red roof. goodwill. music store. MOTES. record stores. coffee. bowling. chipotle. sherwood forrest. enough for now. tt. drive. cpaign.
car. TS. yellow. great wall. show. astronomy class. tara terra. the oceanograpgers. pink beam. red roof. borgy. sleep.
I had the privilege of shooting yet another fantastic show for Innocent Words. All three were Chicago based band, Tomblands, Strange Faces, and Twin Peaks. If you've ever been to a Twin Peaks show you know how impressive it is for me to say that I got shots from the front row WITHOUT getting my camera smashed and only endured a couple minor bruises. I know I say this all the time, but this was some of the best music to grace champaign, and I'm being honest.
I ended up hanging around with Strange Faces for a majority of the night and they are great people who make great music. listen to them. see their shows. buy their merch.
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I've been procrastinating writing this blog post, not because I don't want to but because I have no idea what I want to articulate about this show. If you know me at all you know that I have a handful of artists that I worship, and Hoodie Allen and Blackbear are definitely in that list. This past wednesday I was given the opportunity (thanks to innocent words) to not only attend my second Hoodie show but shoot from the photo pit.
So on Wednesday morning my dad and I began our trek to St. Louis during one of the worst Blizzards in the Midwest this year. And even though we drove through white out conditions and were "love tapped" by a semi truck, we still made it to the venue in one piece (our car not so much).
There was some opening act that was from St. Louis that I missed. But after him Blackbear took the stage. And I completely forgot how to use my camera because holy shit Blackbear's 2 feet away from my camera. At one point he even reached out to his fans and I reached up and grabbed his hand because I have no restraint when it comes to fangirling (he thought it was funny though so it's ok).
Next was Kyle and his sidekick Brick. Honestly I don't really know anything by Kyle but, he has a few hits with R&B artist, Kehlani, and they are fantastic. I had no idea what to expect but their energy was unreal which resulted in some pretty sick shots.
After Kyle was Hoodie and I'll just let the shots speak for themselves
On a whim (partially because I got off work, partially because I'm crazy and want to attend as much live music as humanly possible), I attended the Undercut Collective's Valentine's Day show featuring Those Manic Seas + Fiona Kimble, with a poetry reading by Emma Chielewski.
Ok so the Those Manic Seas set was some of the weirdest shit I've seen in a long time. And I'm 100% on board with it. Their "lead singer", was not a person, but instead a mannequin with monitor, playing a video (or a live feed???) of a human head, Kilroy, singing. I still have no idea how it's pulled off. And I have no idea who Kilroy is. I'm hoping he's a ghost possessing a monitor but he is probably just broadcasting from space or something. Seriously it was unreal.
Friday night, I had the privilege of shooting Tigerbeat, Tara Terra, and Cullen Omori for Innocent Words.
Tigerbeat is a local band comprised of John Isberg, Michael Hicks, and Matt Yeats. This was the first time I had heard them. They did not disappoint. Their album The Last Picture Show, is so dreamy and soothing — they are just as good (if not better) live.
After Tigerbeat my favorite local band, Tara Terra, preformed. Let me tell you, this is probably the best I've ever seen them live and every time I've seen them they have been phenomenal. I could rave about them indefinitely, but all the right vibes were there last night. If you haven't heard their album Daughter, you need to drop everything you're doing and listen.
Honestly, I hadn't really looked up Cullen Omori before his set, but when I saw how nice the light looked I knew something special was about to happen.
Omori has that cool "sad boy" aesthetic that I've always wanted to achieve but never really have (or will) which gives him a pretty rad stage presence.
His music is also definitely worth checking out. After his previous band, Smith Westerns, broke up Omori embarked on a solo career and creating his own sound. His major influences are The Beatles (if you couldn't tell by the high guitars) and John Lennon.
Omori's newest album, New Misery, releases March 18th.
Flickr for the rest photos from this show.
Instagram for more pictures.
Innocent Words blog.
Innocent Words Insta.
I'm sure that many of you already know, but I am an avid fan girl. This past week I was given the opportunity to take photos of the indie folk band, The Oh Hellos, which I have been listening to for the past few months because of a random pandora play. And wow let me just tell you now that this was one of the most exciting things to happen to me this year. We walked into the venue and (of course) they were doing sound check for my favorite song at the moment, Dear Wormwood, and I had a small star struck moment. Their overall energy throughout the show was just unreal, they are truly a force on stage. Each and every band member has such an amazing presence and were all charming and fun to chat with off stage. I was also introduced to the lovely Liza Anne, who is currently on tour with them (she liked my twitter name). And to top all that off one of my dear friends and beautiful song writer, Fiona Kimble, opened for them.
I'm excited for what 2016 has in store for me, if it was anything like this night it's going to be so rad.
For all of the photos from this night check out my Flickr!!