Snapshots: Bob Mould @ 9:30 Club — 2/14/19

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Bob Mould performs at 9:30 Club on Feb. 14, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Bob Mould was spot on in a very satisfying show at 9:30 Club recently, presenting songs from Sunshine Rock, his 13th solo album, released only weeks ago via Merge Records. Jason Nicholson snapped Bob in performance!

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Best of the Year: Top 10 Photos of 2018 by Jason

johnny_marr_19_DSC00205_20181017Johnny Marr slings his guitar at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Oct. 17, 2018. Jason Nicholson chose a picture from this show (but not this one) as one of his Top 10 of 2018. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2018 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.

While sitting back in my chair and listening to a vinyl record is a favorite pastime of mine, there is nothing like going out and experiencing a performance live. For me as a concert photographer, the challenge is trying to capture the image of an artist you have spent a lifetime getting to know or at least your representation of what they mean to you. Here’s my Top 10 favorite photos of 2018 I had the pleasure of shooting for Parklife DC this year with a little commentary. Hope you enjoy seeing them again and best wishes for a great 2019!

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Snapshots: Ingrid Michaelson @ Lincoln Theatre — 12/12/18

Ingrid_Michaelson-2_DS300914_20181212 Ingrid Michaelson performs at The Lincoln Theatre on Dec. 12, 2018. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

With the approach of Christmas, Ingrid Michaelson released Songs for the Season, her eighth studio album, to toast the holidays with covers of Christmas classics. She took her holiday show on the road, and Jason Nicholson caught a dose of holiday cheer at the Lincoln Theatre on Wednesday.

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Snapshots: Burton Cummings of The Guess Who @ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center — 11/16/18

parsons_vinyl_DSC02964_20181116 Burton Cummings of The Guess Who performs at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center on Nov. 16, 2018. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

From 1965-75, Burton Cummings was the lead singer and keyboardist for Canadian rock band The Guess Who. He sung a heap of the songs by The Guess Who that he made famous (including “American Woman”) at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, recently.

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Snapshots: The Psychedelic Furs @ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center — 10/24/18

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Richard Butler (vocals) and Tim Butler (bass) took The Psychedelic Furs, the outstanding English neo-psychedelic outfit that practically defined a generation, to the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College recently. Jason Nicholson was there for the sold-out show, and he got some pictures.

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Music Park: The Damned @ Black Cat — 10/20/18

the_damned-3_DS300388_20181020- Dave Vanian sings in The Damned at Black Cat on Oct. 20, 2018. (Photos by Jason Nicolson; Words by Mickey McCarter)

“I had a little freakout when my guitar broke last night,” said Captain Sensible during a sold-out show at Black Cat.

“Don’t you freakout now,” The Captain said to the audience. “Unless you want to freakout a little.” He paused. “Monty, dig me out of this hole, will you?”

Keyboardist Monty Oxymoron smiled and asked, “What’s a little freakout in the entire History of the World?” And without missing a beat, The Damned launched into “The History of the World (Part 1),” a single dating to The Black Album in 1980.

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