Say Lou Lou + Okay Kaya at Mercury Lounge (May 2015)



Stuck inside due to the snow, I figured why not post another gallery of never-before-seen pics! I caught Say Lou Lou last year at the Mercury Lounge as they were touring to support their album Lucid Dreaming. That album ranks as one of my favorite pop records of 2015 — alongside Marina and the Diamonds’ Froot (Carly Rae’s didn’t really do it for me and I can’t think of any other records offhand). My photos from the show, plus some of opener Okay Kaya and a great video made by I was Easy Meat from that night, are after the jump.


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2015 Music Recap w/ Favorite Photos


In 2015, John Brandon of San Fermin, Ty Taylor of Vintage Trouble, Colm Querney, Kellindo Parker (who plays with Janelle MonĂ¡e) and Al Kooper (who plays with Bob Dylan) were among some of the musicians I photographed who sent me personal messages to let me know they appreciate my work. It’s a great feeling to have the artists themselves find your work. And though I didn’t hear from her, even Mariah Carey probably saw my work on the Village Voice.

One up and coming band, Secret Weapons, found my photos and reached out, inviting me to come check out their show. After seeing them a few times and getting to know Danny and Gerry, it was great to hear they signed to a label before the year was out. Congrats fellas.

In the same period, I’ve gotten my work published (even if it was just once) in more places, including in and on Noisey, Pancakes & Whiskey, Fangoria, ReverbNation, Rockin’ On, Open Ears, the Sundance Institute and who knows where else.

It helps that I’ve been seeing a lot of music. Although I don’t have an auditor, I try to keep track of what I’ve seen in a year. Returning to the Newport Folk Festival and seeing a ton of great music in Fort Adams State Park was one of the highlights. I look forward to going again in 2016.


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