february assignment round-up.

Black Milk.

Detroit rapper Black Milk.

David Allan Coe

Outlaw country star David Allan Coe.

Vanity Theft.

California pop punk band Vanity Theft.

Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys.   Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys.

Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys.

arboretum.   secret mountains.

Arboretum & Secret Mountains @ the Ottobar.

Odd Future / OFWGKTA / Tyler The Creator

Odd Future / OFWGKTA
Odd Future / OFWGKTA / Domo Genesis   Odd Future / OFWGKTA / Tyler The Creator
Odd Future / OFWGKTA / Tyler The Creator

I scored the assignment of shooting the up and coming hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All’s sound check at the U Street Music Hall. This was the same day as the announcement that XL Recordings would be releasing Tyler’s next record. It was pretty funny to watch these guys soundcheck… whatever greater success is coming their way, at this point you can tell the whole thing is just a huge amount of fun for them. They raced around the empty venue goofing off, played almost a full set during sound check, and generally horsed around the whole time. Fun experience, cool kids.

Howard Yardfest w/ Wale, Doug E Fresh, Trina Da Baddest Bitch…

Lola Monroe @ Howard YardFest
Howard YardFest    Chopper @ Howard YardFest
Wale @ Howard YardFest
Doug E Fresh @ Howard YardFest    Howard YardFest
Mr Vegas @ Howard YardFest

This was a lot of fun. Wale, Doug E Fresh, Trina, Choppa, Mr Vegas, the beautiful Lola Monroe, Black Cobain, and about a million more artists performed. I had to file twice from the event, which was a wild experience fraught with bad wifi connections and dying laptop batteries, but I did it. At one point a mini stampede of people literally jumped over me, on girl kicking my laptop (where I was filing photos), but I made it through and on deadline! I won’t be able to review the show better than Chris Richards, so check out the two stories from the Washington Post:

Read the Washington Post Review | Read another Washington Post blog post

View the whole Yardfest set here