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You might recognize a few of these guys from my many photos of The Dog & Everything and Last Fast Action. But, since those pictures, they’ve changed it up 100%: they put down the guitar, tossed out the bass, and lost the drums. As Tall Animals, they are focusing on upbeat, danceable electronica. It’s quite a shift, but it’s great seeing something so inspired. Plus, it’s super easy to dance to.

Check out Tall Animals on Facebook, iTunes, or in real life at the annual Fall Formal on November 24th.

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Yearly, Ludo plays “A Very Ludo Christmas” in their hometown of St. Louis. This show always promises to be a wonderland of large decorations, costumed characters, and craziness. Up until this last year, it was always something we heard about, but never were able to see. But, this time, Ludo brought the show to Chicago too, which was wonderful, because Chicago loves them. As you can tell from the photos, there was no holding back: a candy cane arch surrounded the stage, presents/Christmas tress/angels/garland adorned the stage, confetti was flying, and even Santa came out to say hi. Since these are photos, you can’t see that Christmas carols were sung, but trust me, they were.

Definitely the Christmas party of the year.


Left to Right: Augie and Dan (from Last Fast Action), Tom and Tim (from The Plain White Ts)
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This was part of Treaty of Paris’ Christmas show… they invited several bands that they were friends with to perform a few acoustic songs before their headlining set. And it was amazing. Since each band only played for about 15 minutes, the night was jam packed with great local music.

Adam & Chris from AM Taxi played three songs, including an original Christmas song, and as always were fantastic.

AM Taxi @ Double Door
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Wolfgang Schaefer @ Subterranean

Wolfgang Schaefer opened up the Snowsera/We The Living show at Subterranean. Not knowing a thing about Wolfgang Schaefer before he took the stage (aside from the fact that he had a cool name), I was pretty impressed. A singer-songwriter, it was just him and his guitar onstage. His songs were good, his voice was great, and he had a fantastic stage personality. At one point, someone yelled for “Freebird” (they always do), and Wolfgang threatened to play the whole thing, but to do the guitar solo vocally. It was a vicious threat. (more…)

Lovehammers @ House of Blues

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the Lovehammers. I knew frontman Marty Casey had won Rockstar:INXS, and that the Lovehammers had been around the Chicago scene for a while, but that’s about it.

Ultimately, my final decision on them, after the seeing them perform at the House of Blues was that as a photographer, I love them, but as a music lover, I’m not so sure about them. Photographically speaking, they had tons of energy, Casey continually interacted with the crowd, and they had great stage presence. But musically, they weren’t bad, just a little ordinary. However, the photographer side of me always wins, so I’m going to say that I wouldn’t mind seeing them again. I’m curious to see how they would perform on a smaller stage with a more intimate crowd.

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