(You can find Part 1 here.) One of the best parts of the Whiteaker Block Party had to be all of the music, all day long, absolutely for free. Since I’m an architecture student, they don’t let me out much, so I don’t see (or photograph) a lot of shows anymore. This was one opportunity [...]
Here’s some old photos I was encouraged to post. They’re of the now-defunct band Pela playing at Mercury Lounge in New York City during the CMJ Music Marathon in 2008. While these are definitely not my best shots, it’s a good excuse to talk about one of my favorite songwriters, who is thankfully working today. [...]
Here’s one from the archives! Indiepop rockers Black Gold performed at New York City’s Mercury Lounge last December, bringing an unexpected buzz to an otherwise average Monday night.
Just a quick bit of good news: I’ve finally updated my portfolio! This means two things. First of all, there is now only one portfolio on the page. It’s just concert photography. I figure that’s what most people are coming here to see, so that’s what I should be featuring. More importantly, it cuts down [...]
In one of those interesting and strange combinations of bands placed on a bill together, Donavon Frankenreiter‘s opener was Sara Watkins. While I’m sure you could find two bands who were farther apart, this one was good enough to create a near-complete audience turnover in between sets. Almost all of Watkins’ bluegrass-loving fans were replaced [...]
Jukebox the Ghost was one of several bands asked to contribute a song to the compilation Guilt by Association, Vol. 2. Aptly named, the compilation is all covers of pop songs, most of them from the 1980′s. To celebrate its release, Jukebox performed along with Lowry, Robbers on High Street, and Takka Takka for an [...]
Bluegrass darling Sara Watkins lit up the stage of the Highline Ballroom during the CMJ Marathon in October. After the dissolution of Nickel Creek last year, each of the members has gone off to do their own things: Chris Thile started the Punch Brothers, Sean Watkins teamed up with Jon Foreman to form Fiction Family, [...]
One of the bands whose set I was most excited to see at CMJ last year was Kid Theodore‘s. True, I had hardly heard any of their music, but what I had heard, I liked. The reason I really wanted to see them was their story… How many bands do you hear that come from [...]
Taking his cues as much from The Gin Blossoms as he does Maroon 5 or singer-songwriters along the lines of Jason Mraz and Ryan Adams, Seth Kallen and his backing band the Reaction brought their show to Fontana’s on the first night of the CMJ Festival. Another skilled student of NYU’s Clive Davis Department of [...]
The first night of the CMJ Festival was a freezing cold Tuesday, and I headed out to the crowded warmth of Pete’s Candy Store to catch Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned perform a late show. Sometimes a band and the venue don’t match, and this show was a case in point – Pete’s is [...]
As I’ve mentioned previously, I live with about half this band, but I don’t post photos or recommend them just because of that. The Northern are a legitimately good band with great potential. If you like Coldplay, Aqualung, or bands of that sort, then you will enjoy these guys.
Finally, I’m digging my way out of the sea of photographs I took at the CMJ Music Marathon – which was almost a month ago now. Also, this is the first batch of photos to come out of my messing around seriously with Lightroom. Let me know if you can see a difference. But now… [...]
Here are a few shots that I discovered this week had never made it up, to my shame. You are looking at No Age, a self-described experimental powerpop punk band from Los Angeles, performing at the South Street Seaport this July. If you listen to the stuff on their MySpace page, you will find a [...]
Here, anotther set of photos from a Pool Party. Titus Andronicus, which is what I guess you’d call a punk band from New Jersey, rocked the stage at McCarren Park Pool before Yo La Tengo came on. It was an interesting pairing for several reasons, not the least being that these guys were all over [...]
The good folks at JellyNYC decided to give the McCarren Park Pool Parties a blowout sendoff with a more established band, Yo La Tengo. A crowd of thousands came out to watch Ira Kaplan’s Sonic Youth-esque stylings, and several more came to try and figure out why they kept hearing the band’s name everywhere.
Just a quick note to mention that I’ll be running around the CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival all week. Photos will be taken, hands will be shaken, music will be heard. It’s a good time. If you see me around, stop me and say hello! I probably won’t have anywhere near enough time to [...]
The day I was out on Governor’s Island to take photographs of Paul and Contessa happened to be the same day of the Jazz Age Festival – at least that’s what I think it was called. My friends and I spent pretty much the whole day on the Island picnicing, playing ultimate frisbee, biking, using [...]
At the end of the day, as the sun was setting, Fetival-goers were left with the choice of two big bands: Broken Social Scene, or my choice, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. When I told my friends that was who I wanted to go see, most of them looked at me like I was crazy. [...]
If you met me today, or only knew my musical taste from this website, then you would probably be surprised to know that I used to LOVE hardcore back in high school. Trust me, it’s true, even if I was only ever on the fringes of all that. As time went on, I learned that [...]
I mentioned in my last post that many of the bands I see at Siren Festival become my new favorites. Well, here’s one of them. Islands is from Montreal and at least two of its members were a part of the Unicorns. They’re a little strange, but man are they fun. Go check out “Creeper” [...]
On July 19, most of the music-loving population of the New York City Metropolitan area descended on Coney Island for some fun in the sun: Siren Festival 2008. Each year for the past eight years, the Village Voice newspaper has thrown this all-day party in Coney Island. For free. Yes, just one of many reasons [...]
When I got to McCarren Park Pool last month, I didn’t know what to expect from The Ting Tings, other than “Great DJ” and a good time. I wasn’t disappointed.
This man is John Richards, and he changed my life.
Do you ever walk into a record store and get attracted to an album for no particular reason, only to have that album become one of your all-time favorites? It’s only happened to me a few times (and it’s happened far less often recently thanks to the price of CDs these days), but one of [...]