PJ Sykes

Six years ago, avid Virginia concertgoer PJ Sykes decided he was sick of snapping shots of his favorite acts using disposable cameras from Walgreens. So he got himself a real camera and, as luck would have it, discovered he had a knack for live event photography. Sykes, whose work has appeared in Spin and Paste, has shot bands including the Beastie Boys, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, and Monotonix. His black-and-white images are intimate and sweaty, often motion-blurred or punctuated with flares of light shining from offstage. Photos like these usually make you wish you’d been at the concert, but Sykes’ shots make you feel like you actually were—and just drank too many beers to remember. (21 and over.) ERIKA HOBART

Sept. 4-26, 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m., 2009

 
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