2023 Recap

December 24, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Wilco in concertWilco in concert 2023, by any perspective I approach it from, was a remarkable year for me in terms of photography. First off, I went to a ton of shows... 76 shows shot in total, and five I didn't (Sigur Ros w/ the LSO in Amsterdam, Rammstein in Lisbon, the Eric Arn/Glenn Jones show where I forgot to bring any memory cards (doh!), the 2nd night of GBV 40, and Dylan), in six different countries. I also covered six festivals - Desertfest London and NYC, Boston Calling, Newport Folk Festival, In Between Days, and Sky Blue Sky. The grand total of bands I photographed this year? 368. And I did a handful of shoots w/ bands for publicity photos, as well as with some artists at festivals. I hope to expand more in that area for next year.
Boris offstage at Desertfest NYCBoris offstage at Desertfest NYC
I had the good luck of having my day job send me over to Amsterdam for over 60 days this year, and it was a great opportunity to really get to know a city much deeper than a regular tourist can. Safe to say that Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities and has a lot to offer. It was also really fun to re-connect with fellow photogs I'd met at Roadburn prior (Niels, Paul and Falk-Hagen), and to make some new friends like Kamil who graciously lent me a camera to use for a show in Germany  where I also finally got to see Colour Haze and Kungens Man for the first time! I got to see some great shows in Amsterdam too; thanks to Tomoko and Meg for the hookup for the Pantera gig! The best one had to be seeing both Roy Montgomery and The Dead C, after so many years from the last time and I was super happy to chat with the guys before and after the show. Colour Haze in concertColour Haze in concert

The Dead C. in concertThe Dead C. in concert

A big setback was having Dig Boston cease operations, and I want to thank Chris Faraone for entrusting me with so much leeway in covering the acts that interested me (and hopefully others!) the most. The flip side is that I'm now providing a lot more content for my old pal Jack Rabid and the venerable Big Takeover magazine and I appreciate the opportunity. I also have provided some show coverage for Culture Beat, Rob Duguay's PVD/BOS-centric blog on music so thanks Rob!
Quasi in concertQuasi in concert
It goes without saying that none of this would be possible without the publicists and the bands who've given me a lot of trust that allows me to capture all these incredible moments so thank you! Also hats off to Sarika and her team at Desert Scene for having me as part of the teams in London and NYC to cover the event. 2024 looks even better and I am honored to be part of these great teams.
Monster Magnet in concertMonster Magnet in concert
With so many shows it's extremely hard to come up with a top 10 for the year but I've definitely done dumber things so here goes; I am purposely avoiding for the most part bands I've seen a lot in the past; there is no doubt that bands like Wilco, Elder, Major Stars, Dinosaur Jr, Amenra, Converge, Guided By Voices, etc know how to put on a great show... These bands have never mailed it in and continue to be transcendent on stage. I didn't think that 2023 would be the year I saw Colour Haze not only once but twice! Truly magnificent, a band that operates in a fully organic mode, each of the four members a critical piece. This is a pretty long post so I'll also add Bill Callahan and Yo La Tengo sets a few weeks apart in Amsterdam's lovely Paradiso were both incredible shows. I caught Minibeast opening for Jon Spencer early but their show later in the year with Mike Watt's MSSV was a 1-2 hit to the back of my skull. Great to see the veterans doing new shit and not just coasting on stuff they wrote decades ago; rock is still vital!  
Minibeast in concertMinibeast in concert
At Desertfest London I got to see my buds Deathchant and Dommengang wring every last bit of energy out of their instruments and was also afforded the opportunity to finally see Weedpecker and Spaceslug. Polish stoner rock is on a high crest right now, do not sleep on these bands. I've seen QOTSA a few times but this summer's set (longer than their festival set at Boston Calling) was really special for me as I finally got to see them play "In The Fade," a song that means a ton to me and is even more emotionally charged in the wake of Mark Lanegan's untimely passing. Oh, and Yves Tumor? That is a proper rock star with there, attitude and presentation with songs and musicianship to back it. Wow! Weedpecker in concertWeedpecker in concert Genesis Owusu in concertGenesis Owusu in concert   Deathchant at Desertfest LondonDeathchant at Desertfest London Queens of the Stone Age in concertQueens of the Stone Age in concert
Yves Tumor in concertYves Tumor in concert
I guess that's at least 10 but I also want to mention local buds GOZU and Blood Lightning, who both put out amazing records this year, and I also finally got to see Sam Black Church; yeah I was a little late on that one. Last pile of accolades must include REZN, Slowdive, Codeine, Yob, Coven, the triumphant return of Reg along w/ Mark to bring The Chameleons' songs to life, a vital part of my listening evolution. Lastly, the Twins of Evil tour was so good I had to see it twice, Boris and Melvins were a dream tour pairing and both bands exceeded what I thought was possible.

Boris in concertBoris in concert Guided By Voices in concertGuided By Voices in concert

So, thanks for staying with me on this lengthy post and let's see some kickass stuff in 2024 together!

 

Browse HERE for way more photos from 2023:
 

PS - one thing I forgot I did last year was to catalog all of the reviews I wrote, so here goes for 2023:(in the spirit of completeness, I've added a couple stragglers from 2022 that didn't get published until early this year, 48 in all.):


Budos Band @ Brighton Music Hall


Modest Mouse @ Roadrunner

Modest Mouse in concertModest Mouse in concertAll Rights Reserved / © Tim Bugbee
Foals @ Roadrunner

Foals in concertFoals in concert

Cass McCombs @ The Sinclair

Cass McCombs in concertCass McCombs in concertAll Rights Reserved / © Tim Bugbee

Dry Cleaning @ The Toulouse Theatre

Dry Cleaning in concertDry Cleaning in concertAll Rights Reserved / © Tim Bugbee

Bush @ MGM Music Hall

Bush in concertBush in concertAll Rights Reserved / © Tim Bugbee Leather Lung @ Middle East

Leather Lung in concertLeather Lung in concert
The Beths at The Sinclair

Pile @ The Armory

Constant Smiles @ The Lily Pad

 

Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew play Remain in Light at House of Blues Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew in concertJerry Harrison and Adrian Belew in concert

Quasi @ The Sinclair

Quasi in concertQuasi in concert Bruce Springsteen @ TD Garden

Bruce Springsteen in concertBruce Springsteen in concert

Rubblebucket @ Big Night Live

Rubblebucket in concertRubblebucket in concert Sleaford Mods @ The Paradise

Sleaford Mods in concertSleaford Mods in concert

Placebo @ Roadrunner

Boston Calling - Day 1

The National in concertThe National in concert Boston Calling - Day 2

Noah Kahan in concertNoah Kahan in concert

Boston Calling - Day 3 and Festival Wrap Up

Genesis Owusu in concertGenesis Owusu in concert

Sisters of Mercy @ Big Night Live

The Backseat Lovers @ Roadrunner

Tinariwen @ The Sinclair

Young The Giant - Leader Bank Pavilion

Young The Giant in concertYoung The Giant in concert Pixies @ MGM Music Hall

Pixies in concertPixies in concert

Warpaint @ Salo Apolo

Warpaint in concertWarpaint in concert Kim Gordon @ The Paradiso

Kim Gordon in concertKim Gordon in concert

Panda Bear + Sonic Boom @ The Paradise

Panda Bear and Sonic Boom in concertPanda Bear and Sonic Boom in concert

The Clientele @ Crystal Ballroom

The Clientele in concertThe Clientele in concert Queens of the Stone Age @ Cross Insurance Arena

Queens of the Stone Age in concertQueens of the Stone Age in concert

Newport Folk Festival

Billy Strings in concertBilly Strings in concert

George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars in concertGeorge Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars in concert

In Between Days Festival 

Slothrust in concertSlothrust in concert

Billy Idol @ MGM Music Hall

Billy Idol in concertBilly Idol in concert

Mr. Bungle @ Roadrunner

Mr. Bungle in concertMr. Bungle in concert Pavement @ Brooklyn Steel

Pavement in concertPavement in concert The Breeders @ House of Blues

Breeders in concertBreeders in concert Slowdive @ House of Blues

Slowdive in concertSlowdive in concert

Tedeschi Trucks Band @ TD Garden

Tedeschi Trucks Band in concertTedeschi Trucks Band in concert

Explosions in the Sky @ Roadrunner

Explosions in the Sky in concertExplosions in the Sky in concert Yves Tumor @ Roadrunner

Yves Tumor in concertYves Tumor in concert Nick Cave and Colin Greenwood @ The Wang

Nick Cave in concertNick Cave in concert

The Chats + Cosmic Psychos @ House of Blues

The Chats in concertThe Chats in concert

Steve Hackett @ The Wilbur

Steve Hackett in concertSteve Hackett in concert

Mudhoney @ Brighton Music Hall

Mudhoney in concertMudhoney in concert

Tool @ TD Garden

Squirrel Flower @ Brighton Music Hall Squirrel Flower in concertSquirrel Flower in concert
 

Botch + Converge @ Roadrunner

Botch in concertBotch in concert

Liz Phair @ Roadrunner

Liz Phair in concertLiz Phair in concert

Wilco's Sky Blue Sky Festival

Tweedy in concertTweedy in concert


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