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.




2012: The Year of Music

December is the month to gaze back over the year and compile "Best Of" lists. As a self proclaimed music junkie I've kept track of every show I've attended for the past six years, but this year took an interesting turn as I started photographing shows for press reviews, music festivals and live performances at a local radio station. It has been incredible combining two of my passions and so in leui of a photo list or Favorite Albums (See the bottom) I've decided to share what I've been up too when I wasn't photographing love birds at weddings. A big thanks to Lindsey Bluher, my music blogger in crime and now PR Director of SSG Music, who saw me at Pretty Broken Things and said "hey, can I use you your photos?" If you click on the reviews following the band names 80% of the words are written weilded by her keyboard while you'll find photos I took from the shows.

Thank you to CultureMob, Neumos/Barboza, SSG Music, KEXP, Capitol Hill Block Party and City Arts Fest for getting me out and posting my work. It's been a healthy mix of work and pleasure (okay, mostly pleasure) I'm looking forward to getting out again in 2013! I'm also officially launching Band Press Kit packages so keep your eyes peeled and email if you'd like to make some magic together!


Key! Bold Names = Band featured in the photo directly below the name ***s = Favorite Performances of the year ^ = Off Duty / Sans Camera

JANUARY ***17th - ^ City and Colour at Neptune Theater

FEBRUARY 17th - ^ Damien Jurado, Bryan John Appleby at The Neptune Theater

MARCH 26th - ^ Of Monsters and Men at Showbox Sodo

APRIL ***9th - ^ Radiohead at Key Arena 12th - Pretty Broken Things at Columbia City Theater - CultureMob Review

24th - ^ The Naked & Famous, Vacationer at Showbox Sodo

MAY 4th - Delta Spirit at Neumos - CultureMob Review

***7th - Father John Misty, Har Mar Superstar at Neumos - SSG Music Review & Blog

8th - The Black Keys at Key Arena 13th - Death Cab For Cutie with The Magik*Magik Orchestra, Youth Lagoon at The Paramount Theater

JULY 20th - 22nd Capitol Hill Block Party Day 1: Father John Misty, Gold Leaves, Youth Lagoon, Thee Oh Sees, Allen Stone, Constant Lovers, Fitz and the Tantrums, Fresh Espresso - Blog & Allen Stone Review on CultureMob

Day 2: Nude Pop, Beat Connection, Hot Bodies In Motion, Twin Shadow, ***ReignWolf, Grimes, Aesop Rock, Major Lazer - Blog & Reignwolf Review on CultureMob

Day 3: The Lumineers, Blouse, ***Phantogram, Neko Case, Porcelain Raft - Blog & The Lumineers Review on CultureMob

25th - ^ Fiona Apple at The Paramount Theater 27th - Neon Trees, BattleMe, Penguin Prison at Showbox Market - CultureMob Review & Blog

AUGUST ***8th - Sigur Rós, Julia Holter at The Paramount - SSG Music Review & Blog

12th - Twin Shadow, Poolside at Barboza - Barboza Photo Set 15th - Cold Specks at KEXP - KEXP Blog

20th - Three Mile Pilot at The Tractor Tavern ***27th - Minus The Bear, Helms Alee at The Comet - CultureMob Review & Blog


SEPTEMBER 3rd - Bumbershoot Musical Festival for KEXP: Seapony, Reignwolf, Noah Gundersen, Ty Segall, M83, Bryan John Appleby, LIGHTS, Passion Pit, Skrillex at Seattle Center - Blog

***5th - Purity Ring at Neumos - Neumos Photo Set and Blog

6th - Silversun Pickups, School of Seven Bells, Atlas Genius at Moore Theater - SSG Music Review 21st - Father John Misty at Neumos - Neumos Review & Blog

22nd - ^ Cold War Kids, Portugal The Man at Redhook Brewery 24th - Zambri at KEXP 25th - Sera Cahone at KEXP 26th - Alt-J ∆, GroupLove at The Moore Theater - CultureMob Review

OCTOBER 3rd - Beach House at Showbox Market - CHBP Photo Set 6th - ^ The xx at The Paramount ***9th - Ben Gibbard at the Smith Tower 16th - Grimes at Neumos - Neumos Photo Set 17th - 20th City Arts Fest in Seattle: ***Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, Pollens, ***Ghostland Observatory (Laser Dome and Showbox Sodo), Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, Lemolo, Land of Pines, DeVotchKa, Motopony, ***My Goodness, St. Lucia - City Arts Fest Facebook Page

21st - Lord Huron at Barboza- Barboza Review ***22nd - Lord Huron at KEXP - KEXP Blog ***22nd - ^ Ben Gibbard at KEXP

27th - Daughter at Barboza - Barboza Review

NOVEMBER 21st - SSG Black Party with The Tempers, blackdiva as La Tigre, Two White Opals at The Crocodile - SSG Music Photo Set 30th - Deep Sea Diver, Wild Belle, Pretty Broken Things at Neumos - Neumos Review

DECEMBER ***8th - ^ Sufjan Steven's Christmas Sing-A-Long Tour "Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant On Ice" 13th - Lavender Diamond at KEXP 17th - Alt-J ∆, Wildcat! Wildcat! at the Crocodile - CultureMob Review 21st - The Comettes at KEXP

21st - ^ Noah Gundersen Family Christmas at Fremont Abbey

22nd - The Comettes at Barboza - SSG Music Review 22nd - Black Hills, Black Whales at The Comet 31st - ^ Pickwick at Showbox Market



If you are curious what my are my Top 10 Albums of 2012, you can check out my list on the KEXP blog:

Sigur Rós at The Paramount Theater

Sigur Rós does not just perform live music, they create vibrant worlds. The dedicated fans that scored tickets to the sold out show at The Paramount Theater in Seattle last night floated in the sky, sunk under the waves, and wandered through forests during the two hour phenomenal set. I had the luck of receiving a photo pass to the show and posting my photos and review on SSG Music. As it was a last minute acceptance in, I ended up being the writer for the piece too. You can read my full review on the SSG Music website by clicking here.

Music inspires and drives us all and in the past few months I've been blessed to take in a lot of it, camera in tow. This was my first live Sigur Rós show and taking my trusty gear along was a gift that I will be forever thankful for. If you ever get the chance to see them live, do it. No questions asked. For now I highly suggest that you press play on the song below, relax and dream your way through this set.

"Sæglópur" by Sigur Rós.


If you'd like to read about this show, check out the review here.