I personally would probably never listen to these guys, but to each their own and I can appreciate it when an artist is out there doing what they do. With that being said, out of all of the SXSW shows that I saw, these guys had to be one of the most entertaining and energetic bands I have seen in a while. The lead singer of this band was putting on a show with in the show, I mean, the guy did the splits… on stage.. like 3 times….. I couldn’t stop holding down the shutter button and I felt like every image I got was a good one. Here ya go, Michael Monroe:
I was super excited about finally being able to see this band play live. For some reason I have missed them the past 3 times that they came to Austin. They played at Stubbs which is a great place to be able to shoot a band in the photo pit for the first 3 songs (3 than you’re out!). They came out with a bang, but seemed to have a lull in their set which I was kind of getting bored with them. Thankfully they finished out strong with their energetic music which made that lull seems to disappear. Overall, a really great show despite the boring middle part. You should take it from me and get rid of that section of your set list…. All day all night rock out is what the people want!!! Here’s some pics:
As you can probably tell from all my blog posts, this band was one of my favorites to follow at SXSW this year. They played 4 shows throughout the week, and I was able to attend 3 of those and each one got me more and more psyched on their music. I still have problems getting their CD out of my player. Here’s some images from the 3 shows:
WTCrap do these three bands have in common?!!??! Absolutely nothing… I was fortunate to be able to see all of these bands, but didn’t get that many images of each band to warrant their own blog post, so I am combining all four of them together in this one. Enjoy:
Spoon @ Stubbs:
I have been trying to figure out how to post all of my SXSW stuff. I was going to do a “Best of SXSW 2010″, but then figured that that would be to many images to plug into one blog and although it can be done, I think I’d rather spread it out some, so instead I will be sharing by each band. Starting this off is one of my favorite bands for the past few years now Band of Horses. I discovered them at a friends studio when the client plugged them in to the stereo and I was hooked from the first song. I was fortunate to get to see this band play twice. The first night was at Stubbs which was super awesome, but the second night was a treat. They played at the Central Presbyterian Church down town Austin and although it was a bit warm running around shooting, it suited their style perfectly and the acoustics sounded great. Since I like the images from that venue better, I am going to start off with those.
And these are from the show at Stubbs:
If you haven’t listed to them before, you should start now.
Wow man, wow! Seems like just yesterday I was in Hueco Tanks rock climbing every other day. As soon as I got back in the beginning of March, I had job, then a wedding, then SXSW, then another job, then this and that, and now I am finally starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. I love it when it gets super busy. You have to start to think of new ways to handle the load, and how to deal with clients and their deadlines, it makes the blood pump, and the creative juices flow. The down side is, I don’t get to update the blog as much. So it is. These are some/most of my favorite images from the month of February spent out at the Tanks. It was fun shooting this way, because most of the images were more planned out in my head and done on my rest days, rather than just going out and shooting with the posse. This enabled me to concentrate more on the light, and the moves, the composition etc. that would best suit the image. It’s often really hard for me to put down chalk bucket and start shooting when I’m out with a psyched crew of climbers, and I think that this way definitely yields better results. Enjoy.
I love music, so I am always needing new music in my life. I am constantly searching high and low for something new and something good. Back in January, I came across The Boxer Rebellion while searching on iTunes and instantly was psyched! I was on a road trip for the month of February in Hueco Tanks rock climbing and was listening to these guy a ton. So come time for SXSW, I see that they are on the line up. Psyched again! They actually played a show before the official SXSW music started at a small club. I took my camera in and shot photos of the band playing. After the show, I was able to met these guys and I showed them the images on the back of the camera. They were digging the images so I got the managers card, and a few days later sent him an email with the concert images. He asked if he could use them on their blog and I told him on one condition. I wanted to set up a portrait session with the band members. Considering they were here all week long, this wasn’t to hard to coordinate. The original plan was to set up in a parking garage and grab some individual head shots, then get a quick group band shot before they went on stage. Unfortunately the weather got ridiculously cold and the wind was gusting around 15-20 mph and no one wanted to be outside in those conditions. On the fly, I was able to set up in a small conference room in the back of a club and got to do the head shots of each band member. Total time, about 15 min. Not only do these guys play great music (IMHO of course), they are also super humble, down to earth individuals and were really great to hang out with. I see much success in their future. Here are the head shots that I got of The Boxer Rebellion.
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