Neutral Milk Hotel

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It’s been a few months since I did a reportage at a concert so it felt great to get out and draw. Neutral Milk Hotel is a special band. I’ve been a fan since the 90s and,without getting into detail, they haven’t toured since. Last year they announced a world tour, which almost completely sold out instantly. Yes, they’re the most popular, best band you’ve... Read More

The Monochrome Set

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I was privileged to be asked to photograph The Monochrome Set on their recent tour of the US. Having not played in the States for over 30 years, I was truly intrigued by what I would see, and I was blown away by their performances. During the shoot I was able to put the camera down for a few moments to make a portrait of each of the band members. Anyway, if you’ve never heard... Read More

Dinosaur Jr Terminal 5

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I attended the 25th anniversary concert celebrating Dinosaur Jr‘s 1987 classic album You’re Living All Over Me. It was actually released today, December 14, 1987! For a fan it was an unbelievable experience to hear the album played in its entirety, as well as many other classics from their catalog. Even better were the many special guests that came out and performed.... Read More

Destroyed again and again

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I spent Monday and Tuesday nights at Destroyer shows. They were great. Those of you who follow my blog know that I have made a habit of creating reportage drawings at live music events and have covered Destroyer on more than one occasion. Here are some past shows, here and here. If you haven’t given him a listen, you’re missing out.   #gallery-2 { margin:... Read More

VAROOM!

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I was pleased to be asked to contribute my reportage drawings to VAROOM! magazine. The publisher Derek was looking to feature illustrators that reportage live music and he was a fan of the drawings I made of Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks last year. Here is a post about that show. VAROOM! is a great illustration based magazine so check out their website and support the cause!          Read More

Crooked Fingers again

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Those of you who follow my blog or are familiar with my work know that a few of my drawings made at a 2010 Crooked Fingers show were used for the cover and interior of their latest release “Breaks in the Armor”. Last month they were back in town and I had a chance to meet Eric and Liz and spend a few moments talking about what I do and about what they do. It was a great... Read More

Jeff Mangum-Town Hall NYC

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This was a special night. Jeff Mangum had not performed in over a decade until he started resurfacing, here and there, in the last few years. During his hiatus, his 2 albums (with Neutral Milk Hotel) On Avery Island, and  In the Aeroplane Over the Sea garnered the recognition they deserved as two of the most unique and important albums of the 1990s. The albums’ discovery... Read More