Photo: Jose James ‘No Beginning No End’ Release Show @ Highline Ballroom, NYC

 

Today we’ve got some more photos from the Jose James album release show for No Beginning No End last week. Along with a bunch of new live photos, we’ve also got some exclusive backstage shots thanks to photographer Janette Beckman.

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Jose James Gives an Endlessly Brilliant Performance at Highline Ballroom

 

Last night, Jose James packed a full shoulder to shoulder crowd at the Highline Ballroom in NYC for his No Beginning No End album release show. An eager and attentive crowd would go from standing still in awe to happily grooving, switching in intervals throughout the performance – Jose surely knows how to captivate.

The first half of the show was naturally focused on the new album and material, with Jose gliding across stage and outpouring the euphoria of the moment he felt through that gorgeous voice of his. Then, with a tender and somber Amp Fiddler cover that many assumed would be the final encore, Jose transitioned in a whole second half of the show.

“Park Bench People” was his segue into his older catalog, a song he performed with a proud nostalgic fervor and familiarity as the crowd lit up in cheers with similar sentiments. Jose also sprinkled much of his performance with charming human turntable interludes, “scratching” and “mixing” the song with just his voice. The ante got upped towards the end of the show where he invited Taylor McFerrin to join in on the human turntablism with his impeccable beatbox – the pair were visibly in another land as they vibed back and forth.

Jose also took the time to announce to the audience that him and his wife are expecting a baby girl. The glowing father to be then dedicated a song to his two ladies. It was a beautiful night all around.

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Photo: NYE 2013 on Moment.me

 

Moment.me is an awesome photo aggregation site that pulls together trending photo posts to the internet. In a nutshell, they tag their service as “the easiest way to see all pics, videos and tweets, from everyone at an event, in one shared album.” How fancy!

In honor of the new year festivities, Moment.me has shared with us their special NYE 2013 page so folks can join in on all the most happening events around the globe! Check out the embed above to get a little taste of what’s happening already or follow this link to the Moment.me NYE 2013 page.

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New Track: Gary Clark Jr. – “Numb”

 

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This guy is so damn cool. First time we saw him was at SXSW 2012 when he buzzed about with his eleventy-billion showcases, murderating stage after stage. Hailed by the press as the second coming of Jimi Hendrix after wowing crowds for the last couple years going hard on the festival circuit, Gary Clark Jr. is that dude.

The newest single from his upcoming album, Blak and Blu comes in the form of a distorted, gritty wonderland called “Numb” and carries a vocal style reminding us a but of Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys fame. No going wrong with that, either.

The first single, “Ain’t Messin ‘Round,” was released in September and has a crispier, poppier, high energy vibe. The man boasts variety – go ‘head, boo.

Look for Blak and Blu on October 22, and the meantime take a peek at Gary’s fashion spread in the August/September issue of Vibe, which happens to be shot by our editor, Seher Sikandar. Pretty rad!

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Photo: Stevie Wonder at Outside Lands 2012

 

Giant Step contributor Emmanuel Blackwell shares some words on his Outside Lands experience, including photos from performances by Stevie Wonder and Santigold.

As cliché as it sounds, it has been a little over 72 hours and it still hasn’t quite set in that I was roughly 20 feet from the stage watching an American icon perform the songs that have helped mold the musical fabric of generations past, present and future.

Being at San Francisco’s Outside Lands is like being a kid in a candy store—for three whole days. There’s food, art, booze, and more distinguised musicians than you literally can even attempt to watch perform. On the final day of the prolific festival just a few of the names scheduled to hit the stage included: Franz Ferdinand, Skrillex, fun., City and Colour, Regina Spektor, Jack White, Santigold and the aforementioned living-legend Stevie Wonder to close out the show.

With thousands of people filling acres of The City’s historical Golden Gate Park with their ears and eyes wide open, Stevie delivered, dare I say, a Wonder-ful performance that left no attendee disappointed.

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Emmanuel Blackwell is a San Francisco native and photographer who documents music, street scenes, and the fine art of every day life. Find his work at emmanuelblackwell.com.