BOT Year In Review: Eggs' Favorite Photos, July – September

Jan 3, 2011 by


Buxton, Cotton Jones & Pepper Rabbit @ Fitzgerald 

The first half of the year was jam-packed with musical adventures, and it only got better in the second half. July found us traversing the country to start the month with a pair of Phish shows in Atlanta and continued through September with the re-opening of Fitzgerald”s in Houston, and along with it the rebirth of Houston”s indie scene.

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Phish – The Ultimate “Meatstick” NYE @ Madison Square Garden

Jan 3, 2011 by

Well, two days after ringing in the New Year, and I’m just finally getting over my hangover. Maybe it’s because I spent the entire first day of the year laughing over an assortment of cocktails throughout the day with some of best people ever. Now, still a bit foggy, I sit here at my computer reading through all accounts of the many New Year’s Eve musical celebrations I missed throughout the country. There was one show that I payed attention to throughout the night, though, and that was Phish’s big gig at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Shortly after the midnight hour, I checked Twitter to see how my favorite band celebrated, and all it said was “Meatstick” followed by the traditional “Auld Lang Syne” into the Eric Clapton-popularized, JJ Cale-penned “After Midnight,” a very similar choice of setlist as their famed Big Cypress Millennium show which found them playing a near 8-hour set from before midnight up until the sunrise. The simple tweet saying “Meatstick” couldn’t explain less what actually happened the other night. The video tells all…

This might be one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my life. So pissed I wasn’t in attendance!

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BOT Year In Review: Café Con Leche’s Favorite Photos 2010

Dec 30, 2010 by


This was my first year with BOT. After an awesome show at the end of March, HashBrowns invited me to write a review and post a couple of the photos I took that night. I was already telling everyone that came close to me about the show, so I decided to write it out and share it with everybody else who cared to read it. That was my first step as Café Con Leche, and from there, it’s just gotten better.

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BOT Year In Review: Eggs’ Favorite Photos, April – June

Dec 20, 2010 by

Free Press Summerfest 2010: Sunday, June 6

The second of my year end photo review consists of shots I took from the beginning of April until the end of June. This is most likely the biggest chunk of pictures that will be featured as I went to a ton of shows in this time span. Included are shots from Free Press Summer Fest and the Houston International Festival as well as a plethora of photos from a grab bag of bands throughout the Houston area.

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BOT Year In Review: Eggs’ Favorite Photos, January – March

Dec 17, 2010 by

El Ten Eleven @ Rudyard's

I took a lot of pictures this year – probably somewhere near the one hundred and fifty thousand range, give or take a few. Because of that, I came up with several that I’ve grown a bit more attached to than others. Over the next few weeks, the BOT staff will be posting a host of year-end lists and reviews, so I thought I’d start it all off with a healthy look at the past year in photos. I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph some amazing bands, and the results are a grandiose caché of visual evidence.

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Shilpa Ray – “Good Time Girl”

Dec 16, 2010 by

Somehow, the main artist profiled in this excellent Grinderman road diary isn’t Nick Cave – it’s Shilpa Ray. Reading about all of the praise showered on her by Nick Cave and others led me to seek out her music, and it certainly merits the acclaim. Shilpa has been playing the harmonium since the age of 6 and was born with a voice that can overpower even the most raucous output from her squeezebox. Check out some of her solo stuff on teh Youtubes, then stream a performance over at Daytrotter by her band: Shilpa Ray and the Happy Hookers. They are set to perform at Fitzgerald’s on April 20th with Acid Mothers Temple, see you there.

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The Dandy Warhols @ Granada

Dec 7, 2010 by


the dandy warhols 

The Dandy Warhols are an alt-rock band known for some of their late ‘90 / early ‘00 hits, and their featured appearance in the music documentary DiG!, which showcases their music career and relationship with the band The Brain Jonestown Massacre. The Dandy Warhols have been making music since 1993, and consists of lead singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor (vocals), Zia McCabe (keyboard), Peter Holmström (guitar), and Brent De Boer (drums). The movie, DiG!, documented their music career from 1995-2002, and was shown in the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize.

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Dr. Dog @ South Side Music Hall

Dec 1, 2010 by


dr. dog 

The first time I saw Dr. Dog was the last show I saw at the Gypsy Tea Room right before it closed, and a guy wearing a dog mask went on stage to dance along with the band. The last time I saw Dr. Dog was at the Gilley’s complex, where a drunk girl went on stage and unplugged the opening band’s guitar (The Cave Singers), and then took off her shirt. Just from saying that, you can tell the vast change in their fan base and the people that come see their shows. This would be my fifth time to see them perform. The first time I saw them play I had never heard their music, so from the beginning I have been aware of the pure awesome they emote on stage. They made quite an impression on me, and as with most bands that are genuinely good, they have made an impression on a lot of other people as well. The last time they came into town, I was quite shocked to learn that it had sold out.

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Roger Waters @ Toyota Center

Nov 29, 2010 by


Roger Waters @ Toyota Center 

Once in a great while, a concert is announced that you know is going to be great before you even see it. I grew up listening to the greats thanks to my parents, but whenever I picked up both of Pink Floyd’s masterpieces, Dark Side Of The Moon and The Wall, I was stuck. Pink Floyd are their own genre, their own complete type of music, and they own it. I had the opportunity to see Roger Waters perform live once before this date, when he brought Dark Side to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for a late summer mind-blowing performance. When I found out that Waters was once again returning, only this time bringing The Wall, I was immediately pushing to both my Houston Press contact as well as my Live Nation contact about getting into that show. I needed to photograph it – it was going to be the biggest show that I had ever had the chance to shoot. Well, call it dumb luck, but I was accepted to shoot the show in the month leading up to it. Let’s just say that, even though I had a ton of great shows to catch in November, my mind was completely stuck on the thought that Roger Waters would be in Houston very soon. Well, the moment came, and I was standing in the photo pit with a few photographer friends, awaiting Waters’ arrival on the grandiose stage that was set up for his show.

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John Butler Trio @ House of Blues

Nov 27, 2010 by

John Butler Trio @ HOB Dallas

When I was in high school I stumbled upon John Butler through my brother. Instantly amazed by his finger-style guitar picking, I’ve followed him since. I have never seen anyone near his skill level using this style, and watching it is alone worth the ticket price. Last summer Cafe Con Leche and I stayed to the very end of Wakarusa 2010, and the show was like one of the swelling hot air balloons floating around, bursting into sunshine. Each time I see him, it amplifies a different chord of my life. I always come away with a new perspective, a rediscovered ideal.

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