Category Archives: Music
If you're not familiar with the Post Rock genre, I'd recommend fixing that asap. Start, and end, with This Will Destroy You. In fact, go hit play on New Topia while you check out these shots from their recent show with Cymbals Eat Guitars at Neumos last month.
access and lighting were a bit tricky I decided to try something new and shoot more emotively, matching my technique and creativity to the music rather than the regular strict photojournalism. Hope you dig. //josh
When it comes to live music, it looks like 2014 is gonna be my year. Not only did I have the unbelievable privilege of shooting Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience Tour in January, but my three favorite bands are touring in 2014 as well, and they're all coming through the PNW.
Ali and I were able to catch a wonderfully intimate set by post-rock darlings This Will Destroy You at Barboza a month back and will be seeing the elusive Brand New in Vancouver this fall, and last week we attended a sold out show at The Neptune in the University District to watch Manchester Orchestra play an incredible selection of favorites off their four-album history (the latest, "Cope", released 4/1) and I again had the wonderful opportunity to photograph their set. Opening duties were handled by Kevin Devine and Balance and Composure, both bringing tons of energy to the full house.
While I really love the intensity of diving into a GA pit at a local show and capturing the thrill of thrashy, heavy bands, I absolutely do not hate getting to put some images of big names in my portfolio, either.
TSwizzle put on an impressive show at the sold-out Tacoma dome and I had the pleasure of diving into a GA pit of tweens and their parents for two pretty electrifying songs. I'm not saying she made a fan out of me, but I may or may not have spun the Red album a few times since the show. //j
Ska hit the mainstream right around when I started high school, and, for me, the unrivaled leader of the pack was none other than Denver's own Five Iron Frenzy. When the band went their separate ways in 2003 I had only seen them live once, and feared that one of my favorite bands were put out to pasture with the rest of the genre.
Imagine my glee when 2011 saw the band come back together thanks to an incredibly successful kickstarter campaign. They proceeded to release a new single, record a new album and go on a lovely little mini-tour which brought them right to the center of Seattle (across the street from Pike Place Market) to play the Showbox. And Mike Herrera of MXPX would be opening with an acoustic set? 14 year-old me was elated.
Five Iron erupted on the stage with all the energy and antics of their youth (they're kinda grown-ups now) with all their guitars and horns (and tiaras, and fairy wings, and unicorn pants...) in tow. 18 songs later (and sans goofy costumes), FIF closed the set with "Every New Day" as their fans are accustomed to, and left the stage with the crowd chanting for more. 14 year-old me was content.
If you haven't heard of these awesome kids before then let me do you a favor: Click here , here and here, and treat your ears to some of the most awesome a cappella arrangements I've ever heard.
Winners of season 3 of the Sing Off, Pentatonix have capitalized on the exposure with two sold out tours (this one hitting the Showbox Sodo, with a 1,500 capacity!!) and two excellent EPs. Last night's show proved that there's no studio magic behind their incredible sound. Enjoy!
As you may or may not be aware, Josh has been shooting some rock shows as of late (don’t worry wedding/portrait clients, we’re great multitaskers), most of which for a sweet little music blog called Backbeat Seattle. After rubbing elbows with the likes of Linkin Park, Incubus, Slayer and Anthrax, shooting a local(ish) show at The Crocodile was an awesome change of scenery.
If you haven’t listened to these bands, you absolutely must get on that. The Horde and the Harem rock some beautiful indie folk, while Rags & Ribbons (out of PDX) are putting out some of the most sublime music I’ve heard in awhile. Go buy all of the things. Now.
The Horde and The Harem
We caught Jonathan Warren & the Billy Goats on our trip to Leavenworth, WA in the beginning of June. They will be coming through Seattle for Hempfest this August, so be sure to check them out!//Josh+Ali
While Ali was in Texas visiting her family I spent the weekend shooting quite the eclectic mix of events. The weekend started with a super-rad birthday party, moved to a roller derby bout (coming soon), and wrapped with a 40-minute set of brutal punk(ish)-rock(ish) jams by these guys: The Loss. They moseyed their way into our side of town and tore The Shipwreck Tavern to shreds with punch-you-in-the-face energy and disney-sing-along style hooks (that part isn’t necessarily true), and I highly recommend catching their next show for yourself. Aw. Yeah.