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Our favorite performances from 2017

Best live shows of 2017 - The xx, Miguel, Moderat & Coldplay - featured

The 2017 BAMS List: Showbams covered many excellent bands, musicians and DJs throughout 2017 — the following are our favorite performances of the year.

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Miguel’s silky-smooth voice captivates at this year’s Sound in Focus series opener

Sound in Focus 2017 - Miguel

PHOTOS: Once the sun set and the singer-songwriter stepped onstage, the audience was transported somewhere else entirely.

Nas preaches positivity while closing out this year’s Sound in Focus series in style

Sound in Focus - Nas

SHOW REVIEW: If this was Nas’ reminder to the world that he’s still working and grinding like he always has, then a whole lot of fans got to hear that message loud and clear.

Cold War Kids are finally getting the respect they deserve

Sound in Focus - Cold War Kids

SHOW REVIEW: Things are at an all-time high for these Cold War Kids right now.