Year In Music: 2013

AmberZbitnoffPhotography_Music2013_3 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

29th - Father John Misty, Rose Windows (Neptune, Seattle) - photos & review on Seattle Weekly



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

8th - Little Green Cars Live at KEXP - Photos & Video

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



3rd - ***Junip Live at KEXP - Photos & Video

5th - Junip, On An On (Neumos, Seattle) - Photos


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



13th - ***Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Har Mar Superstar (Marymoor Park, Redmond) - Review on Seattle Weekly & Photos


21st - No Age Live at KEXP - Photos & Video


28th - Pinback Live at KEXP **photos**

29th - Gregory Alan Isakov, Sera Cahoone (Crocodile Cafe, Seattle) - Photos on Another Rainy Saturday


31st - Bumbershoot Music & Arts FestivalCharles 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)

8th - ***The Lonely Forest Live at KEXP - Photos & Video


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 - let's party.




Bumbershoot 2013 Round Up

Bands listed in order of appearance in photos All photos shot for the Seattle Weekly

- Day 1 -

Charles Bradley / Diamond Rings / Kendrick Lamar / ZZ Ward / Gus + Scout

The Enigma Machine Visual Arts, including a progression of Henrik Menné sculpture '56L'

!!! (chk chk chk) / Gary Numan / Kris Orlowski with the Passenger String Quartet / Washed Out / Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside

View on SW: Saturday

- Day 2 -

Tegan and Sara / FIDLAR / fun. / Mates of State / Flatstock

Bob Mould / Vintage Trouble / Ra Ra Riot / Beat Antique

Death Cab For Cutie performing 'Transatlanticism'

View on SW: Sunday

- Day 3 -

Alt-J ∆ / The Sheepdogs / Baroness / Superchunk

Justin Townes Earle / Allen Stone / Deerhunter / The Joy Formidable

View on SW: Monday


Summer signed out with a bang at Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival over Labor Day weekend. I was out again for the Seattle Weekly weaving below the Space Needle catching some of my favorite acts as well as falling in love with new ones.

My personal highlight was Death Cab For Cutie playing their album Transatlanticism track by track to help celebrate it's 10th Anniversary as well as Barsuk Records 15th. In 2002 I attended Bumbershoot and walked into Key Arena as Death Cab was playing 'Photobooth', which ended up being my introduction to the band. Eleven years later I was in the photo pit of the same arena at the same festival shooting them live for the first time as they performed an album that now holds a special place in my heart. Much to my delight they played 'Photobooth' in the second half of their set, a moment that reminded me the crazy road my trusty camera has taken me down and leaving me excited to see what's next to come.

Thanks again Bumbershoot, you were a blast!

Capitol Hill Block Party 2013 for Another Rainy Saturday

The Flaming Lips at Capitol Hill Block Party 2013 - Photo By: Amber ZbitnoffAnother confetti filled year of the Capitol Hill Block Party has come to pass, and I was stoked to photograph two days of the colorful festival on Pike Street for Another Rainy Saturday. Friday was filled with massive dance parties courtesy of Dillon Francis and Girl Talk, while Sunday was topped off with a heart pumping set from Scotland's Frightened Rabbit and an obscurely delightful experience with the Flaming Lips.

Here are a few of my picks from Telekinesis!, Danny Brown, Dillon Francis, STRFKR, Girl Talk, Hey Marseilles, Cults, Frightened Rabbit, and The Flaming Lips.

You can see the rest of my photos from Friday Day One here, and Sunday Day Three here. Thanks again for the real party CHBP crew, I'll see you crazy kids next year!