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Top Concert Photos of 2013

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    Each year, Consequence of Sound hits up more festivals, more concerts, and more events. Almost every other night, our trusty photographers scatter across the globe to capture moments you can experience from the comfort of your own home. It’s an unenviable task that’s sometimes dangerous, almost always tedious, and the death of your mind, body, and soul. Ever haul four bags of groceries and think, Almost there, almost there, almost there? Try doing that for a whole weekend, surrounded by ultra hyper festivalgoers, and underneath a barrage of rain. The word “hell” comes to mind.

    Because we reap so many benefits from their hellish endeavors, we feel it’s our duty to return the favor and pay homage to all their best work. Over the next few pages, you’ll find a couple of things. For one, 175 photos from over a dozen of our greatest photographers. What’s more, we’ve also gone ahead and named our Photographer of the Year, a first for our Annual Report and something we’ll continue for years ahead. So, throw on a pair of headphones and revisit 2013 in the most stylish way we can offer. If you’re a fan, hit up their provided social networks and follow their ensuing adventures.

    On a related note, we’d like to take this opportunity to remember Andrew Youssef. On Monday night, the renowned Los Angeles photographer lost his fight with colon cancer at the age of 38. Although Consequence of Sound never had the opportunity to work with Youssef, we’ve long been fans of his portfolio and were deeply saddened by the news. Please revisit his epic work and, if possible, donate to a PayPal account he set up for his family prior to his death.

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    Photographer of the Year: Ben Kaye

    Screen shot 2013-12-01 at 11.22.50 PMHe’s already the coolest teacher in the New York area, and now he’s this year’s top photographer. By day, Ben Kaye teaches English as a Second Language to 16-60 year olds at the ELS Language Center on Adelphia University’s Manhattan campus. By night, he’s Assistant News Editor for Consequence of Sound. During the short free time he does have, however, he finds himself at nightclubs, or arenas, or festivals, snapping shots for his own written coverage. He’s like Peter Parker, only with less spandex.

    Reliable, dedicated, and resilient, Ben makes this stuff look easy, capturing each moment with the emotionality and depth we typically find in person. Performers look natural yet the surroundings feel vivid and that’s exactly what I look for when it comes to pairing visuals with editorial. While choosing his best photos, I found myself amused and also frustrated, knowing damn well I’d be leaving some goodies behind. I can’t wait to see where he goes in 2014 and what he turns up.

    His favorite moment of 2013: “As challenging as Bonnaroo is to shoot (or attend, really), it’s also the coolest place on earth and always rewarding. This year I fist-bumped Officer Dangle at “Weird Al”; danced with McLovin during Jim James when the guards neglected to kick me out after the usual “first three songs” and I got to watch the entire set from the photo pit; and, perhaps most memorably, handed Action Bronson a joint. Some fan tossed the J on stage, but it got trapped under a speaker right in front of me. Bronson was fishing around for it, so I just reached up, pulled it out, and handed it to him. He sparked it up, and I snapped this picture. Afterwards, he mugged straight at me at the “pose for the cameras” line during “Steve Wynn”, but this shot is way more Bronsino.”

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    James Murphy

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    “Weird Al” Yankovic

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    Robert Altman

    His favorite moment of 2013: “It’s so hard to pick a ‘favorite’ moment from the year- each show is so different. It would be an easier task to pick one moment PER show. In today’s video dominated/24fps world, I love being able to stop time and freeze one special instant that captures a performer, a concert, and an evening. Sharing those ‘perfect’ moments is what it’s all about.”

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    Joseph Annoreno

    His favorite moment of 2013: “Even though I’ve shot photos at the Metro a few times before, taking the pit for James Blake was a bit more a challenging than past shows. Capturing Blake’s airy dubstep aura all depended in finding the right setting on my camera. As soon as the band stepped on to the stage, they immediately found their groove and played an intimate and stunning performance coated in thumping bass lines and lush orchestration.”

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    James Blake

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    Gretchen Bachrodt

    Her favorite moment of 2013: “I remember the day I shot Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field as one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life. Apart from the stress of the sweltering heat, wall-to-wall people, and fatigue, I will also never forget the excitement of hearing the sold out stadium’s roaring reaction to when Pearl Jam finally took the stage. It was like a dream come true: standing in one of my favorite childhood places, working my dream job, shooting one of the most successful bands in the world. As one of my first concerts I’ve ever shot, it was quite a way to set the bar for my career.”

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    Ben Folds

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    Meghan Brosnan

    Her favorite moment of 2013: “One of my favorite pit moments this year is from MIA’s performance at Pitchfork. She was all over the place — grinding on speakers, jumping into the audience, climbing the stage — it was mayhem. I like an over-the-top performance because it’s challenging to try to document and incapsulate all the craziness in a single image. And if you’re able to get that perfect shot it can sometimes be more satisfying than the actual performance.”

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    Björk

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    The Dismemberment Plan

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    Joanna Newsom

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    The Rolling Stones

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    Tom Petty

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    Yetunde Dada

    Her favorite moment of 2013: “There’s something surreal about seeing some of your favorite musicians live on stage and for me this was most apparent when I was shooting MGMT at Firefly Music Festival earlier on this year. It was like time stood still and the amazing visuals that they used have made it an incredible memory. As a South African concert photographer, it’s not often that I get to see some of my favorite alternative acts, unless I’m traveling, so that memory is burnt deep and I’ll never forget it.”

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    Nathan Dainty

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    Debi Del Grande

    Her favorite moment of 2013: “I’ve been very fortunate to photograph my favorite musicians, including The Cure, Radiohead and Björk. One band that I hadn’t photographed was Depeche Mode. DM was my very first concert (Rose Bowl 1988) and the last time they played in Santa Barbara, I was behind the rail with my point and shoot. This year, I was in the photo pit about to take photos and this enormous surge of excitement grew in my chest as they were about to go on. I had many friends at the rail I spoke with and we were all giddy. I just remember singing as I shot and Dave twirled.”

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    Local Natives

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    Queens of the Stone Age

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    Dale W. Eisinger

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    Adam Gasson

    His favorite moment of 2013: “For the first time in years I managed to survive a Glastonbury weekend without being soaked through thanks to the British ‘summer’ rain. But I was hit in the face with a snowball and a tomato. It’s those moments that make Glastonbury a (painful) pleasure to shoot each year.”

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    Deap Vally

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    Rita Ora

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    Sasha Geffen

    Her favorite moment of 2013: “Savages are pure joy to shoot, and I was lucky enough to end up at the edge of their stage with a camera a few months ago. While I’d been impressed with their debut, my suspicion that I hadn’t really understood the band yet was confirmed when they packed Chicago’s Metro. The band’s songs are solid but they’re really just vehicles for presence, scripts for Jehnny Beth to work a defenseless crowd. She’s all charisma and fierce quick gestures, but her bandmates carry a huge, quiet presence beside her. Bassist Ayse Hassan was particularly wonderful to photograph as she loomed right above me at the left side of the stage, totally absorbed in her playing.”

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    David Greenwald

    His favorite moment of 2013: “Wavves — both Nathan Williams and Stephen Pope — were dealing with pre-tour sickness the day I interviewed them. But they soldiered through breakfast, a few rounds of FIFA, and a photo shoot that included impromptu basketball and this American flag mural, which framed their tired, stoner glory.”

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    Killer Mike

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    Kaitlyn Herzog

    Her favorite moment of 2013: “I’ve been following Bon Iver for years, so photographing Justin Vernon’s Volcano Choir was a welcomed opportunity. I was quickly immersed in the Metro’s atmosphere with the haunting lighting and textural backdrop. Vernon was a prime subject to photograph while addressing the audience from his mossy podium.”

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    Chris Jorgensen

    His favorite moment of 2013: “Bonnaroo is always a blast to shoot. Fans want the music to be good, while photographers just want the artists to move. Father John Misty jumped, swooned, pleaded, collapsed, twirled and flopped. It was beautiful.” TwitterFollowButton-Post

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    Heather Kaplan

    Her favorite moment of 2013: “Reignwolf’s set at Lollapalooza proved to be one of my best pit moments of 2013. Jordan was performing with so much gusto, and I knew that an EPIC. JUMP. would be happening at any moment. There’s nothing more frustrating than missing the opportunity for an awesome jumping photo so I went into hyperfocus mode. Jordan climbed up on the bass drum; I took a big gulp of air and waited for what seemed like an eternity (I was willing to sacrifice the ability to breathe if it meant avoiding a blurry photo). When I snuck a peek at my screen and realized I got the shot, it really pumped me up for the rest of the day!”

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    Nick Cave

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    Ellie Goulding

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    Eric Kayne

    His favorite moment of 2013: “Photographing Arcade Fire has been the highlight assignment of 2013 for me. I travelled and photographed the band for their two week mini-tour in October in New York, Miami and Los Angeles. The Meserole show was off the chain – the costumes, location and energy are something I’ll never forget!”

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    Amanda Koellner

    Her favorite moment of 2013: “This year marked my third Bonnaroo but my first with a glorious media wristband, and although I lacked a photo pass, I toted my camera around all weekend. After tag-teaming a spot in the six-hour-long Paul McCartney fan pit line with a small chunk of my Bonnaroovian family, I ended up about six rows back with nearly 80,000 people behind me as we sang along to the likes of ‘Hey Jude’, ‘Let It Be’, and ‘Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da’ on the farm, solidifying the set as my all-time favorite concert. I, a writer on the CoS team, ended up with the only Paul McCartney photos thanks to my proximity, and the shots I took catapulted me further into the world of photography. Largely thanks to Sir Paul, this summer saw me clicking away in the photo pits of Pitchfork Fest, Outside Lands, and Chicago’s A.V. Fest/Hideout Block Party, Lolla after-shows, and more. All hail Macca.”

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    Ellie Goulding

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    Jeremy D. Larson

    His favorite moment of 2013:Between crippling food poisoning at SXSW and Tropical Storm Andrea at Governors Ball, it wasn’t the best year for being in photo pits for me. The former had me throwing up just as Ezra Koenig was singing, ‘I can feel it coming,’ from ‘Cousins’ and the latter was so wet and wretched I was punch drunk at the end, laughing at the possibility of never being able to feel my toes again. But other than that, shooting Paramore at the Chicago Theater was one of the best gigs. Not only are Paramore playing at their very best right now, they put on a show that’s fun to shoot. All of the big shows and big stadiums with lights and projections and props are fun to shoot, but often you want to get right out of there. Paramore was an exception — a huge show full of cheap tricks that I very much enjoyed to the very end.”

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    A Place to Bury Strangers

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    Gilles LeBlanc

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    His favorite moment of 2013: “Not to get all ‘First World Photog Problems’, but I’m used to dealing with 30 or 40 other accredited photographers in a given festival pit. At Riot Fest Toronto, there were 75 of us in one of the tightest spaces I’ve ever experienced. The fact that a certain pioneering alt-rock band was playing their first show in 22 years probably had something to do with it. There was no room to move once we all got in there, but thanks to my stature and savviness, I was pretty happy with the shots I took of Messrs. Stinson and Westerberg!”

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    Pat Levy

    His favorite moment of 2013: “In all of the photo pits I was a part of this year, the lasting image for me is Action Bronson taking the stage at Milwaukee’s The Rave on his 2 High 2 Die joint tour with Danny Brown. Equipped with a sleeve of red Solo cups and a bottle of Grey Goose, he came out to R. Kelly’s ‘Bump N’ Grind’ and tossed cups to the first few rows before pouring shots for everyone who could reach. It was reminiscent of Michelangelo’s ‘The Creation of Adam’ as Bam Bam towered over his adoring fans and graciously extended to them the offer of free booze from his rider. Getting to share a shot with Action Bronson and a few dozen excited fans was by far my photo pit highlight in a year where I got to ‘share’ the stage with Crystal Castles and experience huge bands like New Order and Haim.”

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    Ted Maider

    His favorite moment of 2013: “For the past couple years, Trash Talk is a band who has consistently delivered photo-worthy performances. For Coachella, they put on quite a spectacle, but there was nobody else in the photo pit beside myself. I stood right next to singer Lee Speilman as he climbed the barricade and let kids scream into the microphone. After snapping some top-notch photos, I decided to rock out too. Since I had the whole photo pit to myself, I was able to solo mosh for the next two songs, right there with the band. It was everything an aged punk could have ever wanted.”

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