Desaparecidos 8-7-15 Union Transfer Philly

I wanted to get this photo set out there for everyone- click here– , but I haven’t paired my words to my set yet. Stay tuned for a short review/vibe from the show, which was phenom!


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Desaparecidos House of Blues Cleveland 10-26-13

I had the honor of photographing Desaparecidos {see the set here} once again at the House of Blues in Cleveland Saturday night, October 26, 2013. If you’ve attended a Desaparecidos, COMVB, Bright Eyes or a Conor Oberst solo show they all have something in common—the sense of family that Conor Oberst brings along with his tours, sharing the good karma that he and his band possess with each opening band that comes along with.  On Saturday night the So So Glos were enveloped in the circle of collective love for music and music making one can feel at these shows, adding even more life and energy into the evening. It occurred to me Saturday that I always take a photograph of the set list, but don’t actually record on paper or in memory the songs that are played. I think my favorite for the night was “Te Amo Camila Vallejo,” along with the brief prologue that accompanied it. AND hell yes, this country does need some brave female politicians in the mix, I would agree with that. Or the truth be told by Conor Oberst during the brief exegesis that ran in between songs, stating the black box labels that I dread hearing about in psychopharmacology: “dry eyes, dry mouth, diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, and sudden death,” you know those nasty side effects that leave people wondering if the ailment they sought to treat is actually better than the ripple effect of what their doctor prescribed. I would have loved to hear more on Conor Oberst’s view on the role of pharmaceuticals in this country at the moment. Oh! I also should not fail to mention the possible zombie attack that I learned about between sets. The poor dude in this photo was bitten by a fan standing behind him when Conor Oberst made his cameo during the So So Glos. Strangest concert injury I’ve heard of yet. And pretty gross, too. It looks SO much better in the photo.

All in all I think my sister Shan has this “making our own fun” thing down to a science. All 5’2.5″ of her was completely content once again to be shook, shoved, swayed, stomped and spilled upon, all for the love. For the love of feeling the energy of the crowd, not resisting, but instead joining them, and most of all just being the positive-person-presence that every rambunctious concert needs!  As always Sisters Dissonance will come out to see their favorites when possible (even when airplanes or 400 miles of driving poses the obstacle) to make the fun we know everyone wishes they could have!





Haiku of the Evening:

Grabbing Praying Hands

Seize fun and the sense of home

With the sound I’m one

Desaparecidos 2/23/13 Philadelphia Union Transfer

Sisters Dissonance pulled it off again, we managed to get together despite 412 miles of Interstate between us. Shan traveled with our friend Cindy (Cindy’s amount of interstate was much more, like 600 miles) to catch the Desa show at Union Transfer in Philly this past Saturday night. For those of you familiar with the venue, you know it’s always a treat to see a show there—never a bad seat and the sound is always great.

Seeing the opener Joyce Manor was a first time experience for me. I did enjoy the energy and their sounds. But, from the pit taking photos (see the photo set here) I had to laugh, I’ve never seen so many fans body surf across the crowd, land on security and then make their way back to the crowd via the pit. That’s quite a testament to the security staff at Union Transfer—I didn’t see anyone ejected, just fans safely recovered from the surf and returned to the crowd! Go UT.

Desa came on and I was truly excited. It’s always hard to photograph a set of a band that I absolutely love. I get caught in between wanting to watch and listen, and having to take pictures. It’s nearly impossible to do the both with full intention, but I try (see the photo set  here).

Conor never disappoints with his “speeches” as the fans call them. I’ve seen a few surface on youtube.  He spoke and sang in protest (or support) of many current issues/causes. A banner and a speech about Bradley Manning was the biggest of the evening, if you aren’t aware of the issue or who he is I encourage you to check it out. And, though as ironic as it may seem for someone to sing about the lesser fortunate, and MAKING MONEY when they have so much, it’s very heartfelt and believable coming from Conor Oberst and I do believe he reaches the audience and creates awareness.

The night ended with “Spanish Bombs,” a Clash cover which I’m sure pleased and made Shan very happy (if you don’t know, the Clash is her first love). And on a side note, the venue was probably 70% guys as opposed to the Bright Eyes shows I’ve seen where the females dominate the crowd!

Enjoy the photo set. I write this post as I lament over the fact that I will not be attending tonight’s show despite the ticket I have upstairs in my room.