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Nap Eyes at Elsewhere
 Nap Eyes at Elsewhere on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Nap Eyes at Elsewhere on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

 Nap Eyes at Zone One at Elsewhere on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Nap Eyes at Zone One at Elsewhere on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

 Nap Eyes at Zone One at Elsewhere on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Nap Eyes at Zone One at Elsewhere on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

 She-Devils at Zone One at Elsewhere on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

She-Devils at Zone One at Elsewhere on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Halifax's Nap Eyes completed their current tour in Brooklyn at Zone One at Elsewhere on Thursday, April 19th.

I captured the band's live set, along with portraits, for BTR. I also took photos of the opener, She-Devils and the full gallery is now available here.

My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, CHMCL STR8 JCKT, and DJ Jet at Knitting Factory

Celebrating their founding of the band 30 years ago in 1987, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult performed an anniversary show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The sold out, intimate show featured sets from DJ Jet and CHMCL STR8 JCKT.

Dope Girls Volume 5
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The newest issue of Dope Girls zine is now available to order. The release date is Friday, April 20th (naturally). 

I shot some images to run with Amanda Mull's piece and you can order your copy right here.

Franz Ferdinand and Bodega at Brooklyn Steel
 Franz Ferdinand at Brooklyn Steel on Monday, April 16, 2018.

Franz Ferdinand at Brooklyn Steel on Monday, April 16, 2018.

 Franz Ferdinand at Brooklyn Steel on Monday, April 16, 2018.

Franz Ferdinand at Brooklyn Steel on Monday, April 16, 2018.

 Franz Ferdinand at Brooklyn Steel on Monday, April 16, 2018.

Franz Ferdinand at Brooklyn Steel on Monday, April 16, 2018.

 Bodega at Brooklyn Steel on Monday, April 16, 2018.

Bodega at Brooklyn Steel on Monday, April 16, 2018.

Currently on tour in support of their newest album, Always Ascending, Franz Ferdinand headlined two sold out shows at Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY on Sunday, April 15th and Monday, April 16th. The Scottish band were supported by Brooklyn's Bodega, who were wrapping up their tour with them.

I attended the second performance on Monday and covered the show for The Photo Ladies. A full gallery is now available on that site here.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Showtime Goma and Lou Tides, and Pollens at Baby's All Right

Celebrating the release of their most recent album, Riddles, Baltimore's Ed Schrader's Music Beat headlined Baby's All Right in Brooklyn, NY on Sunday, April 15, 2018. The concert was the final show of their six week tour and the duo of Ed Schrader and Devlin Rice completed a bill of duos of Pollens and Showtime Goma and Lou Tides, which was booked by AdHoc.

Vagabon, Zenizen, and L'Rain at The Silent Barn

At the end of April 2018, The Silent Barn, will cease operations at 603 Bushwick Avenue. Before that occurs, there will be events taking place in the venue throughout the month. On Saturday, April 14th, a bill with three acts consisting of black women took place. The sold out show, which was booked by Silent Barn's lawyer Mike Lawrence, featured Vagabon (Lætitia Tamko), Zenizen, and L'Rain.

L'Rain began the night around 9:30PM and gestured for the audience to sit on the floor. Taja Cheek's experimental project seemed to have everyone's attention and after her set was over, she took the stage again to play bass in Zenizen. Zenizen brought a dance element to the show and featured songs from their latest EP, Australia.

The first time I saw Vagabon play was during Impose Magazine's August 2015 show at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn and the previous time was at Lincoln Center in August 2017. She mentioned that the first time she performed at Silent Barn was in March 2014, and only four years later, she played the stage for a final time as a headliner. Lætitia performed songs from her full length record, Infinite Worlds, and sang a new song from the new album she's working on.

My images of all three acts during the show last night appear in the gallery above.

L7 and Death Valley Girls at Brooklyn Steel
 Donita Sparks (foreground) and Suzi Gardner of L7 performing at Brooklyn Steel on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Donita Sparks (foreground) and Suzi Gardner of L7 performing at Brooklyn Steel on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

 Jennifer Finch of L7 performing at Brooklyn Steel on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Jennifer Finch of L7 performing at Brooklyn Steel on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

 Bonnie Bloomgarden of Death Valley Girls performing at Brooklyn Steel on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Bonnie Bloomgarden of Death Valley Girls performing at Brooklyn Steel on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Los Angeles bands L7 and Death Valley Girls came to Brooklyn for a show at Brooklyn Steel on Thursday, April 12, 2018. This was the first time L7 played NYC since their reunion in 2015.

I covered the show for Music Existence and the full gallery is now available here.

Eric B. and Rakim and Yo-Yo at Irving Plaza
 Eric B. and Rakim at Irving Plaza on Tuesday, April 9, 2018.

Eric B. and Rakim at Irving Plaza on Tuesday, April 9, 2018.

 Yo-Yo at Irving Plaza on Tuesday, April 9, 2018.

Yo-Yo at Irving Plaza on Tuesday, April 9, 2018.

 Rah Digga at Irving Plaza on Tuesday, April 9, 2018.

Rah Digga at Irving Plaza on Tuesday, April 9, 2018.

 New York gubernatorial Candidate Cynthia Nixon at Irving Plaza on April 9, 2018.

New York gubernatorial Candidate Cynthia Nixon at Irving Plaza on April 9, 2018.

On Tuesday, April 9, 2018, Eric B. and Rakim's "The Technique Tour" continued with the first night of a two night stand at Irving Plaza in New York, NY. There were DJ sets by Technique the DJ and DJ Kid Nu, and live performances by Yo-Yo and Eric B. and Rakim. Rah Digga performed during Yo-Yo's set and Cynthia Nixon spoke to the crowd as she is currently running against Andrew Cuomo for Governor.

Full gallery now available on BrooklynVegan here.

Dr. Octagon, Just Blaze, and Handsome Boy Modeling School at Brooklyn Bowl
 Kool Keith and DJ QBert of Dr. Octagon at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Kool Keith and DJ QBert of Dr. Octagon at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

 Nathaniel Merriweather (Dan the Automator) and Chest Rockwell (Prince Paul) of Handsome Boy Modeling School on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Brooklyn Bowl.

Nathaniel Merriweather (Dan the Automator) and Chest Rockwell (Prince Paul) of Handsome Boy Modeling School on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Brooklyn Bowl.

 DJ Just Blaze, who used to be known DJ Firestarter before attending Handsome Boy Modeling School on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Brooklyn Bowl.

DJ Just Blaze, who used to be known DJ Firestarter before attending Handsome Boy Modeling School on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Brooklyn Bowl.

 Manfred Winters (Mr. Dead) during a Handsome Boy Modeling School session with three audience members at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Manfred Winters (Mr. Dead) during a Handsome Boy Modeling School session with three audience members at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

 Jennifer Charles of Elysian Fields & Lovage performs Lovage's "To Catch A Thief" during Handsome Boy Modeling School's set on Thursday, April 8, 2018 at Brooklyn Bowl.

Jennifer Charles of Elysian Fields & Lovage performs Lovage's "To Catch A Thief" during Handsome Boy Modeling School's set on Thursday, April 8, 2018 at Brooklyn Bowl.

Last night (Thursday, April 5, 2018), Dr. Octagon celebrated the release of their newest album with a record release show at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The show featured an opening set by Handsome Boy Modeling School (Dan the Automator as Nathaniel Merriweather and Prince Paul as Chest Rockwell). The HBMS set brought out Jennifer Charles to perform Lovage's "To Catch A Thief." Just Blaze, who was DJ Firestarter before attending Handsome Boy Modeling School, did an impromptu DJ set before Dr. Octagon went on.

Full gallery now live on BrooklynVegan here.

Jeff Rosenstock and Anika Pyle at Silent Barn

On Sunday, March 25, 2018, a fundraiser for Educated Little Monsters took place at Silent Barn, who recently announced they would close at the end of April. Silent Barn is currently the home of Educated Little Monsters, a community visual arts program that will need to find a new space. When the show was announced a few days ago, the headliner was a secret but Rosenstock tweeted a link to the Facebook event, which was a massive hint he was the unannounced performer. 

When I arrived to the venue, there was a line of people that filled most of the block outside of Silent Barn since the show had sold out. The assistant directors of Educated Little Monsters, Olithea Anglin and Lizzie Conner, spoke before the performances began around 9PM and their plan to continue their work with neighborhood youth in a new location. 

The performances by Anika Pyle (of Katie Ellen and Chumped) and Jeff Rosenstock were solo acoustic sets. The audience during Pyle's set was mostly silent with everyone listening to her words before and during songs and Rosenstock's was more like a giant sing-along. Photos from the show now appear in the gallery above.

To contribute to ELM's program and relocation efforts, please visit their With Friends page here.

Moby at Rough Trade NYC
 Moby performs at Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. 

Moby performs at Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. 

 Moby signs a copy of  Play  for a fan at Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

Moby signs a copy of Play for a fan at Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

 Moby performs at Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

Moby performs at Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, musician Moby performed an intimate, sold out show at Rough Trade NYC. Before the performance took place, he signed copies of his records, both old and new for fans and took photos with them. 

It had been a long time since I last saw him perform and this was a refreshing reminder of how great his live shows are. He performed for nearly two hours (9-10:55PM) and included material from his latest album,  Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt, plus older favorites in that set.

He performs at Rough Trade again tonight if the show doesn’t get postponed or canceled due to Winter Storm Toby.  

Full gallery now live on Music Existence here .

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Jenny Hval at MoMA PS1
 Jenny Hval at MoMA PS1 on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Jenny Hval at MoMA PS1 on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

 Jenny Hval at MoMA PS1 on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Jenny Hval at MoMA PS1 on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

On Saturday, March 17, 2018, Norwegian musician Jenny Hval performed at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, NY for their Sunday Sessions series. I shot the special performance for BrooklynVegan and the full gallery is now live here.

Tune-Yards and Xenia Rubinos at Brooklyn Steel
 Tune-Yards at Brooklyn Steel on Friday, March 9, 2018.

Tune-Yards at Brooklyn Steel on Friday, March 9, 2018.

 Tune-Yards at Brooklyn Steel on Friday, March 9, 2018.

Tune-Yards at Brooklyn Steel on Friday, March 9, 2018.

 Xenia Rubinos at Brooklyn Steel on Friday, March 9, 2018.

Xenia Rubinos at Brooklyn Steel on Friday, March 9, 2018.

Tune-Yards North American tour in support of their newest album, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life came to an end on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Brooklyn Steel with support from Xenia Rubinos.

I last saw Xenia perform over the summer at Nosotros Festival and it was so wonderful to see her play a longer set that ended with "Mexican Chef," and encouraging everyone to dance since she was playing bass. It felt like everyone in the sold out room loved her performance.

Tune-Yards' set up was bigger than the last time I shot them in November including strobe lights. Since I tend to cover smaller shows that don't use strobes, this was a tougher shoot than usual but I'm happy with the overall results.

The full gallery is now available on Music Existence here

Kelela, Tiffany Gouché, and Oyinda at Irving Plaza
 Kelela at Irving Plaza on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Kelela at Irving Plaza on Friday, March 2, 2018.

 Kelela at Irving Plaza on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Kelela at Irving Plaza on Friday, March 2, 2018.

 Tiffany Gouchéat Irving Plaza on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Tiffany Gouchéat Irving Plaza on Friday, March 2, 2018.

 Oyinda at Irving Plaza on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Oyinda at Irving Plaza on Friday, March 2, 2018.

On Friday, March 2, 2018, the sold out Governors Ball presented concert featuring Kelela, Tiffany Gouché, and Oyinda took place at Irving Plaza in New York, NY.

I shot the show for BrooklynVegan and the full gallery is now available on that site here.

Diet Cig, Great Grandpa, and The Spook School at Elsewhere
 Alex Luciano of Diet Cig performing at Elsewhere on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Alex Luciano of Diet Cig performing at Elsewhere on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

 Alex Menne of Great Grandpa at Elsewhere on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Alex Menne of Great Grandpa at Elsewhere on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

 Niall McCamley of The Spook School at Elsewhere on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Niall McCamley of The Spook School at Elsewhere on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

For five weeks the bands, Diet Cig, Great Grandpa, and The Spook School went on a tour together. On Thursday, March 1st, the tour arrived for a sold out show at Elsewhere in Brooklyn, NY. I captured the entire show for my first gallery on Music Existence and the full set is available here.

NYC Beer Week Opening Bash at Brooklyn Expo Center
 Pretzel necklace at the NYC Beer Week Opening Bash on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

Pretzel necklace at the NYC Beer Week Opening Bash on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

 Bïeryoncé, a beer made by Lineup Brewing that has undergone a name change, at NYC Beer week Opening Bash on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

Bïeryoncé, a beer made by Lineup Brewing that has undergone a name change, at NYC Beer week Opening Bash on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

 A glass of Raspberry Glow Up by Folksbier at NYC Beer Week Opening Bash on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

A glass of Raspberry Glow Up by Folksbier at NYC Beer Week Opening Bash on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

On Saturday, February 24, 2018, NYC Beer Week began with an opening bash at Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. The well attended event featured 60 brewers in attendance with half from the New York City area. I arrived just after 6PM and it took me about 30 minutes to actually enter the center as the line was over three blocks long.

More photos from the event are now available on BTR here.

Interference A.V. with The Sun Ra Arkestra and YATTA
 Marshall Allen, bandleader of The Sun Ra Arkestra during "Interference A.V." on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

Marshall Allen, bandleader of The Sun Ra Arkestra during "Interference A.V." on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

 YATTA during "Interference A.V." on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

YATTA during "Interference A.V." on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

The final night of "Interference A.V." took place at AMC Empire 25 in Times Square in New York, NY on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. The event was organized by Clocktower and Times Square Arts and featured live performances by The Sun Ra Arkestra, YATTA, a zine fair and a DJ set from Lea Bertucci. The Sun Ra Arkestra played about 45 minutes past the 10PM curfew and more images are now available on BrooklynVegan here.

I covered the prior nights for BV featuring sets by Jlin, Sadaf, Lightning Bolt and Irreversible Entanglements and those images can be found here and here.

Interference A.V. with Lightning Bolt and Irreversible Entanglements at AMC Empire 25
 Lightning Bolt during "Interference A.V." on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

Lightning Bolt during "Interference A.V." on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

 Irreversible Entanglements during "Interference A.V." on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

Irreversible Entanglements during "Interference A.V." on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, Interference A.V. continued with performances by Irreversible Entanglements (the free jazz ensemble featuring Moor Mother) and Lightning Bolt.

I will admit that it was a little strange to see Lightning Bolt perform in a movie theater but also kind of relaxing. I didn't have to worry about crowd surfers or violent moshing or being shoved into the stage like the last time I shot them during the final night of Death By Audio in November 2014. They were still loud as hell.

More images now available on BrooklynVegan here.

Photos from the previous night with Jlin and Sadaf are available here.

Interference A.V. with Jlin and Sadaf at AMC Empire 25
 Jlin during Interference A.V. on Monday, February 19, 2018.

Jlin during Interference A.V. on Monday, February 19, 2018.

 Sadaf during Interference A.V. on Monday, February 19, 2018.

Sadaf during Interference A.V. on Monday, February 19, 2018.

Clocktower and Times Square Arts presented a series called "Interference A.V.," a three night event where live music performances and video projections take place in a movie theatre in Times Square. 

The first night was held on Monday, February 19, 2018 with sets by Jlin and Sadaf. A zine fair took place in the lobby outside theater #13 where the live music took place.

More images now available on BrooklynVegan here. The series continues tonight with Lightning Bolt & Irreversible Entaglements and tomorrow with The Sun Ra Arkestra and YATTA.