indie rock photography
by jasper coolidge
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Intro

This site was created in March 2011.   It will eventually contain restored photos from my previous site jenyk.com (1999-2007).  Both new and old shows are listed below as they're added.  The full list of shows is here.
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Recently New or Remastered


Overlord 07.19.14


Sly Moth 07.19.14


Silversun Pickups 10.06.11


PJ Harvey 06.05.04 (remastered)


Dirty on Purpose 04.19.03 (remastered)


Laura Cantrell 02.02.12


Lindbergh Palace 06.30.11


Archers of Loaf 06.26.11


Tiff Randol 05.14.11


Dean and Britta play Galaxie 500 06.17.11


Broken Social Scene 06.19.03

The Canon Logic 04.28.11


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 01.23.05


The Head Set 05.13.11

Tilly and the Wall 06.01.04


Elliot and the Ghost 05.10.11


Yes! Selector Party 09.10.03

Brenn 05.10.11


New Moods 05.09.11


The Caulfield Sisters 11.03.03

Daniel Wayne 05.05.11


The Affair 12.11.03

Men and Whales 05.05.11


Snowden 07.20.04

The Revere 05.05.11


Hula 07.09.04

Seaflux 04.29.11


The mOrgans 04.29.11


Kristin Diable 03.16.04

Elk City 09.13.03

Switchblade 04.29.11


Annekei 03.07.11


Unknown Mortal Orchestra 04.25.11

Dirty on Purpose 04.19.03

The Postal Service 04.18.03/04.19.03


The Lemonheads 04.28.11


Young Prisms 04.23.11

Laura Burhenn 08.19.04

Carissa's Wierd 07.05.03


Smith Westerns 04.25.11


The Kills 07.18.03

The Photo Atlas 04.21.11


Calla 04.26.03

stellastarr* 05.13.05/05.20.05


Voxhaul Broadcast 04.19.11


Skybombers 04.19.11


The Comas 09.08.04


Night Fevers 04.19.11


Versus 01.04.03


Charlotte Martin 06.10.03


The Factory 04.16.11


Tenements 04.16.11

The Blake Babies 07.19.01

Shelby 04.05.04


New York Band Draft 10.16.10


Rachael Yamagata 09.27.03


Rilo Kiley 03.02.03

The Morning After Girls 03.24.05


Beck 04.16.05

Franz Ferdinand 02.19.04


Ponywhip 04.08.11


The Pioneers of Seduction 04.06.11


PJ Harvey 06.05.04


Wolfmother 09.15.04

Denali 02.06.04


Dear Comrade 04.05.11


Dennis Cahlo 01.27.04

The Realistics 10.03.03


Corita 04.02.11

Lykke Li 05.07.08

The Antlers 04.16.08

Karen Elson & dawn Landes 12.20.03


Overlord 04.02.11


Pela 10.04.03

Sea Ray 05.03.03

Low 12.03.03


The Dough Rollers  03.25.11


Bright Eyes 02.24.04

Tilly and the Wall 01.18.04


Haley Bonar 12.03.03


joanaspolicewoman 01.27.04

The Threads 03.07.11


Longwave 05.03.03


The Twenty Twos 10.10.03


Madison Strays 06.08.04


Michael Pitt 06.15.05


Ghostwise 02.10.11


Prospector 03.07.11


Toys in Trouble 03.19.11


Queens of The Stone Age 03.25.11

 

Overlord @ The Delancey 


Overlord 07.19.14
@ The Delancey NYC

From my Instagram of that night, "The legendary Overlord playing @thedelancey tonight. Their name would imply they're more Replacements than Ribspreader."
 {see the rest...}

Sly Moth @ The Delancey 


Sly Moth 07.19.14
@ The Delancey NYC

I've recently found that Instagram posts I make about a band smack dab in the middle the often-hypnotic all-sensory whirlwind of their show make for quite the succinct intro to a more fleshed-out review, and so it goes...{see the rest...}

Silversun Pickups @ Mercury Lounge


Silversun Pickups 10.11.06
@ Mercury Lounge NYC

Often people will ask me why I've been booking small clubs since I got into this business in 2003, and while the long answer is convoluted and would probably require psychoanalysis... {see the rest...}
 

Laura Cantrell @ Hill Country BBQ

Laura Cantrell 02.02.12
@ Hill Country BBQ NYC
 
Truthfully, the absolute LAST thing I would want to do on a frigid as compared to this mild winter's night was trudge above 14th all the way to 26th in fact to a BBQ joint (I don't like to eat after 6pm - Gremlin rule - which was even more tortuous.  {see the rest...}


Lindbergh Palace @ The Mercury Lounge

Lindbergh Palace 06.30.11
@ Mercury Lounge NYC
I have to admit that any band that names itself with a Wes Anderson reference is going to have me in the front row taking pictures at some point in their existence.  BUT when said band has as its lead chanteuse the world's greatest and my favorite singing comic book artist, Leah Hayes, well then you don't have to ask me twice.  {see the rest...}


Archers of Loaf @ Webster Hall

Archers of Loaf 06.26.11
@ Webster Hall NYC
The reason 90's college radio bands enjoy such success in their second acts is that they bring to life again the songs that have been played countless times on the cassette car radios and walkmen of losers like me.  {see the rest...}


Tiff Randol @ Fontana's

Tiff Randol 05.14.11
@ Fontana's NYC
As one of the great just-bubbling-under-the mainstream talents of the past decade, Tiff used to rock out regularly in NYC as the frontwoman of that legendary party band of The Aughts, Valeze.   {see the rest...}

Dean and Britta play Galaxie 500 @ The Bell House

Dean and Britta play Galaxie 500 06.17.11
@ The Bell House Brooklyn
Certain bands - Mazzy Star, Slayer, Digable Planets, The Raveonettes - are so essentially epitomizing of their genres that hearing just the first notes of their songs can transcend whatever mood you're in and take you back to when and where you fell in love with them  {see the rest...}


The Canon Logic @ Maxwell's

The Canon Logic 04.28.11
@ Maxwell's
NJ
Opening for a legend like Evan Dando would either fill me with joy or dread - especially at $20 a pop for ticket  {see the rest...}


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah @ Pianos Upstairs

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 01.23.05
@ Pianos NYC
Being around and afoot during a band's meteoric developmental stage is one of my late in my twenties discovered raison d'êtres  {see the rest...}


The Head Set @ Fontana's

The Head Set 05.13.11
@ Fontana's NYC
As I mused when I saw them in March, The Head Set have been one of the more underrated and underheralded NYC bands of the aughts.  {see the rest...}


Elliot and The Ghost @ Fontana's

Elliot and the Ghost 05.10.11
@ Fontana's NYC
Elliot and the Ghost is the new project of William Thompson formerly of Austin's The Steps.  {see the rest...}


Brenn @ Fontana's

Brenn 05.10.11
@ Fontana's NYC
So many excellent bands have been coming out of Nashville the past decade that it can be hard to keep track, but out of the dozens that have come through NYC lately, Brenn is one that definitely deserves your and your friends' attention.  {see the rest...}


New Moods @ Knitting Factory

New Moods 05.09.11
@ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
I've known Billy and Sean of New Moods for years in numerous capacities...  {see the rest...}


Daniel Wayne @ Mercury Lounge

Daniel Wayne 05.05.11
@ Mercury Lounge NYC
As a photographer, there are certain artists that when I study them on stage before a show, I know despite a seemingly placid and pure appearance, some sort of musical fury is seething beneath the surface about to be unleashed.   {see the rest...}


Men and Whales @ Fontana's

Men and Whales 05.05.11
@ Fontana's NYC
Kicking off their 3 week May residency, Men and Whales played it the only way they know how - with snap, crackle, and a lot of pop.  {see the rest...}


The Revere @ Fontana's

The Revere 05.05.11
@ Fontana's NYC
Philly's The Revere play rock loud, fast, and with an abandon that borders on sanctified and holy.  {see the rest...}


Seaflux @ Fontana's

Seaflux 04.29.11
@ Fontana's NYC
If there was ever a H.O.R.D.E. Festival for the Dungeons and Dragons crowd, Seaflux would no doubt be the house band.  {see the rest...}


The mOrgans @ Fontana's

The mOrgans 04.29.11
@ Fontana's NYC
At first glance, any statement that begins "a priest, a baby and a uni/centaur/dildo walk into a bar" would have to be considered the beginning of an Aristocrats routine at best or the tease for the most vile misbegotten porno of all time at worst.  {see the rest...}


Switchblade @ Fontana's

Switchblade 04.29.11
@ Fontana's NYC
With all of the lights, colors, fog, and hair the only thing that could go through my mind watching Switchblade shred their brand of heavily-sharpened metal had to be Metalocalypse, although this was definitely more prog than death.   {see the rest...}


Annekei @ Rockwood Music Hall

Annekei 03.07.11
@ Rockwood Music Hall NYC
So, this is pretty amazing stuff - back in 2003, Annekei practically fresh off the boat from Denmark made it to the finals of Amateur Night at The Apollo  {see the rest...}


Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Unknown Mortal Orchestra 04.25.11
@
Bowery Ballroom NYC
The thing that Unknown Mortal Orchestra shares in similarity with other recent Kiwi exports  {see the rest...}


The Lemonheads @ Maxwell's

The Lemonheads 04.28.11
@ Maxwells Hoboken
No intro, no banter, no encore, no nonsense.  It's as if Evan telepathically plucked out the perfect set list out of my head and proceeded to blitz through it hard and fast (yes, that's what she said).  {see the rest...}


Young Prisms @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Young Prisms 04.23.11
@ Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn
Before this show, I had joked about doing E for Young Prisms set 'cuz that's how listening to their excellent album Friends for Now   {see the rest...}


Smith Westerns @ Bowery Ballroom

Smith Westerns 04.25.11
@ Bowery Ballroom NYC

Bearing the burden of being the Next Big Thing must be a helluva pressurized way to go through one's last days of being underage.  {see the rest...}


The Photo Atlas @ Fontana's



The Photo Atlas 04.21.11
@ Fontana's NYC

Back in March 2007, I remember booking a band at Pianos that blew all of our minds, cutting through a partying-induced fog, which was quite a feat to accomplish at the time.  {see the rest...
}

Voxhaul Broadcast @ Gramercy Theatre

Voxhaul Broadcast 04.19.11
@ Gramercy Theatre NYC

I first heard about these guys in the Summer of '10 as they crossed the country on tour from LA and played their NYC show at Fontana's opening for one of the excellent Oh You Devil's residency shows.  {see the rest...}


Skybombers @ Gramercy Theatre

Skybombers 04.19.11
@ Gramercy Theater NYC

For some reason, when I first heard the name Skybombers, the images that went through my mind were from the enigmatic Disney war propaganda film Victory Through Air Power  {see the rest...}


Night Fevers @ Gramercy Theatre

Night Fevers 04.19.11
@ Gramercy Theater NYC
In my Facebook post after they played, I said "Night Fevers opened - like Flaming Lips fucked The Strokes - worth checking out."   {see the rest...}


The Factory @ Fontana's

The Factory 04.16.11
@
Fontana's NYC
On a weekend night like this, a good dance rock band like The Factory can push a tight and crowded room into that hot and bothered territory where shimmying becomes mandatory and sweating isn't an option.  {see the rest...}


Tenements @ Fontana's



Tenements 04.16.11
@ Fontana's NYC

THE ABSOLUTE BEST thing that happens in this business is when a band can make you literally say "Who the fuck is that and where the fuck did they come from?"   {see the rest...}

New York Band Draft @ Fontana's

New York Band Draft 10.16.10
@ Fontana's NYC

The first annual New York Band Draft was the brainchild of a super talented group of local musicians from all over the country who had come here probably not with the express intention of making NYC a more interesting place  {see the rest...}


Ponywhip @ Fontana's

Ponywhip 04.08.11
@ Fontana's NYC
It's nights like this and bands like Ponywhip that make the unique career of being a venue booker and a band photographer really really worth it.   {see the rest...}


The Pioneers of Seduction @ Fontana's

The Pioneers of Seduction 04.05.11
@ Fontana's NYC

For a band that used to be called The Sad Little Stars, Max and Rachel joined by drummer Ian sure do play with unabashed joy. {see the rest...}


Dear Comrade @ Fontana's



Dear Comrade 04.05.11
@ Fontana's NYC

Unclassifiable! (just like that with the exclamation point) That was a word that kept going through my head as I watched  my pal Arthur's great new band Dear Comrade for this first time.  {see the rest...}
 

Corita @ Fontana's

Corita 04.02.11
@ Fontana's NYC

I admittedly had never heard of Corita Kent when I first booked Corita the band for a show here back in '09  {see the rest...}


Overlord @ Fontana's

Overlord 04.02.11
@ Fontana's NYC

First off, George and Tris of Overlord are absolute legends of the greater NYC music scene and have been for a while now  {see the rest...}


The Dough Rollers @ Terminal 5

The Dough Rollers 03.25.11
@
Terminal 5 NYC
I would imagine that opening for a band like Queens of The Stone Age would be a bit like the comedians opening for Adam Sandler's George Simmons in Funny People.  {see the rest...}


The Threads @ Fontana's

The Threads 03.07.11
@ Fontana's NYC
Celebrating his birthday ininimitable style, Andy Stitch (of LES Stitches) and his spinoff band with Mick Stitch, The Threads {see the rest...}


Michael Pitt @ Pianos

Michael Pitt 06.15.05
@
Pianos NYC
In honor of his gracing the cover of Brooklyn Magazine, here is Michael Pitt performing solo acoustic right around the time he was just done filming Last Days.  {see the rest...}


Ghostwise @ Drom

Ghostwise 02.10.11
@ Drom NYC

I've been a big fan of Kerry's since her halcyon days playing guitar in the dearly lamented Blue Sparks. {see the rest...}



Prospector @ Fontana's



Prospector | 03.07.11
@ Fontana's NYC

It's kinda appropriate that Prospector played out so soon after Phil Collins' retirement from rock {see the rest}

Toys in Trouble @ Fontana's



Toys in Trouble | 03.19.11
@ Fontana's NYC

What a great helluva surprise these guys turned out to be.
{see the rest}


Queens of the Stone Age @ Terminal 5



Queens of The Stone Age 03.25.11
@ Terminal 5 NYC

Watching Queens absolutely scorch the earth around us as they blazed through their first album front to back {see the rest...}
 

The Bright White @ Fontana's 



The Bright White 03.19.11
@ Fontana's NYC

The Bright White and its lead singer Matthew Kayser help to  disprove two prominent modern day theories in music {see the rest...}


Mighty Fine @ Fontana's



Mighty Fine 03.19.11
@ Fontana's NYC

In the immortal and timeless words of State Senator Clay Davis , "Sheeeeeeeeeeeit, playa!"  {see the rest...}


Zap and The Naturals @ Fontana's

Zap and The Naturals 03.19.11
@ Fontana's NYC

The greatest thing about the music industry as it is (certainly not the profits) is that kids are still out there every day bless their hearts actually making music that needs to be heard  {see the rest...}


Luger @ Fontana's


Lüger 03.21.11
@ Fontana's NYC

Holy shit these guys were absolutely amazing! {see the rest...}


Missy Sport @ Fontana's



Missy Sport 03.16.11
@ Fontana's NYC

Long live the 30 second song! It's such a lost art form these days.  {see the rest...}


Jennifer O'Connor @ The Rock Shop



Jennifer O'Connor's Tower of Song 03.15.11
@ The Rock Shop Brooklyn

Jennifer O'Connor (JNCO?, JO'CO?), a supremely talented and criminally underrated performer curates this monthly series of compatriots in song  {see the rest...}


Emily Long @ Fontana's

Emily Long 03.10.11
@ Fontana's NYC

I told Emily last night that essentially she's the redheaded female modern day NYC James Brown   {see the rest...}


The Head Set @ Tammany Hall



The Head Set 03.10.11
@ Tammany Hall NYC

These guys were The Realistics of their time (their time being the mid 00's) - the best band in NYC who didn't make it - whatever that meant.  {see the rest...}


Des Roar @ Fontana's



Des Roar 03.07.11
@ Fontana's NYC

Oh man, Id forgotten just how fucking good these guys are! {see the rest...}


Julia Haltigan @ BAM Cafe 



Julia Halitgan 03.04.11
@ BAM Café Brooklyn

One of the best aspects of living in a big City is that it can act like a time lapse machine where people pop in and out and random intervals
 {see the rest...}

The Fast Romantics @ Fontana's



The Fast Romantics 03.03.11
@ Fontana’s NYC

It takes a lot of chutzpah to lug around your own lighted sign and lighting system to every gig you play in North America, but dammit The Fast Romantics are worthy!  
 {see the rest...}

Sarah Jaffe @ The Living Room



Sarah Jaffe 03.02.11
@ The Living Room NYC

One of the most dangerous things for an addictive personality - besides that found full bottle/bag on the club bathroom floor - is the song you can't get out of your head  
 {see the rest...}

Versus @ The Mercury Lounge



Versus 02.19.11
@ Mercury Lounge NYC

I was so stoked to see Fontaine and the guys that along with Manny Pacquiao make being Filipino not only cool, but AWESOME.
 {see the rest...}

Lou Reed @ The Stone



Lou Reed + Laurie Anderson + Buke and Gass 02.15.11
@ The Stone

So the thought process going into the day of waiting 13 hours for this show at the tiny Stone was simple: 
 {see the rest...}

Scarce @ The Rock Shop



Scarce 02.05.11
@ The Rock Shop Brooklyn

Scarce were one of my favorite and criminally under-recognized bands of the oh so glorious 90's.  
 {see the rest...}

Lissie @ Webster Hall



Lissie 01.28.11
@ Webster Hall NYC

After seeing her live, I've come to the conclusion that Lissie's best song is 
 {see the rest...}

The Hotcakes @ Mercury Lounge



The Hotcakes 01.28.11
@ Mercury Lounge NYC

Erin Marsz, lead chanteuse of The Hotcakes is one of those rare people - a combination of other out front blondes 
 {see the rest...}

Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield @ The Bell House



Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield 01.21.11
@ The Bell House Brooklyn

This was the show that got me back into shooting shows full time. 
 {see the rest...}

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