Remember that time I said I would keep up with posts and be quicker about? Yeah me too, but April was a wild month, that had me at over 20 shows and the music was amazing all around. May has been equally crazy, which is why this is late. I already covered the Wolf Alice, Rough Francis, and Bully concerts in posts, which you should totally check out! Here I'm going to briefly discuss some of the other shows and show you what my eyes saw this past month.
First up was a wild night in Saratoga with Super Dark Monday where Evil Sword tore the venue to the ground. They put on one of the best performances of the month and should be seen be everyone immediately. They are the perfect mix of punk, noise, avant-garde, and theatrics. After that I took a 180 and had the opportunity to photograph James Bay's entire concert in Brooklyn for him and Republic Records. His team was amazing to work with and he's a great guy that is only going to continue to rise in this industry. I'm hoping to work with him again down the line.
The month also had Jouska play a hometown show after going on their longest tour to date all over the states, Caroline Rose play one of the most energetic shows in Nanola's history, and Candy Ambulance and Gay Twin helping close of Gug's for the season. There was also a stretch where I saw 12 shows in 15 days. It's a marathon and not a sprint and I survived. The highlights of the stretch were Franz Ferdinand still being one of the best rock acts out there, Nels Cline 4 absolutely shredding their instruments for a capacity crowd, Chris Robinson coming back to The Black Crowes catalog, and The Darkness and Diarrhea Planet sharing one of the best bills of the year so far.
The month ended with my friends Hartley's Encore releasing their album, Terror Pigeon and Machine Girl bringing one of the most high energy shows in a small venue I can remember, and Mary Gauthier helping SongwritingWith:Soldiers with a benefit show. I couldn't stay for the third band, Pony in the Pancake, but I did get to catch Geoff Gordon and NXNES at River Street Pub. Geoff Gordon continues to get better every time out. As for NXNES, I was absolutely floored by him and his band. Dude is talented and is going places. The double Sunday bill of an invite only Middle Kids show at Albany Distilling Company and Company of Thieves bringing their A-game to Jupiter Hall were my last of the month. Middle Kids sounded amazing and I cannot wait to hear their album. It was my first time seeing Company of Thieves and it definitely won't be my last.
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the show of the month, and possibly the year, of Bill Murray, Jan Vogler, and Friends at Proctors. The photos from that show are in the top gallery of this post. Not only for the fact that I was given a rose by the man himself near the end of the show, but this was just an amazing evening. The music of course was great with three classically trained musicians lazer-focused on the songs. Bill Murray couldn't help but infuse some comedy in to the the evening, but he also had plenty of moments where his seriousness took the audience by surprise and made the evening magical.