Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed & Iron Reagan tour.

Napalm Death @ Soundstage
Napalm Death @ Soundstage
Napalm Death @ Soundstage
Napalm Death @ Soundstage
Napalm Death @ Soundstage
NAPALM DEATH (featuring Erik Burke from Brutal Truth)

Voivod @ Soundstage
Voivod @ Soundstage
Voivod @ Soundstage

Voivod @ Soundstage

Voivod @ Soundstage
Voivod @ Soundstage
Voivod @ Soundstage
Voivod @ Soundstage
VOIVOD

Exhumed @ Soundstage
Exhumed @ Soundstage
Exhumed @ Soundstage
Exhumed @ Soundstage
Exhumed @ Soundstage
EXHUMED

Iron Reagan @ Soundstage
Iron Reagan @ Soundstage
Iron Reagan @ Soundstage
Iron Reagan @ Soundstage
IRON REAGAN

Great show, stacked line-up. Napalm never disappoints, though I was curious why Mitch Harris wasn’t touring with them. Hopefully that’s temporary, though Eric Burke filled in nicely. Voivod was really good and fun, though I am not a big fan of their later material, they played a bunch of classics… as did Exhumed, who even joked from stage that they would play the old material if the crowd didn’t object to a new song or two. It’s fun to see bands have a good attitude about the fans wanting to hear “the hits”. Iron Reagan, solid as always – Tony joked about how often he is at Soundstage in one band or another.

VIEW ALL THE PHOTOS HERE | City Paper gallery here

Pharmakon & the Soft Pink Truth @ Metro.

Pharmakon @ Metro Gallery
Pharmakon @ Metro Gallery
Pharmakon @ Metro Gallery
Pharmakon @ Metro Gallery
Pharmakon @ Metro Gallery

PHARMAKON

the Soft Pink Truth @ Metro Gallery
the Soft Pink Truth @ Metro Gallery
the Soft Pink Truth @ Metro Gallery
the Soft Pink Truth @ Metro Gallery
the Soft Pink Truth @ Metro Gallery

THE SOFT PINK TRUTH (aka Drew Daniel)

Two of the most interesting people making experimental music today performed to a packed Metro Gallery last week. Pharmakon’s two full-lengths, Abandon and last year’s Bestial Burden, both made it to close the top of my best of lists in their respective years. She has a way of making challenging music that easily fits into the realm of noise but also is very listenable in a way that most music from that genre is not. “Listenable” is probably not the best way to describe the hellish soundscapes she creates, yet they are extremely captivating records that seems to be able to cross over to metal listeners as well as avant-garde/experimental. I’ve seen her perform three times now and each performance she seems to bring in new elements and work with the crowd aspect more and more – at Metro Gallery, she wound her way through the crowd, getting her microphone snagged on people and furniture, at one point the audience had to struggle and pull on the microphone cable en masse as she ascended back onto the stage – it was pretty interesting to watch.

Drew Daniel (of Matmos fame)’s the Soft Pink Truth project flew under my radar for many years, but when he announced that his most recent record would be a series of Black Metal interpretations entitled Why Do the Heathen Rage?, I took notice. It’s a really odd record, idiosyncratic electronic/dance versions of classic black metal tracks. And, lest you think Daniel is making fun of the genre… well, he is, sort of, but it’s the loving sort of jibe that comes from a true fan who has encyclopedic knowledge of his source material. The record won lots of accolades, including “Best Thing Ever” from the City Paper, and has led to several pretty amazing live performances, the latest of which is the one pictured above. Really unique artist that I recommend you go see if you have a chance.

VIEW ALL PHOTOS FROM PHARMAKON & THE SOFT PINK TRUTH HERE | SEE THE CITY PAPER GALLERY HERE

BUY PRINTS HERE (including a few from this show)

A389 Bash 2015.

Haymaker @ a389 Bash 2015
Haymaker @ a389 Bash 2015
Haymaker @ a389 Bash 2015
Haymaker @ a389 Bash 2015
HAYMAKER (look at A389 head honcho Dom’s expression in that last one)

Warxgames @ a389 Bash 2015
Warxgames @ a389 Bash 2015
Warxgames @ a389 Bash 2015
Warxgames @ a389 Bash 2015
WARXGAMES

Magrudergrind @ a389 Bash 2015
Magrudergrind @ a389 Bash 2015
Magrudergrind @ a389 Bash 2015
MAGRUDERGRIND

In Cold Blood @ a389 Bash 2015
In Cold Blood @ a389 Bash 2015
In Cold Blood @ a389 Bash 2015
IN COLD BLOOD

Like Rats @ a389 Bash 2015
LIKE RATS

Sex Prisoner @ a389 Bash 2015
SEX PRISONER

Scaled down a little this year, but still a blast! I was only able to make it to half of the 4 shows that comprised this year’s event but still managed to catch a bunch of great performances, see some homies, and dodge some fireworks at Haymaker. Seeing them in that small, smoke-filled room was really a surreal highlight of my show-going so far this year.

VIEW ALL MY PHOTOS FROM A389 BASH 2015 HERE | Read my preview of the bash in City Paper

Odds & Ends: Thomas Dolby, Birth (Defects)

Thomas Dolby's first DJ performance
Thomas Dolby's first DJ performance
Thomas Dolby

Birth (Defects) @ Wind-Up Space
Birth (Defects)

Uploaded some odds n’ ends last night, among which were included the above: photos from Thomas Dolby’s (of she blinded me with science fame) first DJ performance, which was at the Paradox in Baltimore, and photos from a Birth (Defects) show at the Wind-up space, among many more. I still post photos on my Flickr, because of ease of use and the fact that I just have such a huge library already there, so if you want the raw feed, follow me there.

A note about the Dolby DJ set- it was pretty disappointing, I must say. Partially because so much effort was spent on presentation, so I was expecting something pretty cool. He had a DJ booth set up like a machine gun emplacement, with sandbags and walls and stuff, and a big projection thing going. But his DJ selections were just standard 80s fare… nothing too bad or anything, but the song selection just didn’t match up to his level of art direction.

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Yonatan Gat, Paperhaus, Post Pink @ Metro.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat @ Metro
Ed Schrader's Music Beat @ Metro
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat

Yonatan Gat @ Metro
Yonatan Gat @ Metro
Yonatan Gat @ Metro
Yonatan Gat

Paperhaus @ Metro
Paperhaus

Post Pink @ Metro
Post Pink @ Metro
Post Pink @ Metro
Post Pink

ESMB = best band in Baltimore! It was good to see them with a responsive crowd – there were plenty of people really stoked to see them play a hometown show. When Yonatan Gat started I was like “uh-oh, this is NOT for me” but they managed to win me over, I ended up really liking their set.

SEE ALL THE PHOTOS HERE

Marilyn Manson ‘The Pale Emperor’ Tour Opener.

Marilyn Manson @ Fillmore Silver Spring
Marilyn Manson @ Fillmore Silver Spring
Marilyn Manson @ Fillmore Silver Spring
Marilyn Manson @ Fillmore Silver Spring Marilyn Manson @ Fillmore Silver Spring Marilyn Manson @ Fillmore Silver Spring
Marilyn Manson @ Fillmore Silver Spring

I shot and wrote a thing for Noisey about the Marilyn Manson tour opener at the Fillmore… photos above, here is the text:

Yesterday, I got the all-clear to shoot the Marilyn Manson tour opener in scenic Silver Spring, Maryland. After a hiatus of sorts, my generation’s number one shock rocker is back with a comeback album, The Pale Emperor, and this show would be the first chance for live impressions. I’ve never been a Manson fan really; as a teenager, I liked some of the early songs like “Lunchbox,” and once saw him open for Nine Inch Nails, but by the time he hit full superstar mode, I was too busy listening to hardcore and screamo records to care very much about what Brian Warner was getting up to. Still, the guy is an icon—of course I wanted to see his show!

After navigating a line that literally wrapped around the block (later, I was told that concertgoers had started lining up twelve hours before doors), I went in expecting some serious 90s rockstar antics. I wasn’t disappointed. In a set filled with solid hits, Manson’s show also featured multiple costume changes (including four costume changes for the microphone itself), casual cockiness and furious anger at the sound guy, calls for fans to throw drugs on stage (he casually picked up one baggie containing an impressive amount of powder and filed it away in his back pocket for later), a contingent of women with their tops off and Manson lyrics written on their bodies, and of course, calls for the crowd to suck his dick. In true rock star fashion, any time he was done with an object—a microphone, an open bottle of water, a glass of liquor—he just let it drop to the ground, and someone would scurry over there to put it back in its rightful place without the show missing a beat.

After the show—which was entertaining enough to me, a non-fan, to stay until the end—the overall fan reaction seemed pretty ecstatic. One gothy teenager beamed at me and asked if I also thought that it had been the best concert ever. A few people I spoke to did say that they were disappointed with his vocals (though I must say that they sounded generally fine to me). I asked them if they thought that made the concert suck, and one of them replied enthusiastically, “No! Marilyn Manson can’t do a bad show!”

Read WELCOME BACK TO THE DOPE SHOW: PHOTOS FROM MARILYN MANSON’S ‘THE PALE EMPEROR’ TOUR OPENER on Noisey | SEE ALL THE PHOTOS HERE

Cocksparrer in Baltimore.

Cocksparrer @ Soundstage
Cocksparrer & friends.
Cocksparrer @ Soundstage
Cocksparrer @ Soundstage
Cocksparrer @ Soundstage
Cocksparrer @ Soundstage
Cocksparrer @ Soundstage
Cocksparrer @ Soundstage
Cocksparrer @ Soundstage

Always amazing – one of my favorite bands of all time. So stoked to get to see them in my city. If you ever get the chance, don’t sleep. I almost skipped their Philly show in 2013 and it ended up being one of the best shows I have ever seen, and I see ALOT of shows. Classic band.

SEE ALL MY COCKSPARRER PHOTOS HERE.

Municipal Waste, Torche, Nightbirds, War On Women & Old Lines.

Nightbirds @ Soundstage
Nightbirds @ Soundstage
Nightbirds @ Soundstage
NIGHTBIRDS

Municipal Waste @ Soundstage
Municipal Waste @ Soundstage
MUNICIPAL WASTE

War on Women @ Soundstage
War on Women @ Soundstage
War on Women @ Soundstage
WAR ON WOMEN

Old Lines @ Soundstage
Old Lines @ Soundstage
Old Lines @ Soundstage
Old Lines @ Soundstage
OLD LINES

Torche @ Soundstage
Torche @ Soundstage
TORCHE

STACKED show. Managed to see two of the best local punk bands opening for a pretty great array of touring bands. Fun night. Soundstage continues to kill it, show-wise.

SEE ALL THE PHOTOS HERE | CITYPAPER GALLERY HERE

Ed Schrader, Kevin Sherry & Cats on the Lake.

Ed Schrader & Kevin Sherry making Cats On The Lake shirts
Ed Schrader & Kevin Sherry making Cats On The Lake shirts
Ed Schrader & Kevin Sherry making Cats On The Lake shirts
Ed Schrader & Kevin Sherry making Cats On The Lake shirts

This was a fun shoot. Ed texted me to ask if I wanted to take photos of him and Kevin making ‘Cats on the Lake’ shirts for a City Paper story. Since that’s not the norm, the subject assigning you the photo, I cleared it with the paper and – yep – it was indeed a story. So one afternoon I went over to Kevin’s house/studio and hung with them as they joked, made shirts, and Kevin’s roommate made dinner. You can see his legs in a few of the photos.

READ THE CITY PAPER ARTICLE HERE.

SEE ALL THE CATS ON THE LAKE PHOTOS FEATURING ED SCHRADER AND KEVIN SHERRY HERE.

Best Photos of 2014.

As per the tradition, here are my personal favorite photos from 2014, posted in no particular order. I even managed to get them up in January this time! Prints of many of these are available here, contact me if there’s one you would like that is absent.

BEST LIVE MUSIC

Infest @ A389 Bash X 2014
INFEST @ A389 Bash X / Soundstage

Pentagram @ Soundstage
Pentagram @ Soundstage

Downtown Boys @ UNFest 3.
Downtown Boys @ U+NFest 3 / Ottobar

FKA Twigs @ 9:30 Club
FKA Twigs @ 9:30 Club

Gwar @ Soundstage
Gwar crowd @ Soundstage

Putrisect @ Metro Gallery
Putrisect @ Metro Gallery

Arcade Fire @ Verizon Center
The Arcade Fire @ Verizon Center

Club Mnemonic
The Soft Pink Truth @ Club Mnenomic / Paradox

Haim @ 9:30 Club
Haim crowd @ 9:30 Club

Kevin Gates @ Fillmore
Kevin Gates @ the Fillmore

Future Islands @ Floristree
Future Islands @ Floristree

Chain and the Gang @ Comet Ping-Pong (record release)
Chain & the Gang @ Comet Ping Pong

Big Mouth @ Gold Bar
Big Mouth @ Gold Bar

Betty Who @ Rock & Roll Hotel, DC
Betty Who @ Rock N Roll Hotel

Baltimore Rock Opera Society - Concertus Maximus
BROS Concertus Maximus

Post Pink @ UNFest 3.
Post Pink @ U+NFeast 3 / under a bridge

BEST EVERYTHING ELSE

MAGRUDERGRIND
Magrudergrind.

Chase Lisbon.
Chase Lisbon.

Satan's Satyrs
Satan’s Satyrs.

Old Lines.
Old Lines & friends.

John Waters @ Md Film Fest 2014
John Waters.

Blacksage
Blacksage.

Soft Pink Truth/Drew Daniel for CP BoB
Drew Daniel/Soft Pink Truth.

Last Gold Bar Show
Last Gold Bar show.

North Dakota, Winter 2012
North Dakota.

@ Tom Malenski benefit
Ottobar Staff, Tom Malenski memorial.

Watain & Revenge @ Baltimore Soundstage..

WATAIN @ Sound Stage - 2015/01/09
WATAIN @ Sound Stage - 2015/01/09
WATAIN @ Sound Stage - 2015/01/09
WATAIN @ Sound Stage - 2015/01/09
WATAIN @ Sound Stage - 2015/01/09
WATAIN @ Sound Stage - 2015/01/09
WATAIN @ Sound Stage - 2015/01/09
WATAIN

REVENGE @ Soundstage - 2015/01/09
REVENGE @ Soundstage - 2015/01/09
REVENGE @ Soundstage - 2015/01/09
REVENGE @ Soundstage - 2015/01/09
REVENGE

Black metal legends Watain are always so good live. The times I’ve seen them before I was never able to get too close, either because of circumstances, fear of getting actual pig’s blood thrown on me/my equipment, or inebriation, but this time it worked out well. Blood was still there, but less than previous tours and you could still smell the scent of grave dirt as soon as they walked out on stage…

SEE ALL WATAIN & REVENGE PHOTOS HERE | Select images from this show are available as prints

FKA Twigs @ 9:30 Club

FKA Twigs @ 9:30 Club
FKA Twigs @ 9:30 Club
FKA Twigs @ 9:30 Club
FKA Twigs @ 9:30 Club
FKA Twigs @ 9:30 Club

Wasn’t sure what to expect from this, but after an uninspiring set by an opener I hadn’t heard of before, FKA Twigs proved to be worthy of all the hype. The music she plays isn’t my thing, really, but she had the crowd in the palm of her hand and had a great stage setup as well. Fun show, she is going to be big.

SEE ALL MY FKA TWIGS PHOTOS HERE | Read the Wash Post review here

Pentagram, Bang!, The Pilgrim, Kings Destroy & Radio Moscow @ Soundstage

Pentagram @ Soundstage
Pentagram @ Soundstage
Pentagram @ Soundstage
Pentagram @ Soundstage
Pentagram @ Soundstage
Pentagram @ Soundstage
Pentagram @ Soundstage
Pentagram

Bang! @ Soundstage
Bang! @ Soundstage
Bang!

The Pilgrim @ Soundstage
The Pilgrim @ Soundstage
The Pilgrim @ Soundstage
The Pilgrim

Kings Destroy @ Soundstage
Kings Destroy @ Soundstage
Kings Destroy @ Soundstage
Kings Destroy

Radio Moscow @ Soundstage
Radio Moscow

Last month, Doom icons Pentagram played Soundstage (which is really shaping up into a great venue for metal in Baltimore) along with The Pilgrim, Bang!, Kings Destroy and Radio Moscow. Pentagram shows are notoriously hit or miss, as anyone who was at their infamous Black Cat comeback show can attest, but this night they were on their A game. It’s also always great to see them with Victor Griffin, when he is back with the band everything seems to just run more smoothly and Liebling (the famously troubled frontman of the band) seems to hold it together more. They didn’t disappoint, one of the best times I have seen them (though not sure if that first time I saw them at Sonar can be topped).

It was great to see Bang! too, a band I had always heard about but never had the chance to see – they really seemed to have a great time on stage, the first half of their set especially killed. This was apparently one of the last shows for quite some time for The Pilgrim, one of my favorite Baltimore bands. Cool that they managed to get on such a sick bill.

SEE ALL MY PHOTOS FROM PENTAGRAM @ SOUNDSTAGE HERE.

Best of… 2013?!?

So, I have been doing yearly “best of” round-ups of my work since 2007. Right around now is when I start to think about what to put in the running for the year… the only problem is, I never posted one for 2013. So, here goes, in no particular order: my very late list of best photos of 2013.

Concert

Goblin @ Housecore Horror
Goblin
A band I waited a lifetime, almost, to be able to see.

Future Islands @ Hopscotch 2013
Future Islands
A band on the cusp, playing their hometown. Well-deserved success stories like theirs are part of what makes this job fun.

Municipal Waste @ GwarBQ 2013
GwarBQ pit

High Zero Experimental Dance Night
High Zero
Only was able to make it to one night of High Zero this year but it always provides something exciting.

The Gories @ Unfest 2
The Gories

Robin Thicke @ Virgin Free Fest 2013
Robin Thicke
Thicke pretty much was peaking at this festival, but it was fun to be there for it.

the Breeders @ Hopscotch 2013
Kim Deal/the Breeders
Just love how much fun she’s having. As I recall, this was days/weeks after she bid goodbye to the Pixies. She seems plenty happy.

Cannibus Corpse  @ GwarBQ 2013
Canibus Corpse

Chvrches @ Virgin Free Fest 2013
Chvrches
Had never heard of this band before this, but I love quiet moments at huge concerts.

Old Lines @ Black Cat
Old Lines.
I love the guy on the left.

Down @ Housecore Horror
Phil Anselmo
He made fun of me from stage during this set.

Non-Concert

The Evens.
The Evens
This was an amazing shoot. They were really easy and fun to work with.

Dana rooftop pool, Austin 2013
Dana.

Call Girl of Cthulhu
Call Girl of Cthulhu
Got to shoot a lot of stills and behind the scenes for this film, as well as the DVD cover. Really fun experience.

Luray Caverns 2013
Luray Caverns

Maryland Film Fest 2013
Maryland Film Fest Hotel Party
This was, I think, taken in Bobcat Goldthwait’s hotel room but the memory is hazy.

Bronycon Baltimore 2013
Bronycon I
The Brony thing has gotten a little weird since this first con but I found them to be refreshing an earnest when I spent the weekend hanging out with them.

Ryan.
Ryan Schapell

Glitter Thighs @ Tiki Barge
Glitter Thighs

Wallhunters.
Wallhunters

Ottobar Haunted House
Ottobar Haunted House

Baltimore Tattoo Convention 2013
Blue Man
I’d heard about this guy for years. A retired Baltimore City civil servant who dedicated his retirement years to getting completely tattooed.

For the truly curious, here is the pool of photos I picked from.

Nadastrom.

Nadastrom.
Nadastrom.
Nadastrom.
Nadastrom.
Nadastrom.

The other day I had an extra twenty minutes (literally) between a photo shoot and a train I needed to catch so I shot these photos of my old friends Dave Nada & Matt Nordstrom, who make dance music together as Nadastrom. We shot these close to U Street Music Hall before their monthly residency.

Check out more photos of Nadastrom from over the years here.

Baltimore Rock Opera Society – Electric Pharaoh.

BROS 'Electric Pharoah'
BROS 'Electric Pharoah'
BROS 'Electric Pharoah'
BROS 'Electric Pharoah'
BROS 'Electric Pharoah'
BROS 'Electric Pharoah'
BROS 'Electric Pharoah'
BROS 'Electric Pharoah'
BROS 'Electric Pharoah'
BROS 'Electric Pharoah'
BROS 'Electric Pharoah'

This was a fun assignment. Baltimore Rock Opera Society have been making really ambitious/crazy performances for awhile now, but I’ve never gotten a chance to shoot them. This year director Mason Ross and artistic director Aran Keating invited me to shoot their dress rehearsals and some behind the scenes shots. There was a lot to see, check em out.

See all the Electric Pharaoh dress rehearsal & behind the scenes photos here.

Marked Men 2-day stand @ St Vitus.

Marked Men @ St Vitus
Marked Men @ St Vitus
Marked Men @ St Vitus
Marked Men @ St Vitus
Marked Men @ St Vitus
Marked Men @ St Vitus
Marked Men @ St Vitus

Earlier this year, Marked Men played 3 shows in two days at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus. I covered it for Noisey. Great shows, I wish we could have stayed for the third one but no sense being greedy, I suppose. The atmosphere at these shows were great, really intimate, lots of fans from all over there to see one of their favorite bands play with little or no BS. The day show, especially was cool, though less “wild” since people were just waking up/not tipsy, but it gave it a more youthful vibe. Don’t miss a chance to see this band.

See all my Marked Men at St Vitus photos here!

Read the Noisey piece here!