DI’s longtime photography ace-in-the-hole Josh Miller snapped this keeper backstage before Todd Snider and Great American Taxi kicked serious butt at Marin’s Sweetwater Music Hall. Opener Amanda Shires lent her unique voice and fiery fiddle skills to the evening, too. More thoughts on this evening and a wicked cool photo gallery from James Martin coming later this week. For now, dig this grinning, hirsute, hatted gang. Look at their eyes and you can see the mischief teetering on the edge of being released.
DI’s chief photographer Josh Miller has a way of loosening up the rock spirit in bands, particularly in his portrait shots like this cool snap of The Duke Spirit, who return with a new album titled Bruiser on September 27. The band oozes a classic kinda cool and Miller’s lens captures that and their playful nature, too. For more on the band check out this interview.
I caught of the Cold War Kids backstage after their blistering inaugural Bonnaroo set. They were tired and exhausted, but paused really quick for this shot.
Les Claypool with giant rubber ducky background worked out for the best. I’m also a fan of the reflection in his sunglasses. The bass master’s hands at work.
This picture of Willie Nelson was taken at Harrah’s Casino, South Lake Tahoe, CA in 2002. My friends and I drove down from North Lake Tahoe to see the legend at work. I brought along an old film camera and was able to get a few choice shots, including this one.
This shot of The Flaming Lips was taken at Bonnaroo 2007 and is one of my favorite “live music photos” I’ve taken….the color, the expression…it really captures what I love most about the live music performance.
And here’s the first new original music from the Lips since their Embryonic album. “Two Blobs Fucking” was released on Monday in honor of Valentine’s Day