aren't you such a catch

what a prize... ("Over It" by Ok Go)

OK Go returned to the 9:30 Club for a homecoming show for lead singer, guitarist, Damian Kulash.  One of the more fun shows I've shot in a while, thanks to 2 rounds of confetti in the first 3 songs!

For those of you who don't know, I have a little photo essay project going on called Life of My Chucks.  I've started taking picture of punk rock shoes too.

Click here to see the full set.

I know you'll get me right

"Get Me Right" by Dashboard Confessional.

Sorry for the lack of posts, been busy getting back into the swing of life.  Anyways, back in early December I had the opportunity to photograph one of my favorite bands, Dashboard Confessional, during an intimate acoustic performance at the Ottobar in Baltimore, MD.  You can view the gallery here.

Aside from getting to meet the band, have my photo passed signed, score a guitar pick, and see them for the very first time live, there was one moment in the set where lead singer, Chris Carrabba, used me as his example during a story.  I nearly fainted... anyways, after searching YouTube, someone managed to record it. Check it out.

 

May angels lead you in

("Hear You Me" by Jimmy Eat World)

So... life has taken a drastic turn of events in the last month.  I'm sharing this photo for two reasons.

1. DC is experiencing the most snow in its history

2. This photo was taken on December 20, 2009 when I was snowed in DC and unable to get up to CT to see my mom.

It reads:

Hi mom, love you! Be home soon! -Amy

I would eventually make it back to CT in time for the holidays, but what I didn't know is that my mother's 13 year battle with breast cancer would come to end shortly thereafter.

I love her and miss her dearly. 

Meet Me On the Equinox

by Death Cab For Cutie

I'm trying to figure out who *sparkles* more: Tyson Ritter or Edward Cullen?

I had the pleasure of photographing The All-American Rejects last week and was rather taken back by all of the glitter dawned by lead singer and bassist, Tyson Ritter.

I also happened to catch the next installment of The Twilight Saga, New Moon.  Lead vampire, Edward Cullen, is notorious for sparkling like diamonds in the sunlight. Now I wonder who has more sparkle.

Don't make me choose!

Mess of Me

(by Switchfoot)

In celebration of their new single, "Mess of Me," Switchfoot has sent links to fans via Twitter to share world wide.  I received a message from the band this morning and will be hiding this CD with the mp3 and a folder of my Switchfoot photos in DC tomorrow.  Be on the look out for location via www.twitter.com/barricadebuzz!

All the small things

(by Blink 182)

Yesterday I was at FreeFest, which was one heck of an experience.  I had a great time at the festival and it was a wonderful opportunity to photograph so many high profile bands like Taking Back Sunday, The Bravery, Jet, Weezer, and Blink 182.  It was, however, a tough shoot.  

There were about 30 photographers in a very confined pit, making mobility impossible, so you had to hope you were in a lucky spot.  By the time Blink came on, our 2 song set (not the regular 3) was cut down to 1.5, which for my group (they ended up splitting us up), was a curtain drop, an intro, and part of "What's My Age Again."  Translation? 50 frames.  I think I walked away with maybe 5 decent shots.  I left the pit feeling rather defeated.  I take my time at any show seriously and I was disappointed, actually, beyond disappointed.   Anyways, here they are.

Outsider

(by The Daylights)

I guess everyone who won the All Access showed up. (sad face).  Oh well, I kind of figured that no one in their right mind would pass up an all expenses paid trip to Baltimore.  Anyways, I can't be too bummed over it, I'll still be at Free Fest this weekend and photographing Blink 182 for Alternative Press.  Tomorrow I'm headed to 6 Flags America to catch the MTV VMA tour with All Time Low and The White Tie Affair; 'should be a good time.

Oh, by the way you can check out some amazing photos of today's band, The Daylights, by the talented Steven Taylor.

Dare You to Move

(by Switchfoot)

I photographed Switchfoot last night.  They have got to be another one of my favorite bands to shoot.  The show up at Ram's Head in Baltimore, MD was pretty crazy.  Frontman, Jon Foreman, ascended to the second floor balcony and proceeded to sing from the steel structure.  Despite security freaking out, Jon decided to return to the stage by descending down the steel column.  Don't believe me?  Check the video.  Photos too!

Sometimes when you lose, you win

(by Karate High School)

I'm hoping this KHS song to be true.  At the end of every summer, the Baltimore-Washington area puts on the Virgin Mobile Fest.  This year, Virgin Mobile has decided to cater to those affect most by the harsh economic times and re-name the event, Free Fest.  Yup, 35,000+ tickets were made free to the public.  The event is featuring Blink 182, Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, The Bravery, Franz Ferdinand, and many more artists. 

There have been many events happening leading up to the big weekend... which happens to be this coming weekend.  One of those included the Kyocera All-Access contest, which would provide 14 lucky winners the opportunity to document the festival, everything from the show set up, band interviews, to the performances themselves.  I applied earlier in the summer with the hopes of being one of the lucky 14.  Last week I survived the first round of applicants and received a phone interview.  I totally blew the phone interview (yes... I realize my phone skills need work.  They're getting better, I promise).  Anyways, I was pretty disheartened when I didn't receive a follow up phone call later in the week.

Tonight, however, I have been informed that I am on the waiting list; a pretty incredible feat since I botched the phone interview, and there were over 2,000 applicants.  So I guess this makes me #15?  I'm hoping it's a lucky number because this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Keep your fingers crossed!

My Sacrifice

Like A Storm at the Nissan Post Pavilion in Bristow, VA(by Creed)

I had a bunch of people make some remarks to me about going to Creed last night.  Honestly, I could care less what they think about Creed, it was a pretty cool show.  I really enjoyed photographing them and Like A Storm-- though I only was allowed one song for LAS (Thanks LiveNation...)  Such high profile acts are great to shoot because their stage set up is of a higher quality, meaning more lights; and well, more lights means better shots. One of the cooler things I got to experience last night was photographing pyrotechnics.  Usually such things happen outside the first three songs, but not this time.  It was insane!  Photos to come!

Strung out and feeling brave

("Somewhere Out There" by Our Lady Peace)

Our Lady Peace and Meese were great last night at the 9:30 Club.  It was a little difficult shooting without a proper barricade for a photo pit, but I think I managed some decent shots.  I don't have shots to post at the moment because I just moved to a new apartment and can't find my USB cable for my camera... locating it will be tonight's project, I promise.  Anyways one thing I have been doing a lot this summer has been reading.  One book I really recommend is "Killing Yourself to Live" by one of my favorite writers, Chuck Klosterman.  If you enjoy witty and sarcastic humor, paired with music opinion and history that's 85% true, you'll enjoy this.