An exploration of the intersection of musical & visual style.
Concert photography, interviews, and much more.

Local Natives, Backstage at LouFest 2013
Shot for my good friends at JH Audio.

Local Natives, Backstage at LouFest 2013

Shot for my good friends at JH Audio.

Preview: Ghost BC at The Pageant, 4.20.14
It’s very, very fun to take photos of Papa Emeritus II. More to come.
Shot for The Riverfront Times.

Preview: Ghost BC at The Pageant, 4.20.14

It’s very, very fun to take photos of Papa Emeritus II. More to come.

Shot for The Riverfront Times.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at The Pageant, 3.2.2014

In a word? Astounding.

Go see Sharon Jones – and the Dap Kings – as soon as you can.

Phantogram at The Pageant, 4.8.2014

Strobe lights and haze made for a challenging (but rewarding) shoot at Phantogram’s stop at The Pageant last week. There were other elements that couldn’t be captured in-camera, like synchronized lighting patterns and Sarah’s fond remembrance of the duo’s first St. Louis stop at the Firebird (née Bluebird) club. Those are some bonafides, ladies and gentlemen.

Don’t miss our interview with Sarah Barthel here.

Preview: Phantogram at The Pageant, 4.8.2014
Lots of strobes at this one — more photos to come. Fun note – this one was edited in Lightroom for iPad.

Preview: Phantogram at The Pageant, 4.8.2014

Lots of strobes at this one — more photos to come. Fun note – this one was edited in Lightroom for iPad.

Of Montreal at The Ready Room, 4.2.2014
Christening the brand-new Ready Room with style and spandex to spare, Of Montreal (theviolenceofhandcrafteddolls on Tumblr) put on one heck of a show last night. More photos to come.
Shot for The Riverfront Times.

Of Montreal at The Ready Room, 4.2.2014

Christening the brand-new Ready Room with style and spandex to spare, Of Montreal (theviolenceofhandcrafteddolls on Tumblr) put on one heck of a show last night. More photos to come.

Shot for The Riverfront Times.

Preview: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at The Pageant, 3.2.2014
What a performer — even cancer won’t keep Sharon Jones down.
Shot for Eleven Magazine

Preview: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at The Pageant, 3.2.2014

What a performer — even cancer won’t keep Sharon Jones down.

Shot for Eleven Magazine

heRobust at Chaifetz Arena, 10.11.13

Gretchen Wilson at The Pageant, 10.15.13

Originally from Pocahontas, IL, Gretchen Wilson celebrated the 10th anniversary of the release of her record Redneck Woman with a no-holds-barred show at The Pageant. Seriously, the lighting was perfect for this show — which makes sense, since the show was recorded for a live record and DVD.

Shot for Eleven Magazine.

Shannon Fields of Leverage Models — An Encor.es Interview

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Photo by Dawn Light Blackman.

Megaphones make live performances better: just ask Shannon Fields (currently of Leverage Models, previously of Stars Like Fleas). He took some time to talk to Encor.es about why he doesn’t bring lights on tour, contemporary Danish painters, and COSO. Plus, why megaphones are awesome.

Speaking of live performances, Leverage Models is playing on March 18 at Vintage Vinyl (more details are available on Facebook). And hey, there’ll be free Schlafly beer for those 21 and up. You really don’t have an excuse to not go.


Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us. Let’s start fairly broad — how do you, as a band, try to enhance your live shows on with visual elements?

We pour everything we have out of ourselves onstage. It gets messy, but it seems to entertain the barbarian horde just fine as-is.

Sometimes Dave (our guitarist) will wear a kimono and gold chains. Dave is a complicated individual.

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