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The friend who invited me to join him for the [title of show] press shoot just sent me a note: My photo was selected to be used in this weeks Boston Globe.

Both the online page and the real paper.

Naturally I’m ecstatic.

Between The Buried And Me

Between The Buried And Me

A  few months ago, I was thumbing through the tour dates of bands I like, and I stumbled across the fact that Between The Buried And Me was going to be soon playing in Albany.  Now I learned about the band from my friend and amazing photographer Angry Alan [link].  Alan lives in Albany, so I contacted him to see if he was going.  Not only was he going, but he managed to score us free tickets and photo passes.  This was my first time having a photo pass to a concert, and it was pretty effing thrilling.  I pretty much lost it.

Between The Buried And Me is a heavy metal band based out of Raleigh, NC.  The members of this band are some of the most talented musicians I have encountered.  They provide sharp tactful harmonies at a speed that is dizzying to jet fighters.  But they aren’t simply hard or fast to be hard or fast, they have carefully thought out rhythms, every instrument and vocal working together to make a song that is more like an artistic piece.  The lyrics are impacting and powerful, and they slow it down occasionally, showing their diversity and skill as musicians is not limited to one styling.  Seeing them live was a rather unbelievable experience.

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Shaun Dever

Shaun Dever

I was brought to a concert Saturday evening, at Copperfield’s Pub by Fenway, to see Shaun Dever play. I had never heard of him, but I’m always in for a good live performance, which I was assured it would be. And I was not disappointed. Shaun played well, and had a very nice voice. Some great lyrics too. Worth checking out, kids. As I listened to the music, I pulled out my f/1.4 manual lens and had a grand old time. Starting with my standard foot shot above, here are the results.

And of course, be sure to check Shaun’s music out: http://www.myspace.com/shaundever

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State Radio

State Radio

This Saturday, my friends and I, through some digging in various areas, discovered that State Radio, one of my favorite bands, was playing an unadvertised concert at Duxbury High School’s Performing Arts Center. So we went, and not a regret was had. Though we discovered we were essentially crashing a high school fundraiser for an organization founded by the band, Calling All Crows [link], we had a fantastic time.

State Radio, for those new to the game, is an alternative/folk rock band from Massachusetts. They have a chill feel, while maintaining a hard drive. Their lyrics are often of a sociopolitical message [Actually, they played the DNC with Rage Against The Machine]. They have a genre bending style, switching easily from slow to fast song, and the entire time carrying the stage with a powerful presence, making it clear they feel every lyric and chord.

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BJ Snowden
BJ Snowden

BJ Snowden

I know that Middle East has a pretty open camera policy, and I want to get better at shooting shows, so I’ve decided to just go to shows and shoot.  Sure the lighting is terrible, but whatever, experience is experience.

Apparently I chose the wrong night to start this concept.  This is undoubtedly the most painful “music” experience I’ve had.  But I like this photo.

F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company - Fools

F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company - Fools

F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company’s production of Neil Simon’s Fools ran from January 30th to February 7th at the Factory Theatre in Boston.  Directed by Joey Demita, it was the last F.U.D.G.E. theatre production in the Factory Theatre.  It is also the last production for which I functioned as Master Carpenter.

Synopsis:

Leon Tolchinsky is ecstatic. He’s landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet. When he arrives he finds people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and people milking upside down to get more cream. The town has been cursed with Chronic Stupidity for 200 years and Leon’s job is to break the curse. No one tells him that if he stays over 24 hours and fails to break the curse, he too becomes Stupid. But, he has fallen in love with a girl so stupid that she has only recently learned how to sit down. Will he break the curse in time? Or will he be doomed to go from living a life of intellect to a life of stupidity?

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F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company - Training Wisteria

F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company - Training Wisteria

F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company’s production of Training Wisteria, a world-premier of the play by Molly Smith Metzler ran from October 23rd to the 25th.  It was directed by Joey Demita and ran at the Factory Theatre in Boston.

Synopsis:

The play is a funny, too-true look at American divorce: Mom hates Dad. Dad hates Mom. Dylan hates everything. In a world where “Dadfare checks,” and Gameboy-induced detachment are the norm, the family learns to thrive in its dysfunction. The story takes place on the day before Dylan’s high school graduation, where the problems of the previous year come to a head and the family splinters apart then manages to fashion itself into something different – a family that is more concerned with love and support from within than keeping up appearances from without.

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