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Davila 666 gives punks a reason to shout in Spanish. Elder statesman Charles Bradley rocks with Budos Band. A spring tradition is back - WIUX's Culture Shock.

Davila 666, Budos Band, Ty Seagall

Photo: Davila 666, Budos Band, Ty Seagall

Davila 666: Punk En Español

Davila 666 is a young punk-rock band hailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico. They have garnered quite a following in the past few years here in the U.S. with their lo-fi garage punk sensibilities. Their tunes, as well as their attitudes, hearken back to punk bands from the 1960’s and 1970’s like The Ramones and The Sex-Pistols.

The fact that the lyrics are in Spanish doesn’t seem to deter anyone from understanding what their songs are about or from being infected with their raucous party vibe.

Davila 666

Photo: Davila 666 (MySpace)

Audiences don't need subtitles to enjoy Spanish-speaking Davila 666's brand of punk.

  • Where: The Bishop (Bloomington, Indiana)
  • When: Saturday, April 9 at 11:00pm
  • How Much: $8.00
  • What Else: Local band Charlie & The Skunks open the show

Charles Bradley With The Budos Band: Never Too Late To Rock

While soul and funk music has never really left the American consciousness, it has definitely seen a hefty revival in the past few years as evidenced by the many Soul Nights popping up at clubs and bars around the U.S.

The Daptone Record Label out of Brooklyn, New York has been at the forefront of this revival, putting out new CDs, LPs and even juke box style 45’s by new artists like Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Budos Band, and The Sugarman 3.

Charles Bradley is one such new artist on the label who, at the age of 62, has finally found notoriety as a great soul singer. No stranger to hard times, Charles Bradley has had to deal with poverty, joblessness, being drafted into the Vietnam War, and even the death of his brother at the hands of his nephew. Thanks to Gabriel Roth, the founder of Daptone and the one who discovered Bradley, he is touring the U.S. in support of his new solo album. Label-mates, the afrobeat-influenced Budos Band, will be backing him when he makes a stop in Bloomington.

Budos Band

Photo: Budos Band (MySpace)

The Budos Band is made up of anywhere from ten to thirteen members at a time.

  • Where: The Bluebird (Bloomington, Indiana)
  • When: Friday, April 22 at 9:00pm
  • How Much: $10.00

WIUX’s Culture Shock: Music At The Meadow

Every spring, Indiana University’s student-run radio station WIUX holds the all-day music festival Culture Shock at Dunn Meadow. The event showcases some of the best bands that have emerged in the past year, not only from Bloomington, but from across the country.

This year’s festival sports as solid a line-up as any that has been presented at Culture Shock. Local bands Sleeping Bag, Waxeater, and Gardendale & Berkley open up the festival, showing just how diverse Bloomington’s music scene is. National up-and-comers Weakness and Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt follow. Then, rounding out the festival are nationally recognized acts The War On Drugs (from Philadelphia), who are on Bloomington’s own Secretly Canadian Records, and Beach Fossils, a hazy rock outfit from Brooklyn.

The festival’s headliner is Ty Segall, the young pop-psych-punk wonder from San Fransisco. His four albums released over the span of only two years are all full of catchy, melodious, pop-punk masterpieces.

Ty Seagall Plays Guitar

Photo: Ty Seagall (MySpace)

San Fransisco-based musician Ty Seagall (left) will be headlining WIUX's Culture Shock.

  • Where: Dunn Meadow (on the campus of Indiana University-Bloomington)
  • When: Saturday, April 23 beginning at 2:00pm
  • How Much: Free
  • What Else: 8 bands from Bloomington and across the country will perform

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