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I go to so many shows, and for years I've been taking photos with my phone and posting them on my Instagram account @tinydesk. But a few months into 2014 I bought one of those tiny little mirrorless cameras by Sony. Then I caught the photo bug pretty bad (or good). I bought a few lenses, one for those nights when the club has one red LED on the performer and then another lens for when I can't get close enough. I could capture moments of action, moments that told a story and a lot of flying hair. There's something about having been to so many shows, hearing so much music, that I feel able to anticipate some of the action. The camera also has wireless in it, so I can send it to my phone and post it online before I even leave the club. I love it. Below are some of my favorites. Enjoy.


Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds DAR Constitution Hall Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Lorde at Echostage in Washington, D.C.

Lorde at Echostage in Washington D.C.
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St. Vincent at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

St. Vincent in Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club March 2 2014 Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR
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Haim at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Haim 9:30 Club Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Boris at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Boris 9:30 Club Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Courtney Barnett at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C.

Courtney Barnett Black Cat Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Potty Mouth at the Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Potty Mouth Rock & Roll Hotel Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Jack White at Merriweather Post Pavillon in Columbia, Md.

Jack White Merriweather Post Pavillion Columbia, MD. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Benjamin Booker at The World Cafe/WXPN in Philadelphia, Pa.

Benjamin Booker Non Comm 2014 Philadelphia, PA Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Colin Stetson at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C.

Colin Stetson Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Pokey LaFarge at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Va.

Pokey LaFarge The Birchmere Alexandria, Va. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Moon Hooch at Gypsy Sally's in Washington, D.C.

Moon Hooch Gypsy Sally's Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Highasakite at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C.

HighAsAKite Black Cat Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Sylvan Esso at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Sylvan Esso 9:30 Club Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Lucius at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Lucius 9:30 Club Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Kraftwerk at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Kraftwerk 9:30 Club Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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The Flamingos at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club in Bethesda, Md.

The Flamingos Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club Bethesda, MD Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Seun Kuti at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Seun Kuti Howard Theatre Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic 9:30 Club Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music

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Willie Nelson at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md.

Willie Nelson Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Valerie June at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I.

Valerie June Newport Folk Festival Newport, RI Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Rodrigo Amarante at the Sixth & I Synagogue in Washington, D.C.

Rodrigo Amarante Sixth and I Synagogue Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Watkins Family Hour with John C. Reilly and Tom Brousseau at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport, R.I.

Watkins Family Hour Jane Pickens Theater Newport, RI Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Perfect Pussy at the Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Perfect Pussy Rock & Roll Hotel Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue 9:30 Club Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Ex Hex at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C.

Ex Hex Black Cat Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Mavis Staples at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Mavis Staples Library of Congress Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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The Orwells at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C.

The Orwells Black Cat Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Bo Ningen at Pianos, New York, NY

Bo Ningen Pianos New York, NY Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Sunflower Bean at Pianosin in New York, NY

Sunflower Bean Pianos New York, NY Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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The Shackeltons at Muchmores in Brooklyn, NY

The Shackeltons Muchmores Brooklyn, NY Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Son Lux at the Gamla Bio in Reykjavik, Iceland

Son Lux Gamla Bio Reykjavik, Iceland Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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James Blake at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C.

James Blake Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Trey Anastasio at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Trey Anastasio 9:30 Club Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Cymbals Eat Guitars at DC9 in Washington, D.C.

Cymbals Eat Guitars DC9 Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Gogol Bordello at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Gogol Bordello 9:30 Club Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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Gogol Bordello at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Gogol Bordello 9:30 Club Washington, D.C. Photo by Bob Boilen for NPR Music
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