Side Eyes (16 shows)

#20 Drinking Flowers (16 shows)

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

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