Author Archives: Rachael Barbash

Photos: Kill Hannah @ The Bottom Lounge (Chicago) live – a love letter

Let me nerd out for a moment as this is not the kind of band we normally post about.

I LOVE Kill Hannah. I love Kill Hannah without a cent of irony. Next to the Smashing Pumpkins, they’re second to none, the bee’s knees, the best thing since sliced bread. I’m embarrassed (and proud) to admit how many times I’ve seen these guys play over the past decade and how many states I’ve traveled to for their shows. (I lost track at 84 four years ago. Really.) Back in the day I basically shoved myself into the the street team for Atlantic Records, their label at the time, to promote the band and see as many shows as possible across the Midwest. Their blend of electro-new romantic pop blends perfectly in my little brain and guaranteed, Kill Hannah has the best live show out there, no matter what genre of music you listen to.

I had my first photo passes with these guys when I was still shooting with a 35mm point and shoot – I credit them for teaching me how to photograph, and for that I will be eternally grateful.

Dear Kill Hannah,
I love you. Thank you.
Your humble fan,


Since 2003 (save last year when singer Mat Devine appeared on Broadway in Spiderman) they’ve held a massive Christmas show/party in their hometown of Chicago. This past weekend was this year’s New Heart for XMas 8.

Kill Hannah w/ Comasoft
December 17, 2011
The Bottom Lounge
Chicago, IL




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Photos: Tin Armor @ Circus live

This past Friday, Tin Armor wrapped up their tour and had a music video premiere show at Circus for their song Strange and Estranging.

Tin Armor @ Circus
December 9, 2011




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Photos: Thursday Farewell Tour @ 20th Century

Thursday’s Full Collapse tour was one of my first concerts. So when the New Brunswick post-hardcore band announced they were breaking up after 13 years, I was pretty bummed. Their short farewell tour came through Cincinnati last week.

December 1, 2011
20th Century Cincinnati




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Photos: The Features live

The Features
November 13, 2011
The Basement




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Photos: Trauma Day II @ The Bluestone

Trauma Day II
November 4, 2011
The Bluestone




Click on for many, many more photos! Including more Phantods, Town Monster, Megachurch, Suspensions and a Zombie Steve Jobs.
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Photos: TRAUMA party Day 1

Trauma is a Halloween fetish party held at the Bluestone. The Town Monster, Megachurch (Cleveland), Phantods, Alleyes Path and Shin Tower Music also performed! Part two will be this Friday!

October 27, 2011
The Bluestone
These pictures are SFT-ish

Town Monster

Anna and the Annadroids


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Sunday: Comasoft @ Shrunken Head

Finish off your Halloween weekend tonight with synth-rockers Comasoft at The Shrunken Head!

Comasoft is a pop rock band from Chicago with some keyboards and a weakness for the 1980’s. Mostly because fuzzy keyboards and Brian Adams riffs should never go out of style and we don’t want to live in a world where they are.

Columbus is the last date of Comasoft’s East Coast tour promoting their new album Born to Shine. The show starts at 7:30.

Photos: Phantogram & EXITMUSIC @ Outland live

Phantogram & EXITMUSIC
October 22, 2011




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Photos: Mates of State, Tin Armor, Flotation Walls live

Last Saturday was a busy one! I was able to hop around Columbus from Mates of State with Other Lives at the Newport. Then down to Gallery Hop to catch Tin Armor at the 83 Gallery and finally Flotation Walls at Carabar.

Mates of State

Tin Armor

Flotation Walls

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Photos: Dark Dark Dark & A Hawk and a Hacksaw live

Chamber folk outfit Dark Dark Dark played with A Hawk and a Hacksaw this past Wednesday at the Wexner.

Dark Dark Dark


A Hawk and a Hacksaw

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