My Best Photos Of 2013

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Photography has its ups and downs. Granted, significantly more ups than downs of course, but there are a few downs that are worth griping about. One of the major ones is that I take a couple hundred photos per show, send in a group at the end of the night, and I’m lucky to get four printed per article. You do the math; that leaves a whole shitload of photos per shoot taking up space on my macbook until they’re retired to the graveyard know as my external hard drive, sitting there getting e-dust all over them for the rest of eternity (or until my hard drive breaks).

Well, after a couple hours of searching through my photos, I’ve come up with my favorite shots from the past year. 2013 was an interesting year of shooting, allowing me to stand in photo pits during sets by such a varied roster of bands and artists. I was a few feet from both Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake; survived mosh pits at Anthrax, Rancid and Megadeath shows; fought for spots against hipsters at Yo La Tengo, Wilco, Vampire Weekend and Snow Patrol; rubbed elbows with Houston hip-hop royalty at Lil Wayne, Ice Cube, Cypress Hill, Public Enemy and Kendrick Lamar; got my classic rock fix with Heart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Monkees and Fleetwood Mac; and was fortunate enough to photograph acts I never thought I would like Blondie, Iggy Pop, Cyndi Lauper, Ted Nugent, Juanes, Brad Paisley, Fall Out Boy, The Jonas Brothers, Courtney Love, Black Flag, The Moving Sidewalks, The Cure and so many more in between.

It’s easy to say that I’ve been lucky to have been afforded the opportunity to be able to catch so many great bands, but I’ve worked for it — I’ve worked hard as hell. I hope you enjoy the following gallery, as I’m as proud of each and every single photograph I take. I’ve taken many more than what are represented here, but these are my favorites from the past 12 months.

B.E. Godfrey at Fitzgerald’s, 1/18

Weird Party at Fitzgerald’s, 1/18

John Spencer’s Blues Explosion, 1/21

Keller Williams at Fitzgerald’s, 1/26

Fun. at Bayou Music Center, 2/13

Ra Ra Riot at Fitzgerald’s, 2/21

Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Fitzgerald’s, 2/21

Walker Lukens at Continental Club, 2/23

Tame Impala at Fitzgerald’s, 2/25

The Wheeler Brothers at Fitzgerald’s, 3/1

Los Skarnales at Fitzgerald’s, 3/1

Buxton at Rice University’s KTRU Outdoor Show, 3/9

Cloud Nothings at Rice University’s KTRU Outdoor Show, 3/9

Fat Tony at Rice University’s KTRU Outdoor Show, 3/9

Blackberry Smoke at Cactus Music, 3/22

Grizzly Bear at House Of Blues, 4/9

Anthrax at House Of Blues, 4/10

Pat Benatar at The Stafford Centre, 4/17

Fidlar at Fitzgerald’s, 4/18

Forro In The Dark at iFest, 4/20

Stooges Brass Band at iFest, 4/20

Bootsy Collins at iFest, 4/20

The Lumineers at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 4/24

Paramore at Bayou Music Center, 4/25

Surfer Blood at Fitzgerald’s, 4/25

Foals at Fitzgerald’s, 4/25

Yo La Tengo at Fitzgerald’s, 5/2

Alkaline Trio at House Of Blues, 5/3

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic at House Of Blues, 5/4

The Caldwell at Walter’s, 5/10

The So So Glos at Walter’s, 5/10

Titus Andronicus at Walter’s, 5/10

Big Boi at Bayou Music Center, 5/23

Tyler The Creator at Bayou Music Center, 5/23

Daryl Hall & John Oates at Arena Theater, 5/25

Japandroids at FPSF, 6/1

Paul Wall at FPSF, 6/1

Iggy Pop at FPSF, 6/1

The Postal Service at FPSF, 6/1

UME at FPSF, 6/2

Dawes at FPSF, 6/2

Cat Power at FPSF, 6/2

Matt and Kim at FPSF, 6/2

Half Moon Run at FPSF, 6/2

Of Monsters And Men at FPSF, 6/2

TV On The Radio at FPSF, 6/2

Fleetwood Mac at Toyota Center, 6/5

Mikey And The Drags at Fitzgerald’s, 6/6

Raquel Sophia at Bayou Music Center, 6/8

Juanes at Bayou Music Center, 6/8

Houses at Fitzgerald’s, 6/20

Baths at Fitzgerald’s, 6/20

J Cole at House Of Blues, 6/24

Cyndi Lauper at House Of Blues, 6/28

Ice Cube at Bayou Music Center, 7/3

LL Cool J, Chuck D and Z-Trip at Bayou Music Center, 7/3

Martina McBride at Freedom Over Texas, 7/4

Sheryl Crow at Freedom Over Texas, 7/4

Bad Company at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 7/11

Lynyrd Skynyrd at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 7/11

Tedeschi Trucks Band at House Of Blues, 7/12

CSS at Fitzgerald’s, 7/17

Kid Rock at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 7/19

Rodrigo y Gabriela at House Of Blues, 7/21

Ishi at Fitzgerald’s, 7/26

The Tontons at Fitzgerald’s, 7/26

Pennywise at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 7/27

Cypress Hill at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 7/27

Brad Paisley at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 7/28

The Monkees at Arena Theater, 8/1

Courtney Love at House Of Blues, 8/2

Futurebirds at Fitzgerald’s, 8/2

Machinehead at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 8/3

Children Of Bodom at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 8/3

Mastodon at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 8/3

Rob Zombie at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 8/3

Another Run at HPMAS, 8/4

The Hates at HPMAS, 8/4

Wild Moccasins at HPMAS, 8/4

The Manichean at HPMAS, 8/4

Chase Hamblin & The Roustabouts at HPMAS, 8/4

Buxton at HPMAS, 8/4

Karmin at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 8/7

The Jonas Brothers at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 8/7

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 8/14

Heart at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 8/14

Gin Blossoms at Arena Theater, 8/17

Sugar Ray at Arena Theater, 8/17

Lil Wayne at Arena Theater, 8/18

Ted Nugent at House Of Blues, 8/22

Black Flag at Walter’s, 8/26

The Polyphonic Spree at Fitzgerald’s, 8/29

Rancid at House Of Blues, 9/4

Featherface at Walter’s, 9/6

The Suffers at Walter’s, 9/6

The Tontons at Walter’s, 9/6

Austra at Fitzgerald’s, 9/14

Mumford & Sons at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 9/17

Hooray For Earth at UtopiaFest, 9/20

Robert Ellis at UtopiaFest, 9/20

Bernie Worrell at UtopiaFest, 9/20

Blackalicious at UtopiaFest, 9/20

UME at UtopiaFest, 9/20

Peter Rowan at UtopiaFest, 9/20

Max Frost at UtopiaFest, 9/21

Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) at UtopiaFest, 9/21

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) at UtopiaFest, 9/21

Twenty One Pilots at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 9/25

Panic At The Disco at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 9/25

Fall Out Boy at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 9/25

Lord Huron at Bayou Music Center, 9/26

Alt-J at Bayou Music Center, 9/26

Blondie at Warehouse Live, 9/27

The Moving Sidewalks at Bayou Music Center, 9/28

Local Natives at House Of Blues, 10/9

Blind Boys Of Alabama at ACL Festival, 10/11

Okkervil River at ACL Festival, 10/11

Vampire Weekend at ACL Festival, 10/11

Queens Of The Stone Age at ACL Festival, 10/11

Depeche Mode at ACL Festival, 10/11

HAIM at ACL Festival, 10/12

Grimes at ACL Festival, 10/12

Vintage Trouble at ACL Festival, 10/12

Wilco at ACL Festival, 10/12

Kendrick Lamar at ACL Festival, 10/12

The Cure at ACL Festival, 10/12

Langhorne Slim at Fitzgerald’s, 10/22

The Legendary K-OTIX at Fitzgerald’s, 10/24

The Pharcyde at Fitzgerald’s, 10/24

Widespread Panic at Bayou Music Center, 10/27

Cults at Fitzgerald’s, 11/5

Kurt Vile at Walter’s, 11/6

Cut Copy at Warehouse Live, 11/9

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down at Warehouse Live, 11/14

The Head And The Heart at Warehouse Live, 11/14

The Suffers at Paste Untapped Festival, 11/16

Wild Moccasins at Paste Untapped Festival, 11/16

The Tontons at Paste Untapped Festival, 11/16

Heartless Bastards at Paste Untapped Festival, 11/16

The Walkmen at Paste Untapped Festival, 11/16

Gary Clark Jr. at Warehouse Live, 11/26

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Reliant Arena, 11/27

Buxton at Fitzgerald’s, 11/30

Justin Timberlake at Toyota Center, 12/5

Megadeath at Bayou Music Center, 12/12

NOFX at House Of Blues, 12/13

Aaron Behrens at Warehouse Live, 12/14

Jay-Z at Toyota Center, 12/19

Mikey And The Drags at FPHNYE, 12/31

The Beans at FPHNYE, 12/31

Grandfather Child at FPHNYE, 12/31

Big Freedia at FPHNYE, 12/31

Big Freedia at FPHNYE, 12/31

Lance Herbstrong at FPHNYE, 12/31

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic at FPHNYE, 12/31

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic at FPHNYE, 12/31

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