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Khruangbin Concert at The Wiltern

I haven’t shot any band more than I’ve shot Khruangbin. So, I wasn’t about to let their concert at The Wiltern Sunday night, their biggest headlining show I’ve ever been in the same city for, pass by without me. Spoiler alert, they fucking killed it.

Putting heavier disco beats on old songs, ramping up the Texas vibe with the addition of pedal steel guitarist Will Van Horn, and an outfit change before the encore, it was beyond apparent Khruangbin is having so much fun in this season of their career.

Huge thank you to Laura and the entire Khruangbin crew for having me out time and time again. Click the photos to scroll through them big; you might even catch a couple 35mm film shots in the mix. To see photos from other Khruangbin shows click here.

Khruangbin Concert at Lodge Room Highland Park

Third times the charm. Third time shooting Khruangbin, and on the first of their three night stay in Los Angeles on the Con Todo El Mundo Tour. And those three nights? All sold out.

Never have I seen Khruangbin perform such a flawless set. From the sheer joy they exuded as the played, to the stellar West Coast hip hop tribute that flowed from one hit to the next, to the crushingly beautiful ballad played to a near silent audience with DJ turning from his drum kit to a piano. To Laura admitting the first time she spoke on stage was in Los Angeles - a moment that catalyzed forming Khruangbin - before playing Friday Morning. I wasn't crying, you were crying.

Click and scroll through the images to see 'em big. Thank you, Khruangbin, for having me out time and time again.

Khruangbin Concert at Proof Rooftop Lounge

Every concert I get the opportunity to shoot is an absolute honor. I've been doing this a couple years now, and there are still moments in every set that it hits me just how lucky I am to be doing something that ignites passion and gratitude and amazement in my soul. But there were a few more things that made shooting last night's hometown show for Khruangbin even more special.

It was my last concert to shoot in Houston for the foreseeable future. This big city has cradled me and grown to feel cozier than I could have ever imagined possible. But tomorrow I head west for Los Angeles; a new big city of hopes and goals and fears and artists to shoot and lessons to learn and new faces to meet and grow familiar with. I'm not saying this is my last Houston concert shoot ever, but it feels more like graduating than either of my actual graduations ever did.

More significantly, the name of one of Khruangbin's albums, The Universe Smiles Upon You, has become a sort of mantra of mine. Over the last few years, I've dedicated myself to practicing positivity and mindfulness. As a natural born pessimist, it's a battle hard fought every moment of every day. It began slowly, a simple reassurance I'd repeat in my mind, and progressed to actually telling people the universe smiles upon them when they were facing hardship and success alike. It snowballed from there. Now I could sit here typing an avalanche of all the ways those words bring me clarity, and it would get weird and spiritual and scientific and philosophical and a lot of other things, so I won't (for now). Just know, the universe smiles upon you.

There are a handful of other reasons this show was so special to me, but let's be real, you came here for the photos (and I really should start packing). I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.

To see more of my shots from other Khruangbin sets, click here.

Khruangbin Concert at White Oak Music Hall

Khruangbin loosely translates to "airplane" in Thai. Khruangbin can also loosely be described as a beach psych, Thai funk trio based here in Houston. Having had the pleasure of seeing them for my birthday, I was stoked to get to shoot them opening for Tycho at White Oak Music Hall.

You'll see more of these guys soon, as I'll be shooting them when they play Free Press Summer Fest next month!