Images: Alex Winston at Schubas in Chicago, IL

In my previous post, I shared images from the Lightfoils show at Schubas on Monday 29th.

In addition to Lightfoils’ performance, the headliner, Alex Winston also put on an captivating show. Winston, who is wrapping up a month long tour with the Neon Trees, is currently promoting her upcoming EP, “The Day I Died“.

Check out the video for her latest single, “Careless“.

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Images: Lightfoils at Schubas in Chicago,IL

On Monday, June 29th, the Lightfoils took the stage again after a nearly eight month break. If you are not familiar with Lightfoils,  they are described as having, “hazy soundscapes, ringing guitar, icy synth, feather-light vocals”, essentially they fall into the shoegaze/dreampop category.

You can check out some of their work on Saint Marie Records.

Images: Dubwitch Show at bar 10 DOORS in Chicago

Recently, Stella Katsoudas, a musician who I have been a fan of for quite some time asked me if I’d like to join her on stage for an upcoming performance supporting her latest project, Dubwitch. So, I and my friend Emily Barney accompanied her during a March 14th live show at a Chicago venue called Bar 10 DOORS. We donned long grey witch cloaks while Stella showcased some truly striking skull-face makeup with an impressive light display put together by the very talented Terrence Pogge.

A while back I wrote an extensive article about Stella’s various projects so this was a really fun experience to be a part of.

The following live images were taken by my husband Brett Koppen:

Images: Leighton Meester live at Park West in Chicago

The following images are from Leighton Meester‘s performance at the Park West in Chicago on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. She performed some tracks off of her new album Heartstrings as well as a few covers such as Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” and The Cardigans’ “Lovefool”. Meester and her band put on a rather lovely and mellow performance. It would have been nice if audience members could have refrained from yelling various Gossip Girl references, after-all she’s not up there doing The Monologues of Blair Waldorf, though I can understand the excitement.

Images: A.D.D., The Streets and Arcane Framework at Subterranean

On Saturday, January 10th, I ventured out into the brave cruel world that is known as Chicago in January. The city had been experiencing sub-zero temperatures earlier in the week and I was not terribly inclined to leave the warm cocoon of my home. However, with the weather having warmed up to a whopping 20 degree heatwave, I made my way out to Subterranean located in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.

Performing that evening was A.D.D, The Streets and the band Aracane Framework (Amicus also performed but I did not make it in time for their set.). I had met the vocalist of Aracane Framework earlier in December at my brother in law’s Christmas party and attended the show at his behest.

While I’ve had just about as much as I can take of Chicago’s typically brutal winters, I’m glad I attended.

Images: Veruca Salt at Lincoln Hall in Chicago

Veruca Salt’s first tour with the original lineup after fifteen years at Lincoln Hall in Chicago. It was a fantastic show where the excitement of the band and crowd could be clearly felt. Very happy to have attended. Looking forward to hearing more new music from the group.

Live images of Maren Celest and Lightfoils at The Beat Kitchen

On Saturday, May 4, 2013 we had the pleasure of seeing a long time acquaintance Jane Zabeth perform once again with her band Lightfoils at the Beat Kitchen along with Maren Celest as the opener. Pure X also performed but as we were feeling pretty beat from a long day of packing (yep, we have to move…again) we ended up heading home after Lightfoils performance (sorry Pure X).

I had recently purchased a new lens for an upcoming wedding my husband and I are shooting later this month and wanted to test it out in some really low light situations. Club shows are notorious for that. The Beat Kitchen (awesome club with an awesome bartender also named Kim) seemed to really dig using a red light bulb. So rather than having every photo come out red I did a little bit of editing and adjusted the color and added some effects here and there in post processing. I wanted to avoid using any kind of flash in this situation just to see how low the lens could go as well as not to blind the performers as the room was VERY dark.

If anyone has any tips on settings for low-light situations (with and without flash) I would LOVE to hear them.
Maren Celest at the Beat Kitchen
Maren Celest at the Beat Kitchen
Maren Celest at the Beat Kitchen
Maren Celest at the Beat Kitchen
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Lightfoils - Live at the Beat Kitchen

Lighfoils - Live at the Beat Kitchen

Lightfoils - Live at Beat Kitchen

Lightfoils - Live at the Beat Kitchen
Lightfoils Pedals

Jane - Lightfoils

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