Local experimental group Body of Light play spiritually-driven alternative dance and pop rock. Twin brothers Mitch and Mike Kluge pull styles from space rock, soul music, synth and a range of samples to create an orchestral mix of psychedelic dance music. Their self-titled EP came out in August on Bandcamp.com with a killer EP release party at Boheme Collectif. The EP features local musicians Crystal Wood, Carter Routh, Sarah Sharp and Joe Kennerly. The EP is characterized by rapid percussion, ranging guitar and keyboard melodies and eerie harmonies. If you’re into bands like Animal Collective, Moby and LCD Soundsystem, then jump to the full article and listen to the EP.
Tonight’s show at The Basement is a perfect lineup of the best of modern rock and roll with Ranch Ghost and Bows and Arrows with Missouri’s Ghost Dance. Tickets are $5. Show starts at 9 pm. 21+. Despite only releasing two 7″ and a live album on their website, Ranch Ghost has been picking up serious momentum. Bows and Arrows are quickly becoming a force in the local scene opening for acts like Weekend at The High Watt and playing shows at Boheme Collectif. Ghost Dance is scarily under the radar for a band that hits me right in my garage rock feels. Tonight is for the memory banks so you can say “holy shit I saw them play for $5.”
Indiana’s Ghost Mice and Garrett Walters with locals Geronimo Jones, Elk and Carter Routh played an awesome, intimate folk show at Boheme Collectif Saturday night.
Bloomington’s Ghost Mice have been playing emotionally and politically charged true-to-acoustic DIY folk without amps and equipment since 2003. We got got a brief history lesson as they introduced their song “John and Jodi” regarding John Hinckley’s attempted assassination of Reagan in the name of crazed fan-love for Jodi Foster. I want to be loved the way John loves Jodi, too.
Another Bloomington folk punk, Garrett Walters began her one-woman set in 2011. Her poignant, brutally simple lyrics make you want to cry and laugh at how much you hate yourself, too.
Local folk punk Geronimo Jones may not have the most quality recording the internet has to offer, so keep an eye out for the next time he’ll be playing this wonderful city.
On the total opposite end of the folk rock spectrum are ambient locals Elk. Last night was their first show, and they nailed it right on the head. This five piece band’s instrumentals are as complex as they are mellow. A round of applause for singer Brandon Salaway’s killer pitch and Roger Ross’ intricate percussion. We look forward to hearing what else they got.