Low played Brighton Music Hall – 9/23

October 7, 2015 in Photos, Show Reviews


Let it be known that Low are one of the great enduring American rock bands. “Rock” is of course a term applied very loosely in this case, but the point stands. The Duluth, Minnesota based trio – centered on founding husband-and-wife duo Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker – have been subtly shaping and refining their slow, sad and majestic take on the traditional power trio since 1993, and they’ve never lost a step. September’s Ones and Sixes is right up there with their best work, and they showcased that uncanny consistency at a Brighton Music Hall show on the 26th. It was powerful, arresting stuff, drawing heavily on the new LP but cherry-picking from their extensive back catalog all the way back to their 1994 debut I Could Live in Hope. As a front row audience member I may have been the most audible part of the chorus convincing the band to play “Words” at the encore’s conclusion. I regret nothing. Photos from the show, including opener Andy Shauf, are below.  Read the rest of this entry →

Krill, Pile, Warehouse and Palm Played Cuisine En Locale – 9/18

September 23, 2015 in Photos


Cuisine En Locale’s bill on the 18th was stacked no matter how you look at it, but the announcement a few days prior that it would be the beloved Krill’s second-to-last Boston show before the band’s untimely demise lent an unexpectedly heavy air to the show. Tickets promptly sold out and Krill took on the headlining slot, while Pile unassumingly opened the show. Atlanta’s Warehouse and New York’s Palm offered excellent support in between, and photos of all four are offered below. Read the rest of this entry →

Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats played Royale – 9/14

September 21, 2015 in Photos, Show Reviews


British retro-doom quartet Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats are fresh off the release of solid new LP The Night Creeper, and currently embarking on their second headlining trek across North America. Read the rest of this entry →

Scorpions played Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – 9/10

September 17, 2015 in Photos, Show Reviews


The extent of my knowledge of Scorpions prior to a week ago was that they were from Germany and wrote “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” which is kind of the ultimate Big Dumb Rock Song. Apparently, they’re celebrating their 50th (!) anniversary this year and boast a pretty extensive discography beyond said song. This is what I like about newspaper assignments – I end up learning about stuff outside my general sphere of music knowledge. Plus, Scorpions actually put on a better show than most bands would have any right to at the end of their fifth decade.  Read the rest of this entry →

Pile played Great Scott – 8/23

September 16, 2015 in Photos


I planned on attending much of the Boston end of Exploding In Sound’s “Thank You For Being a Friend” weekend and then, for a variety of reasons, made it to precisely one show. However, that show was Pile and it was pretty great. The Boston mainstays headline Great Scott quite frequently, but I’d somehow never seen them there until now. True to the nature of the weekend, the closing show was rounded out with label-mates and friends in Kal Marks, Gnarwahl, Leapling and Bunny’s a Swine. Check out photos from the evening inside.  Read the rest of this entry →

Chelsea Wolfe played The Sinclair – 9/5

September 9, 2015 in Photos


Gothic luminary Chelsea Wolfe played to a sold-out crowd at Cambridge’s Sinclair on Saturday night, supporting her intense new LP Abyss. As one might expect, it was a dramatic, moody performance that resulted in some strikingly spooky imagery. Wovenhand, the five-piece band led by singer-songwriter David Eugene Edwards, opened the show with a stirring set of electrified alt-country imbued with swirling psychedelic textures and post-punk rhythmic flourishes. A strong showing all around. Check out photos from the evening within.  Read the rest of this entry →

R.I.P. TT’s: A post-mortem on Boston’s most poorly-lit venue

September 7, 2015 in Features, Photos


July marked the end of the road for Cambridge’s storied TT the Bear’s place, but not before a special series of farewell shows and events. I missed most of the headline-generators, including surprise gigs from The Pixies and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, but I figured I owed it to myself and the dingy bar where I’d first cut my teeth with music photography to see at least one last show.  Read the rest of this entry →

AC/DC played Gillette Stadium – 8/22

September 2, 2015 in Photos

acdcWell it’s not every day you get to shoot AC/DC. The beloved Australian rockers opened their first U.S. tour in five years at Gillette Stadium on August 22nd, and I was on the scene for the Globe. Naturally, the show included a slew of the band’s classic rock radio staples, a healthy amount of fire and thousands of fans wearing glowing red devil horns. A stage that had to be well over 10 feet off the ground made shooting angles a bit challenging, but vocalist Brian Johnson and lead guitarist Angus Young poured enough charisma into their performances to make our allotted three songs a blast to shoot, regardless. Click on for photos, including energetic openers Vintage Trouble, within.  Read the rest of this entry →

Kamasi Washington played The Sinclair – 8/20

September 1, 2015 in Photos

kamasiRising jazz luminary Kamasi Washington, fresh off the release of a breakthrough triple LP in The Epic, played to a packed Sinclair last month. The tenor saxophonist led his top-notch band through through a lengthy and adventurous setlist that touched upon his own record and the solo work of his compatriots, pulling off both with aplomb. Check out photos from the evening, including openers Ripe, after the jump.  Read the rest of this entry →

High On Fire played Royale – 8/17

August 28, 2015 in Photos, Show Reviews


The dual projects of the inimitable Matt Pike present two very different models for the way a long-running band can function. Defining stoner metal trio Sleep didn’t manage to release a definitive version of their third LP until 5 years after they broke up, and have continued to operate at a glacial pace since reuniting in 2009. They occasionally emerge from a cloud of smoke to play a gig, headline a festival or, most shockingly, release a song, but it’s evident that the group are in no hurry to do much of anything else. High On Fire, Pike’s thrashier project founded in the wake of Sleep’s initial breakup, is an incongruous narrative of workmanlike precision. Ceaseless touring and a clockwork cycle of releasing consistently excellent records have established them as one of our most reliable bands, and they were eager as ever to please at the Boston date supporting their latest LP.  Read the rest of this entry →