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Why is it that the one time I decide to go out of town there are 4,000 shows worth seeing? Sigh. But it's not like my weekend will suck or anything. I am heading up to Philly tonight for the Roots Picnic tomorrow (I know, me traveling for a music festival? Shocking!). Public Enemy is doing It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back in its entirety with a live horn section!!!! I predict concert nirvana. And then after we hustle back in town on Sunday I am shooting the Rammy's later that night. Stay tuned for pics next week.

If I was staying in town, I would have a very hard time choosing between all of these shows:

PJ Harvey & John Parish @ Warner Theater
X @ 9:30 Club
Dean & Britta @ Black Cat
Viva Voce & Cut Off Your Hands @ Iota
A Place to Bury Strangers @ RnR Hotel

Doves @ 9:30 Club
Denali @ Black Cat

Hold Steady @ 9:30 Club

Tuesday, June 9th

Baltimore - Ramshead

Tickets on sale tomorrow (Thursday, June 4) at 4pm EST**

Wednesday, June 10

Ashville - Orange Peel

Tickets on sale tomorrow (Thursday, June 4) at 4pm EST**

**2 ticket limit per person and all tickets will be picked up at will call the night of the show. No tickets will be distributed in advance. Government issued ID required to retrieve your tickets. You are required to enter immediately after receiving your tickets. Tickets are non-transferable.

I would be all over that Baltimore show but I am shooting Jane's Addiction and Nine Inch Nails that night. Oh well.


PJ Harvey and John Parish are touring together behind their new album A Woman A Man Walked By and they are playing the Warner Theater here in D.C. on Friday. I have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for this show. To enter, just send me an email and let me know what the PJ in PJ Harvey stands for. I will accept entries until noon on Thursday and will try and let the winners know Thursday afternoon or first thing Friday morning.

I am heading out of town this weekend and am crushed that I'm missing this show. The Warner is one of the nicest places in town to see a gig and PJ Harvey is always a must-see.

Good luck!

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You might think I haven't been updating the leafblower because I am lazy.
Far from it.
Here are a few of the things I've done since updating the blog last week.

Springsteen - DCistweb
Last night I had the amazing experience of shooting Bruce Springsteen at the Verizon Center for DCist. See the full photo set here.

Dan Deacon - Post Rockweb
Sunday night I shot Dan Deacon & Future Islands at the 9:30 Club for See the full photo set here.

2009 DC101 Chili Cookoff - DCistweb
I spent Saturday fighting the heat and the rain while shooting the DC101 Chili Cookoff for DCist for the third year in a row. It's one of my favorite events in DC. See the full photo set here.

Mastodon-  Post Rockweb
Late last week I shot Mastodon at the 9:30 Club for See the full photo set here.

In case you hadn't noticed, my photography services are in increasingly high demand, which is an absolutely amazing feeling. However, it doesn't leave much time for blogging (especially when you factor the day job in there too). Not sure what the future holds for the leafblower. I don't want to give it up completely but something's got to give. Stay tuned true believers...


Had this song in my head for days. Raphael Saadiq, take a bow.

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My little slice of the internet is six years old today. Hard to believe, I know. At times over the last year I've felt entirely burnt out on the whole operation, but recently I have learned to enjoy it again. The leafblower is very much a labor of love, and it's changed and adapted right along with me over the last six years.

Thanks to everyone that stops by and reads what I have to say (and to those of you that just come for the cat photos - you know who you are).

I was scrolling through my iTunes collection last night trying to pick out a few appropriate tunes to post here, and since I don't have Mansun's Six anywhere handy, I decided to go go old school with a nod to my roots from the North Cackalack.

[mp3] Archers of Loaf | Nostalgia
[mp3] The Connells | Stone Cold Yesterday



I get to see The Flaming Lips today! Wayne and Co. have been avoiding the D.C. area like the plague since they played Virgin Festival in 2006. Haven't been back since! Today they are headlining this year's Green Apple Festival in conjunction with Earth Day on Wednesday. Also on the bill are moe, DJ Spooky and Lod Lobos. Should be fun. The action goes down from noon to 6 p.m. (which will hopefully beat the rain that's supposed to start right around then). If you're not in D.C., you can watch the whole thing on the web.

[mp3] Flaming Lips | Borderline (Madonna cover)
[mp3] Flaming Lips | Seven Nation Army (White Stripes cover)
[mp3] Flaming Lips | Knives Out (Radiohead cover)
[mp3] Flaming Lips | Moonlight Mile (Stones cover)



Sweet! This summer's Pitchfork Music Festival added Mew to the bill this week! Love them. Also added were Yeasayer, Plants and Animals, Disappears, Blitzen Trapper, Japandroids, and Women. This probably seals the deal for me as far as attending. I went to the first Pitchfork Festival back in and it was pretty awesome.

[mp3] Mew | 156 (live - P3 Session)

Lots and lots of good things happening lately. Last week was the opening of "I'm With The Band," an art show at Dahlak on 18th & U featuring five photos by yours truly. The opening reception was last Thursday and it was packed! Thanks to everyone for coming out. Don't fret if you missed it, the exhibit is open through the first week of May. You can see photos from the opening here and here.

Also, The Examiner ran a story on one of my photos on Sunday.

Last, but certainly not least, today's edition of the Washington Post features one of my Katy Perry photos from her show last Friday.



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I love this song despite its weird song structure. Phoenix has the best guitar tones out there, always super-clean and polished.

Here's "1901" as well.

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