On Thursday, August 8, 2019, Philadelphia’s Control Top headlined their first New York City show at Mercury Lounge in New York, NY. They were joined by fellow Philly act Soul Glo and Carrion Spring of Portland, OR.
I covered the show and took portraits of Control Top for BTR and the full gallery is now available here.
Currently on tour of support of their newest record, This Mess is a Place, Seattle’s Tacocat headlined Music Hall of Williamsburg and were joined by their current tourmate, Sammi Lanzetta. Opening the show was Philadelphia’s Control Top, who I’ve been meaning to see live for a while now.
I covered the live performances of all three acts and that gallery is now live on BrooklynVegan here.
It's the end of 2018 and this year photography wise was more productive than the previous one for me. I covered more events than 2017 which was easy to do since I spent nearly 3 months in a leg cast the year before.
I became a full time freelance photographer for the first time in my life for half of 2018. Having a more flexible schedule allowed me to cover more things than I normally would agree to. Shooting a David Bowie themed event that has doors at 11PM on a Thursday night when I’m usually sleeping? Yes, please!
When I initially stopped working full time, I over extended myself (naturally) and learned what my limits are. Photographing a show every night for over a week was a lot fun but it also made me quite tired. A few days after Silent Barn closed their doors, I slept for over 10 hours since I’d been shooting there over the previous weeks whenever I could.
This year was also an eventful one. I was laid off from my job of 13 years (the huge reason I freelanced full time for a few months), got married, went to Europe for our honeymoon, and covered some shows that I probably wouldn't have a year or two ago. Why the change? I invested in zoom lenses* and felt more confident shooting shows in larger spaces. I've been photographing bands in small clubs or DIY spaces with prime lenses for so long that if felt a little weird to me shooting something outside that. But I think I'm over that now.
On this penultimate day of 2018, I'm sharing some of my favorite portraits taken this year in the above gallery and looking forward to creating more images like these in 2019.
My favorite live photos from this year can be found here.
*It’s probably not financially wise to spend thousands of dollars on new photo equipment when you’re applying for work and getting married in a few weeks but it’s too late for me to not do that now.
When Austin's Loma was in NYC, I met up with Emily Cross at Fordham University's campus in Bronx, NY before their WFUV session in the afternoon and their show at Baby's All Right later that evening.
The portraits I captured of Emily for a feature on Portals is now live here.
Silent Barn closed on April 30th and before it did, I spent some time documenting some of their final shows along with some of the people that made it so wonderful and beloved.
I ended up extremely sleep deprived (I managed to sleep for nearly 11 hours last night) but I'm so very thankful Silent Barn allowed me to capture images of them and their final run of shows.
The full gallery is now available at BTR right here.
2017 was a weird year. I took an unexpected hiatus from photography (thanks to a broken tibia and ankle surgery). As this year comes to an end, I've selected my favorite portraits taken throughout 2017 (there's nothing from mid-March to late May because I was in a cast and couldn't bear any weight on my right leg) in the gallery above which features Japanese Breakfast, Chastity Belt, Cindy Wilson, Heems, Milo, Melkbelly, the team behind Shea Stadium, and others.
A giant thank you to everyone for their time and for letting lil ol' me to take portraits of them this year. I am beyond grateful to you.
My favorite live shots of the year are now available in this gallery.
Concluding her five date east coast tour before playing the south and west coast in November & December, the legendary Cindy Wilson (of The B-52s) performed at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY on Monday, September 11, 2017. She also performed at The Bell House the previous night (Sunday, September 10th) in the same borough as well. She performed songs off her latest solo record, Change, which will be released in November by the west coast label, Kill Rock Stars, known for putting out records by The Gossip, Bikini Kill, Xiu Xiu, Huggy Bear, Kleenex, and others) in addition to tracks from her EPs, Supernatural and Sunrise. Cindy had everyone's full attention from when she appeared on stage with her band and walked off it at the end of their set.
After her performance, she held a meet and greet with fans at the merchandise table and was very kind and attentive to each person who met her after the show.
Cindy recently conducted an interview at Bandcamp with her B-52s bandmate Fred Schneider, who also released a solo record and you can read the piece here.
Last night (Wednesday, September 6, 2017), two hip hop acts from Seattle, Shabazz Palaces and Porter Ray, performed at Warsaw in Brooklyn, NY.
I covered the show for PopGun Presents and they have more images available here.
On Friday, September 1, 2017, Olmsburgh, Tmboy, and Motion Studies performed at C'mon Everybody in Brooklyn. The mysterious band known as Olmsburgh had their debut performance almost a year ago (in October 2016) and re-emerged again for this Labor Day weekend concert. I was lucky enough to photograph the band after their set last night. Especially when I realized there aren't many existing images of them online. Live images of all three acts appear in the gallery above.
On Saturday, July 15th, Japanese Breakfast celebrated the release of Soft Sounds From Another Planet with a free record release show at Union Pool. Before the show, I met Michelle and we took some portraits at a nearby street fair which was happening as a part of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast, a tradition that's been happening in Williamsburg since 1903. Unfortunately the rides weren't open that early in the afternoon but we got to play around with some of the games before the show began.
The portraits and live images of Japanese Breakfast plus Yohuna are now available on Impose Magazine here.
One of the great things about sticking around New York City during a holiday weekend is that everyone else seems to leave the city. The bars and restaurants that I usually avoid because they seem to be always crowded become empty. Another great thing is that there are still great live events to attend while most people skip town. An example of this was the very strong bill of Adult Mom, Free Cake for Every Creature, and Long Neck performing on Sunday, July 1, 2017 at Knitting Factory.
The show was booked by AdHoc and was the penultimate concert of Adult Mom & Free Cake's tour together. The opener, Long Neck, is the new band of Lily Mastrodimos of the now broken up Jawbreaker Reunion*. Before the show began, I messaged Lily asking her if she wanted to shoot some portraits before the show. Thankfully she was available and said yes. I knew there was a playground near the venue that I pass by a lot that would be fun to explore. I wanted to put her on the swings but all of them were taken so we just posed near a slide instead.
The concert began at 8:30 with a set from Long Neck. Although the project began as a solo effort, LN expanded to a full band which sounded really great. Free Cake for Every Creature had a quieter set and I'll be honest, I was annoyed that so many people were talking during their performance because it was extremely distracting. Katie and the rest of the band plowed through their set; seemingly to only pause to drink water and remark that Katie saw a Lorde performance and she didn't drink any water once during her much longer set.
Adult Mom's set was also great. Steph's family (their mom, dad, and grandparents) were in the audience at Knitting too. Songs from their newest album released in May, Soft Spots, sounded great live with many in the crowd singing along. At one point Steph asked Katie of Free Cake to join them on stage to cover Lorde's "Supercut." Overall, this was a wonderful show from beginning to end and I'm happy that I didn't leave New York so I could capture it for the gallery that appears above.
*I'm still amused that Jawbreaker Reunion broke up and the real Jawbreaker are reuniting in September at Riot Fest. No more confused Jawbreaker fans showing up to JBR shows, I guess.
After 8 years, Shea Stadium vacated their space at 20 Meadow Street in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Before leaving, Shea planned to open their doors to the public for events called "The Shea Shiva." The Shea Shiva gatherings were scheduled to take place Tuesday June 20th through Saturday, June 24th. The public events were announced on Tuesday, June 19th to their Kickstarter backers but the remaining ones were canceled only two days later.
I secretly ended up back at Shea on both Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th. On my penultimate visit, I captured the space before they were scheduled to pack up and move out. I also got to see the gallery room where they had images by various photographers (myself included) on display with memorabilia (Shea t-shirt, skateboard, show posters, and other items). The next evening, Shea bands Bueno and The So So Glos performed for invited guests. The images I captured during their last days on Meadow Street appear in the gallery above.
Although Shea Stadium is no longer at 20 Meadow Street, I'm confident the community that loves and supported their space and mission over the years will eagerly follow them wherever they reopen.
Yesterday (Tuesday, June 20, 2017), Seattle's Chastity Belt headlined their largest NYC area show to date at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The band was supported by Cotillon and Sneaks, who I haven't seen perform live in a really long time (which seems kind of criminal to be honest). Since Prodigy of Mobb Deep passed away earlier that day, she ended her set by playing "Survival of the Fittest" over the PA before leaving the stage.
Before the concert, I met up with Chastity Belt to take some portraits of them in nearby East River State Park to run with the live images.
The full photo gallery is now available on Impose Magazine that you can check out here. Infinite thanks to Julia, Lydia, Gretchen and Annie for their time before the show.
Last night, Digable Planets and Joey Purp performed a free show at House of Vans and it was the first event I've shot since Pissed Jeans, Mannequin Pussy and Prowler in Philadelphia. The reason for my hiatus was that I broke my right tibia in mid-March and haven't been able to stand or walk on it since the injury. I'm on the mend and wearing a boot for another few weeks.
House of Vans announced their lineup for this summer and series kicked off with Digable Planets and Joey Purp. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to shoot with a camera, cane and medical boot in the pit but I made it work (the pit wasn't extremely crowded which also helped). The lighting on the performers made things a little tricky but I'm happy with the results (although I think last summer's photos of Digable Planets are stronger). Images from last night's fun show appear in the below gallery. If you missed DP, they're also performing on June 21st in Red Hook for Summerstage.
On Thursday, February 23, The Lite Blue Movers tour featuring Milo, Randal Bravery, and ELUCID came to Brooklyn, NY. The show also featured an opening set by Denmark Vessey.
I took a few portraits of Milo after his set and the full gallery is now available on Impose Magazine here.
In July 2016, I had the pleasure of taking portraits of Norwegian musician Jenny Hval for an upcoming feature on Bandcamp.
The feature is finally live and you can check it out here. Her newest record, Blood Bitch, is out now on Sacred Bones.