Television played the Paradise – 5/12

May 22, 2014 in Photos, Show Reviews

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I really never expected to see Television. They’re a legendary band with no ostensible reason to embark on proper tours, content to play one-off festival dates and the occasional NYC gig that I would inevitably not be able to get to (case in point: last year’s Rough Trade shows). I greeted the announcement of this out-of-the-blue Paradise show with the sort of enthusiasm I reserve for a select few “holy shit how can this really be happening” performances that come along once in a great while.  Read the rest of this entry →

White Hills played Great Scott – 5/11

May 16, 2014 in Photos, Show Reviews

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Sunday was one of the first legitimately beautiful days of the obnoxious faux-spring that has cloaked Boston in grey misery for much of the last month or two, and a gorgeous day faded into a warm, weird night in Allston where NYC heavy pysch space-rockers White Hills were set to wrap up a tour at our beloved Great Scott.

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Sometimes I blog?

May 13, 2014 in Miscellany

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Hello and welcome to effort number (?) of my attempts to actually use this blog for something. Pictured above is Robert Hampson of the legendary Loop, who played a very loud set at the Middle East Downstairs last month. It was one of ~50 shows I’ve shot and attended in first four and half months of this very strange 2014.

From a photography perspective, 2014 has ruled. I’ve shot The Knife, Arctic Monkeys, Slint, St. Vincent, Danny Brown, a lot of prog-metal, a No Age show in a Starbucks and an A$AP Ferg set wherein the Trap Lord dumped a bottle of water on my gear (during “Dump Dump,” no less). I finally saw Malkmus play “Summer Babe,” I watched Mac DeMarco climb around the Middle East hanging from pipes and met one of my musical heroes. There was also a 2 Chainz show that I was quite proud of nagging enough Def Jam reps to get approved for. At some point I reached the conclusion that I’d be sort of a miserable person if I wasn’t dedicating this much time and energy to live music and photography.

I also had a longterm relationship end in a spectacularly awful fashion this year and have barely written anything in the past three months. As summer approaches and I make efforts to reboot several aspects of my life, it seems like as good a time as any to reboot this half of my website as well. I’m aiming for something more informal where I toss half-constructed ideas, random concert stories/show reviews and the occasional critical piece. We’ll see how it goes.

I’ll have some coverage of White Hills and Television from this week to knock this self-indulgent post off the top of the page soon.

2013 Year-End Lists and Thoughts

December 31, 2013 in Features

nickcaveMy plans for a 2013 wrap-up were, as usual, a bit too ambitious. A set of favorite photos never came together, and a list of favorite performances simply didn’t have time for a proper writeup. Nonetheless, I tried to give my top 20 albums their due diligence and list off a few of my favorite live moments of the year before 2013 draws to a close.

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Jon Hopkins played The Sinclair – 11/18

November 21, 2013 in Photos, Show Reviews

jonhopkinsAn excellent electronic bill of UK producers, headed by Jon Hopkins and rounded out by Clark and Nathan Fake, took over The Sinclair on Monday night. My review is up at Tastemakers, with more photos here.

Sleigh Bells played Royale – 11/16

November 21, 2013 in Photos

sleighbellsLogistical weirdness prevented me from getting in the door to the highly anticipated (and very sold-out) High on Fire/Kvelertak/Doomriders gig at the Middle East on Saturday night, so I headed to Royale and shot some of the abrasive craziness at Sleigh Bells instead. Some photos are with the review at Allston Pudding, the larger gallery (with openers Doldrums) is here.

Wooden Shjips, Destroyer and Active Child all played Boston – 11/12-15

November 21, 2013 in Photos

woodenshjipsMy new freelancing gig for BDCwire took me to shows from psych rockers Wooden Shjips, quirky Canadian songwriter Dan Bejar (aka Destroyer) and mystical dream-pop crew Active Child over the course of last week. Click the links for the full photo galleries for each.

Built to Spill played Paradise Rock Club – 11/8

November 21, 2013 in Photos, Show Reviews

btsJust as they did last June, jam-band-with-indie-cred Built to Spill sold out the Paradise last Friday night for a laid-back show that sported some weird and awesome cover performances. Read my review at Tastemakers, and see the rest of the photos here.

My Bloody Valentine played House of Blues – 11/7

November 21, 2013 in Photos, Show Reviews

mbvAt long, long last, legendary shoegaze band My Bloody Valentine played a Boston date in support of their stellar 2013 album m b v at the House of Blues. No photo passes were issued for the show, but I caught some halfway decent shots on one of my pocket 35mm cameras that you can check out here. I also wrote (/ranted) for about 1,000 words about my experience for Live Music Blog.

Caspian played The Sinclair – 11/5

November 21, 2013 in Photos, Show Reviews

caspianMassachusetts post-rockers Caspian wowed a sold-out Sinclair a few weeks back for a date on their tour with 65daysofstatic and The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die. Photos from the show are here.