Photos & Perspective: Three Nights With The Long Winters, The Hold Steady, and Not Shooting Ryan Adams at City Arts Fest

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The Long Winters featured bandleader John Roderick (right), Sean Nelson (left), and members of Seattle's School of Rock.
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Photos & Perspective: Three Nights With The Long Winters, The Hold Steady, and Not Shooting Ryan Adams at City Arts Fest

  • Photos & Perspective: Three Nights With The Long Winters, The Hold Steady, and Not Shooting Ryan Adams at City Arts Fest

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    Laura Musselman
    The Long Winters featured bandleader John Roderick (right), Sean Nelson (left), and members of Seattle's School of Rock.
    This post is part of a series in which longtime Seattle music photographer Laura Musselman provides her thoughts on what it was like to be at, and shoot shows.

    By Laura Musselman

    The Long Winters, Thursday, Showbox at the Market: I've seen them so many times I've lost count, in at least six or seven states with six or seven different lineups. If I could pick a best show, this one would be up there near the top. Sean Nelson's guest vocals? Mind-blowing. John & Sean's back-and-forth sarcastic banter? Classic. A backing band made of incredibly talented and adorable kids? Made my cheeks hurt from smiling all night.

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    Laura Musselman
    The Hold Steady's frontman/flirt Craig Finn.
    The Hold Steady, Saturday, the Neptune: Just like every time I see this band, Craig Finn is the star of the show. He gives a photographer every face or pose she could ever possibly want in one-and-a-half songs. They are one of a few bands that I always get in the mosh pit for, trying to shoot through clapping hands and screaming faces. I loved it, but I'd be remiss not to mention how hard I'm still missing Franz Nicolay's perfect keyboard parts. And his moustache.

    Ryan Adams, Friday, Benaroya Hall: I wasn't allowed to photograph this show, and that's totally OK. It was so understated and precious that had I taken even a couple of photographs, I'm sure half of the crowd would have remembered me as that huge jerk whose camera was clicking away during "Oh My Sweet Carolina." It wouldn't have made for exciting photos anyhow, but you could have at least kinda-sorta seen his beautiful face through his hair.

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