Sam Verrill

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If there is a worse night of the week to see a gig than Wednesday I don't know what it is. Wednesday is hump day; three days of work have already tired you out, but you still have two more staring you down, so it's not always best to go all night. That said, the right show...
Poster by Guy Burwell Dear Josh Homme, Thanks for last night. Sincerely, Sam You’re probably asking yourself why I’m thanking Josh Homme, lead queen of the stone age, in a post about My Morning Jacket’s Radio City Music Hall show. That’s a perfectly reasonable question, but I think I’ve got a perfectly reasonable answer. The show on Friday night felt like a...
I had the chance to catch The Raconteurs this weekend with my buddy Dave from Earvolution. I was definitely psyched to see Jack White and co. again, but I must admit, when Dave said he had an extra ticket I was almost equally excited to see what Rob Jones had in store for the gig poster. I know I've...
Photo by flysi Summer in the city of New York can be a fickle, fickle mistress. Day after day of sweltering heat, tempered only sometimes by a blast of cold air in a crowded subway car. When that subway's A/C unit is busted you begin to understand what Dante was talking about. There is another side to summers in New York though,...
I was trolling through the recently uploaded posters on gigposters, waiting for something to jump out at me for this week's Print Tease, and surprisingly nothing did. Sure, there were some fine posters buried in there, but nothing grabbed me. So I decided to take this week to highlight an unbelievably cool ongoing series of movie posters...
I have a nasty habit of taking photographs without people in them. In fact, I prefer landscapes, plants, and especially buildings. Truth is, people can ruin pictures sometimes. Maybe one person isn't looking, or another closed their eyes. Some might see these imperfections as human, something to be lauded in photos as opposed to eradicated. ...
In Drymount! and Print Tease I've looked at artists and bands who have had long productive relationships. Pearl Jam and Ames Bros. have been working together for over 10 years; Rob Jones shapes the White Stripe's image almost as much as Jack White does. Another really fruitful combination has been indie-favorite The Arcade Fire and Minneapolis printing...
I was mulling a few options for Print Tease this week. Then gigposters had an update and I had a clear cut winner, Guy Burwell's poster for The Cure. I couldn't care less about the band, but I couldn't be more excited for this poster, I think this is the best print I've seen in a while. Every...
As I think I've discussed before, I often see gig poster artists split into two categories: Illustrators and Designers. This is, of course, an over-simplification; many illustrators have a great sense of design, and lots of designers can draw. However, when looking through the pages and pages of new arrivals on Gigposters every week, I frequently see...
By all accounts Spoon are a pretty good band to work with. That's probably why they've had a number of posters done for them -- a lot of really good posters. Everyone from Aesthetic Apparatus to Todd Slater to The Decoder Ring have tried their hand at the Spoon gig poster, but the evil eyes of this...
It didn't take me long to pick out our first Print Tease on its regularly scheduled day. Any fans of the White Stripes or The Raconteurs are sure to be familiar with the artwork of Rob Jones. His fingerprints have been all over the meticulously designed images of both bands through packaging, shirts, and of course, gig...
This is a preview of the new Print Tease feature on Live Music Blog. Beginning Monday, each week I'll be looking at a new poster that's caught my eye, usually for a recent or upcoming gig. Tons of great posters are being produced every week for concerts all across the country and world; hopefully these quick posts...
Booths upon booths; a previous Flatstock in Austin. Photo by nevbrown While over 1,000 bands and countless more fans and industry insiders have descended upon Austin for this year’s South By Southwest, more than 75 of the country's best screenprinters and gig poster artists are also gathering there for the largest poster convention in the country, Flatstock. Organized by the...
My full Flatstock 16 preview will be coming shortly, but to whet your appetites I wanted to first post an interview with screen printing extraordinaire Andy MacDougall. Starting in 2006, Andy MacDougall of www.squeegeeville.com, and www.tmiscreenprinting.com began setting up printing demos at Flatstock. Andy resides on Vancouver Island, but works with printers all over North America and contributes written...
Photo by Craynol Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past year, you know that an election is coming up. You're probably familiar with the players involved; they've been hoofing it across the country for months, stumping for votes, parrying debate questions and fending off (or courting) reporters. As we creep ever so slowly toward the nominating conventions,...
I had the chance to visit the University of Maryland last week for the opening of Sweet: The Graphic Beauty of the Contemporary Rock Poster, and let me tell you, if there is anyway you can make it out to the show, I highly recommend it (at least check out last week's interview with the show's curator John Shipman)....
The biggest rock poster show to hit the East Coast in a long while kicks off next Wednesday, February 6th. Sweet: The Graphic Beauty of the Contemporary Rock Poster opens at the University of Maryland Art Gallery with a number of cool opportunities. First and foremost is the official opening of a show featuring such poster luminaries as Rob...
One of the things I want to cover on Drymount! are big poster releases, so all the loyal LMB readers are well informed. That coverage is going to begin today with a huge release by Drowning Creek Studio. Owned and operated by the formidable team of Jeff Wood and Judy Gex, Drowning Creek has been designing amazing posters for...
Today I'll be heading to the opening of American Handscape, a new show featuring the art prints and posters of Judge and Gina Kelly.  I couldn't be more excited. It's not every day that a poster gallery show opens in Brooklyn, and this one features two extremely talented artists.  I've been keeping an eye on Judge's work for a...
First off I want to thank everyone for checking out the first Drymount! post last week and for all the support. Justin and I both thought this column would be a good fit on Live Music Blog and I'm glad you folks seem to agree. I did see a very important question continue to pop up in the comments...
We're starting today off with a new column on the site, and we're welcoming on a new blogger to the team named Sam Verrill. He approached me with an idea to do some posts on the concert posters that tons of bands are starting to sell at their live shows, and I thought that sounded like a good...