Photos: Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes) - Live @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014

    Photos: Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes) – Live @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014

    If you’ve read my previous posts about Hardly Strictly Bluegrass you’ve probably gathered that I think its one of the best music festivals on the planet. I’m not going to get into all the reasons here but one thing I love about the festival is that they allow Conor Oberst to curate his own stage […]

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    Ramblin' Jack Elliott - Live @ The Canyon Club 2014

    Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – Live @ The Canyon Club 2014

    At 83 years old, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is one of the last living great American folk troubadours. A student of Woody Guthrie and a cited influence of Bob Dylan, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott recorded his first album in 1958 and was awarded his first Grammy in 1995. In early 2014 legendary country-guitarist Albert Lee celebrated his […]

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    Photos: The Goo Goo Dolls - Live @ The Troubadour 2014

    Photos: The Goo Goo Dolls – Live @ The Troubadour 2014

    I’ve gotta admit i’ve never been the biggest fan of the Goo Goo Dolls. During my high school years during the late 90′s these guys were getting popular and back then I kinda thought their songs were simply playing for the masses. I didn’t feel the soul in it. And i never paid attention as […]

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    Photos: Linkin Park - Live @ Vans Warped Tour 2014

    Photos: Linkin Park – Live @ Vans Warped Tour 2014

    I’m not known as a fan of modern rock. I tend to run away from the commercial ‘alternative’ rock radio stations, but I really do love Linkin Park. For awhile i thought it might be a bias (i grew up with drummer Rob Bourdon), but after seeing the band perform over a dozen times i’m […]

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    Photos: Local Natives - Live @ Outside Lands Festival 2014

    Photos: Local Natives – Live @ Outside Lands Festival 2014

    IMHO Local Natives are one of the best (if not the best) LA indie rock band to come out of Los Angeles since Cold War Kids. When I first saw them perform at SXSW in 2009 (outside at Emo’s), i was high on them and knew these guys were the real deal. Five years later […]

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    Photos: Ryan Adams - Live @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014

    Photos: Ryan Adams – Live @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014

    Ryan Adams is a fairly polarizing figure. You either like or hate both his personality and music. I happen to fall on the side of enjoying both his personality (fucking crazy, pretty funny), and music (eclectic and prolific).

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    Photos: Slash & George Thorogood @ The Canyon Club 2014

    George Thorogood and Slash perform at Canyon Club on December 14 2014 by Scott Dudelson Photos: Slash & George Thorogood @ The Canyon Club 2014

    On December 14th, 2014 at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, a number of Los Angeles based radio and music personalities gathered to raise money for former Pat ‘Parquet’ Kelley, a former KMET DJ who is fighting MS. Hosting the night were a slew of Los Angeles radio luminaries including Cynthia Fox and Jim Ladd, both of whom were DJ’s at KMET during the stations heyday in the 1970′s (lovingly Jim Ladd referred to Pat Kelley as his hero). Among the musicians who gathered included Little Feat members Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, singer woman Janiva Mangress, songwriter Dan Navarro (writer of Pat Benatar’s mega hit We Belong) and blues monster George Thorogood (who also brought along his buddy Slash from LA’s own Guns N’ Roses).

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    Photos: Perfect Pussy – Live @ SXSW NPR Showcase 2014

    Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy at NPR Showcase Stubbs SXSW 2 Photos: Perfect Pussy   Live @ SXSW NPR Showcase 2014

    Prior to SXSW 2014 I had no idea who Perfect Pussy were. But the buzz on the band during SXSW was inescapable. When I noticed they were playing the NPR showcase at Stubbs – the largest venue hosting music in Austin – I figured it would be a great opportunity to shoot them. I mean, they do have a fantastic band name.

    So i shot them and I cannot honestly remember anything other than being in the photo pit thinking ‘this shit is out of control.’

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    Photos: The Flaming Lips – Live @ Outside Lands Festival 2014

    Flaming Lips at Outside Lands 9102014 by Scott Dudelson Photos: The Flaming Lips   Live @ Outside Lands Festival 2014

    Photographing a Flaming Lips show is a joyous event. Its also one of the few festival bands in which you can be assured every credentialed photographer will be in the photo pit. The Flaming Lips always put on a great show.

    I’ve now photographed the Flaming Lips at least a dozen times, and in 2004 in Vegas (at the short lived, but awesome Vegoose festival), I even joined the band on stage as one of the assorted dancing furries (footage can be found here). I’ve seen them at a variety of gigs ranging from Coachella and Vegoose to the original All Tomorrows Parties festival (on Queen Mary boat in 2004) and a rare performance at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (where they covered Pink Floyd’s Darkside of the Moon in its entirety). My most recent adventure photographing the Flaming Lips occurred at the 2014 Outside Lands Festival in Golden Gate Park, CA.

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    Photos: Daniel Lanois – Live @ Ameoba Records 2014

    Daniel Lanois at Amoeba Records 12814 by Scott Dudelson Photos: Daniel Lanois   Live @ Ameoba Records 2014
    His name may not be familiar but Daniel Lanois has produced some of the best records of the past thirty years. The most notable records of the lot is U2′s Joshua Tree, but other records include late masterpieces by Bob Dylan (Time Out of Mind), Emmylou Harris (Stumble Into Grace) and Neil Young (Le Noise). But in addition to being a masterful producer, Daniel Lanois also has his own eclectic side solo projects and on December 8th, 2014 he performed with one of these projects at Ameoba Records in Hollywood, CA.

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    Photos: Damon Albarn (of Blur & Gorillez) – Live @ SXSW 2014

    Damon Albarn of Blur at SXSW Convention Center 2014 by Scott Dudelson 2 Photos: Damon Albarn (of Blur & Gorillez)   Live @ SXSW 2014

    After a combined 20 plus years of releasing music with Blur and Gorillez, 2014 marked the first time that Damon Albarn has released music under his own name. To celebrate the release of his debut album Everyday Robots, Damon Albarn performed a number of special shows at SXSW with a full band including four string players. I managed to catch and photograph Albarn while he performed at the Austin Convention Center during an NPR live session taping.

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    Photos: John Paul Jones (of Led Zeppelin) – Live @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014

    John Paul Jones with David Rawlings at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014 Photos: John Paul Jones (of Led Zeppelin)   Live @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014

    Since the disbandment of Led Zeppelin both Robert Plant and John Paul Jones have immersed themselves deep in Americana, country and bluegrass. While Plant has teamed with Allison Krauss, Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin over the past few years, bass player John Paul Jones has collaborated with a number of artists including Seasick Steve, Nickel Creek and most recently The David Rawlings Machine featuring Gillian Welch.

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    Photos: Billy Joe Shaver – Live @ Shotguns – SXSW 2014

    Billy Joe Shaver 2 at SXSW 2014 by Scott Dudelson Photos: Billy Joe Shaver   Live @ Shotguns   SXSW 2014

    Billy Joe Shaver is one of the baddest badasses in music. Shit, the dude shot another dude in the face during a bar fight at age 68 (the jury acquitted him for shooting in self-defense).

    Shaver later went on to say: “I hit him right between a mother and a fucker. That was the end of that. He dropped his weapons and said, ‘I’m sorry.’ And [Shaver] said, ‘Well, if you had said that inside, there would have been no problem.”

    When i learned that Billy Joe Shaver was playing at a shitty bar called Shotguns on Austin’s 6th street during SXSW I had to be there and photograph it.

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    Photos: Heart – Live @ Music for Relief Benefit 2014

    Nancy Wilson of Heart on January 11th 2014 at Club Nokia by Scott Dudelson Photos:  Heart   Live @ Music for Relief Benefit 2014
    On the spectrum of female fronted and formed bands, Heart must rank somewhere in the top 10 of all time. Ann Wilson is one heck of a singer and Nancy Wilson is a great guitarist and songwriter. When i started buying vinyl over 15 years ago i used to see Heart records all the time in bargain bins for a dollar or less. The holy grail was Dreamboat Annie – the 1976 debut album with Magic Man, Crazy on You and the title track – which i quickly snatched up the first time I came across it. Earlier this year I was stoked when i had the opportunity to photograph them at Club Nokia in Los Angeles at Linkin Park’s Music for Relief 2014 benefit concert.

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    Photos: Run the Jewels – Live @ Outside Lands Festival 2014

    Run the Jewels with Killer Mike and El P at Outside Lands August 8 2014 Photos: Run the Jewels   Live @ Outside Lands Festival 2014

    Prior to photographing Run the Jewels at the 2014 Outside Lands Festival I had no idea that Killer Mike and El-P had been collaborating in a ‘super-group.’ Apparently they’d been doing it for a little while now, and in mid 2013 even released a self title debut record. I’ve photographed each of them individually over the years at various hip hop festivals, and while they are not the most exciting to shoot, they are each pretty great MC’s and Run the Jewels is an exciting collaboration.

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    Photos: Action Bronson – Live @ Camp Flog Gnaw 2014

    Action Bronson at Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 1182014 by scott dudelson Photos: Action Bronson   Live @ Camp Flog Gnaw 2014

    My #1 favorite hip hop artist to photograph is Action Bronson. I’ve probably photographed him now about half a dozen times and each time its more ridiculous and fun than the previous. Up until this recent Camp Flog Gnaw festival at the LA Memorial Coliseum, my favorite Action Bronson experience was at the 2013 Coachella festival where I captured pictures of him not only smoking a fat joint in the photo pit, but also throwing a pound of marijuana into the crowd (a security guy came up to me shortly thereafter asking if i had any rolling papers to go with the weed he caught).

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