1. Damien Rice performing at The Box in New York City, October 2014

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  2. Lias Saoudi of Fat White Family performing at Bowery Ballroom in New York City, October 2014

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

     

  3. Concert Recap: Damien Rice

    I definitely never thought this would happen. I mean Damien Rice is…it’d be pointless to go into all the great things about him because honestly it’d be difficult to say something bad about him. Something that always made him stand out to me is how he’s capable of utilizing his personal flaws and imperfections to create these amazing songs that are so distinctively his, it’s an eye-opening thing for a human being to see: a person showcasing troubles in their lives but making even the most mundane aspects of life seem beautiful…it’s just something that’s dumfounding if you try to wrap your mind around it. This is something that’s very particular of Damien Rice’s music and makes me (and I’m sure anyone who’s ever listened to him) wonder how anyone can be that honest and personable with themselves. We live life wearing many facades, sometimes to the point where we forget who the real ‘me’ is yet here is a guy armed only with his voice and a guitar exposing the barest form of himself as he possibly can, and not for ticket sales, accolades, or a new car but he does it because he needs to do it; his voice exposes that dire need to be expressive. So with that grew a strong desire to see him live, and over the years that desire has only grown stronger because how could it not? I needed to see how that honesty, that humanity, that powerful emotional output of Damien Rice….I needed to see how it would translate in a live setting, to see if it even could translate in a live setting. 

    My chance to experience him live came in the form of an unexpected show at The Box in the lower east side of Manhattan. Yes, after eight years away Damien Rice has returned to the world of music, armed with a new album that will undoubtedly become a touchstone for many as the years go on. I can honestly say that I’ve never in my life felt such passionate anticipation for a show, that aspect of the evening will stay with me for the rest of my life. Once we were inside the venue it was almost like an invisible, yet tangible sensation that swept across us all: the realization that what we were about to see tonight was going to be truly special. And once Damien Rice emerged onto the stage that feeling was proven to be more than accurate. I don’t know why his demeanor surprised me but it did. Here is a man that everyone, literally EVERYONE finds to be the pinnacle of perfection in terms of music yet he had the demeanor of a simple/modest man, shy even. There were moments where I could see that having a crowd in front of him perplexed him, and that the modest attentiveness that he was given only surprised him much more. But I also saw happiness on his aged face. I can’t recall an instance where I saw someone in physical form and just by a glance I could tell that they had been through a lot emotionally. But make no mistake, that didn’t make Rice appear weak at all, in fact it only made me respect him that much more: for him it was clearly important to present the most purest form of himself and he achieved that not just with his looks but with his incredible voice. Once he began playing his body looked as though life had re-entered it and you could see him utilizing that feeling throughout his set. The most beautiful thing about this show is that I could tell that Damien Rice needed to be on stage singing almost as much as his fans needed the opportunity to see him sing, and that contrast was a significantly beautiful thing to witness. Enjoy my photos from the show below.

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    Be sure to check out the video for Damien Rice’s latest single, I Don’t Want To Change You, which will be in his next album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, which comes out November 10th.

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  4. Concert Recap: Fat White Family At Bowery Ballroom (NYC)

    Well…this was definitely something new. I can’t say that I’ve ever had a dick in my face before but here I was at Bowery Ballroom seeing a guy I know (in the form of Fat White Family frontman Lias Saoudi) convulsing/thrusting his porksword towards a massive crowd while screaming into a microphone. After working with the band earlier this year I was curious to see what a truly unhinged show by them would be like, that I also simply enjoyed their live show. At their Shea Stadium show they were great and chaotic but I left that gig wanting more, especially due to all the stories that I had heard about them throughout the year. Well, at their headlining show at Bowery Ballroom they definitely disappoint in living up to their myth. A lot of people would see that, a guy being naked on stage, and find it to be gimmicky or forced but for me it was such an interesting form of expression to witness, especially in a city like New York. I think the thing is, a band like Fat White Family can only exist with the attention of their crowd being on the band on stage, but not in a way that’s constricting. Their live shows are meant to be wild/free parties of expression, and what better way to express oneself than to do without the restrictions of clothing? Actually, scratch that bit, it was a bit deeper (no pun intended) that I expected it to be. Simply put: Fat White Family don’t give an absolute fuck and this show at Bowery was great because it showcased just how little of a fuck they gave in a brilliant fucking way. It became impossible for the typical NYC conventions (using an iPhone at a gig, watching with your arms crossed, etc.) to exist at Bowery that night and this gig will stick with me for ages because of that alone (and thankfully not just for Lias naked body on stage) This was a show that felt dangerous, it felt exciting, it felt intoxicating, it felt exhausting, and it felt fucking incredible. The music of Fat White Family exhumes all of that and in a live setting is where all of those sensations explode in disarray. Everyone at that venue was moving; there wasn’t an opportunity to think twice about it. The crowd was going mental in a way that I hadn’t seen in such a long time, to the point where I saw some crowd members stripping themselves of clothes as well. It’s funny; I know that the guys never set out to be a punk band on any level yet with the gravitas of their music and presentation they’ve achieved being one of the most authentic punk bands you could hope to come across in 2014. They’re a band that doesn’t give an absolute fuck and seeing their live show is an amazing celebration of that. I also have to give major thanks to the guys for also getting such brilliant support acts for this show. When I walked into Bowery that night it felt like I had entered a dark/grungy garage thanks to the harsh guitars of The Mystery Jets, and I fell in love with the evening just for that alone. Jeffery Lewis also had me in fucking stitches with his witty lyrics and art pieces that went along with his words. That’s NYC conquered by Fat White Family. Enjoy my photos from the show below.

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    Be sure to check out Fat White Family’s latest album, Champagne Holocaust, which is out now!

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  5. Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood performing at Webster Hall in New York City, October 2014

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  6. The Orwells and SKATERS at Irving Plaza in New York City, October 2014

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

     

  7. Concert Recap: Royal Blood At Webster Hall (NYC)

    'All hail the return of Royal Blood!' is what was blaring in my mind as I headed to Webster Hall that night. To say I’ve grown to being a fan of their music would be an understatement, I fucking love these guys and everything they’re about. Getting to see them a couple months ago was a great treat, and it was equally grand getting to know them a bit as well. So with this show at Webster Hall I really couldn’t wait to see what has changed with their dynamic, especially since they’re now much more experienced musicians from playing so many shows. Sure they’ve achieved massive success (packed festival tents, a number one album, a Mercury Prize nominated, hair gel for Mike, etc.) but I’ll never forget from interacting to them how the music was what was paramount to them over everything else. Along with that is the ability to play in front of people and getting them on your side, winning over people in far away countries that just want something to grasp onto. What struck me at this show the most was the diversity of the crowd. It’s the first thing I look for at a show, even when I don’t realize that I’m doing it, and at this gig it was instantly clear to me that there wasn’t a cut/copy version of a Royal Blood fan. Sure, some people would expect to see leather jacket clad people going mental at a Royal Blood gig but in reality it’s just regular fucking people. And with that it was also amazing to see such an active crowd of people going fucking mental for a band like Royal Blood. NYC crowds tend to be a stifling thing to witness, but at this show the crowd was as mental as they possibly could be, and it was fucking awesome seeing that unfold throughout the set. Both Mike and Ben were at top form that night and left little to no room for mistakes to be made. Yet with that being said their charm wasn’t to appear perfect to a crowded room, instead it was to be as straightforward as possible. You could tell that it was important to them to come across as two simple dudes making as much noise as possible. That straightforward approach is something that made me appreciate them that much more, and heightened my respect towards everything they’ve achieved so far. At the end of the day they’re just two dudes playing instruments and being insanely loud while doing so. The fact that that can strike a chord with so many people, even in a city as stuffy as NYC, is an incredible feat and just fucking brilliant really. Enjoy my photos from the show below.

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    Be sure to check out Royal Blood’s Mercury Prize nominated self-titled/debut album, which is out now!

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  8. Concert Recap: The Orwells And SKATERS At Irving Plaza (NYC)

    I was very much looking forward to this show for a variety of reasons, the most crucial one being that I knew I was going to have an incredibly fun time at this gig. The Orwells and SKATERS are such fun live bands, and getting to capture that type of mayhem is always brilliant. The last time I saw The Orwells was chaotic, shambolic, and everything I love about live music, so getting to spend some time with them prior to their show at Irving Plaza was something that meant a lot to me. Whenever I spend time with musicians I love to see that contrast of their personalities (their onstage personas vs their offstage personas). With The Orwells (as well as SKATERS) it was clear to me that they’re very much a ‘what you see is what you get’ type of band. Being on stage and causing as much mayhem as possible is who they are off-stage, even while they’re making movie references with exhausted faces prior to a show. Overall, they’re an easy group of guys to get on with, and this was the first time I found myself initially struck by the ages of the band members. I usually find that (talking about someone’s age) to be a bit trite but with The Orwells it couldn’t be denied: they are young guys. But with that youth comes a lot of character, which is what they display on stage in such a significant way. That confidence in what they do shines over anything else when it comes to their live performances, especially the element of chaos and fearlessness that also allows for a surprising sense of community between the band and their fans. The Orwells don’t see themselves as being different or elevated by status when it comes to their fans, they’re just people who want to have a good time and that’s solely what they aim to do. Those are traits of youth, being fearless and open about what you want (even when you’re unsure of what you want), and seeing that being expressed clearly on a stage by people (and for people) was simply a brilliant thing to witness. It was also awesome reconnecting with SKATERS as well. Along with their music being a fitting choice for the bill they also have a similar confidence/ethos to that meshes well with The Orwells. SKATERS are the kind of band who go on stage and never consider what you think of them, and with that they just lose it on stage with this incredible blend of exuberance and mayhem Their live show reminded me a lot of the first ever shows that I’d see when I first moved to NYC (back in 2008) and it was really great getting to revisit that type of live show. Enjoy my photos from the show below.

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    Be sure to check out The Orwell’s latest album, Disgraceland, which is out now!

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    Also be sure to check out SKATERS album, Manhattan, which is also out now!

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  9. Chloe Chaidez (aka Kitten) performing to a fuckton of New Yorkers at the Bedford Ave Station in Williamsburg, October 2014

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  10. Concert Recap: Kitten At Bedford Ave Station (Brooklyn)

    I knew that I’d be seeing Kitten live again at some point but I never imagined that it’d be on the subway platform I’ve been to more times than I could attempt to count. Well here I am and last night that was exactly what transpired: The incredibly lovely Chloe Chaidez (aka the Kitten) played a free set at the Bedford Ave stop in Williamsburg. The turnout was monstrous and the sheer presence of Kitten caused quite the ruckus amongst the New Yorkers who fumbled out of their trains. Overall, it was such a brilliant thing to be part of, especially the spontaneity of it all. This was such a simple type of show, and what I ended up taking from it was that once Chloe began to sing you could visibly see how her body language changed from incredibly nervous to being beautifully at ease. Being a musician is what she’s meant to do and what better way to flex that than on a New York City subway station? Along with having a brilliant voice, she also has an indescribable talent for keeping a crowd enchanted, and last night was a brilliant affirmation towards that. I love venue shows, even the massive ones, because with those shows you can see to what great lengths someone will go to grab hold of someone’s attention. What I love so much about this experience is that it was just Chloe and her guitar. No flare, no lights, no amazing sound system, just her and her guitar; and she bloody killed it with the simplicity of that. When I went into this show I knew that there’d be loyal fans of hers in attendance but what stunned me was how many random bystanders that would halt in their tracks to watch Kitten perform. Many would stay well past two tracks until they’d remember ‘oh shit, wasn’t I going somewhere?’ haha and what was brilliant about that was that you could see this amazing sense of gratitude and happiness on Chloe’s face as she went on playing her guitar. I loved getting to see her own a stage like the one at Highline Ballroom, and at the Bedford station she showed me that she can own any floor with only her guitar and voice by her side. Enjoy my photos from the show below.

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    Be sure to check out Kittens debut/self-titled album, which is out now!

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  11. A massive photo of the lovely Dan Smith of Bastille performing at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, October 2014

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  12. Allen Stone performing at Terminal 5 in New York City, October 2014

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