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Chromeo Concert at The Hollywood Bowl

Chromeo, the electro-funk duo hailing from Montreal, brought down the Hollywood Bowl Sunday night. The self-proclaimed Lords of Funk, David “Dave-1″ Macklovitch and Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel have been making music together since the mid-90s. Their sound is an anachronistic technological wonder; beneath Chromeo’s retro aesthetic is shining modern production. The set was full of dazzling surprises and boundless energy; the crowd at the Bowl was enthralled from start to finish.

The set was opened with “Intro” flowing into “Fancy Footwork,” with “Bonafied Lovin’” and “Needy Girl” not far behind. They played six tracks off their most recent release, 2018’s Head Over Heels, which was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical category. Stand out moments included the full on sing along that took place during “Must’ve Been” and an impressive drum solo in “Don’t Sleep.” 2014’s White Women had its time, too. Chaz Bear of Toro Y Moi joined Chromeo on stage during “Come Alive,” and the crowd danced in a sea of cell phone flashlights to “Old 45’s". During “Over Your Shoulder,” Dave-1 walked along the ledge between two sections of crowd before meeting up with P-Thugg for a guitar duet standing back to back. The set was closed with “Jealous (I Ain’t With It).” Dave-1 plays a chrome guitar, and when the spotlights hit it during “Night By Night” off Business Casual the beam scattered like a disco ball obliterating everyone in it’s path.

Chromeo’s powerhouse live show is a precisely calibrated, beautiful thing to behold. From the thick synth bass driving the groovy beats to the gurgle of P-Thugg’s talk box to the expertly executed light show, Chromeo was a blast to open the Hollywood Bowl season with.

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Toro y Moi Concert at The Hollywood Bowl

Toro y Moi opened for Chromeo Sunday night at the Hollywood Bowl. It was the first night of KCRW’s 2019 World Festival. At its core, Toro y Moi is Chaz Bear (born as Chazwick Bradley Bundick), but he was joined on stage by a live band that included a bassisst, keys, percussion, and a conga player. Credited with being a prominent figure in the rise of chillwave early in the decade, Toro Y Moi’s heavily applauded January 2019 release, Outer Peace, leans more heavily into the weird, groovy realm where funk basslines meet house beats. This sonic shift made him a natural fit to prime the Los Angeles crowd before Chromeo’s set. That was made all the more apparent by the endless dancing bodies moving to the set that included nine of the ten tracks on Outer Peace.

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The Prescriptions Concert at The Troubadour

The Prescriptions had me out to their show at the iconic Troubadour Friday night. Click the photos to scroll through them full size.

JMBLYA 2019

The ScoreMore homies had me out to shoot JMBLYA 2019 in 2 and 3D. Click on any photo or gif you want to see big and to scroll through that section. Interested in getting some stereoscopic photography of your own? Reach out to me here.


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Broken Social Scene Concert at The Fonda

The first of three nights in Los Angeles, Broken Social Scene consumed patrons of The Fonda with their grand orchestrations. Wednesday’s iteration of the amorphous Canadian musical collective featured various makeups of eleven musicians. Twenty years deep in the game, their unfaltering live performance was evidence these guys don’t show any signs of slowing down.

Songs off Broken Social Scene’s latest pair of EPs Let’s Try The After (Vol. 1) and (Vol. 2) were cushioned by classic tracks off older albums. Samplings from You Forgot It In People included “Pacific Theme” (the opener of the set), “Cause = Time,” and "Lover’s Spit” (the final song of the evening). 2005’s self-titled LP was represented by "7/4 (Shoreline)," “Hotel,” and the combustive “Superconnected” and “Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)”. The atmosphere turned sultry for “Sweetest Kill” off Forgiveness Rock Record. “Skyline” and “Protest Song” off Hug of Thunder were played along with the album’s title track. As La Force vocalist Ariel Engle took the role as lead female vocals for the show, it was an opportune time to cover La Force’s “TBT”.

Urgent percussion fueled the crowd all set long, and fierce loyalty to the band’s past catalog helped push them through lulls during new tracks. Banter, talking amongst each other on stage, cracking jokes while tuning guitars; it was all casual. There was a palpable comfort emanating from the crowded stage. It felt more like we were sitting in on a rehearsal in someone’s living room than a concert in Hollywood - in a very good way.

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Neon Desert Music Festival 2019

The homies at ScoreMore had me out to El Paso, Texas to shoot Neon Desert Music Festival 2019 in 2D photos and 3D gifs. Click on any photo or gif you want to see big and to scroll through that section.

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CHVRCHES Concert at White Oak Music Hall

It was humid. There were bugs. It was fucking magical. It was a White Oak Music Hall lawn show and it felt like coming home. I had such a lovely time shooting CHVRCHES (in an ALL GIRL PIT!) during my time back in Houston. As always, thanks to the Pegstar and White Oak homies for having me out time and time again.

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Big Wild Concert at The Novo

Big Wild has remixed songs by all your favorite artists - ODESZA, Zhu, Chvrches, and Sylvan Esso to name a few. Big Wild has played at all your favorite festivals and venues - Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and EDC to also name a few. And now Big Wild is touring across the US in support of his debut full length album, Superdream. Part of that tour was a sold out stop at The Novo Friday night.

Big Wild (aka producer and composer Jackson Stell) released Superdream via Counter Records and is affiliated with ODESZA’s coveted Foreign Family Collective. His experimental pop sounds fall in line with those of other Foreign Family artists; upbeat tempos paired with inspiring & uplifting lyrics. The first track off the album, “City of Sound” is symbolic of Big Wild leading the Superdream project with his voice for the first time ever and is meant to be a song of encouragement. He opened his set with the track. A guitarist in a dazzling sequin jumpsuit took the stage before Stell entered showing off his vocal chops.

It was the first of many songs in which Stell worked alongside vocal and instrumental support. The guitarist underwent multiple outfit changes and was joined in varying combinations with a back up vocalist and a bassist. Maybe it was just the warm fuzzy feeling of the concert being on International Women’s Day, but I was glad to see all of them were women. The auxiliary performers, outfit changes, and obvious shift from EDM to a more pop driven sound made the entire performance very reminiscent of Empire of the Sun.

There wasn’t a still body in that room even at the top of the balcony; something seldom seen at a show. Another, less positive, quality of the show were the substantial pauses between songs. As this isn’t something often seen at EDM-centric shows, this is another clear shift in the pop direction. Still, it was obvious the enthralled crowd didn’t mind. Highlights of the set included old classics like “When I Get There” and “Empty Room,” Big Wild having the crowd illuminate The Novo during his remix of “Show Me” by Hundred Waters, and a mashup involving Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild” that led into a breakdown where he played cajón.

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