Ceremony played Cuisine en Locale – 6/28

July 8, 2015 in Photos

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Ah June. A strange month of music-going. In-between steady shooting gigs and in the midst of moving, I managed to catch a strange combination of newspaper assignments and last-minute shows which covered everything from Rush to Richard Thompson and Refused before concluding at a sweaty Ceremony show at Somerville’s Cuisine en Locale. I left the concluding set of Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival in Western Mass early in order to drive straight back to Boston and make this show, fortuitously aided by a fire alarm that pushed the set times back a good 45 minutes. Michigan’s Pity Sex opened with an agreeable set of shoegaze-y noise-pop before Ceremony utterly decimated the place. Somehow striking a coherent balance between the teeth-baring hardcore of their early records and the ghostly post-punk of May’s The L Shaped Man, the Rohnert Park, CA crew moved deftly between tensely coiled new songs and old ones that started the kind of mosh pits that make you genuinely fear for your safety. Try not to feel at least a slight surge of terror-fueled adrenaline when a swarm of people nearly knocks over a very tall and very heavy P.A. stack you happened to be shooting in the shadows of. Photos of all the glorious chaos below.  Read the rest of this entry →

Lightning Bolt played The Sinclair – 5/17

May 29, 2015 in Photos

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Sometimes there are three shows happening on one night that you’d want to shoot. Sometimes you decide that Mastodon would be cool but you don’t actually want to see Clutch. Sometimes you can’t find an email address for Primal Scream’s North American publicist. Sometimes you decide you’ll just go to the Lightning Bolt show because what the hell, you’ve been waiting too long to see Lightning Bolt. Sometime the Lightning Bolt show sells out. Sometimes a kind man hands you a ticket to the Lighting Bolt show and you scramble inside to take some photos an hour later than planned. Sometimes you post those photos (which sometimes also feature (New England) Patriots and Skimask).

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Zs played Deep Thoughts – 1/16

January 17, 2015 in Photos

zs-1Genre-bending Brooklyn experimentalists Zs played one of the early shows I reviewed for this blog way back at the end of 2012. They were mindblowing then, and they’re mindblowing now. The cramped confines of the packed basement at JP’s Deep Thoughts offered a different experience than the cavernous space at Studio Soto did last time around, but seeing the band in a more intimate space only reinforced how impressive their live show is. And who doesn’t dig that single red lightbulb aesthetic?

Zs have a new record out on Northern Spy real soon. Click on for more photos from the show.

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Newport Folk Festival on 35mm

January 7, 2015 in Photos

newport35-45As promised, folks. Ryan Adams, Jack White, Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Conor Oberst, Kurt Vile, Rodrigo Y Gabriela and more in glorious black and white. Read the rest of this entry →

Pitchfork Music Festival on 35mm

January 7, 2015 in Photos

p4k35-12It was a busy end of summer, a busy entirety of fall and a busy beginning of winter – I did not have very much time to scan film. Now, however, the mystery of the 6 rolls of Ilford 400 I shot at my two big summer festivals this year have been revealed. Enjoy Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival below (featuring Beck, Kendrick Lamar, St. Vincent, Real Estate, Slowdive, Deafheaven, Sun Kil Moon and numerous others), and the Newport Folk Fest in the following post.  Read the rest of this entry →

I shot 1/4 of Deathwish Fest at Middle East Downstairs – 7/23

July 24, 2014 in Photos

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The inaugural Deathwish Fest, a 2-night extravaganza celebrating New England’s preeminent metal/hardcore label, went down at Cambridge’s Middle East Downstairs this week. The mini-festival hosted a total of 14 bands, highlighted by two headlining sets each from Converge and Trap Them. I was thoroughly dismayed to learn that my trip to Chicago for Pitchfork Festival would overlap with most of it, but I did manage to make it into Boston for the final four sets of last night. I don’t have time to write about them now but suffice to say they ruled. Check out some photos below.  Read the rest of this entry →

Thou & The Body played Cuisine en Locale – 7/7

July 8, 2014 in Photos, Show Reviews

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Well this one was different. The function hall at Somerville’s Cuisine en Locale looks to have hosted more bar mitzvahs and wedding receptions than punk/metal shows, but it served surprisingly well for last night’s massive 6-band billRead the rest of this entry →

Eagulls played Great Scott – 6/18

July 3, 2014 in Photos

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Greetings on this sweltering July day. I bring you chilly post-punk vibes from the recent past, courtesy of the Eagulls. The U.K. upstarts played a blistering set at Great Scott a few Wednesdays ago, channeling songs from their noisy self-titled debut into a tight and propulsive live set. Boston locals The Sun Lions rounded out the bill. Idiot Genes may also have played, but I didn’t arrive in time to catch them unfortunately. Click onward and check out photos from the rest of the evening.  Read the rest of this entry →

Boston Calling May on 35mm

June 18, 2014 in Photos

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It’s been about a month since the May edition of Boston Calling, which naturally means that my two rolls of Ilford HP5 have just now returned from the lab and been scanned (if any of you Boaton area people have darkroom equipment and want to teach me how to do this developing thing myself hit me up, seriously). The results are mostly quite nice though, so it was worth the wait. This was my first experience shooting with Canon L glass (70-200 f/2.8, so just the closeups) on my Elan body, which typically couples with my 50 f/1.4, and I’m sufficiently re-impressed by that lens. My trusty 28-70 Tamron fared pretty well with the wide shots too, and switching those lenses between the Elan and my 6D in the photo pits throughout the weekend was actually a pretty effective system. Good test run for my bigger July festivals where I’ll hopefully try this again.  Read the rest of this entry →

Deafheaven, Pallbearer, grain on 35mm

June 10, 2014 in Photos

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San Francisco’s Deafheaven, one of my favorite bands of the moment, headlined a sold-out show at The Sinclair on Monday night with the comparably awesome Pallbearer and experimental duo Wreck and Reference. This is the second Deafheaven set I’ve shot this year , and it was far and away more challenging than the first – mosh pits, no barrier, terrible lighting, a frontman who rarely stands still, etc. I did emerge with my equipment and self largely unscathed though, and managed to shoot a roll of film over the course of the night. No particularly vintage equipment for this shoot – only my recently-repaired and now quite trusty Canon ELAN and a roll of mysterious ASA 1600 Fujicolor Natura. These were obviously not the most ideal conditions for a camera with a fairly primitive autofocus system, but I think there were some pretty nice results.  Read the rest of this entry →