concerts: julien baker w/ gracie and rachel @ cat’s cradle

Julien Baker was stellar at the Cradle last week; photos are up on Speakers. Openers Gracie & Rachel were a little Tori Amos, a little Vienna Teng, a lot themselves, and a whole lot of spectacular harmonies. The keyboard / violin combo is fantastic, the music is reserved without being shy or retiring, and their…

concerts: amanda shires @ cat’s cradle backroom

I went to see Amanda Shires on a whim, on an invitation from my friend Shannon, on the desire to see some live music in a small space. I figured she’d be good because Jason Isbell wouldn’t marry a bad musician, but she absolutely blew me away; her songwriting is arch and clever, a little…

concert: j roddy walston & the business @ kings

J. Roddy Walston & the Business came out last night and proceeded to absolutely tear down the walls at Kings. The new album burns up live, and the old songs are so sing-along shout-along friendly that a crowd can’t help but pump their fists and jump up and down and possibly hug strangers. I like…

bombadil & the tender fruit @ cat’s cradle

Another magical Bombadil show at the Cradle; a full, sweet, lengthy set, and the new songs sound so fantastic. I can’t wait for their new record in July, and it is always a pleasure and never a chore to shoot their shows. They’re always warm, lovely affairs, full of good people and friends. Had a…

frontier ruckus @ local 506

The thing about Frontier Ruckus is that everything about their music is dense; their new record, Eternity Of Dimming, features over 50,000 words in the lyrics of 20 songs. Matthew Milia knows how to make words work for him. His lyrics are visceral, raw, intimate, and always the perfect word at the perfect time. What…

lucius @ local 506

Had the pleasure of seeing Lucius open up for Milo Greene at the 506 on Friday night; they play deeply eerie candy-colored synth pop that I’m completely smitten by. (Their first self-titled EP is out now.) If ’60s girl group doowop made a baby with Owen Pallett, that baby would be Lucius, with their matching…

youngblood hawke @ disco rodeo

First: I refuse to call Disco Rodeo “the Ritz”, even if they have big stupid red letters on their building calling it that. Disco Rodeo is a big old cave of a venue in an old storage building in an office park, and it is not the Ritz. Jesus Christ. Second: I have spent seven…

yep roc 15

Full set from all three nights of Yep Roc 15, a celebration of Yep Roc Records’ 15th birthday party, is here. Write-up will be on Speakers In Code tomorrow or Tuesday. Thanks for inviting me to your party, y’all. It kicked ass. (I shot every band on the lineup but Liam Finn — who I…

first house show at the FARM!

My friend Elysse and her roommate Colie threw themselves an amazing graduation party at the farm that Colie’s boyfriend Leland lives on; it was a gorgeous space and the bands were fantastic and the company was great. I am completely enamored of the Farm and shall be doing all my photo shoots there from now…

frontier ruckus @ local 506

Up front, I gotta say, what this show did was make me salivate for Frontier Ruckus’s new album. Last fall, Matthew Milia told me that their follow-up to Deadmalls & Nightfalls was going to be even more dense and complex, and it is, based on the new songs that they played last night, but it’s…