Sound Check with The Glitch Mob

A few weeks ago, my cousin Ed’s band, The Glitch Mob, was in town touring in support of their latest album, “Love, Death, Immortality,” at the House of Blues. My cousin and I see each other at least once a year since we both went off to college, and I’ve always enjoyed hanging out with the other guys in the band since they first got together. As objectively as I can put it, though, this edition of their tour is the best production I’ve seen so far, and that’s saying something, given their last go-round:

It was a treat for me to just be a fly on the wall as the crew and the band worked through their set during sound check, since I wasn’t able to stick around for the real thing. Then again, I wouldn’t be walking on stage during the actual show…

Here’s a few shots from that afternoon.

3/12/14 — BOSTON — From left, Justin Boreta, Josh Mayer, aka Ooah, and Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob work through the band's set during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — From left, Justin Boreta, Josh Mayer, aka Ooah, and Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob work through the band's set during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob works through the band's set during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob works through the band's set during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — Josh Mayer, aka Ooah, of The Glitch Mob works through the band's set as crew prepare the stage during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — Josh Mayer, aka Ooah, of The Glitch Mob works through the band's set as crew prepare the stage during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — From left, Justin Boreta, Josh Mayer, aka Ooah, and Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob work through the band's set during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — From left, Justin Boreta, Josh Mayer, aka Ooah, and Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob work through the band's set during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob makes some last-minute changes to the live show during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob makes some last-minute changes to the live show during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

Crystal Clear

There are a lot of perks to being a news photographer, but one of the best is getting to meet interesting people every time you go out for an assignment.

Last month, the Wall Street Journal gave me a shout about photographing a chandelier cleaner going about his work in the posh Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston. That’s how I met Keith Campbell, the owner of Acu-Bright chandelier cleaners.

Keith was being profiled because he invented a method machine that makes cleaning the crystals of a chandelier possible without disassembling the whole rig. Being completely ignorant to the world of chandeliers — like 98 percent of the rest of the world, most likely — I had no idea that the traditional method of cleaning involves a complete disassembly, individual cleaning, and then reassembly. Obviously, for a big Las Vegas casino, that would involve a lot of downtime, and time is money.

Acu-Bright’s method involves ultrasound and water. It’s as simple as a cylinder of vibrating water, which shakes the debris and dust right off the crystals as they hang. Without disassembly, what would take about a week for the larger chandeliers takes about a day with Acu-Bright. Keith says he’s been a hit, and he’s got a lot of stories about some of the clients he’s served, some of whom make him sign non-disclosure agreements. Such is the nature of the rich and famous, I guess!

Read more at the Wall Street Journal while it’s in front of the paywall.

02/03/2014 -- BOSTON, Mass. -- Keith Campbell, President of Acu-Bright, cleans a chandelier in a client's home in Boston on Feb. 3, 2014. Campbell invented the Acu-Bright cleaning system, which uses an ultrasonic process and water to clean the delicate parts of a chandelier in a fraction of the time of the traditional cleaning process of disassembly. CREDIT: Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal CHANDELIER (Kelvin Ma/Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

02/03/2014 — BOSTON, Mass. — Keith Campbell, President of Acu-Bright, cleans a chandelier in a client's home in Boston on Feb. 3, 2014. Campbell invented the Acu-Bright cleaning system, which uses an ultrasonic process and water to clean the delicate parts of a chandelier in a fraction of the time of the traditional cleaning process of disassembly. CREDIT: Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal CHANDELIER (Kelvin Ma/Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

02/03/2014 -- BOSTON, Mass. -- Keith Campbell, President of Acu-Bright, pulls a clean chandelier crystal out of the Acu-Bright's cleaning container in a client's home in Boston on Feb. 3, 2014. Campbell invented the Acu-Bright system, which uses an ultrasonic process and water to clean the delicate parts of a chandelier in a fraction of the time of the traditional cleaning process of disassembly. CREDIT: Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal CHANDELIER (Kelvin Ma/Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

02/03/2014 — BOSTON, Mass. — Keith Campbell, President of Acu-Bright, pulls a clean chandelier crystal out of the Acu-Bright's cleaning container in a client's home in Boston on Feb. 3, 2014. Campbell invented the Acu-Bright system, which uses an ultrasonic process and water to clean the delicate parts of a chandelier in a fraction of the time of the traditional cleaning process of disassembly.

02/03/2014 -- BOSTON, Mass. -- Keith Campbell, President of Acu-Bright, cleans a chandelier in a client's home in Boston on Feb. 3, 2014. Campbell invented the Acu-Bright cleaning system, which uses an ultrasonic process and water to clean the delicate parts of a chandelier in a fraction of the time of the traditional cleaning process of disassembly. CREDIT: Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal CHANDELIER (Kelvin Ma/Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

02/03/2014 — BOSTON, Mass. — Keith Campbell, President of Acu-Bright, cleans a chandelier in a client's home in Boston on Feb. 3, 2014. Campbell invented the Acu-Bright cleaning system, which uses an ultrasonic process and water to clean the delicate parts of a chandelier in a fraction of the time of the traditional cleaning process of disassembly.

NESCAC Champions!

It’s been a long time coming for the Tufts women’s basketball team. Despite more than a decade of dominance at or near the top of NESCAC and the national scene, the women’s team finally captured the elusive conference championship last Sunday afternoon.

What I like most about covering this team is their aggressive defensive style, which leads to a lot of downcourt turnovers and plays on the ground. It’s pretty different than a lot of the basketball I typically shoot in the men’s college and pro game, so I’m going heavier on that in this blog edit.

I’m psyched to be back in action this weekend as Tufts hosts the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament!

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts forward Ali Rocchi, A14, jumps into the arms of Tufts center Hayley Kanner, A15, after Tufts' 62-46 NESCAC Championship game win over Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. It is Tufts' first ever NESCAC Championship. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts forward Ali Rocchi, A14, jumps into the arms of Tufts center Hayley Kanner, A15, after Tufts' 62-46 NESCAC Championship game win over Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. It is Tufts' first ever NESCAC Championship. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts guard Caitlin McClure, A14, tries to dive in on Amherst's Savannah Holness in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts guard Caitlin McClure, A14, tries to dive in on Amherst's Savannah Holness in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts guard Caitlin McClure, A14, beats out Amherst's Marley Giddins for a rebound in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts guard Caitlin McClure, A14, beats out Amherst's Marley Giddins for a rebound in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts forward Ali Rocchi, A14, gets knocked over by Amherst's Jaimie Renner in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts forward Ali Rocchi, A14, gets knocked over by Amherst's Jaimie Renner in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts fans hold up cardboard cutouts of the women's basketball team in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game against Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts hold up cardboard cutouts of the women's basketball team in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game against Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts head coach Carla Berube cuts down the net following Tufts' 62-46 NESCAC Championship game win over Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. It is Tufts' first ever NESCAC Championship. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts head coach Carla Berube cuts down the net following Tufts' 62-46 NESCAC Championship game win over Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. It is Tufts' first ever NESCAC Championship. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

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