Four festivals. Over 160 performances of all sizes and genres. As another year comes to a close it's time to look back on all of the shows and coverage that brought me joy, lack of sleep and whiskey. 2013 was a beast for music.
A giant thank you to the following individuals who have had me shoot for their publications and allowed me to continue living out my passion. I truly love this job - there is no greater buzz for me than when the lights dim and the first notes begin to bounce among a crowd.
Keegan Prosser - Music Writer, Lindsey Bluher - Music Writer, Mark Baumgarten - Seattle Weekly, Jim Beckmann at KEXP, Shelby Case - Clear Channel Media + Entertainment for iheartradio's Jingle Ball, Chris Burlingame - Another Rainy Saturday, Morgen Schuler & Julia Wayne - Inside Right Wrist, SSG Music and last but defintley not least Kayte Olsufka formerly on the Neumos/Barboza crew.
A major shout out to my fellow photographers I see in the pits, the finest Seattle and the music industry has to offer. Thank you for the sanity, laughter and inspiration - you all rule.
And now, onto the big show, with links to the photos and reviews as available.
Key! Bold Names = Band featured in the photo directly below the name ***s = Favorite Performances of the year ^ = Off Duty / Without my camera
12th - Hot Bodies In Motion (Neumos, Seattle) - photos
13th - On An On, Geographer (Barboza, Seattle) - photos
3rd - ^ Ben Gibbard, Shelby Earl (Bellingham, WA)
22nd - ^ Ravenna Woods (Tractor Tavern, Seattle)
23rd - The Comettes, BellaMaine, River Giant (Chop Suey, Seattle) - Photos
3rd - Lord Huron, PAPA (Neumos, Seattle) - Photos
4th - ^ My Goodness, The Comettes (Triple Door, Seattle)
6th - Alt-J (Neptune, Seattle) - Photos & Review on Seattle Weekly
24th - Purity Ring, Blue Hawaii (Neptune, Seattle) - Photos and Review on Seattle Weekly
29th - ^ Kris Orlowski, Allen Stone, John Rodderick (Tractor Tavern)
4th - The Lonely Forest, Now, Now, Bella Maine (The Crocodile, Seattle) - Photos & Review on SSG Music
16th - Daughter, Jeremy Messersmith (Neumos, Seattle) - Photos
24th - 27th - Sasquatch! Festival - Sea Wolf, Reignwolf, ***Japandroids, Father John Misty, Arctic Monkeys, Youth Lagoon, ***Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Rose Windows, Bear Mountain, Robert Delong, Atlas Genuis, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Cavemen, Andrew Bird, Akron/Family, Bloc Party, Divine Fitts, The XX, Sigur Ros, Tame Impala, Empire of the Sun, Youngblood Hawke, Danny Brown, DIIV, Wild Belle, ***The Tallest Man On Earth, Radical Face, Dropkick Murphys, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Baths, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Grimes, Mumford & Sons, Primus 3D, Chvrches, P.O.S., Horse Feathers, Cody Chesnutt, Odesza, Imagine Dragons, Menomena, Cake, Twin Shadow, The Lumineers, Alt-J (acoustic and regular set), ***The Postal Service - Photos on Seattle Weekly
17th - ***^ Lord Huron (The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapid, MI)
27th - ^ Grimes (The Paramount, Seattle)
15th - ^ Jimmy Eat World (Showbox Sodo, Seattle)
17th - ^*** Portugal. The Man (Showbox Market, Seattle)
18th - ***The Postal Service, Big Freedia (Key Arena, Seattle) - Photos & review
26th - Capitol Hill Block Party: Telekinesis!, Danny Brown, Dillon Francis, Girl Talk and STRFKR (Seattle, WA) - Photos on Another Rainy Saturday
28th - Capitol Hill Block Party: Odesza, Hey Marseilles, Cults, ***Frightened Rabbit, and The Flaming Lips (Seattle, WA) - Photos on Another Rainy Saturday
28th - Pinback Live at KEXP **photos**
29th - Gregory Alan Isakov, Sera Cahoone (Crocodile Cafe, Seattle) - Photos on Another Rainy Saturday
31st - Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival: Charles Bradley, Diamond Rings, Kendrick Lamar, ZZ Ward, Gus + Scout, ***!!! (chk chk chk), Gary Numan, Kris Orlowski with the Passenger String Quartet , Washed Out, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside - Photos for Seattle Weekly (See below as well)
1st & 2nd - Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival: Tegan and Sara, FIDLAR, fun., Mates of State, Bob Mould, Vintage Trouble, Ra Ra Riot, Beat Antique, ***Death Cab For Cutie plays Transatlanticism***, Alt-J ∆, The Sheepdogs, Baroness, Superchunk, Justin Townes Earle, Allen Stone, Deerhunter, The Joy Formidable - Photos for Seattle Weekly
11th - Bear Mountain Live at KEXP - Photos
19th - ^ ***The National, Frightened Rabbit (Neptune, Seattle)
2nd - ***Jordan Klassen (House Show, Seattle)
6th - ^ Father John Misty “Solo” Show (Moore Theater, Seattle)
11th - Lucius (Columbia City Theater, Seattle) - Photos on Inside Right Wrist
19th & 20th - ^ Treasure Island Festival: ***Atoms For Peace, Phantogram, Disclosure, Danny Brown, Robert Delong, ***Japandroids, Lord Huron, HAIM (San Francisco, CA)
23rd - HAIM (Neumos, Seattle)
7th - Matthew Caws, John Roderick and Jesse Sykes of Barsuk Records Live at KEXP - Photos
8th - Minus The Bear, Constant Lovers, Slow Bird (Showbox Market, Seattle) - Photos & Review on Inside Right Wrist
11th - Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr Live at KEXP - Photos
19th - PAPA Live at KEXP - Photos
22nd - NIN, Explosions In The Sky (Key Arena, Seattle) - Photos & Review on Seattle Weekly
8th - iheartradio KISS FM’s Jingle Ball Selena Gomez, Flo Rida, Paramore, Fall Out Boy, Icona Pop, Fifth Harmony, Travie McCoy, New Politics, Austin Mahone (Comcast Arena, Everett) - Photos on KISS FM Seattle
Here's to 2014: May we all continue to enjoy the melodies of life. If you're a publication, outlet or band and would like me to shoot for you please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org - let's party.