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Built to Spill Concert at White Oak Music Hall

It’s been a long damn time since the last time I saw/shot Built to Spill. And it’s been a long damn time since I shot downstairs at White Oak Music Hall. I’m glad the first night of my current stint in Houston remedied both of those.

Shot for White Oak Music Hall. Click the photos to scroll through them full size.

Empire of the Sun Concert at The Fonda

You know those shows that leave such an impression on you that before the set is even over you're already looking up the tour schedule to see when you can catch them again? No? Only my concert obsessed ass? Anyway, that was Empire of the Sun when I saw them at BUKU back in 2015. I finally made good on that this weekend when I caught them on the first of their three (!) nights at The Fonda.

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Golden Daze Concert at the Moroccan Lounge

I fell in love with Silver Lake’s Golden Daze when I saw them open for Whitney in Houston in the spring of 2016. Their warm, organic sound swells inside me in all the ways I love. Golden Daze’s newest release, Simpatico, is easily one of my favorite albums of 2019, and they basically played it in its entirety Tuesday night. Make sure to give it a listen and see these guys when they come to your town.

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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.

Shot for Grimy Goods. Click the photos to scroll through them big.