Sigur Ros @ King's Theater

October 6, 2016


Had the pleasure of seeing the one and only Sigur Ros a few weeks back. Just a stunning show from start to finish. Check out this one take video I shot with my pocket camera. A little shaky at the start, but improves dramatically. Came out pretty cool after a little playing around on FCX. Sound ain't bad either. Be sure and watch it at 1080 quality for maximum pleasure. Enjoy. More videos coming soon. Stay tuned.

West Indian Day Parade

September 5, 2016


Most focus on the occasional violence related to this annual event. Did you know that between 2 and 3 million people attend? Get that many people together with alcohol and half naked woman & it's shocking there isn't more violence. When I went I had a fantastic time. The crowd was friendly, the music was thumping, the food was mouth watering, and the people marching were nothing short of beautiful. I'll be there every year from now on. Check out this gallery of shots I captured for a taste.

On Temporary Hiatus

Summer!

I'm out of the office for a bit pursuing other interests. Still reading and responding to emails though. Use the contact form on the right if you have any requests, questions, or show invitations.


Bambara @ Palisades

February 25, 2016

Guest Reviewer: Erik The Red

Bambara is a noise post-punk group from Brooklyn by way of Athens.  While their music conjures up bands like Swans, Place To Bury Strangers, Liars and Jesus Lizard, Bambara has created something new and unique.  The trio has lived, rehearsed and recorded together in a Bushwick basement studio since 2011, forging a bond that has certainly benefited their live show.  The trio played a blistering seven-song set at an album-release show at Palisades.  The set consisted mostly of new material from their upcoming LP, Swarm.  If this performance was any indication, we are looking at a breakthrough album.

Katie Von Schleicher @ Palisades

February 18, 2016


Brooklyn's own Katie Von Schleicher took the stage at Palisades on Thursday night. Joined by her live band, she showcased her ability to make beautiful noise. Bleaksploitation, her latest doom pop EP, is slowly gaining attention. It got mine a couple months ago when I saw her at Alphaville & became a fan.

The Ameripolitan Music Awards @ the Paramount Theater

February 16, 2016


Austin, Texas is a town famous for its love of music. You know it the moment you step off the plane. The airport plays real music, Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel has a restaurant complete with a stage for live music, photographs and paintings of musicians hang on the walls, giant guitar sculptures adorn the baggage carousels, and the Austin City Limits store is always bustling with tourists while speakers pump classic live performances that reverberate down the terminal. In the city itself, the live music listings are stacked seven days a week with something for lovers of just about any genre you can think of. Still, it is Texas. As such, country music's roots run deep. What's called "country music" most places these days is nothing more than pop music with a southern twang. At the Ameripolitan Music Awards this week, host Ray Benson (who'd won a Grammy the night before, but skipped those awards for these) let it be known what Austin thinks. "We all know what CMA stands for......country, my ass." 

Dave East @ Webster Hall

February 10, 2016


Hip hop as a genre has a lot of young talent breathing life into it and expanding the form. As a long time fan of the art, and former MC, the resurgence of quality and individuality over formulaic cookie cutter bullshit is a beautiful thing. One of the freshest new voices in the game is Dave East. Representing Harlem & signed to Nas' Mass Appeal Records, he brings the heat on every track he touches. 

Zuli @ Pianos

February 9, 2016


Ryan Camenzuli a.k.a Zuli is an up and coming solo artist from New York. I caught him recently when he opened for Lazyeyes & was impressed. He's on to something with his brand of psychedelic pop rock. 

Anderson .Paak @ SOB's

February 4, 2016



Oxnard, California is a city on the coast famous for its sun ripened strawberries. It may soon be famous for another export. 30 year old Anderson .Paak, a native son of Oxnard, is finally seeing his lifelong dedication to making music bear its own fruit. Homeless with a newborn not so long ago, .Paak, real name Brandon Paak Anderson, never wavered from his commitment to making his own way in the world. Refusing to settle, he honed his craft and developed his style. The period before Paak in his stage name stands for details, he says. Makes sense. The music he's creating these days is anything but sloppy. 

Teen Commandments @ Rough Trade

January 30, 2016


Teen Commandments are a band that's all about having a good time. Brooklynites by way of Texas, their music sounds like the soundtrack of a mid 80s John Hughes film recorded by Vince Clarke on uppers. T.C. don't do the somber, introspective synth stuff that seems to be everywhere these days. Instead, they craft joy filled synthpop that's ready to kill that bug up your ass and get you moving. Playing dance music live is no easy task, but Teen Commandments are damn good at it. They electrified the packed house at Rough Trade two Saturdays ago with a set that oozed infectious energy. 

Lazyeyes @ Le Poisson Rouge

January 25, 2016


Lazyeyes is a rock band from Brooklyn. I first saw them at Mercury Lounge in the spring of 2014 when Jason Abrishami, the band's founder and lead singer, invited me to come check them out. Wave after wave of anthemic shoegaze infused dreampop poured out of the speakers that night. To my seasoned ears, they came off as a band with a bright future. After seeing them a couple weeks ago at Le Poisson Rouge, it's clear they've fulfilled their potential & are officially ready for the big leagues. 

Earnhardt @ Grand Victory

January 21, 2016


My neighbor, Adam Gerard, is a great guy. Turns out he also fronts a damn good rock band called Earnhardt. 

Zusha @ Bowery Ballroom

January 14th, 2016


Zusha is a Hasidic folk/soul outfit from Manhattan.  Formed in 2013, the members who make up the heart of the band are lead singer Shlomo Gaisin, guitarist Zachariah Goldschmiedt, and drummer Elisha Mlotek.  Their website describes them as such:  

"Zusha's music focuses on the Hasidic musical style 
known as neegoon, wordless melody, and seeks to inspire people of all backgrounds and faiths to live with intention, meaning, and love."

Vince Staples @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

December 9, 2015


Vince Staples is one of my favorite artists working today & his show at the Music Hall exceeded expectations.  If you are a fan of hip hop and don't know his music, make that change. 

Kelela & Kelsey Lu @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

December 1, 2015


Kelela's latest six song EP, Hallucinogen, is like honey for the ears.  Check it out at the bottom of this post.  I was too busy taking it in with a friend to get many shots of her.  I did, however, get a few good ones of her mesmerizing opener, Kelsey Lu.  Scroll down to check them out. 









Zemog El Gallo Bueno @ Littlefield

November 14, 2015


Zemog El Gallo Bueno, New York City pioneers of post-salsa, turned in an outstanding performance last weekend at Littlefield in Park Slope.  Lead by their dynamic creator, Abraham Gomez-Delgado, the 11 member band nearly blew the roof off the place, stimulating the mind with political lyrics & the feet with infectious rhythms.  I was lucky to be there with camera in hand.  Surprisingly, I managed to get some solid photos.  With all the dancing I was doing, I expected a lot more blur.  

























To check out the entire set of photos, click HERE.

Son Little @ Baby's All Right

November 12, 2015


Son Little's self titled album dropped on October 16th and  immediately became one of my favorite albums of 2015.  Released on Anti-, a label whose batting average continues to rise, it's a kaleidoscope of American music that showcases the incredible range of its creator, Aaron Livingston.  On Thursday, he wowed me and a sold out crowd at Baby's All Right.  Check out the photos below.  Then, put on his album.  Highly recommended listening. 















 
 


To see the full set of photos, click HERE.

To check out photos of Julie Rhodes, SL's fantastic opening act, click HERE.