1. Arcade Fire performing the third night of a three night run at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, August 2014

    To see a massive photo recap of the show be sure to head over HERE.

     
  2. The Strypes & The Skins performing at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, August 2014

    Be sure to check out my full photo recap of the show over HERE.

     

  3. Concert Recap: Arcade Fire

    This photo recap is dedicated to my good friend Ebru Yildiz, who is truthfully one of the most talented people that I know.

    Wow…what a show. Yes Arcade Fire are a massive band, yes they played an arena, and yes arenas are massive but I have to say it: Arcade Fire are a band that not only places great music live but they also know how to make a massive space feel intimate, which is what they achieved at Barclays Center last weekend. I somewhat expected this would be the case because of the nature of their current album campaign; the carnival theme for Reflektor, but it’s still a completely engrossing feeling entering a venue like the Barclays Center and actually feeling the transformation from massive sports arena to dance party central. Masks, suits, suits of tinfoil, feathered hats and wild glasses; the fans of Arcade Fire have clearly welcomed this tour with open arms. After being a fan of Arcade Fire for the past couple of years it was a brilliant thing to finally photograph them live, especially with all the surprises that they had in store. Something that has to be said is the biggest surprise I experienced that night, which was the sheer punk attitude the Canadian rockers exerted on stage. I love punk, I truly do, and one of the most incredible things about punk is how anything can go during a show. Sure, Arcade Fire are an ‘indie’ rock band in terms of presentation, but seeing them play in-front of thousands of people while (literally) tossing instruments to one another was fucking incredible. Those are the bands that impress me the most, the ones that can change things up at a seconds notice, and the bands that try to battle repetition as much as possible.

    That’s what’s made this tour such an exciting spectacle, the way Arcade Fire plays, the way they rely on one another, the way they rely on their fans; it’s all a massive collective that works in unison to create a show like no other. Getting to photograph something like that, of both scale and power, is such a hard thing to wrap ones head around. I can still remember how awestruck I felt just waiting for the band to go on due to the crowd’s anticipation. It overwhelmed me, both in an exciting and frightening way, it happened without me even noticing it and once I did notice it the curtain fell. The show itself was a wild maelstrom of sounds, colours, and energy that continuously poured out throughout the sets entirety. Sure there were some typical NYCisms that bugged me about this show (come on New Yorkers, it doesn’t hurt to dance during a gig) but for the most part this was just a perfect night in so many ways. Arena gigs can be quite hit or miss for me but this show will always be a standout for me because it felt like I finally saw a band that understood the disconnect that arenas could be, and the band seemingly attempted to battle that disconnect. Win spent just as much time on the extended platform than he did on stage, whenever he was on there he made it a key thing to stare at peoples faces, touch their hands, phones, and anything he could. Seeing the entire band dance off stage towards the GA section at the end of the night was such a brilliant cap off on an already brilliant evening. The thunderous singing during set-ender Wake Up was a shining example of what this gig was: a massive spectacle that everyone in attendance was a part of. Beautiful job Arcade Fire, beautiful fucking job. Enjoy my photos from the gig below.

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    Be sure to check out Arcade Fire’s latest album, Reflektor, which is out now!

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    Thank you for reading and be sure to share this Tumblr page with you’re friends, dogs, cats, shop worker, ex girlfriend, dolphin, pretty much anyone who enjoys music and awesomeness. Remember that If you want to experience more of what I have to say than be sure to click the follow button which looks like a cross on the top right corner of this page. Also be sure to follow me on twitter.

     

  4. Concert Recap: The Strypes At Music Hall of Williamsburg (Brooklyn)

    You know that expression ‘exactly what the doctor ordered’ right? Well I’d be hard-pressed to think of a better way to describe what this gig was for me. Ok, so maybe there are a few more words I can toss around like ‘amazing’ ‘incredible and ‘brilliant’ (and more likely than not I will end up using those words in this recap) but at the moment I just want to be as straight-forward as possible and say: wow, what a fantastic fucking show. I’m not going to sugarcoat it: August has been a rubbish month for shows here in NYC. There’ve been some special gigs here and there but with the majority of bands/musicians touring European festivals there’s been a sense of stagnation here in NYC. Thankfully, right when things were starting to get boring, a show arrives with a fantastic bill: The Strypes from Cavan, Ireland and The Skins from here (NYC). I’ve shot The Strypes first ever NYC show and The Skins opening up for Jake Bugg earlier this year, and because of those experiences I knew I’d be in for an incredible time. Incredible, doesn’t even begin to cover it; this show was out of this fucking world (to say the very least).

    Something that’s stuck with me when it comes to this show is how I caught a glimpse of the legendary Bob Gruen hanging outside of the venue before the doors opened. Legendary is a word that’s quite an understatement when it comes to describing Bob’s work, and the reason I bring him up is because just by seeing him I felt a sense of inspiration that I haven’t felt in some time, especially in such an instantaneous way. You see, I rarely find myself thinking about how I’ll approach shooting a show but once in a while I’ll find myself thinking ‘I have to shoot this band this way to best showcase who they are’ and the ‘this way’ in that is always something different. Bob Gruen’s work has always been about moments, whether they are sparse, intimate, bombastic, or anything you can think of; it’s always about the moments. So when it came to shooting this show I wanted to capture strong moments in an uncomposed way. I found that the best way to do that was to become completely enamored by the moments taking place around me as opposed to being detached. As a photographer, it’s insanely easy to feel detached by the world around you, but with this show I felt a very strong desire to be part of the show as much as possible. Well I have to say, ‘exactly what the doctor ordered’ is exactly fucking right in terms of how fantastic of a show this was, simply put: this show was what I needed in so many ways. The Strypes have grown into such a fantastic live band, and seeing them at Music Hall of Williamsburg was nothing short of spectacular, those lads are going to go far, even more than they already have. The Skins performance showcased such a great sense of unity and personality with the way each band member played. You could tell that they loved playing with one another, and that having fun on stage was of paramount importance to them. The most brilliant thing about this show is how even though the groups musical styles were different their approaches to performing live were essentially the same: to have the best time you possibly can while also making sure the crowd in front of you is having just as much fun. Enjoy my photos from the show below.

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    The Skins

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    Be sure to check out The Strypes latest release, 4 Track Mind, which is out now!

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    Thank you for reading and be sure to share this Tumblr page with you’re friends, dogs, cats, shop worker, ex girlfriend, dolphin, pretty much anyone who enjoys music and awesomeness. Remember that If you want to experience more of what I have to say than be sure to click the follow button which looks like a cross on the top right corner of this page. Also be sure to follow me on twitter.

     
  5. A full post of this show is coming (I promise) but in the meantime enjoy this shot that I just had to share with you: David Byrne of The Talking Heads crowd surfing at Barclays last night at the end of Arcade Fire’s three night residency there.

     
  6. Win Butler of Arcade Fire last night at Barclays Center (right before he kissed my forehead).

    Photos up now over HERE.

     
  7. Mark Foster of Foster The People performing at Lollapalooza Music Festival in Chicago, August 2014

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

     
  8. Tori Amos performing at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, August 2014.

     
  9. Dev Hynes of Blood Orange performing at Central Park in New York City, August 2014

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

     

  10. Concert Recap: Blood Orange

    It’s a crazy thing seeing somebody change over time. We all change of course, whether it be personalities or clothing styles or whatever but when we see it in others it’s something that always catches us by surprise. This is how I’ve felt over the past year seeing the kind-hearted acquaintance of mine, Dev Hynes, grow into this pop god behemoth known as Blood Orange. Dev is one of the truest people you could ever hope to come across and what’s beautiful about that is how seamlessly genuine his words sound whenever he’s speaking to you. One of the best qualities I think a person can have is an inquisitive mind whilst engaged in conversation with others, and that’s a trait of Dev’s personality that I respect highly, and it’s certainly what’s brought him far in the music world (as well as his slick and emotionally disarming tunes). It’s crazy to think that only a couple of years ago he was the insanely quiet guy who’d badger Keith from We Are Scientists about Playstation Three games backstage at a show haha but it’s happened and it’s fantastic seeing how far he’s come. He’s already played some stellar shows as Blood Orange in NYC but this gig was the epic centre of his gloriously hectic year: a massive show in Central Park.

    I can still remember the vast and expansive line for the show. It was a line that seemed to have no end in sight, a massive line that I have never seen before at a Central Park show (not even for acts like Phoenix and Arctic Monkeys). This was one of those shows that’d be impossible to talk about without bringing up the crowd, the colorfully eclectic crowd that all seemed to be in a non-verbal competition to one up each other in terms of stylistic sense. Sure I thought ‘wow Hipsters galore’ but I was also struck by the vibrancy of it all, the vastness of diversity was the type of thing I used to daydream about while I was being raised in the suburbs. This was easily a great weekend for Brooklyn Thrift Shops but it was an even better weekend for Dev Hynes who entered the stage to booming applause from his hometown fans. As he performed on Summer Stage he echoed the moves of his influences (clearly Prince and Michael Jackson) while showcasing the type of confidence that most guys only dream of having. The only time the old Dev showed was whenever he’d banter with the crowd between songs. He looked completely awe struck at the loving crowd in front of him whenever one of these instances took place, a charm that easily made the crowd love him more. What I’ll always remember about this show is how this was a show that felt important rather than it being just another show. It had to have given Dev a sense of validation for being the tall/dorky guy who created such beautiful songs in his bedroom while a cute little dog badgered him on for his attention. Dev Hynes truly arrived at Central Park and it was a damn fine thing to witness. Enjoy my photos from the show below.

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    Be sure to check out Blood Orange’s album, Cupid Deluxe, which is out now!

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    Thank you for reading and be sure to share this Tumblr page with you’re friends, dogs, cats, shop worker, ex girlfriend, dolphin, pretty much anyone who enjoys music and awesomeness. Remember that If you want to experience more of what I have to say than be sure to click the follow button which looks like a cross on the top right corner of this page. Also be sure to follow me on twitter.

     
  11. Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys performing at Lollapalooza in Chicago, August 2014

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

     
  12. Another eclectic month of music has passed and with is some incredible experiences to look back on. With this month I aimed (like always) to work with acts I’ve never shot before, as well as seeing some acts again to see how they’ve grown (such as Antlers, Neon Trees, and Interpol). One of the best things about this month was meeting/taking portraits of the group PHOX, who truly are some of the most lovely people you can ever hope to meet.

    Throughout July of 2014 I photographed: Black Lips, The Fray, Kitten, Neon Trees, Wild Beasts, Cymbals, Kestrels, Ben Fields, Emily KingPHOX, Twin Atlantic, The Antlers, The Kooks, Imelda May, The Temper Trap, and Interpol.