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Tokyo Police Club at CMJ, Rough Trade, Brooklyn 10/14/15

i’ll be honest—i had no idea what cmj was two years ago when i moved to new york. i found out pretty quickly though when i was hurled into the giant music marathon madness with a shit ton of shows, industry talks and new bands packed into one week.

though i hadn’t planned on going this year or shooting (i’ve turned into a hermit, you guyz), when my friend amanda told me tokyo police club was playing a free show at rough trade, i kinda had to. i brought my camera along for fun and took some snaps from the crowd last night since i didn’t have to turn the photos in anywhere. :]
tokyo police club

c’mon, who didn’t love these guys during college? i must’ve listened “your english is good” a bagillion times while pretending to study for some mesoamerican archaeology exam (i majored in anthro. lol, right?). every time i’ve tried to catch their live show though, i failed. i missed them when they played at my college and i tried to catch them when they played the free culture collide block party a few years back in echo park (literally down the street from my apartment) but got there late. so when i heard they were playing a show in brooklyn, i resolved to break my idiotic streak.

though i had RSVP’d, the show was sold the fuck out and at capacity. there was a long line even after the show started but maybe half an hour before the end of the show, everyone got in.

i think a lot of people write tokyo police club off as a throwback band past their prime—but those people are misinformed and the the long ass line shows that the band is still relevant. there were plenty of other free shows going on during cmj that night yet people still stood in line hoping to get in even after their set was halfway over. these guys came out with their new album, forcefield, last year and it’s pretty damn good. i like a band that evolves with you through the years and i find myself listening to this new album on loop. the last two songs, “feel the effect” and “through the wire” are probably my favorites.

okay, the show was incredible. they played two encores because the crowd kept chanting “ONE MORE SONG! ONE MORE SONG!” they closed out the night with a cover of “since u been gone” by kelly clarkson. i was halfway startled that so many brooklyn hipsters were smiling and singing along but i guess everyone has guilty pleasures. speaking of guilty pleasures, the show was presented by pandora and taco bell so everyone got taco bell gift cards. mmm…nacho cheese gorditas, come to me.

anyway, stellar show and i’d edit more photos to include in this post but it’s 3:49am and i probably need to sleep maybe. instead, check out this lovely music video.

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Ryn Weaver at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 7/25/15

shot and wrote this one for consequence of sound. man, can she belt it out.

ryn weaver

i mean, c’mon.

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Raucous Fun with Born Ruffians

if ever there was a doubt about the joys music brings people, just attend a born ruffians show. fans packed my favorite LA venue, the troubadour, at maximum capacity on monday as they sang along. i couldn’t stop smiling as i moved through the crowd.

born ruffians @ troubadour, LA 5/6/13

i was really looking forward to hearing some classics since i’ve never seen them live before but their latest album, birthmarks, is pretty damn good.

born ruffians @ troubadour, LA 5/6/13

luke’s voice in particular sounded even better live– it just rang with such clarity and an unique, soothing twang. you could tell the band enjoyed themselves that night. there’s something inherently whimsical about their music that makes me daydream for days.

after the show, i stepped out on santa monica blvd and walked to my car under the light rain and twinkling streetlights. i live for these magical moments.

born ruffians @ troubadour, LA 5/6/13

check out more photos i shot of the show up on prefix. supporting bands include moon king and avid dancer.

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darwin deez @ the echo

FACT: it’s impossible to attend a darwin deez show without cracking a smile.

could be those mid-set dance routines and those quirky but sweet lyrics– they’re just what you need on a friday night after a looooonnng week.

usually i walk to the echo since it’s in my neighborhood but *le gasp* it was raining in los angeles that night. when i got there, it was clear that the show was definitely sold out. the entry line at the echo stretched out to the bridge.

darwin deez @ the echo, LA 3/8/13

thankfully, i was the first person in the guest list line so i got a proper spot near the stage. check out the full gallery up on prefix.

darwin deez @ the echo, LA 3/8/13

darwin deez @ the echo, LA 3/8/13

darwin deez @ the echo, LA 3/8/13

darwin deez @ the echo, LA 3/8/13

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