Posted in music | pictures on May 8, 2014

photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher

HANDS UPPPPP
tUnE-yArDs
Olga Bell

tUnE-yArDs released her third album, Nikki Nack, this week via 4AD and though she's got a full tour with Sylvan Esso coming up that includes two nights in NYC at Webster Hall, she celebrated with some smaller release week shows including Rough Trade NYC last night (5/7).

The show focused almost only on the new album, playing most of its songs and only saving room for three cuts off its predecessor w h o k i l l, "Gangsta," "Powa," and "Bizness" (nothing from the first album). Admittedly, the new album wasn't hitting me like w h o k i l l did, but any doubts I had were gone once she played them live last night. Merrill is now joined by a pretty different band (besides longtime bassist Nate Brenner) that includes three backing vocalists, and it's really a different show than the w h o k i l l tour. Still, it's strangely complex and strangely accessible in that way tUnE-yArDs always manages to be.

She consistently has a way of pulling from several genres at once, and with her new backing vocal section, I kept getting a warped Motown vibe from the new songs that I didn't notice on the album. The new stuff made for some real standout moments too. "Rocking Chair" was a hell of an opener, and first single "Water Fountain" clearly had the crowd excited, smiling, and singing along maybe even more so than when she played her earlier material.

The show was opened by Olga Bell, who just over a week ago played her new Russian song cycle, Krai, with a full ensemble at Le Poisson Rouge, but this time was in solo mode and singing in English. (She did play a quick excerpt from Krai though.) Her set also included a cover of Weezer's "Buddy Holly" that, besides the vocals, bared little resemblance to the original but totally worked. Pictures of both Olga and tUnE-yArDs (including one of their setlist) are in this post.

tUnE-yArDs' tour with Sylvan Esso includes NYC shows on June 22 & 23 at Webster Hall. Night 1 is sold out but you can still get tickets to night 2. Sylvan Esso also play a Governors Ball pre-party in NYC at The Westway tonight (5/8). That's sold out.

More pictures from Rough Trade below...

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Comments (20)

LoVe-HeR!! XoXo

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 11:33 AM

awful, unlistenable trash

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 11:40 AM

Win tickets

http://prmo.me/sYlJoT

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 11:41 AM

sTaChE-wAxEd

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 11:49 AM

^11:40 hAtEr!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 12:42 PM

wOuLd dReNcH oLgA bElL iN cUm!

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 1:20 PM

Tune-Yards 2: The Torture Continues! For everyone who defines creativity by alternating upper and lower case. Bad music lovers unite and smell each other.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 1:43 PM

I know that you BV commenters hate every band, but I'm with you on this one.

I find Tune-Yards to be terrible, and the name capitalization only makes me dislike them more.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 2:16 PM

Why shouldn't BV commenters love white trustafarian pseudo-hip-hop?

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 2:59 PM

Olga Bell's new Russian language album, "Krai," is very good. It sounds like the Knife singing in Russian.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 3:46 PM

If you think Tune Yards is bad, you should listen to the three songs BV posted above in the XXL freshman class article.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 3:47 PM

This is what happens when you let that annoying theatre kid you hated in HS make an album.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 4:10 PM

^Amen.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 4:29 PM

Annoying theater kids always made terrible albums and other atrocious art, but they didn't always appropriate African music and other "world" music, but we're seeing the first generation of idiots who've bought it and celebrated it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2014 4:59 PM

Skinyard > T00nYrds

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 12:47 AM

Enough with the stupid outfits, warpaint and keytars already. This wave had it's run.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 10:29 AM

Adam Ant can always wear warpaint if he so chooses.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 11:31 AM

"Admittedly, the new album wasn't hitting me like w h o k i l l did, but any doubts I had were gone once she played them live last night."


THIS

What a great show. Olga Bell is like Russian Bjork. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Posted by Hbomb | May 9, 2014 10:09 PM

^ Paris Hilton with a keytarr

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2014 12:47 AM

Really, this sucks out loud.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 2:31 AM

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