SXSW 2014 - Slaves at Latitude 30

March 23, 2014

Slaves, from Kent, were the headlining band at Latitude 30's British Music Showcase (the rest of the shots from that night can be seen in my previous blog post).

A garage-punk duo consisting of Isaac Holman (vocals, drums) and Laurie Vincent (guitar, vocals), Slaves were absolutely one of the most refreshing live acts I have ever seen at SXSW. Their music is fast, aggressive and noisy, but Holman and Vincent infuse it with a great sense of playfulness that makes them wildly entertaining to watch. I hope they come through Austin again soon.

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SXSW 2014 - British Music Showcase at Latitude 30

March 20, 2014

Every year during SXSW, Latitude 30 becomes somewhat of an ambassador for British music. Tonight the place was jam-packed, and I was pretty much confined to my little spot at the corner of the stage for the duration of the show. Most, if not all, of the bands were making their US debuts during SXSW, and the likes of Wolf Alice and Jungle arrived with a lot of buzz. I particularly enjoyed Glasgow band Prides. What can I say? I'm a sucker for synthpop and anthemic choruses, and Prides delivered in spades.

The full lineup:

  • Sweet Baboo
  • Wolf Alice
  • Prides
  • Bipolar Sunshine
  • Jungle
  • Slaves

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SXSW 2014 - Up Next featuring Fred Armisen at Esther's Follies

March 20, 2014

Rest assured, if someone with their own TV show is performing at SXSW, people will come in their droves to see them. Fred Armisen (of Saturday Night Live and Portlandia fame) was no exception. This event at Esther's Follies, headlined by Armisen, featured a bevy of comedy talent, many of whom also had connections to SNL. A huge line had formed outside hours before the show was even due to start, and I suspect there were a lot of disappointed people who got turned away.

I love, love, love going to comedy shows, especially at the more intimate venues like Esther's Follies. This was my first time shooting one, however. The challenges are pretty much the same as a lot of music photography (dim lighting, no flash allowed, microphones obscuring the performers' faces, etc.), but being able to walk around a venue where everyone remains seated made for a much more relaxing time. Esther's Follies is a particularly nice venue for photography because the room slopes downwards towards the stage. Standing at the back, you can get a pretty clear shot over everybody's heads.

I enjoyed the whole show immensely. Every act was outstanding, but the highlight of the night (and indeed the entire festival) for me, was BriTANick. BriTANick (rhymes with Titanic) are a duo comprised of Nick Kocher and Brian McElhaney, and they might just be my new favorite thing ever. There's no way I can even come close to conveying just how funny their act was with my horrible, useless words, but to summarize, Kocher and McElhaney play multiple roles in a skit set in an old-timey western saloon, frantically switching back and forth between characters. Things start out simply enough, but the skit gets continuously derailed as Kocher sabotages and manipulates proceedings in order to try and kiss McElhany. As I said, I can't do it justice, but what I found so impressive was just how tight their performances were. It was a complicated, fast-paced sketch, and they never once missed a beat. It was incredible to watch. I've looked everywhere online for a recording but to no avail. They do have a bunch of videos on YouTube, however, so I implore you to check them out. Here's one of my favorites (there is a bit of bad language, just in case you don't like that kind of thing)...

And here are some photos from the evening.

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SXSW 2014 - Panels

March 19, 2014

You may already have seen some of the images from the Kevin Bacon and Mindy Kaling SXSW panels I covered, but I acknowledge that pictures of people talking in convention centers can get a bit samey after a while, so I've decided to condense the rest of my panel shots into one easily-digestible post. If you have a gander at the photos below you will see, in no particular order...

  • Andy Cohen (Bravo's Executive Vice President of Development and Talent)
  • Grace Helbig (internet personality and comedian)
  • Tyler Oakley (YouTube Star)
  • Ze Frank (Executive Vice President of Video at Buzzfeed)
  • George Clinton (funk legend)
  • Laura Jane Grace (lead singer / guitarist of Against Me!)
  • Big Freedia (musician / reality TV star)
  • Sharon Needles (musician / drag artist)
  • John Norris (former MTV News anchor)
  • Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter, co-founder and CEO of Jelly)
  • Steven Johnson (author)
  • Mark Cuban (entrepreneur / manager of the Dallas Mavericks)
  • Aaron Levie (co-founder and CEO of Box)
  • Ben Wizner (director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Speech, Privacy & Technology Project / Edward Snowden’s legal adviser)
  • Christopher Soghoian (principal technologist of the American Civil Liberties Union)
  • Pete Cashmore (founder and CEO of Mashable)
  • Joanna Coles (Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan)
  • Oliver Fleurot (CEO of MSLGROUP / former CEO of The Financial Times)

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SXSW 2014 - Running The Show: TV's New Queen of Comedy

March 10, 2014

As a big fan of The Office, it was exciting for me to shoot Mindy Kaling as she talked about her latest show, The Mindy Project. Mindy was interviewed by Marie Claire Editor-in-Chief Anne Fulenwider, and was joined on stage by her co-stars Ike Barinholtz and Adam Pally. All three actors clearly have a great chemistry together, and it was fun to listen to them talk about their experiences and trade lighthearted jibes about having Mindy as a boss.