Endway at the Middle East 2/26

Ok, life has been ridiculous for the last couple of months, so that’s why I’m just now getting to this, but y’all gotta check out Endway.  They’re pretty much awesome, and fantastic live.  

They played at the Middle East in Cambridge on 2/26 with McAlister Drive - I just haven’t had time to do anyone’s photos lately, what with trying to get SXSW out the door. 

Also, in related news, my galleries are back up and running, so check out this slideshow and buy yourself some prints!


Endway Middle East 2/26 - Images by Elizabeth Stewart

SXSW - Saturday, March 19 - Continental Club

I don’t even know who these bands are at the moment, but I’m at the airport and wanted to share them with you.  I was at the Continental Club tonight, and, as I begged on Twitter the other day, I just wanted a dark, dingy rock club with some old guys and guitars.  

And that’s precisely what I got tonight!

SXSW - Friday, March 18 - The Palm Door

Dayyyyyyy 3!  

I guess the good thing about this gig is that it’s expanding my ability to shoot different kinds of music.  

The Palm Door last night was a lot of dance, hip-hop, rap, electronic, and several DJs.  The Fool’s Gold family sure puts on a fun show - even if the lighting was bad and I could barely push my way to the stage half the time.

Here we go:

Party Supply:

Telephoned:

The Suzan (ps, these girls from Japan were peppy and simply ADORBZ - and pretty darn good):

SXSW - Thursday, March 17 - Dot Com Stage & The Ale House

Ok, day two!  

Who’s ready for some more metal?

I got called in yesterday afternoon to cover a shift, and spent my afternoon at the Dot Com Stage in the Austin Convention Center.  Saw some pretty excellent music.  I guess that’s the benefit of shooting this festival - finding new bands and becoming a super fan. 

Anyway, here’s one of Neon Hitch.  This girl had a serious Gaga quality about her, but it had a twist.  I’m interested to see where she goes in the next few years.  I can definitely see them succeeding.

Then I hopped over to the Ale House for my evening shows.  I’m not a metal girl, but for the most part, at least it was good metal.  My main focus was supposed to be Daniel Lioneye.  Turns out, this is a metal band I could see myself getting behind:

And, as a special guest, Peter Murphy played an acoustic set.  That’s pretty rad.

Off tonight to work the Palm Door!

SXSW - Wednesday, March 16 - Havana Bar

So it begins!

Last night, I was assigned to the Havana Bar in downtown Austin to shoot what turned out to be two totally separate venues that I was responsible for covering.  Inside were smaller, quirkier bands, and outside in the backyard?  Death metal.  

Let’s just say I am going to search in earnest for earplugs for today to make sure I don’t go completely deaf during this trip.  

Here are a few picks from last night:

Ultrageist:

Chapter 24:

Veil of Maya:

Chips for the Poor:

I shot ten bands last night, so clearly, I’m missing a few in this post.  However, time’s running short this morning - I’m being called in to cover another photog’s shoot this afternoon.  I’ll be at the Dot Com stage in the Austin Convention Center this afternoon from 1-6 and at the Ale House from 8-2.

See you all latah!

CMJ Music Marathon 2010

Oh, NYC.  This was my first trip on my own (high school senior class trips don’t count, k?).  I’m a little bit in love with it, not gonna lie.

And CMJ?  Totally. Redonk.  

I was at the Living Room for most of the night, and it was pretty packed for most of the sets, so getting a good shooting spot was difficult.  Unfortunately, I missed photo ops for several of the bands.

But I got to the front in time to see Anni Rossi, my boys (and Emma) in McAlister Drive, and Shayna Zaid and the Catch.  All of them were beyond fabulous, and you should check them out.  

Anyway, on to photos:

Quick Update - CMJ Festival, NYC

Hey, kids!  Just a quick post from the highly aromatic MegaBus I’m on - I’m en route to NYC to spend about 18 hours in Manhattan and about 7 of those 18 hours shooting for the CMJ Festival.  Lucky opportunist girl knows how to make connections, and the booking agent for one of my bands managed to snag me a photo pass at the last second.  BOOYAH.  Look who’s rocking out now.

Anyway, if you’re in Manhattan, stop by the Living Room to see some awesome bands tonight!  It’s only an $8 cover if you don’t already have your CMJ pass - show starts at 7!

Annie McCue Band at Johnny D’s

It’s funny that when you’re a photographer for so long, you forget how to not see everything as if you’re looking through the lens.  

The other night, the Annie McCue Band played at Johnny D’s in Davis Square.  I was there, cause they were featuring Jess Leary, a singer-songwriter I had heard of when I was little.  Can you believe I was still alive when there were cassette tapes?  TAPES!

I brought my camera - just “in case” - and ended up shooting from my seat in a booth on the house left corner in the back.  The lighting is ok, not great, but better than some places I’ve been.  All in all, maybe not the ideal place for shooting, but I managed to get off a few decent ones.  Bonus is that Johnny D’s apparently doesn’t have a camera policy.

Anyway, here they are:

McAlister Drive at Hard Rock Boston

Apologies if I seem scattered lately - summer certainly has been interesting!

I was introduced to the style of McAlister Drive when they played with Living Syndication two years ago, when I was just a baby photog.  I did actually take photos of them that night - I just can’t find them.  (But the intricacies of digital storage and it’s pitfalls is a topic for another time.  Ahem.)

Anyway, after seeing McAlister Drive play at a few other events in the area, I started to dig their sound.  They’ve just put new EP out, and so they partied at the Hard Rock, like ya do.  

Since I’ve shot at the Hard Rock before, I know how to sweet talk the security guys into letting me run around as much as I can - but even that doesn’t help that the pit is pretty much at only the corners of the stage, and the ramp up to the raised platform that is stage left.  But at least the lighting is at least kind of interesting and workable.  I shot for MD a few weeks before at Tommy Doyle’s in Cambridge, and, well, it was pretty much disastrous.  

On to photos!  As a former musician with orthopedic issues that prevent me from playing well these days, I find musician’s hands fascinating - just in case you’re wondering why with the up close frames of hands, fingers, and instruments.  

Check out McAlister Drive’s new EP, “Missing Figures” on iTunes!