Distractions Distortions 2014 was Medium Gallery’s most exciting project to date and the best party I’ve ever been to. There were 30 bands in 2 nights, indoor smoking, and I glued together a makeshift photo booth the morning of the fest.

Shoutout to she speaks in tongues, who played their second-to-last set before the band’s oncoming hiatus. And big ups to Space Blood, who played their first show ever and destroyed every brain in the room. 

Special thanks to Rob and Matt, for organizing the incredible weekend and letting me do whatever I want. And happy birthday Mike (homeboy hired Ghostbusters to party with us). 

Distractions Distortions (stages)

Distractions Distortions (photo booth)

, #Distractions Distortions #Chicago #Nightlife #Hipsters #Punk #DIY

Brandon Karras  →

Brandon and I geek out over his band’s debut album — Lab Partner by Mr. Bones. This podcast starts with bong loads.

Mr. Bones’ latest, self-titled single is out now on Bandcamp.

The video I shot for their previous single, Inky Feather, is on YouTube.

Their debut album, Lab Partner, is available as a free download.

Like Mr. Bones on Facebook for updates on new releases and upcoming shows.

, #Mr. Bones #Lab Partner #Psychadelic #Folk #Podcast #Suburban Secrets #Chicago #St. Louis

Rob Majchrowski  →

I have written about Rob from The Peekaboos before. They’re one of my favorite bands in town, and the first few minutes of the podcast is just Rob and I gushing over each other. Then we get super drunk and talk about the first time we were in a fist fight, what it takes to be a valuable member of the art world, and the importance of family.

The band recently filmed a video for ‘Heaven’s Gate’, which will premiere at Emporium Arcade in Wicker Park on April 8. I’m in the video. I will be at the show. You should come too. Peekaboos gigs get kind of intense, and you might get shoved. If that happens, shove back.

, #Suburban Secrets #podcast #Chicago #Peekaboos
Anonymous:
Hey, I found your site through Cold Country's page, who my band (Cougar Island) is playing with tonight at Lincoln Hall. I really enjoy your photographs. Keep up the great work! -Gavin

Thanks Gavin.

Hey everyone! Go listen to Cougar Island’s Totem Poles EP so you can tell people at dinner parties “uhhh I like local music.” 

I don’t claim to be the best in the biz, and folks such as John Yingling and GlitterGuts have been doing photos like these for years before I even started. Still, I like to imagine that Medium Gallery not only documents art and culture in Chicago, but somehow helps the scene flourish. If nothing else, maybe folks who know me might get their first exposure to The Lemons, White Mystery, and Jimmy Whispers cuz of these photos.

To be honest, all I want is for everyone to like The Lemons and dance with me at their next show

Check out more photos from the Animal Kingdom Valentine’s Dance at the Medium Gallery Facebook.

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I filmed this video with Mr. Bones and friends over a weekend in April, in southern Illinois. One of the coolest projects I’ve been a part of. Special thanks to Matt Maher for editing this beautifully. 

I recently recorded an episode of Suburban Secrets with Brandon from Mr. Bones, where we discuss the production of their first album (it’s a masterpiece, which I will share once it is online). The podcast will be out soon. 

, #psychadelic #art #lab partner #mr. bones #carbondale #video #music video

Even though I’m single, I don’t usually date in the winter. I mean, it happens sometimes because I can’t help myself, but I generally prefer to spend the rainy season hauling my camera between club and house shows, cramming with westsiders for body heat. 

I dropped a hot, tasty album on Medium Gallery Facebook featuring two months worth of my favorite folk and punk jammers, along with some new faces. December and January are sort of a blur, but apparently I saw a non-Kanye rapper..? 

I saw Kanye too but United Center wouldn’t let me take my camera in.

Also, The Lemons are incredible. Like woah. 

, #Chicago #Punk #Hipsters #Nightlife #Shoegaze
An ex took this photo of my arm with my camera on our last date. Those were good times.
I’ve been working on an ongoing list since spring called Lessons Learned From My Latest Breakup. These are not meant to be tales of woe.
More like… 
Retail therapy works. Go buy some stuff. You look great in denim. Everyone looks great in denim. Think of someone beautiful. They are denim.

An ex took this photo of my arm with my camera on our last date. Those were good times.

I’ve been working on an ongoing list since spring called Lessons Learned From My Latest Breakup. These are not meant to be tales of woe.

More like…

Retail therapy works. Go buy some stuff. You look great in denim. Everyone looks great in denim. Think of someone beautiful. They are denim.

, #Stanislav
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