Kodaline (with Gavin James) at TLA, 4/21/15 [Show Review & Photo Gallery]

I’ve never re-blogged something before. Anyway, here are my shots and write-up from the Kodaline show on Ear Nuggets.

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I wouldn’t refer to myself as the best Irishman.  Corned beef grosses me out, I don’t particularly enjoy Celtic music and I had to force myself to acquire a taste for Jameson.  Naturally, I hadn’t heard of Ireland-based Kodaline before last month-–when my good friend Tori told me she had bought a ticket for their TLA show.  It’s fitting that Kodaline (and support act Gavin James, also from Dublin) hit the road on the “Ones to Watch” tour: right after I agreed to check them out, more of my friends began posting Kodaline’s music to Facebook.  After experiencing both acts live, I can also urge you folks to “watch” for them.

Tuesday evening started with 22 year-old singer-songwriter Gavin James, who walked onto the stage holding only a guitar.  No frills…

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CMJ 2014: New Zealand Showcase @ The Studio at Webster Hall

As I continue with my CMJ recaps, I want to thank everyone for their comments and viewership!  This is the most traffic my blog has had in a long while.  I’m glad to see people are appreciating new music as much as I am.

The New Zealand Showcase was my first assignment at CMJ.  I’d previously shot upstairs at Webster Hall before, but never in the Studio; which is located underneath the main auditorium.  The Studio at Webster Hall is a very intimate venue to say the least, and quite the contrast to the multi-level behemoth upstairs.  Inside, folks were passing around a variety of Kiwi appetizers  to prime the crowd for the impending New Zealand takeover of New York City.  October 21st’s bill consisted of four artists: Chelsea Jade (a sonic artist who implements field recordings of everyday sounds to punctuate her music), Doprah (a self-proclaimed “sinister and evil cult which lures young people into drug-taking”), “future funk” quintet Orchestra of Spheres (whom use a variety of homemade instruments), and Popstrangers (a trio of New Zealand transplants based in London delivering a blend of grunge, pop, garage rock, etc., the product of which creates a very distinct sound).

Be sure to check them all out after viewing the photos laying past this jump!

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CMJ 2014: Luxley @ Terminal 5

I’m not dead.  I took some time at the end of summer to re-group and step away from the camera for a bit and finally re-adjust to life on the east coast (missing L.A. all the time).  I jumped back into the fire in mid-October for CMJ.

Last week I had the pleasure of joining the photography team at the 2014 CMJ Music Marathon in New York City.  It was a whirlwind adventure: venues all over the city hosting artists from all over the world; some coming to the States for the first time ever.  Being able to shoot some of the showcases during this weeklong event was an honor.  Not only does CMJ help to advance the careers of new musicians, they also help to advance the careers of music photographers.  I’ll try and write an entire post on CMJ at some point, but I want to jump right into the photos.

The highlight of my assignments last week came on October 22nd, when I shot one of the headlining shows at Terminal 5 in Hell’s Kitchen featuring Bombay Bicycle Club, Milo Greene and Luxley.  The night was cold, windy and rainy-–standard Nor’Easter situation happening-–but the audience was literally warmed up by “Wildfire Dance Rock” from New Orleans-based Luxley.  Luxley is a prime example of why I love shooting live music: anything can happen.  Singer Ryan Gray jumped from the stage, to the pit, to the barricade, while simultaneously dodging us in the photo pit.  Keep on eye on these guys… they’re gonna be big.

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