1. Kelis at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. She was amazing. More photos here.

  2. Danny Brown at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.

  3. The National at Merriweather Post Pavilion. More photos here.

  4. I made a GIF! And of course it’s of Pelle and The Hives!

  5. ZZ Top. Legends.

  6. The Soft Pack @ the Black Cat.  Their new album “Strapped” is a departure from their previous work (saxophones!) but I really dig it.


  7. Everybody’s On The Run

    A few thoughts after seeing Noel Gallagher in Boston on Saturday night, done bullet style due to my incredibly busy day today:

    • Great show, but even better crowd. A friend suggested grabbing a beer at a bar called The Tam, which was one block down from the venue. This turned out to be an amazing decision. I got there at 6 p.m. to see some other friends and by 7 p.m. it was full of Oasis fans putting songs on the jukebox and singing along. It was SO MUCH FUN. They kept it up at the actual gig. It felt like a soccer match. Lots of rowdy people having a good time. Only one person in my immediate area sat down the entire night. Best!
    • The Wang Theater was magnificent. So ornate. Great acoustics. It was marvelous.
    • Noel sounded brilliant, although I wish he would be a little more lively on stage. His voice sounded great and his band was also excellent. I was very impressed with his drummer, who was way up high in the mix. Better than any Oasis drummer not named Steve White or Zak Starkey.
    • The set was the usual one and it worked fairly well. The new songs sounded great and it was a real treat to hear “Half The Word Away” and especially “Talk Tonight.” The only real mis-step in the set was “Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks” and “AKA..Broken Arrow” late in the set. Those are the two weakest songs on the HFB album and Noel shouldn’t play both of them. The energy in the hall lagged noticeably then, it was bathroom break time. Noel should drop Broken Arrow and play something like “Cast No Shadow” or “Stay Young.”
    • Oasis material seemed to either be mega-hits like “Wonderwall,” “Supersonic” and “Don’t Look Back In Anger” or choice b-sides like the aforementioned “Half The World Away,” “Talk Tonight” and “It’s Good To Be Free.” We also got the new b-side “The Good Rebel” which the Boston Globe described as an “organ-fueled ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ played to the beat of ‘Ticket to Ride.’” Truth!
    • I appreciate Noel playing something off of Heathen Chemistry but I’ve never been a big fan of “Little By Little,” which opened the encore. I would have loved to see Noel go a bit more rock at the end and play “Waiting for the Rapture” and “Lord Don’t Slow Me Down.” But that’s just me.
    • Lastly, after going to this gig I realized how truly burnt out I am with going to concerts. It’s probably been a good 6 to 8 months since I’ve left my camera at home, went to the bar to pre-game and then gone on to the gig to sing my brains out. It felt SO GOOD. I wanted to go around and hug everyone in the venue. I miss liking concerts. I only work at concerts these days. And that’s not me complaining, I love taking photos at the gig, it just seems like it’s taken a lot of the joy I otherwise get from concerts away from me. So this 24-hour road trip that I took strictly for pleasure really recharged my batteries, which was something I sorely needed. Thanks Boston, for showing me a great time.
    • Saturday was the 19th time I have seen Liam and/or Noel perform. 
    • In the end, this was my big takeaway for the weekend:
  8. Jim James of My Morning Jacket performing at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

    Quite possibly the best photo I’ve taken all year.

  9. My Morning Jacket @ Merriweather Post Pavilion on Flickr.

    A show of the year candidate for sure. 3 hours, 24 songs!

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  10. Beady Eye on Flickr.

    I really love this one. More to come!

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