Flannel Mouth @ The High Note

I feel like I’d been eagerly awaiting the Flannel Mouth show on November 15th forever. Yeah, mainly because my boyfriend is the drummer, but still. No, but in all seriousness, I’ve known the Flannel Mouth guys since high school. In fact, they were my very first concert I ever photographed! They’ve always been fun to watch, they’re so animated and have such a unique sound. It’s crazy to me how good they’ve gotten over the years. It’s been a pleasure to watch and hear their progression.

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The show was Saturday night at The High Note, which is located just inside Pekin, Illinois. For only $5, we enjoyed Second Season, Flannel Mouth, Event Horizon, and Shadows Inc. Second Season is based out of Indiana, Flannel Mouth and Shadows Incorporated are both from Central Illinois, and Event Horizon hails from New York. I was most looking forward to Flannel Mouth (with an obvious bias), but I’ve seen all the other bands besides Second Season before, too, so I knew we were in for a good show. With new material from Flannel Mouth in the works, I was super excited for a small preview.

The venue is located on the second story, so you go up a narrow stair case where you’re greeted by the bar on your right and stage on the opposite side of the room. The High Note is a small, intimate venue with a dive bar feel which is good for seeing the bands right up close, that’s for sure. The one huge complaint I have with this venue is that it was FREEZING. I don’t think they had the heat turned on and the bands, having to load in the back door, were letting the 20 something degree weather inside.

Anyways, on to the good stuff — After Second Season opened up the show, the crowd gathered up around the stage as soon as Flannel Mouth’s set started. I was a bit concerned with the crowd, because there was only two guys that stood up front for the first band. This was not the case with Flannel Mouth! They opened up with some brand new songs and that got people really excited. Luke, the singer, is super fun to watch while he performs. His facial expressions and all around stage presence compliments Flannel Mouth’s sound perfectly. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of their sound, you’ll enjoy watching their set.

Their set list was:

  1. The Showdown in the Courtroom (new)
  2. The Preacher’s Daughter (new)
  3. The Sinner
  4. Oh, Bastard
  5. The World Awaits with Eyes Half-Open
  6. RAR (new)

They went through some of their already-released songs like “Oh, Bastard.” I personally love that song. It’s definitely a toe tapper. Out of the new stuff they played that night, I enjoyed “The Preacher’s Daughter” the most. The three new songs definitely have a bolder sound to it. I think their soon-to-be latest release will be their best one yet. Hopefully that will be out sometime in the upcoming year.

Overall, it was a fantastic local show. The┬ácomradery between the bands was apparent and made it that much more fun to watch their sets. I’m still crossing my fingers for a time when I get to experience Flannel Mouth at a bigger venue with better sound, because it’s long overdue.

 

And a bonus dingy bathroom mirror pic for you for reading all the way to the bottom!
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This is clearly not warm enough for the frigid night. Rockstar problems, right?

 

Circa Survive Champaign Adventure

This past Sunday, Tyler and I went to Champaign (again) to get away from Peoria and see Circa Survive at The Highdive. First we went to Le Peep for some amazing brunch before heading down to the mall to look around. We weren’t shopping for anything in particular. I got a few things, including a Teavana personal steeper and some Oprah Chai Tea. Can’t wait to try that out! And some clothes. Tyler found a record player on sale from $100 for $25 at Spencers, so we gave that a shot! We’ll have to try it out soon.

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The weather was looking like it could get bad, so we were on the hunt for an ice scraper. This was harder than anticipated. We ended up having to go to good old Walmart to get one. Then we went to Destihl Brewery again for dinner. We went there last time and the deep fried asparagus was amazing. I tried out the salmon this time and it was much tastier than the fish tacos that I had before.

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Then it was time for the show! I’ve heard a couple Circa Survive songs from Tyler, but nothing really to go off of for the concert. I was pleasantly surprised, though, when it ended up being amazing. They sounded great and the venue was awesome. It was small and intimate and just cool. They even had Angry Orchard on tap! We grabbed a couple seats at the bar and watched from the back. Tyler usually likes to be farther back anyway to get the best sound quality. I was thankful to be sitting after walking around all day. I’m having Tyler send me over some stuff, because I think I’ve been missing out on Circa Survive now.

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Afterwards we drove right home and just had amazing conversation the whole ride home. It sure didn’t seem like a 90 minute drive! I’m really loving our Sunday’s together.

Music Monday : In This Moment – Big Bad Wolf

Okay, I’m still on a concert high from the Black Widow tour a couple weeks ago. I absolutely LOVED the song Big Bad Wolf by In This Moment. My boyfriend (who works at a record store) actually surprised me with the Black Widow CD the other day! It was a great ride to Campaign rocking out to ITM. If this song wasn’t catchy enough, the choreography Maria and her Blood Girls did live was superb! I think of it at the chorus every single time.

Flashback Friday

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How’s this for a Flashback Friday? The left picture is Tyler and I as sophomores in high school and the right photo was taken about a month ago. Crazy! We look like babies! He’s been one of my best friends since that multimedia class and I’m so thankful to have the luxury to say he’s been a part of my life for so long. To think our high school crushes and awkward tension that everyone else seemed to pick up on has lead us to finally, finally, finally be dating. I’m so incredibly happy and a big part of it is due to this guy right here.

Black Widow Tour

This past Saturday I photographed In This Moment’s Black Widow Tour at Limelight Eventplex in Peoria, IL. I was so excited to shoot this show (yes, it’s my 3rd time shooting ITM, but not in this size of a venue). Maria is so theatrical, it’s a photographers dream. I went through the meet and greet with my Maria-inspired outfit that was still work appropriate and she recognized my hat from my Halloween costume! I got a photo with all of them and had Maria sign my hat, then she got a photo of just us two on her phone. Then she made me even more happy by saying they don’t limit photographers to the first 3 songs. The more photos, the better! I about died.

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I got some amazing shots. I was actually a little shot happy and took way too many, but I don’t even care. There were just too many amazing moments to capture. Check out some of my favorites below and find more on Facebook or on my website.

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Look : I bet you didnt know someone could love you this much

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Yesterday I got to get dressed up again for 99.9 WWCT’s Day of the Dead concert at Limelight with Big Data and The Last Internationale. I found the flower crown, dress, and tights at Hot Topic for the occasion. I can’t wait to wear this dress in warmer weather, though. The concert was so good! Check out photos from the bands that I took here on my Facebook page (and maybe give it a like). I went with my mom and boyfriend to the show and had a blast.

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Look : All Hollows Eve 2014

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Yesterday was my favorite holiday ever – Halloween! I wasn’t sure what I was doing that night. I was supposed to have a Halloween party with my grandma and definitely knew I didn’t want to do that without her. The day before I decided I’d at least dress up a bit and go to one of my favorite bars, Hammer’s, and have a few drinks with my boyfriend. I threw this together. It’s a bat hat from Pier 1, a corset from Nasty Gal, disco pants from American Apparel, and Jeffery Campbell Lita’s. I just said I was a bat wrangler, so my boyfriend went as a hipster vampire. It was a good time! A couple of his friends actually met up with us and shared some drinks. I had a lot of fun and definitely can’t wait until next year to have a Halloween party at my house in honor of my grandma.

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I’m Officially A Home Owner

Holy cow! I’ve got some major news: I just bought a house! I’m so excited. We got it for an amazing price AND the First Time Home Buyer Grant, so it’s a steal! There’s some work to be done, but nothing too major besides a bathroom remodel. Every room will be repainted, new flooring in every room besides the kitchen, back splash in the kitchen, a fence for the back yard, dog door, and other minor things are on the agenda. Luckily, my dad builds homes for a living, so we’ve got it covered! His goal is to have me moved in and set by Thanksgiving. Let the countdown begin!