Slideshow: Concert Catch Up Aug-Sept 2011
A number of big name acts have already stopped through Bloomington this semester; Gardens & Villa, Unknown Mortal Ochestra, Toro y Moi, An Horse and tUne-yArDs all played in town before Oct. 1. But fear not if you missed out on any of the action. We were there, camera in hand, and today we’re catching you up to speed on a few of the best concerts to come through before the leaves started to change.
Photos & Captions: Daniel Brown
Rhino’s All-Ages Club
tUne-yArDs W/ Pat Jordache, Sleeping Bag
In what was unquestionably one of the best live performances to hit Bloomington in the last year, tUnE-yArDs bandleader Merill Garbus (pictured above) proved herself as one of most innovative and talented performers in modern music. Playing up to three instruments at a time (drums, ukelele, vocals) Garbus built the bands every sound with 6 looping pedals. With the help of bassist Nate Brenner, a Bloomington native, and two high energy sax players, Garbus enthralled Rhino’s all-ages crowd with songs from W H O K I L L, including “Bizness,” “Gangsta,” “My Country,” and “You Yes You.”
An Horse W/ The Broderick, Your a Liar
An Horse lead singer Kate Cooper (pictured above) said she was feeling quite good on the night of their anticipated performance at The Bishop. After getting her “haircut in a carpark” on the way into town, she took to the stage with drummer Damon Cox and performed a well crafted danceable set, comprised mostly of their 2011 release, Walls.
Toro y Moi W/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra, AVA LUNA
There was plenty of buzz about Toro y Moi coming to town this September, but the the New Zealand/Portland low-fi trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra did their best to steal Chaz Bundick’s show. Playing to a packed audience, Lead singer/guitarist Ruban Nielson (pictured above) and his two mates Julien Ehrlich (drums) and Jake Portrait, (bass) jammed songs of their self-titled debut including, earning huge applause for “How Can U Luv Me,” and “Ffunny Ffrends.”
Gardens & Villla W/ Qur’an Qur’an
The Warchester, MA indie rockers, DOM, were supposed to headline the The Bishop August 4th, but were held up in Nowhere, Tennessee and never made it to town. But Gardens & Villa, armed with an electric rock sound and a lead singer with a satchel of flutes, put in a high energy performance that made the crowd forget DOM was even supposed to even play.
Click on the thumbnails to start the slideshow to view more of Dan’s photos of the concerts: