Thee Oh Sees were great live but I dont think they expected the paparazzi's to show up. I went with 2 other photographers and we all were snapping away in the dimmest venue yet. I pulled off some great shots at iso 3200 and above, my camera never dropped below that.
Lighting: Lighting at the The Pink Elephant is by far the worst venue I have ever attempted to shoot in. I was mostly at 6400 at a very show shutter. Even with the 50mm at 1.8 it was hard to capture light.
Gear: I shot with my Nikon D300 as well as my nifty 50 1.8 and cheap 18-55. I dont mind shooting with the cheap lenses when there is not an allocated photographer area. I set my Auto ISO to shoot between 200-6400. I prefer the D300s image in black and white when shooting at 6400.