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Single Scull

Oct 27, 2014
Single Scull

I love stopping in Olympia on a trip up to Seattle.  The rain was just clearing as we pulled in over the weekend, so I made for the water with my camera.  It seems like I usually photograph Percival Landing on the western side of Budd Inlet.&...

Alison Toon
Black Label Society, at Aftershock (and this weekend, at Knotfest)… and a wall of Marshall amps

Oct 25, 2014
Black Label Society, at Aftershock (and this weekend, at Knotfest)… and a wall of Marshall amps

Black Label Society, Aftershock 2014Perhaps the band with the biggest stack of Marshalls on the planet, Black Label Society are taking their show to Knotfest this weekend. Lots of heavy metal and headbanging and a real, good, show. Go bezerk!!!John DeS...

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Alison Toon
Catfish and the Bottlemen: sometimes you just have to embrace the red

Oct 24, 2014
Catfish and the Bottlemen: sometimes you just have to embrace the red

Catfish and the Bottlemen, Sacramento, October 2014I was kicking myself, earlier in the week, for almost missing last night's Catfish and the Bottlemen's show at the Assembly, Sacramento: this is their first USA tour, they have sellout dates lined up b...

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My West Sacramento Photo of the Day
Goodbye to the Old Cemex Silos

Goodbye to the Old Cemex Silos

These old silos at the Cemex cement plant on South River Road are now being  torn down as part of the continuing redevelopment of the riverbank area. See more at the Business Journal.Photo by Barbara Smith (2008)

Alison Toon
Bring Me The Horizon, Drown… watch all the way through!

Oct 22, 2014
Bring Me The Horizon, Drown… watch all the way through!

Bring Me The Horizon have just released a video for their upcoming single, Drown (to be released December 7th). It's a little more mainstream than their last album Sempiternal: and Oliver Sykes is showing even more that he can sing, not just scream.The...

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Alison Toon
In This Moment: I understand the appeal. But I still don’t get it. I do, but I don’t.

Oct 21, 2014
In This Moment: I understand the appeal. But I still don’t get it. I do, but I don’t.

Maria Brink, In This Moment, Aftershock festival, SacramentoAn In This Moment show is an intensely-visual, over-the-top, Gaga-esque combination of metal mayhem meets S&M meets the stuff of your nightmares... or male dream-fantasy-gone-bad. When I s...

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Alison Toon
Next weekend, I know I will miss you… FFDP, Slipknot, and so much more… KNOTFEST!!!

Oct 19, 2014
Next weekend, I know I will miss you… FFDP, Slipknot, and so much more… KNOTFEST!!!

I was hoping and planning to be at Knotfest next weekend in San Bernadino, Southern California, but... it's the beginning of a major week of conferences in Vancouver, Canada, TAUS, Localization World), so I'll be a lot further north than San Diego!Slip...

Alison Toon
Soundtrack to a beautiful, sunny Sunday morning… Steve Rothery’s “The Ghosts of Pripyat”

Oct 19, 2014
Soundtrack to a beautiful, sunny Sunday morning… Steve Rothery’s “The Ghosts of Pripyat”

Steve Rothery, Cropredy festival, 2014Released in late September, Steve Rothery's album, The Ghosts of Pripyat, was my soundtrack for this sunny, calm and restful late-October morning. Some beautiful yet haunting guitar compositions, wonderfully execut...

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Sacramento Magazine
St. Francis Revelry 2014

Oct 18, 2014


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Alison Toon
My first-ever fashion shoot, and it was pure accident… at TBD Fest

Oct 18, 2014
My first-ever fashion shoot, and it was pure accident… at TBD Fest

TBD Fest 2014, Fashion showI've never shot a fashion show before.There happened to be one, at TBD Fest, aligned with Sacramento Fashion Week; some of the clothes on display were Mission Impossible, some another brand.I learned a few things:- To make su...

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