It was one of the most exciting shows all year to witness the kick-off of LANY‘s “The Make Out Tour”. Paul Klein, Les Priest, and Jake Goss played to a sold out room of fans two night in a row at The Troubadour in West Hollywood.

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Anna Lee is a Los Angeles-based music and tour photographer.

SXSW gets crazier every year, and it’s a struggle to watch and shoot all of the sets I’d like too! Here are a few of my fave shots from each band I did get to see. Cheers to old and new music friends!

CONRAD SEWELL:

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GALLANT:

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CITY OF THE SUN:

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FLOR:

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GRIZFOLK:

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GROUPLOVE:

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MAINLAND:

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TABI BONNEY:

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XYLO:

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SAVOIR ADORE:

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My good friends in Grizfolk kicked off their Troublemaker Tour last week in California! Check out tour dates on their website!

January 22nd, 2016
Observatory Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA

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So happy for these guys selling out the Constellation Room at The Observatory for their Album Release Show! Great first show of the year to shoot.

Armors w/ Dark Waves & Kid Cadaver
The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
January 2nd, 2016

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X Ambassadors
Nov 9th, 2015
House of Blues – Dallas, TX

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HALSEY w/ LANY
Badlands Tour
Oct 8th, 2015
Southside Ballroom, Dallas, TX

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I know a lot of you have been waiting for this news since I teased it earlier this year, so I’m stoked to announce the #ALMmentorsesh contest! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many of you on the road and talking about photography, but there are always far more questions than we have time to get to! THIS IS OUR CHANCE.

On the following Smallpools tour dates, I’ll be selecting one person per show to receive:

· HALF HOUR MENTOR SESSION
Sit down with me one-on-one to talk live concert photography. We can go over settings, technique, practice shooting, etc. Ask any questions you want!

· PHOTO PASS TO SHOOT THE SHOW
Get access to take photos from the pit and put this new info into practice!

SMALLPOOOLS DATES:
10/27 – Kansas City, MO
10/29 – Denver, CO
11/3 – San Francisco, CA
11/4 – Santa Ana, CA *updated*

HOW TO ENTER:
1. Post a favorite concert photo you’ve taken of any band onto Instagram and/or Twitter. (Doing both doubles your chances!) Doesn’t have to be a professional photo- phone pics are great!
2. Include the following in your IG caption or Tweet: #ALMmentorsesh, @annaleemedia, and the city of the show you’re attending. Include a short description of your music photography goals if there’s space.
3. Each winner will be notified at least 3 days prior to their show, so post your entries before then!

RULES/DISCLAIMERS:
1. No previous concert photo experience necessary! The rules of the pit will be explained to you.
2. You must be attending the show to be eligible- tickets are not included in the prize.
3. You must have access to a digital SLR camera and lens(es) that you can bring to the show (own, rent, borrow, etc).
4. The photo passes will allow you to bring a professional camera into the venue and shoot the first 3 songs of each band from in front of the barricade. Venues that do not include a photo pit will be limited to shooting from the crowd. No flash, and no side or backstage access is permitted.
5. You are responsible for ensuring your availability to participate. Mentor sessions will be scheduled sometime between 5pm-8pm. TBD
6. Rules and dates are subject to change without notice.

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^ Photo by Rachel Martin

While at Chipotle Cultivate Fest with Smallpools this summer, I also got to catch the sets of Betty Who, St. Lucia and friends from last year’s Grouplove tour, Portugal. The Man.

BETTY WHO:
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ST. LUCIA:
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PORTUGAL. THE MAN:
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The Mowgli’s w/ Vinyl Theatre
June 17th, 2015
Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK

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Smallpools
July 18th, 2015
Chipotle Cultivate Festival

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