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Photos: The Blind Eyes’ Final Show | 03.15.14

Beloved indie band The Blind Eyes played their final show at Off Broadway on March 15, 2014 with the help of Jon Hardy and the Public (Bryan J. Sutter)

Few local bands have left their mark on indie music in St. Louis like The Blind Eyes. The quintessential indie pop group of the Gateway City have played many memorable shows, not the least of which being their final show at Off Broadway on March 15th, 2014.

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Photos: Karl’s Basement III | 04.11.14

Once and a while, during a full moon (note: I don't think there was actually a full moon) the river trash gather in Karl's Basement for rude tunes and bonfire-based drinking. Local grudge lords Dad Jr., Shitstorm, The Brainstems and Armadillo as well as Springfield's GIGANTIC brought the thunder. (Bryan J. Sutter)

On April 11th, at an undisclosed location in the metropolitan St. Louis area, five mighty bands (Shitstorm, The Brainstems, Dad Jr., Armadillo and Gigantic) brought the glory of music to the river trash at evening known as Karl’s Basement III. There was a bonfire and a van covered in empties.

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First Impression: Fujifilm X100S

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In early 2013 Fujifilm released the X100S, which has gone on to be one of the most widely praised cameras since Canon debuted the 5D MkII in the 4th quarter of 2008. It’s got a great retro design, operates silently, and packs quiet a punch for something that can fit in your jacket pocket. I’ve yet to put the X100S through enough to warrant a full review, but I did want to share my first impression of the camera.

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The Best Music Photos of 2013

Memphis garage rockers Ex-Cult ended their West Coast tour with a basement show in St. Louis, Missouri on June 29th, 2013. Locals Better Days, A Totally Gay Cop, and Cross Examination were also on the bill. (Bryan J. Sutter)
2013 ended up being the year that brought back my confidence as a photographer. After almost 3 years as the house photographer for one of the region’s leading small capacity venues it was tough finding my new identity as a music photographer in a St. Louis, the littlest big town in the country. Finding myself photographing bands like Ex-Cult in a southside basement one night (above) and a few weeks later shooting Crystal Castles from the stage at Lollapalooza was almost surreal to take in, and it made me realize that the work I had done at The Firebird prepared me in so many ways for these opportunities. Doubt always finds it way into any good time and I did wonder if I waited too long to push myself into what has become the next period of my photography. In the last 12 months I’ve shot a completely new portfolio, nursed some rude hangovers and had a song written about me. There’s still so much left on my bucket list but I’ve made a good dent.

2013 wasn’t just about painting with new colors, it was about naming them as well. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite photos from 2013.

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Photos: Tame Impala @ The Pageant | 10.08.13

The Australian psychedelic indie pop force of nature known as Tame Impala lit up and smoothed out The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on October 8, 2013. The five piece brought along a rather impressive light show to compliment their dreamy performance. (Bryan J. Sutter)

The Australian psychedelic indie pop group known as Tame Impala brought those good lights and good times The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on October 8, 2013. I was there. With a camera. I took some photos.

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Photos: The Blind Eyes' Final Show | 03.15.14
Photos: The Blind Eyes’ Final Show | 03.15.14

Few local bands have left their mark on indie music in St. Louis like The Blind Eyes. The quintessen…

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First Impression: Fujifilm X100S
First Impression: Fujifilm X100S

In early 2013 Fujifilm released the X100S, which has gone on to be one of the most widely praised ca…

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An Apt Quote

“I can’t fathom how anyone can be a music writer, it seems so missing the point. You really …

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