Amplifier: Asobi Seksu – C. Bradley – Carolina Choc. Drops

Dream-pop with Asobi Seksu. The blues comes back to town with Charles Bradley. And, fresh-sounding old time music with the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Charles Bradley, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Asobi Seksu

Photo: Charles Bradley, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Asobi Seksu

Shoegazing With Asobi Seksu

Asobi Seksu creates sound that washes over the audience. The band draws from familiar sounds of dream-pop and shoegaze bands but creates melodies and hooks all their own. Singer/keyboardist Yuki Chikudate contributes vocals that at one moment float ethereally above the band, and the next dominate the music.

I imagine that at their live shows one could become possessed by the wall of sound and bob, weaving and shaking to the luminous beats and sounds. Or simply stand back, cross one’s arms, and soak in the music.

Asobi Seksu

Photo: Jalapeño (Flickr)

Singer/keyboardist for Asobi Seksu Yuki Chikudate contributes vocals that at one moment float ethereally above the band, and the next dominate the music.

  • Where: The Bishop (Bloomington, Indiana)
  • When: Wednesday, February 15 6 at 9:30pm
  • How Much: $8.00 in advance, $10.00 at the door
  • What Else: Chandelier Ballroom and Stagnant Pools will be the opening bands.

Back With The Blues: Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley is one of these new artists who, in his mid-60s, has finally become known as a great soul singer after being discovered by Gabriel Roth, the founder of new soul record label Daptone. He has energy and talent the likes of which we haven’t seen since James Brown.

Bradley has been wowing audiences across the country for the past couple of years, and is showing no sign of letting up. The last time he was in Bloomington he left the crowd awed and inspired, and I wouldn’t expect anything less from him this time around.

Charles Bradley

Photo: Chema Helmet (Flickr)

Charles Bradley previously performed in Bloomington in April 2011 with the Budos Band.

  • Where: The Bluebird (Bloomington, Indiana)
  • When: Sunday, February 19 at 8:00pm
  • How Much: $15.00

New Americana: Carolina Chocolate Drops

The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ blend of old-time music, African-American spirituals, Americana, bluegrass and just about any other kind of American folk music has pleased audiences since 2005. They have created their own niche out of over a hundred years of tradition, and do it with passion and precision.

If you haven’t seen them before, I highly recommend you check out this show at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. If you saw them when they performed at the Bishop in May 2010, I’m betting you probably want to see them again.

Carolina Chocolate Drops

Photo: Courtesy of the Carolina Chocolate Drops

Carolina Chocolate Drops previously performed in Bloomington at the Bishop in May 2010.

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