festival: hopscotch music festival 2013

This is the third year in a row that I’ve photographed Raleigh’s weird, charming, brilliant Hopscotch Music Festival, and while it might have been the year I saw the fewest number of bands (… 30 or so over the weekend), it might be the year I had the most fun. Hopscotch is, always, a festival…

toddlers kickstarter reward party @ local 506

a. This was one of the best Kickstarter rewards that I’ve ever seen: a private show for people above a certain donation level, and a free download card for a new release with it. I would never have thought of it for a reward, but it was a great one. I was delighted that Dan…

christmas mix: someone you used to know

I’ve been making what I call a Christmas mix — that is, not holiday songs but a mix made at the holidays — since 1997; first they were tapes, then for a few years cds, and finally, in the digital age, the last seven years have been downloadable zip files, and this year is no…

frontier ruckus @ local 506

I’ve spent the last two years, since I discovered Frontier Ruckus’ astounding record Deadmalls & Nightfalls, trying to figure out what, for me, and for so many other people, makes them stand out. Partially it’s Matthew Milia’s voice, which doesn’t sound like it should come from him; it’s haunting and eerie and grounded all at…

the corin tucker band @ local 506

Corin Tucker can flat-out rock. That’s what I took away from last night’s show; it was an aural assault of highly danceable tunes from her airtight band off Kill My Blues, her latest solo release on Kill Rock Stars. It’s excellent, her show was excellent, and I’m kind of ashamed that I didn’t tell her…

tift merritt @ carrboro town commons

No way to make my heart swell with love for where I live than a free show outside on a perfect fall evening, featuring three of North Carolina’s most beloved. Tift Merritt made me cry (for some reason, “Mix Tape” just destroys me) and made me laugh, Megafaun blew the crowd away by swinging between…

every everything: day 3

We spent yesterday, my last day with the Every Everything crew, shooting at the 7th St Entry. It was amazing.

gratitude

I bought a plane ticket to Minneapolis yesterday, and booked a hotel room, and emailed some Carls to tell them I was coming and could we eat Thai food. Thanks to the generosity, kindness, and big hearts of friends, family, strangers, blog readers, Grant Hart fans, Minnesotans — I will be spending three days in…

girl in a coma @ local 506

I know there are a ton of bands I say this about, but Girl in a Coma really are one of my favorites to shoot — such dynamic women, such clear love for what they’re doing on stage, and such great music. I can’t go wrong shooting them, and I can’t go wrong still being…