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*A little punk rock, a lot of free spirit.*

Just another mediocre music blog.

(All the images on here are one's that I have taken. So, don't be a jerk and crop out the copyright, capeesh?)
Garrett Nickelsen of The Maine
Milwaukee, WI
The Rave
10/20/13

Garrett Nickelsen of The Maine

Milwaukee, WI

The Rave

10/20/13

In 2 weeks I’ll be seeing The Maine on Halloween!

I’ve never been to a Halloween concert before, so I’m super excited! I always love looking up to see what bands dress up as at the their shows for Halloween. I’ll be going with my twin brother, and his girlfriend. We were going to go as a group costume, but life got in the way and we aren’t prepared and it’s only 2 weeks away. I can’t wait! 

Throwback Thursday: Miami Horror

AP Magazine just released a fun article yesterday about haunted venues in America. The Congress Theatre in Chicago was one of the venues on the list. It just so happens that I’ve been backstage at this venue to photograph an Australian band called Miami Horror, so i figured why not do a throwback thursday on it. I was 21 years old and just starting out i was still shooting in Jpeg (I was so naive). This was a pretty cool experience for a 21 year old After I got done shooting the first three songs of their set the guy that I was working for got permission from the band to let me take some pictures side stage. I was so nervous, because the crowd was so large. When I was backstage I felt like I shouldn’t have been back there like I was breaking in or something. Haha. I got the shots which are terrible!!!! Oh also, I got paid in beer for taking the pictures that night. Haha

Here’s a couple that I’m almost too embarrassed to put up, because of how horrible they are!image

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Please leave copyright on the image. Thanks!

Please leave copyright on the image. Thanks!

Jon Simmons of Balance and Composure

Jon Simmons of Balance and Composure

John O’Callaghan of The Maine
Chicago, IL
The Metro
10/21/12

John O’Callaghan of The Maine

Chicago, IL

The Metro

10/21/12

This was before we sat down for the interview. Interview and more images to come in the next couple of weeks. 

This was before we sat down for the interview. Interview and more images to come in the next couple of weeks. 

On my way to photograph and interview The Shakes and Rumbles. You will love these guys! I’ll post a photo later tonight.

Happy first day of Fall! Here’s a playlist I’ve created along with some album art for it. Enjoy!

1. Loose Leaves -Bright Eyes

2. Naive -The Kooks

3. Drunk In Amsterdam -Thieves and Villains

4. Stop Or Go -The Pigeon Detectives

5. A Summer Chill -This Is Ivy League

6. A-Punk -Vampire Weekend

7. Middle Management -Bishop Allen

8. Kill It -The Cinema

9. Holidays -Miami Horror

10. West Coast -Coconut Records

11. Sleeping In -The Postal Service

12. Seaside -The Kooks

13. Shatterday -Vendetta Red

14. Pa Pa Power -Dead Man’s Bones

15. Undercover Martyn -Two Door Cinema Club

16. Somebody That I Used To Know -Gotye

17. I Will Follow You Into The Dark -Death Cab For Cutie

18. Picasso -The Cinema

19. On My Mind -The Sunday Drivers

20. Saint Jerome -Coconut Records

21. Believer -American Authors

22. Hey Little Sister -The Postelles

23. It’s Almost Halloween -Panic! At The Disco

Throwback Thursday (First photo pass edition)

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I was 21 years old when I got my first photo pass. It was for All Time Low they were one of my favorite bands at the time, so it was a pretty big deal. I should also mention they were/are my twin brother’s favorite band and he was at the concert with me. In typical twin/sibling fashion I wouldn’t shut up about how close I was going to be to our favorite band. I’m sure I sounded like a broken record, but this was the first time I’ve ever been better (for lack of a better word) at anything than he. 

This was my shinning moment to prove I was serious about taking photos of bands. My starting point in a career which I thought I knew everything about. (Reminder: I was a naive 21 year old) Like an idiot I thought it was so dumb to photograph in RAW so I shot in jpegs instead. This probably means nothing to you, but to a photographer it’s the biggest rookie mistake there is. I repeat if you’re starting out as a concert photographer do yourselves a favor and shoot in RAW, then thank yourself later! 

At this concert I also brought along my 35mm film camera just to see if I could photograph bands like they did back in the day. That was actually a pretty cool idea I had. Unlike the idea of only shooting in jpeg. I will write about this in a different post for a later date. Here are a few images of All Time Low. The first one is me trying to be artsy, and the other is an image from my film camera of Alex Gaskarth 

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If you were listening to your iPod and someone took out your headphones would you be embarrassed by what was playing if they put them in their ears?

Brian Joyce of Major League
Chicago,IL
The Subterranean
6/7/14

Brian Joyce of Major League

Chicago,IL

The Subterranean

6/7/14