1. Enjoy this MASSIVE photo of Luke Pritchard of The Kooks performing at Webster Hall in New York City, July 2014

    More photos from the show can be found over HERE.

     

  2. Concert Recap: The Kooks

    Wow, what a triumphant return. The Kooks are a band that have always been good at what they do, but their latest slew of singles show glints of them finally entering greatness, a realm of greatness that they were always meant to enter. Their last album, Junk of the Heart, was probably their biggest release to date but it ended up feeling safe and tame rather than bold and ambitious. Upcoming release, Listen, will not feature the band making that same mistake, especially if songs such as ‘Down’ and ‘Bad Habit’ are anything to go by. These tracks are a fantastic display of a band that wants to smash any pre-conceptions that plague their career, yet still find a way to retain what it is that makes them….well; them. It’s a difficult thing to do, to venture into new territory, but The Kooks have done a great job so far and their headlining show at NYC’s Webster Hall was a grand display of that significant confidence that’s been a staple of their career.

    That confidence shone brighter than any light could while the four Brighton lads thrashed about on stage. Their pop-inspired melodies caused girls of various ages to swoon over them in a wild manner that would’ve caused most to experience whiplash. It doesn’t hit you until you see it; but in reality most people don’t react that way to bands anymore, and seeing that taking place (the frenzy of their fans) was simply brilliant. There was something contagiously electric about The Kooks this time around and it was the first time where they felt truly harmonized with the music that they were playing. I can distinctively remember how their Britishness used to clash with the band members internal confidence when I’d interact with them during their Junk of the Heart Tour. This confidence ended up feeling like an overflowed bathtub back in 2011 but now in 2014 it feels like The Kooks have finally honed in on what their confidence means to them, and now they truly believe in what they’re doing as a band. They’ve always been a fun and infectious bunch to watch but these new songs are ripe with character, which in turn has caused their live show to feel like a completely different monster. It’s a ballsy move for a band to do that, especially when it seemed like nobody asked them to do it but that just makes me respect them even more. Here they were, four men who really didn’t have anything else to prove, especially in front of a thousand of their screaming fans, yet they still felt compelled to prove how much of a better band they are now in 2014. It’s great to have The Kooks back, and this sold out show at Webster Hall was a pure celebration of that. Enjoy my photos from the show below.

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    CLARA-NOVA

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    The Kooks

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    Be sure to check out The Kooks latest single, Forgive And Forget, which is part of their upcoming album Listen, which will be out on September 1st.

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  3. Luke Pritchard of The Kooks last night at Webster Hall.

    More photos will be up very soon…

     
  4. It’s still crazy to me to think that I was in the crowd for this….wow.

    Cannot wait to see them again in September.

     
     
  5. Peter Silberman of The Antlers performing at Webster Hall, July 2014

    To see more photographs from the show be sure to head over HERE.

     

  6. Sam McTrusty of Twin Atlantic rocking out at Studio At Webster Hall, July 2014

    To see more photos from the show be sure to head over HERE.

     

  7. Concert Recap: The Antlers

    Tranquility isn’t a word I ever imagined using to describe a show but when it comes to The Antlers it truly is the best word one could use. They’re a band that I used to not ‘get’ especially when they blew up with the critically acclaimed album, Hospice, but over time I’ve gotten into what The Antlers are about and I can honestly say that they’re one of a kind. It wasn’t until I saw/shot them at Bonnaroo 2012 when it finally clicked with me as to why they’re respected and adored by many. At that Bonnaroo set they not only utilized modesty with their performance but they also showcased relentless power with their stage presence and form. At the risk of sounding like a pretentious git it has to be said: watching them on stage was the equivalent of watching experienced dancers on stage. I can still remember how Peter Silberman would sway while he played his guitar, how he’d let out a strained yet intricate howl from his vocal chords as he crooned towards his microphone. That was two years ago, and with the time that’s passed I started to have my signature curiosity expand as I began to wonder how The Antlers were now after all this time.

    This is what led me to their show at Webster Hall, which was the end of their tour for the new album, Familiars. I hadn’t had a chance to delve into Familiars so I was expecting a vast array of sonic distortion to be a constant at this show; similarly to their Bonnaroo set two years ago. Instead I was presented with the serene somberness that ebbed and flowed as the evening progressed. At first I was perplexed, but after a short while I found myself completely taken by the sounds that Antlers were exerting. It was beautiful and strikingly simple. In fact, I’d say that was the major thing that I took away from this show; that for Antlers, simplicity was key in terms of sonic output. It felt like you were in a completely different place and time while watching them perform. In a lot of ways this was both an equally easy/difficult show to shoot. The band members weren’t very static yet that presented the challenge of getting variation in the photographs. Luckily I was able to focus in on quieter moments and I’m especially pleased with that since I feel that those quiet moments best reflects the music of The Antlers. Enjoy my photos from the show below.

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    Mr. Twin Sister

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    The Antlers

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    Be sure to check out The Antlers latest album, Familiars, which is out now!

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  8. Concert Recap: Twin Atlantic

    Not going to lie: I did indeed find myself shouting ‘fuck yeah!’ a good amount of times while shooting this show. A couple of years back me and the guys from Twin Atlantic grew to be mates due to their numerous visits to the states and last week that friendship was rekindled as they prepared to play a sold out show at Studio At Webster Hall. When I got to the venue and caught up with the Twin Atlantic guys I couldn’t believe that these were the same guys who just played a massive set at T In The Park and alive with excitement towards playing a basement esque venue in NYC. Most bands would probably view that experience with a need to swallow pride but I can still vividly remember the excitement that the Twin Atlantic guys had towards the upcoming show, especially Barry and Sam, who both resembled teenagers going to a midnight movie for the first time.

    Their live show at Webster reminded me of why I fell for the band years ago but I was also presented with something quite new, a primal barrage of guitars that felt much more focused and concise as they had before. Twin Atlantic have always been a passionate band but they came across as a rejuvenated band, a band that had something to believe in. I got to chat with Sam about this after the show (the interview will be up soon) and he was immensely taken aback that I noticed that while watching them perform. It’s mental really, the contrast that this show presented me with. Here I was in a cramped venue sweating with numerous strangers yet the power in which Twin Atlantic played their songs made me feel as though I was watching an arena band. It was jut a great balance really and I’m immensely proud of what they’ve been able to achieve as a band, especially since they’re such a great group of guys. Enjoy my photos from the show below.

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    The Walking Tree

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    Lights Resolve

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    Twin Atlantic

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    Be sure to check out the music video for Twin Atlantic’s latest single, Brothers and Sisters, taken from their upcoming album Great Divide.

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  9. Sam McTrusty of Twin Atlantic at Studio At Webster Hall, July 2014

    To see more photographs from the show be sure to go HERE.

     
  10. Currently (and always) obsessed with Massive Attack right now.

    (also obsessed with Woodkid as well).

     
     
  11. PHOX in Brooklyn prior to their sold out show at the Knitting Factory, July 2014

    To see more photographs that I took of the band be sure to head over HERE.

     
  12. Ben Fields performing at Rockwood Music Hall, July 2014.