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When I started my little corner of the interweb back in 2003, I certainly didn’t think I would still be going strong in 2009. In fact, I’m busier than ever these days. But I’m increasingly finding myself editing photos when I am in front of the computer instead of blogging. This is not necessarily a bad thing. My photography has really taken off in the last 18 months or so. It’s put my already busy schedule into overdrive (and this isn’t even taking my day job into account) and because of that, down time has become a luxury I don’t really have. So after a lot of thought I have decided to shut down the leafblower as we know it.
Kind of.
Let me explain.
Since I only seem to write about the shows I shoot these days, it only makes sense for me to take that content over to the newly launched blog at Photokyle.com so I can aggregate it all there. We’ve been working for the last few weeks (and by “we” I mean my super-awesome tech guy Aaron & I) to get my new blog up and running. It’s still somewhat in beta, so please let me know if you find something that doesn’t work as advertised. You can subscribe to the Photokyle RSS feed here. Do it!
I certainly can’t update two blogs these days, but I think I can still find time for a blog and a Tumblr. So sometime later this week, we’ll redirect informationleafblower.com over to my Tumblr. I know some people don’t like the Tumblr format, but I love being able to blog things so easily and quickly. It’s been a lifesaver for me in the last few months and reinvigorated me as far as writing on the web. I kind of want to reboot things over there just get back to sharing things I like on the web for my friends as opposed to chasing page views and trying to be a “music blogger.” So head on over to the new information leafblower and check out what I’ve been up to over there. Here’s the RSS feed or if you have a Tumblr, you can just follow me.
I hope to see you in my new digs.

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My photos from the Roots Picnic are up over on Pitchfork. Check ’em out. I will have a bunch more photos as well as my thoughts on the event (it was AWESOME) online soon.
Busy week this week. Shooting at the Kennedy Center tonight and also doing the Nine Inch Nails / Jane’s Addiction show on Tuesday at Merriweather. NIN goes on FIRST. Plan accordingly.
Also, I love Philadelphia.

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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.
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Last night I had the amazing experience of shooting Bruce Springsteen at the Verizon Center for DCist. See the full photo set here.
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Sunday night I shot Dan Deacon & Future Islands at the 9:30 Club for washingtonpost.com. See the full photo set here.
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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.
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Late last week I shot Mastodon at the 9:30 Club for washingtonpost.com. 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…

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Last night I had the pleasure of shooting the Night at the Museum 2 red carpet premiere at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. Many of the films stars were in attendance: Owen Wilson (No, I did not call him “Butterscotch Stallion.” But I thought about it.), Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Amy Adams, Ricky Gervais(!!) and Toofer(!!!). Check out more photos over at DCist. I’ll post more photos here and on Flickr next week.
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I have quite the weekend coming up. Festival season is here! Saturday is the DC101 Chili Cookoff featuring (wait for it) The Offspring, Third Eye Blind, Shinedown, Papa Roach, Puddle of Mudd and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. I have no idea who Shinedown are, but the rest of that lineup is AWESOME(ly bad). Remember last year? Cannot wait!
Then on Sunday, I have the Dan Deacon / Future Islands show at the 9:30 Club followed by The Prodigy on Monday. No rest for the weary!

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Even though I used to know him back in the day (when he was a nobody, his lawyer shared office space with my company at my first job in NYC. He came by the office all the time. Really nice guy.) I can’t say I am huge Fiddy fan. But his set at Merriweather a couple of weeks ago opening for Fall Out Boy was great. High energy with lots of singalongs. Basically everything you want from a hip hop show.
[Photo Gallery] 50 Cent @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
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I’m going to be completely honest here. We got to shoot the first two songs for this show and I left halfway through the third song. I was beat and didn’t feel like sticking around very long. Can’t say much for her music, but I will say Katy Perry is very charismatic and a very capable performer and it’s easy to see why she’s so popular. She gives her all during her live show.
[Photo Gallery] Katy Perry @ 9:30 Club
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I have a busy weekend ahead. Shooting Kings of Leon and The Walkmen tonight, Fall Out Boy (and maybe 50 Cent) and a bunch of bands on Saturday. And on Sunday we have some friends coming into town. Rock. Also, a little birdie told me that some primo seats for tonight’s KoL show have been released, so if you’re on the fence about going, now’s your chance.

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I gave you the festival rundown on Monday, now see the visual evidence.
[Photo Gallery] Flaming Lips @ 2009 Green Apple Festival
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I have heard alot about Matt & Kim before finally seeing them a few weeks ago opening for Cut Copy. Their energy on stage in infectious, but I didn’t think the songs they played were anything special. They seem like great people to hang out with, but not the best band in the world by any means. That said, I’d go shoot them again in a second. If only other bands were so expressive on stage.
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[Photo Gallery] Matt & Kim @ 9:30 Club
[mp3] Matt & Kim | No More Long Years
[mp3] Matt & Kim | Yea Yeah

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Quite a few people that were there really liked this show. Not me. I still listen to the album quite a bit, but after seeing them twice, I don’t think they do it for me live.
[mp3] Glasvegas | Be My Baby
[Photo Gallery] Glasvegas @ Black Cat

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I honestly knew nothing of Estelle before going to see her at the 9:30 show a few weeks ago. I had heard “American Boy” once or twice (love that shell-toe reset) but that’s it. But she totally owns things in concert. Smart, sassy and full of talent. I think UK R&B in general is light years better than the American version, it’s less formulaic and takes more chances.
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I would go see Estelle again in a heartbeat. I bet she’d be a big hit at a big summer festival, unlike someone like Duffy, who was a total snoozer.
[Photo Gallery] Estelle @ 9:30 Club

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