Category Archives: future kings of nowhere

The Future Kings of Nowhere, Local 506

Great show at Local 506 on Friday night for FKoN’s cd release.

The Prayers & Tears, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 05/04/12

The Prayers & Tears

Magnolia Collective, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 05/04/12

and Magnolia Collective opened.

full photo set here

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The Future Kings of Nowhere, Pirates

Tuesday evening FKoN played in-store at Bull City Records on the release day of their new EP on Churchkey Records.

The Future Kings of Nowhere, Bull City Records, Durham NC, 05/01/12

The full band, full celebration CD release show is tonight at Local 506 w/ Magnolia Collective & The Prayers and Tears opening up.

The Future Kings of Nowhere, Bull City Records, Durham NC, 05/01/12

It’ll be a great show, I’ll see y’all there.

If you can’t make it, you can pick up the cd/download here

Full photo set here

10 Favorite Shows of 2011

If you know me or just see me at shows, you know I’m frequently wandering around, running between two shows, etc. I see alot of shows and the more shows I go to the harder it is for a full show bill to hold me from the first band to the last. These are the ones where I stood up front or was otherwise transfixed by the whole show. My 10 favorite shows of the year.

Joe Pug, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 04/11/11
1. Joe Pug w/ Strand of Oaks, Local 506, 4/11 – It’s a very lucky thing that my favorite show of the year (and many others on this list) was also attended by the best taper in the area (Dan Schram) so I have this show on mp3 and can go back and listen again and again. Just a stunningly excellent show. So many of the shows on this list are special shows: album releases, first shows back, etc. The excellence of this show is even more amazing because it wasn’t a “special” show. It was another night on a long tour (for both bands). It’s the kind of show that makes me want to pack a bag and follow a tour around so I can see it every night. Photos here

Des Ark, Nightlight, Chapel Hill NC, 03/10/11
2. Des Ark w/ Pygmy Lush, Bellafea, Nightlight, 3/10 – Des Ark’s CD is on my favorite albums of the year list so it is no surprise to see the local album release show here. Just a show with Des Ark full band likely would have put it on the list, but this was far more. The crowd was wonderful, Pygmy Lush’s set was great, and Bellafea was so fantastic to hear again. I love Mount Moriah, obviously (favorite album of the year, a Mount Moriah show is coming up on this list), but sometimes a Bellafea show is exactly what I need. It was the perfect kickstart to the night. Photos here

The Butchies, Pinhook Outdoor Stage, Durham NC, 09/24/11
3. The Butchies w/ Pink Flag, Pinhook, 9/24 – Everything about this show. The weather was perfect for a huge celebratory show in the parking lot behind Pinhook, and that is exactly what this was. Both bands played fantastic sets to a great hometown crowd. Photos here

Mount Moriah, Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC, 04/15/11
4.Mount Moriah w/ The Moaners & Filthybird, Cat’s Cradle, 4/15 – I feel like I’ve already said enough about how great Mount Moriah’s album is. The CD release show started with the three videos that are included with the album and ended with an all hands on-stage sing along of “Lament.” Start to finish, just a great night. Photos here

Bombadil, Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC, 11/12/11
5. Bombadil w/ The Future Kings of Nowhere, JKutchma and the 5/5ths, Cat’s Cradle, 11/12 – Three bands I love on the same bill, a CD release show for Bombadil. Before even going to this show, I knew it’d end up on this list. So, for me, it had alot to live up to. And it more than did so. Photos here

Future Kings of Nowhere, Motorco, Durham NC, 05/07/11
6. Future Kings of Nowhere w/ Hammer No More the Fingers & The Wigg Report, Motorco, 5/7 – Photos here

Red Collar, Casbah, Durham NC, 05/28/11
7. Red Collar w/ American Aquarium, Casbah, 5/28 – Photos here

The Moaners, Cave, Chapel Hill NC, 07/29/11
8. The Moaners w/ All Girl Boys Choir, Cave, 7/29 – Photos here

Free Electric State, Pinhook, Durham NC, 11/4/11
9. Pinhook’s 3-year anniversary 3-night concert (Men w/ Tayisha Busey, Crystal Antlers w/ Old Bricks, Free Electric State, Javelin w/ Organos), 11/3-11/5 – Photos here

Shirlette & The Dynamite Brothers, Duke Gardens, Durham NC, 06/29/11
10. Shirlette and the Dynamite Brothers, Duke Gardens, 6/29 – Photos here

Links to all year end coverage:
Year End Concert Stats
Top Ten Albums of 2011
Twenty Favorite Photos of 2011
Great Moments of 2011

20 Favorite Photos of 2011

This isn’t about my most techically perfect photos, or the most sale-able, or the most viewed. Those lists would all look very different. These are my favorite concert photos I took this year. It’s an interesting question for me because I shot more this year for other people or with the intent to cover a show in a more traditional press photo sense. But those photos aren’t here.
If I had to pick 20 photos to remember my year in concerts by, it would be these 20.

The Tomahawks, Hungry Heart of Gold, Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC, 1/7/11
1/7, The Tomahawks, Local 506

Maple Stave, Fullsteam, DTFH Fest, Durham NC, 1/21/11
1/21, Maple Stave, DTFH Fest, Fullsteam

Tea & Tempests, Pinhook, Durham NC, 1/27/11
1/27, Tea & Tempests, Pinhook

Hammer No More The Fingers, WKNC Double Barrel Benefit, Kings, Raleigh NC, 02/05/11
2/5, HNMTF, WKNC Double Barrel, Kings

Tips for the Band, Motorco Garage, Durham NC, 03/08/11
3/8, Motorco Garage

X-Ray Eyeballs, Pinhook, Durham NC, 03/09/11
3/9, X-Ray Eyeballs, Pinhook

Pink Flag, Motorco, Durham NC, 04/14/11
4/14, Pink Flag, Motorco

Future Kings of Nowhere, Motorco, Durham NC, 05/02/11
5/2, FKoN, Motorco

Red Collar, Casbah, Durham NC, 05/28/11
5/28, Red Collar, Casbah

Lurch, Save the Scrap Exchange, Casbah, Durham NC, 06/04/11
6/4, Lurch, Save the Scrap Exchange, Casbah

Onward, Soldiers,  Motorco, Durham NC, 06/17/11
6/17, Onward Soldiers, Motorco

Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Motorco, Durham NC, 07/06/11
7/6, HGTR, Motorco

Midtown Dickens, Whistlin' Dixie Premiere, Pinhook, Durham NC, 07/10/11
7/10, Midtown Dickens, Pinhook

Red Collar, Motorco, Durham NC,08/06/11
8/6, Red Collar, Motorco

Last Year's Men, Churchkey/The Layabout Day Party, Slim's, Hopscotch, Raleigh NC, 09/09/11
9/9, Last Years Men, Hopscotch, Slim’s

The Flaming Lips, Raleigh City Plaza, Hopscotch, Raleigh NC, 09/10/11
9/10, Hopscotch, Raleigh City Plaza

Red Collar, Cave, Chapel Hill NC, 10/25/11
10/25, Cave

Tayisha Busay, Pinhook, Durham NC, 11/3/11
11/3, Tayisha Busay, Pinhook

Bombadil, Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC, 11/12/11
11/12, Bombadil, Cradle

Beirut, Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC, 12/8/11
12/8, Beirut, Cradle

Links to all year end coverage:
Year End Concert Stats
Top Ten Albums of 2011
Ten Favorite Shows of 2011
Great Moments of 2011

Miss Representation



The Future Kings of Nowhere, Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC, 11/12/11

P-90s, Motorco, Durham NC, 11/23/11

The Loom, Pinhook, Durham NC, 11/17/11

Cat Martino, Pinhook, Durham NC, 11/17/11

Girls Rock NC, Pinhook, Durham NC,11/15/11

Chris Stamey w/ Leah Gibson, Motorco, Durham NC, 11/13/11

JKutchma & the 5/5ths, Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC, 11/12/11

Shirlette Ammons, Missy Thangs & Juan Huevos, Soundcheck, Casbah, Durham NC, 11/11/11

On of my favorite things about living here is that things that seem uncommon elsewhere in the country seem common here. Or at least can seem common if you chose correctly.

22 of the 45 bands I shot this month had at least one lady in the band.

It matters to me personally, and it matters overall.

Tonight at Motorco there is a showing of Miss Representation. Highly, highly recommended for people who already understand why this matters, for people who aren’t sold yet, for people – full stop. The movie is free & starts at 7.

Bombadil, Cat’s Cradle

At their Hopscotch set this year, Bombadil announced that they were planning a CD release show on 11/12. I immediately knew I’d be there, without a doubt. And as the opening acts were announced, it was even more solid.

Sometimes it really does feel like the universe lines things up perfectly for me.

Bombadil w/ FKoN & JKutchma. Just fantastic.

The Future Kings of Nowhere, Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC, 11/12/11

The Future Kings of Nowhere started the night off with a tight 30 minute and sounded really really good.

JKutchma & the 5/5ths, Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC, 11/12/11

I’ve been really lucky to get to watch Jay’s solo songs develop into JKutchma & the 5/5ths, and seeing them on stage at the Cradle was really really wonderful.

Bombadil, Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC, 11/12/11

And Bombadil, if I tried to explain how beautiful it was to see, it’d be way way too gushy.

Bombadil, Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC, 11/12/11

But, to me, the real beauty of the night is that once the music started, all the back stories were almost irrelevant.

Bombadil, Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC, 11/12/11

It was, at the core, a beautiful, positive night full of really excellent people making beautiful music in front of a captive and full Cradle.

It was great.

My full photo set is here

Mike & Kim

Check out that shiny wedding ring in the above photo.
Last Saturday was a beautiful and joyous afterparty/concert celebrating the wedding of Mike & Kim.
Future Kings of Nowhere & Magnolia Collective were scheduled to play, and we were also treated to the groom and the rest of Red Collar playing a short set.

Great celebration, great times.

More photos:
Red Collar, Motorco, Durham NC,08/06/11

Red Collar, Motorco, Durham NC,08/06/11

The Future Kings of Nowhere, Motorco, Durham NC,08/06/11

Magnolia Collective, Motorco, Durham NC, 08/06/11

Full photo set here.
Congrats to the happy newlyweds!