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

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.

Phantogram — An Encor.es Interview

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If you happened to attend LouFest 2012, chances are good you were drawn to Phantogram’s set on Saturday night — it was electric, and one of the best performances of the weekend. If, however, you missed that set, you’re in luck. Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter are playing at The Pageant on April 8th (buy tickets here) and if past experience is any indication, it’ll be a great show.

We caught up with Sarah to chat about Phantogram’s strong visual sense and their approach to creating memorable experiences. Also, kittens.


Hi Sarah, thanks so much for taking the time to answer a few questions for Encor.es!

It’s clear that you and Josh has a lot of visual influences — you’ve said movies and other visual arts are big touchstones for your music. Are there specific ways in which visual art helps you create new music?

Absolutely! It’s the main component to our song writing and production (other than sound). We work on a very deep level with connecting sounds to visuals.
It usually comes from a specific emotion, and we create a visual element from there. The best way to describe our process is day/night dreaming. We come up with little movies in our heads during the beginning stages of a song, and from there, we add both storyboard and sound at the same time. They work hand in hand.

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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

My Goodness — An Encor.es Interview

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Seattle’s blues/garage rock duo My Goodness (Joel Schneider on guitar and vocals, Andy Lum on drums) are the kind of rock band that really makes an impression through photos. Joel was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about their look, their fashion, and how to make the most of being a duo.

My Goodness will be at The Firebird on Tuesday, March 18, performing alongside Augustines. Find more information about the show here.

Update: We’ve just been told Joel is out of commission with a nasty case of strep throat, and My Goodness has to cancel the remainder of their tour dates. Hope your recovery is quick, Joel.


Joel, thanks so much for taking the time to talk with Encor.es!

As a rock duo, do you guys feel like you’ve had to work harder to entertain your audience when you’re onstage? The images I’ve seen of your performances (Jason Tang’s photos from the Triple Door, among others) make it seem very high-energy. Is that how you two naturally perform, or is it a conscious decision?

It’s definitely how we naturally perform. I think both of our backgrounds in heavier music probably contribute to it a bit. But mostly, we try to have as much fun as possible when we play. The energy really stems from that.

I’ve never felt like we have to work harder to entertain as a two piece. If anything, there is more room on the stage to move around with less people, it’s hard not to just naturally utilize that space.

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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.