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: Poptone @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 7/1/18

poptone_DSC2347_20180701 Poptone performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on July 1, 2018. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins — key members of Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love in Rockets — played the songs of those bands along with Kevin’s daughter Diva Dompé as Poptone at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday. Jason Nicholson captured the show!

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Don’t Miss: Poptone @ The Fillmore Silver Spring, 7/1/18

Poptone performs live. (Photo courtesy Shameless Promotion PR)

Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins, famous for their stints in Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love in Rockets, came together again to form Poptone in 2017, recruiting Kevin’s daughter Diva Dompé to perform as a trio. With a self-titled debut album released only days ago, Poptone will perform a set drawing largely on the songs of Tones on Tail and Love and Rockets at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday, July 1.

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Snapshots: Poptone @ Cloak and Dagger Festival — 10/21/17

Poptone @ Cloak and Dagger Festival, Los Angeles, CA 10/21/2017
Poptone perform at Cloak and Dagger Festival in Los Angeles on Oct. 21, 2017. (Photo by Paivi.)

What to do if you’re Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins, iconic members of Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets, and you’ve already created all of the quintessential gothic post-punk songs? Songs like “She’s in Parties,” “Go!,” and “So Alive?”

Well, you recruit Kevin’s daughter Diva Dompe to play bass and smartly form a career retrospective trio called Poptone. Poptone brought those signature tunes to Cloak and Dagger Festival in Los Angeles on Oct. 21.

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Don’t Miss: Cloak and Dagger Festival – Dusk Till Dawn @ The Globe Theater + The Tower Theatre (Los Angeles, CA), 10/20-10/21/17

KMFDM @ State Theatre, Falls Church, VA 10/05/2017
Sascha Konietzko of KMFDM performs at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, on Oct. 5, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

If you’re in Los Angeles this weekend, you may well want to pop out to S. Broadway for some nights of dark pop at The Globe and The Tower Theatres on Friday and Saturday. That’s where you’ll find the Cloak and Dagger Festival – Dusk Till Dawn, featuring headliners The Jesus And Mary Chain, KMFDM, She Wants Revenge, Poptone, TR/ST, Com Truise, The Soft Moon, HEALTH, Cold Cave, and many more.

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