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.

Father John Mister @ Lollapalooza.

White Mystery @ Mushmaus.

Mike Doughty @ KDHX.

Hood Internet @ The Firebird.

Dots Not Feathers promo.

Andrew Elstner of Tilts, recording session.

Ty Segall @ The Hi-Tone.

Billy Bragg @ Vintage Vinyl.

Roundheels promo.

Steve Aoki @ The Pageant.

Danny Brown @ Chaifetz Arena.

Boreal Hills promo.

Perfect Pussy @ Melt.

Eagles of Death Metal @ The Arch Grounds.

Bleached @ KDHX.

Dad Jr. @ Off Broadway.

Crystal Castles @ Lollapalooza.

Bam. There is it. My best photos of 2013. What a rush, yeah? Onward and upward to 2014!

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