Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on May 23, 2011

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Tune-Yards

Garbus, who records under the name Tune-Yards (or, as she prefers, tUnE-yArDs), was joined on stage by a bassist and a two-person saxophone section, but the most critical interaction was the one between her right foot and the pedals clustered around her microphone stand.

Beating time on her hip with a drumstick, she acted as the conductor of her own personal orchestra, using the pedals to record snatches of song and stray drum hits that magically coalesced in perfect unison.

On "Gangsta," from her second album, w h o k i l l, she began by mimicking the sound of a police siren, adding the distorted thump of a bass drum and the off-beat click of a drumstick on her microphone stand. Her voice took on the gravelly patois of a Jamaican rude boy as she sang, "What's a girl to do if she'll never be a Rasta?"

On "Bizness," Garbus played a staccato melody on a ukulele, evoking the clipped sound of a West African thumb piano. She was steeped in the region's music during years spent in Kenya, and has acknowledged the influence - "Any African music it sounds like I'm stealing, I'm stealing," she told one interviewer - but her one-woman approach shields her from any risk of copying her source material too closely. On "Hatari," she sang in Swahili, but the song's hectic overreach seemed to emanate from a country wholly her own.

Garbus' tourmates Buke and Gass, who joined her for the herky-jerk of "Es-So," share her handmade approach. [Philadelphia Enquirer]

Buke and Gass and tUnE-yArDs played a tour-ending show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night, one night before both artists took part in the 'Our Band Could Be Your Life' show at Bowery Ballroom (more on that in a bit). Garbus killed it as usual. Pictures from that show are in this post.

Back on 5/18, tUnE-yArDs appeared on WNYC (listen below). As pointed out in "What's Going on Monday", Merrill will again perform for WNYC but this time live in their Greene Space. The short performance is sold out, but it will be streaming live on thegreenespace.org at 7pm tonight (5/23).

tUnE-yArDs' next proper NYC show is a big free one on Pier 54 this summer. Since the initial announcement, Austra was also added as opener for that July 14th outdoor show (which makes it extra awesome). Meanwhile you can catch Austra at Mercury Lounge TONIGHT (5/23), if you have a ticket (it's sold out). Austra also returns in August as part of a tour with Cold Cave.

More Music Hall pictures, and last week's WNYC appearance stream, below...

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Comments (56)

if anyone wants extra tickets to the Tune-yards, eugene mirman, elizabeth wurtzel event tonight, i have them

newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/tix/2390207725.html

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 2:17 PM

Oh, the comments are not gonna be kind to that picture...

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 2:17 PM

She looks like a young Helen Thomas. Horrifying.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 2:20 PM

The asshole in the Heat shirt deserves to be punched in the dick.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 2:22 PM

uhh...DERP

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 2:24 PM

MUSTACHE ROCK!

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 2:25 PM

All respect to Ms. Garbus and her music, and there's nothing wrong if a photographer catches you channeling your inner Rip Taylor.

Posted by J | May 23, 2011 2:30 PM

hummus

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 2:34 PM

This concert was fuckin' outstanding. She is the truth.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 2:37 PM

"Soon our sweetly skinny, eccentric and almost certainly gay waiter sets down a lovely goblet of tea in front of me, along with generous a hummus platter, augmented with with thick, round, warm pitas. I It’s lovely to be together over yummy food. I learn from my Love that the first official artificial life has been created – a DNA strand identical to that of a known bacteria – a bacteria within a family of bacteria that can be harmful to people. So now there’s this constructed life form that can independently replicate itself and I think to myself, Wow, another potential way for humans to destroy themselves as I dip my pita bread for more hummus. We hold hands, look into each others eyes. Perhaps the thought of the world ending is helping me keep own destructive emotions in check, at least temporarily.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 2:39 PM

can anyone confirm if that was a kemp jersey?

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 2:46 PM

this music doesn't look like it is for me.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 3:02 PM

"She looks like a young Helen Thomas. Horrifying."

Don't insult Helen Thomas like that.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 3:08 PM

Gary Payton Jersey*

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 3:18 PM

I may be naive, but is it part of her act that she's so unappealing?

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 3:21 PM

Hey, the ugly bitches gotta have their chance on stage once in a while too, 3:21.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 3:23 PM

^^
Proud moments, bros.
Proud moments.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 3:30 PM

I would hit that.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 3:41 PM

She looks pregnant in that last picture....is she??

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 3:42 PM

I don't care what she looks like (except the shit she can control, like wearing that fucking boa), but christ "What's a girl to do if she'll never be a Rasta?". I mean SERIOUSLY. This entire page is so Park Slope that I swear to god it's making my computer smell like Tom Waits.

Posted by meepo | May 23, 2011 4:14 PM

Alonzo Mourning jersey, fool.

Posted by i-train | May 23, 2011 4:19 PM

Talking about the Sonics jersey, fool.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 4:27 PM

"I may be naive, but is it part of her act that she's so unappealing?"

It's a mask. And she would have gotten away with it if it weren't for you damn meddling kids.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 5:23 PM

You people are disgusting.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 6:06 PM

The only note I received out of this post is not to do meth. or roids.


Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 6:09 PM

only daniel ash can pull off the pink feather boa, imo.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 7:12 PM

Music journalists everywhere loathe this load because she insists on spelling her band name in that retarded, sub-MySpace texting way. Like everyone's really supposed to jump through fucking hoops for you, toots.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | May 23, 2011 7:32 PM

Afuche was amazing. You don't always expect the opening acts to kill, but they both did.

Posted by Liz | May 23, 2011 9:58 PM

should have went for a harold miner jersey

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 10:22 PM

WhAtS uP yOuR buTt crosseyed sniper? loathing my load, toots? ohhhh, jump through my hoop music journalists everyyyyywhereeeeeeee, JuMp ThrRougH it!

Posted by Madeleine | May 24, 2011 1:11 AM

this show was great, i love tune-yards and i wish everyone wouldn't leave such lame superficial comments

Posted by Madeleine | May 24, 2011 1:14 AM

"this show was great, i love tune-yards and i wish everyone wouldn't leave such lame superficial comments"

Wish denied.

Posted by The beard of Zeus | May 24, 2011 2:04 AM

"this hummus was great, i love mashed-chickpeas and i wish everyone would bring more baby carrots and pita triangles to dinner parties."

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 2:13 AM

I am in Love with Arone Dyer. Does anyone know if she is single? I want to ask her over for lasagne? Does anyone know if she likes lasagne?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 2:24 AM

you guys are fucking assholes

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 2:37 AM

BV should hold photo caption contests for tickets. This would be a good post to do it for.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 6:25 AM

^ That's the best idea I've heard yet regarding this site. Seriously.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 11:15 AM

I'm pretty sure she can control having that mustache. I'm a guy, and I don't have any problem controlling mine.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 11:17 AM

do mostly asshats post here ?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 2:33 PM

marry me garbus

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 3:11 PM

Superficial assholes can have fun listening to Katy Perry while the rest of us don't worry about what musicians look like.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 2:20 AM

"It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances." - Oscar Wilde

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | May 25, 2011 4:10 AM

I think its cruel to share such blatantly insulting opinions on a post like this one...she'll most likely read this...i'm all for freedom of message boards or whatever, but why so hurtful?

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 10:06 AM

^ Yup.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 5:27 PM

can't wait till the day when BV accidentally reveals the identity of all these despicable commenters. you people wouldn't have the balls to talk the shit you talk if people could see who you were. FUCKING MISERABLE COWARDS. can't believe how fucking dark and fucked up and disgusting some of you people are. what rad lives you must have... do you realize that you actually make the world a shittier place? well, you do.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2011 8:54 PM

"can't wait till the day when BV accidentally reveals the identity of all these despicable commenters."

BV couldn't do it intentionally, let alone by accident. Were you a Women's Studies major or something?


"you people wouldn't have the balls to talk the shit you talk if people could see who you were."

I'm sure they were tormented freaks in high school, just like you were. Nobody is afraid to make fun of weirdos.

Posted by Biff Wellington | May 28, 2011 10:08 PM

"Were you a Women's Studies major or something?"


what?? makes not a bit of sense

real clever "biff"

Posted by fuck you biff | May 29, 2011 10:10 AM

I believe that he's calling you stupid and irrational like a Womens Studies major. Irrational cuz, well, duh. Stupid because only a moron thinks that a webmaster actually knows the identity of his/her commenters simply by virtue of their leaving comments.

Posted by in defense of biff | May 29, 2011 11:20 AM

well all i'm saying is none of these people would ever have the balls to say this shit to these bands' faces. and most of them wouldn't have the balls to even say the shit under their real names.

so eat a dick. how's that for "women's studies?"

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 2:51 AM

BV commenting is like a social experiment gone wrong (or maybe right, even?).

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 9:46 AM

Oscar Wilde is a fucking moron

Posted by Keats & Yeats | May 31, 2011 10:33 AM

Merril Garbus is a fearless one man band. Her show at MHOW was electrifying and the crowd went insane from start to finish.

http://crampmystyle.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/tune-yards-feathers-facepaint-fearless/

Posted by Mariclare | June 1, 2011 2:09 PM

"can't wait till the day when BV accidentally reveals the identity of all these despicable commenters. you people wouldn't have the balls to talk the shit you talk if people could see who you were. FUCKING MISERABLE COWARDS. can't believe how fucking dark and fucked up and disgusting some of you people are. what rad lives you must have... do you realize that you actually make the world a shittier place? well, you do."

You make me smile.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | June 1, 2011 2:19 PM

amazing wonderful fabulous show, that.

Posted by j | June 2, 2011 3:09 PM

Poop.

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2011 8:06 PM

Don't have enough money to buy some real estate? Do not worry, because that is possible to take the home loans to resolve such kind of problems. So take a collateral loan to buy everything you require.

Posted by EttaKoch | March 26, 2012 4:26 AM

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