Those Darlins @ 7th Street Entry

Those Darlins

Last night I covered a show by the ever-dependably-crazy Those Darlins at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis. It’s a side venue attached to First Avenue, much like the Black Cat backstage in DC or the Talking Head in Baltimore, except bigger and with way, way better lights. Definitely among the best shooting conditions of clubs this size I’ve ever worked in. I was getting good shutter speeds (1/200 and up) at ISO 3200 and f/2.8.

Those Darlins

Which was good, because Those Darlins brought it, as always. They made their name by being high-energy onstage, and high-energy they were. I covered their show in DC back in January (and did a backstage portrait with them), but this one blew that show out of the water. Blame it on the famously tame DC crowds, maybe?

Those Darlins

Those Darlins

Actually, it wasn’t until after the band had gone through their setlist that things got fun. Maybe during the last song, Kelley hopped up on someone’s shoulders while playing guitar, but I idiotically managed to miss that shot (see awesome fellow Twin Cities photogs Leslie Plesser and Meredith Westin for the goods). They then did something like three encore songs that got progressively more energetic. The last song – before which I’d almost stepped out the door but then realized they were about to do one more – is where I got many of my best shots, including all of the following:

Those Darlins

Those Darlins

Those Darlins

Those Darlins

Here are many of the rest of the photos at Flickr.

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