It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Despite a weather forecast that called for nothing but sun all weekend as recently as Sunday morning, we found ourselves among the spitting rain as the final day of Movement began. While it ebbed and flowed throughout the day, the rain was more or less non-stop through it all. While some festival goers were a bit apprehensive at first, hiding under awnings and overcrowding the covered Underground stage, by mid-afternoon, most people decided to just let it ride.
The final day was a good one, with sets from Kidnap Kid, Dabrye, Nicolas Jaar, Azari & III and my homeboy Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs all taking the stage. While there is a certain vibe about the festival that gets lost in the rain, it didn’t stop us from making the final day a great one. In fact, it may have ended up being my favorite day of the weekend in some weird, twisted way thanks to the blend of artists that played. Check out some pics from the final day below. Just another 362 days until we get to do it all again!
Day 2 of a 3 day music festival is like the Jan Brady of the weekend. You don’t quite have the excitement of the first day or the last day, but it still ends up being pretty great in the end. My day 2 got off to a bit of a late start due to a car that was going to explode without an oil change, and a trip to the camera shop to take care of my day 1 camera mishaps, but I did make it there just in time to catch Adult. which was my main goal anyway.
Highlights of day 2 include the aforementioned Adult. (pretty nuts seeing them on that huge stage after last seeing them at the MOCAD), Audion, Stacey Pullen TWICE (both in the Boilerroom and during his main set), and of course Squarepusher’s futuristic audio/visual experience. This photo set is pretty heavy on the Squarepusher shots because I just couldn’t decide. Would be dope to see a proper Squarepusher show if he ever comes around.
Day 3 is going to have to end a little early for me due to some prior obligations, but we’re going to get there early to capture as much as we can, and will be dancing our tushes off during my bb Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs’ set on the main stage. Been waiting all weekend for that one. Enjoy some shots (and a video!) below in the meantime.
It’s the happiest time of the year once again. The Detroit Movement Electronic Music Festival (better known colloquially as DEMF) is upon us once again to officially kick off summer. And just as we have the past few years, we’re bringing you all (er….some) of the action in picture form. Thanks to our clumsy photographer (read:me) and an unzipped camera bag, we almost lost our gear to a several foot fall. Luckily we made it out with just a cracked lens filter and a minor heart attack, and our trip to the camera shop for a new filter left us with a brand new body, so we might even get to bring you some video of the sights and sounds if we figure this thing out in time.
A few things changed this year, with the Red Bull stage moving front and center as the main stage, the Beatport stage moving to Red Bull’s former home by the pyramid, and the Electric Forest stage in the spot of the former Beatport stage. New to the fest this year, the Electric Forest stage seems to be the de facto replacement for some of the acts at the former Red Bull stage. In other words, if you’re looking for your huge drops and the craziest people at the fest, that’s the place to be. The other interesting thing to note is that people love getting their picture taken, and will ask anyone with a camera to take it, and we’re totally OK with it.
Some of our day 1 highlights were Shigeto, Onra, Moby, Nina Kraviz and Terrence Parker. Can’t wait to see what day 2 holds in store.
Here it is, folks. Our first photos of 2013. In fact, our first photos since mid-October. We’ll blame it on the holidays and the general lack of energy that overtakes life once the weather takes a turn for the worse, in addition to that November/December show slump. We couldn’t be happier to kick off the year with the ever lovely Ellie Goulding, who we’ve been lucky to photograph once before.
I was bummed to miss openers St. Lucia after recommendations from some well-trusted musical resources, especially after I caught their last song and really liked what I heard, but I guess that’s what the internet is for. Ms. Goulding took to the stage in all black with a hooded T, some chunky Dr. Martens, and some shorts that gave just the slightest glimpse of her bum, while sipping on some [iced] tea (how ever so British of her). While much of the crowd could have put me in jail under the wrong circumstances, I was happy to see a bevy of coworkers (past and present) a bit closer to my age also enjoying Goulding’s brand of pop that begs you to move your feet and sing along if you know the words (and boy, did they know the words). She slowed it down a bit in the middle to throw in some of her softer tunes but the energy from Ellie and the long sold out crowd was so thick that you could quite literally barely wade through it, as her light show extended onto the walls and ceiling of the venue. She seems to have hit her full stride this side of the pond and we hope it continues, because we like huge pop stars that seem to be friendly, decent people that are not completely caught up in their own fame as well.
Check out the pics below, as well as this classic Goulding remix by Monsieur Adi, one that Goulding herself said made her cry the first time she heard it. You can check out a few more pics on our Flickr page.
If there’s one thing I love to do on a Tuesday night, it’s to see Crystal Castles perform just a few miles from my house. When HEALTH is the opener, things get even more interesting. Having a torrid remix history with each other, the two bands took to the stage at the Royal Oak Music Theatre last night for an affair to be remembered. After a photo pass dispute (where I spent 2 of the first 3 HEALTH songs convincing the security guy that it was possible for there to be 2 opening bands at a show), I took a few pictures of HEALTH in the 10 seconds I had left and enjoyed the rest of their distinct noise rock set, including a cover of Pictureplane’s “Goth Star”, from the comforts of the crowd. The saddest part was that I didn’t get to see more of that drummer who so entertained me when I caught them opening for Yeasayer many moons ago. Crystal Castles then took the stage and the venue was turned into an extremely enjoyable near epileptic light and sound experience from outer space. Between the heavy beats and digital blips from Ethan Kath and the energy of Alice Glass (who must have spent just as much time above the crowd as she did on the stage), there was really a little something for everyone. I like these bands a lot, so it’s always fantastic to catch them live so they can remind you that you need to listen to them a lot more than you do. Check out some pictures of some of the madness below.
What’s up bros? Last night, the wonderful tour bus commune lovefest that is Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros rolled into my neighboring city of Royal Oak for their first trip to the area since that killer show at The Crofoot a few years back. I definitely didn’t give their latest album as many listens as their debut which was one of my faves that year, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t stoked to see them live again so close to home, though at a much bigger venue than last time.
It definitely didn’t hurt that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah would be opening up the show. Surprisingly, I think they were the loudest act I’ve heard in that room. Despite that, it reminded me that I really liked this group and had totally forgotten about them. I even bought their debut on vinyl and took a cheesy picture with them like one of those annoying people who does that. And I listened to it tonight. And it was good.
And Alex Ebert and crew kinda brought the house down with their set that nearly reached 2.5 hours with very little breaks in between. Perhaps it’s the catchiest of folk melodies that all sound like you’ve known them for years, or the 12 person ensemble on stage who must have played 2 or 3 different instruments, or the enthusiastic crowd (those youngsters are good for something at shows, I guess) that was actually even dancing a little, but if you don’t walk out of the doors feeling at least a tiny bit better about the world (if only temporarily), you are probably some sort of emotionless sociopath. They played a great combination of all of the greatest tunes from both albums along with a new song or two and a few misc jams, all seeming to break out into a quick tempoed singalong with each chorus. The loyals who stayed until the bitter end were treated to the customary Alex Ebert sitting in the crowd final song. But man, the kids these days are just so much more obnoxious about it, more concerned with instagramming themselves making a rock and roll face next to him than listening to the song. But anyway, yeah, see them if they come to a town near you.
As promised last time, I tried to make a few animated gifs out of photos from the show because I think it’s lame and funny, so check those out below, along with a lot of pictures in dreadful to photograph red lighting with lots of grainy noise.
Last night, I saw Radiohead for the fourth time. However, considering the first three were at Lollapalooza, Coachella, and from the lawn at Blossom Music Center in Ohio, I’ve never actually seen any members of Radiohead, up close at least. But that all changed last night in what was perhaps the highlight of my life as an amateur photographer as I got to take pictures right up close of one of my favorite bands in the history of bands.
It had been 15 years since the band had been to town for whatever reason, but better late than never I say, and it was definitely better with over 20 songs played over the course of 2+ hours and 2 encores. It’s always the most exciting to see a band in my hometown, especially the ones that come to town just after I’ve convinced myself that they never will. The show was phenomenal as expected, giving a pretty even mix of everything OK Computer and beyond (though skewed a bit towards the newer material of course) and Mr. Yorke did acknowledge that it had been a hell of a long time since they’d come to town. Because sometimes it’s nice just to hear it from the band itself.
Anyway, check out a bunch of shots below from what will likely go down as my happiest/proudest moment as a freestyle music blogger. It was funny chatting before the show with the professional photographers who shoot everyone and their brother trying to act like it was no big deal for me, all the while jumping up and down inside uncontrollably. If there was any downside to the night, it was the fact that I showed up just too late to shoot Caribou, and then heard from several people how insane their set was to start the night off. But it was all worth it in the end. Here’s a few rad Radiohead remixes to stew on as well. I hope it’s not another 15 years before the band comes back to town.
In what could have been the best early summer Thursday night in memory (complete with a day off on Friday), Battles made their long awaited return to Detroit at one of my favorite venues in town, Saint Andrew’s Hall. The band said they hadn’t been to town since 2005 (which is still up for debate) but regardless, it had been a while. I just saw Battles live for the first time last fall at ATP and was very pleased with their unique breed of art rock and their energetic live show, centered (quite literally) around the crazy drumming of John Stanier and his way up high cymbal. And when I found out that my friend’s band Child Bite was opening, it capped things off quite nicely. Check out some pictures from the night below – none of which do justice to the energy of either band (and especially Child Bite, who was just too quick for my terrible camera). But hey, my theory is, the worse the pictures, the better the show. When you cap off a few awesome sets with a shawarma sandwich from Bucharest Grill and a cold and delicious Ghettoblaster on a hot summer night, you have yourself a pretty killer evening in Detroit.