Here is the complete list of concerts I saw in 1998.

Rank Bands City Location
1 Polvo, Ilium Chicago Lounge Ax
2 Hugh, Gerbils, Elf Power, Neutral Milk Hotel Chicago Lounge Ax
3 Isotope 217 Chicago Hot House
4 Brokeback, Chicago Underground Trio, Les Batteries, Sue Garner Chicago Lounge Ax
5 Double U, Sunshine Club, Daniel Johnston (backed by the Brown Hornets) San Francisco Bottom of the Hill
6 Moonshine Willy and Glen Meadmore, Split Lip Rayfield, Country Melvins, Kelly Hogan Chicago Empty Bottle
7 16 Horsepower, Diane Izzo Chicago Schubas
8 Alejandro Escovedo, Rose Polenzani Chicago Old Town School
9 Bells (missed), Richie Davies, Archer Prewitt Chicago Lounge Ax
10 waycross, the handsome family, mekons San Francisco Great American Music Hall
11 Isotope 217, Tortoise San Francisco Great American Music Hall
12 Split Lip Rayfield, Bad Livers Chicago Lounge Ax
13 All Natural, Isotope 217, Tortoise Chicago Metro
14 A Minor Forest, Shellac San Francisco Bimbo's 365
15 The Sunshine Club, Mark Kozelek San Francisco Great American Music Hall
16 Boxhead Ensemble, David Grubbs Chicago Celluloid Moviebar
17 Prohibition, Noel Akchote, David Grubbs Group with Steven Prina Chicago Empty Bottle
18 Handsome Family, Kelly Hogan & John Forbes, Chris Ligon, Lilybandits Chicago Lounge Ax
19 Jack Logan, Legendary Jim Ruiz Group Chicago Schubas
20 Sam Prekop, Archer Prewitt, Edith Frost Chicago Lounge Ax
21 Pernice Brothers, American Analog Set, Magnetic Fields Chicago Schubas
22 DJ Sole, Afghan Whigs Chicago Metro
23 Varnaline, Bob Mould San Francisco Fillmore
24 Grant Lee Buffalo, Benjamin Bonham San Francisco Café Du Nord
25 Chris Mills, Old 97s Chicago Metro
26 Patrick Winningham, Joe Henry, Pete Droge San Francisco Slim's
27 Kuntry Kunt, Pinetop Seven, Buckets San Francisco Bottom of the Hill
28 Vandermark 5 Chicago Empty Bottle
29 Two Star Tabernacle, Jeff Tweedy Chicago Lounge Ax
30 Ladybug, Retsin, Yo La Tango w/ Jad Fair Chicago Lounge Ax
31 Devil in a Woodpile, David "Honeyboy" Edwards Chicago Hideout
32 Sam Prekop, Spinnanes Chicago Empty Bottle
33 Maki, Whiskeytown San Francisco Fillmore
34 Patty Griffin, Son Volt, Grant Lee Buffalo Chicago Congress Theater
35 Symphonies for the Devil: A Rock and Roll Circus '98 San Francisco Velvet Lounge
36 Moonshine Willy, Velmas Chicago Lounge Ax
37 Franklin, Stanley's Joyful Noise, Throneberry Chicago Empty Bottle
38 High Llama, Apples in Stereo San Francisco Great American Music Hall
39 6 string drag, Hang Dogs, Seconds Flat Chicago Schubas
40 Canvas San Francisco Stanford Coffee House
41 Chris Bonney Band Chicago Phyllis' Musical Inn