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01-13-2012, 05:01 AM
tUnE-yArDs will undoubtedly be one of the best sets of the festival. Check them out if you have not heard of them yet!






Make plans for Saturday!

01-13-2012, 08:45 PM
She is very talented. She used to play solo, but now has a whole band backing her up.

Neighborhood Creep
01-13-2012, 08:53 PM
One of my top 10 must sees of the weekend. I wish I listened to her prior to passing it up at OSL

01-14-2012, 02:10 AM
Oh I can't wait for her. This and Bon Iver are my top bands I cannot wait to see.

01-14-2012, 02:14 AM
Ya, she is fucking spectacular. I only picked up her album like a month ago, but I am seriously in love with it.

01-15-2012, 05:48 AM

They just played Kimmel!


01-15-2012, 11:16 AM
Got in early to Outside Lands this year and was right up front for her set. Definitely the surprise set of the festival. Looking forward to seeing her again.

01-15-2012, 11:46 AM
Same here, we went extra early just for them at outside lands and it was great!!! I was excited to see them in the line up. Very upbeat set with good positive energy. Great way to start the day.

01-15-2012, 11:50 AM
I thought her album was interesting, if there's nothing else going on I'll check her out b/c I've heard that she's crazy good live.

01-15-2012, 12:39 PM
One of my top 10 must sees of the weekend. I wish I listened to her prior to passing it up at OSL

You had plenty of heads-up, yo.

01-20-2012, 05:18 PM
Lol this is a must pass

01-20-2012, 05:24 PM
Biggest surprise at OSL for sure. I will being trying to see her set at coachella. I didnt really care for her album to much, but it just sounds so awesome live. Still have not gone back and tried to listen to the album again, after seeing her.

02-15-2012, 08:17 PM
Surprised this band isn't getting more love. Listening to their album for the first time and it's amazing. Frustrating they are on Saturday, the day with the most conflicts for me. Might have to go see their show with St. Vincent in SF.

Neighborhood Creep
02-15-2012, 09:54 PM
You had plenty of heads-up, yo.

True. No excuses.

Dede' Arneaux
02-17-2012, 02:02 PM
Yep - something a bit different, looking forward to checking them out

02-17-2012, 02:36 PM
eh. i bought the album last year b/c i liked the song bizness so much, but i can't get into it. honestly, it gets quite annoying after a while. i'll probably skip...
This was same for me. gave them a chance at osl, and was blown away. You should check them out if you can.

02-17-2012, 02:42 PM
More white people making African sounding music, I thought this was a dude singing

02-17-2012, 02:43 PM
Don't revisit the recorded stuff much besides Powa and Gangsta but she's super good live. The bass player too.

02-20-2012, 05:23 PM
Beaker from the muppets started a band

02-20-2012, 05:57 PM
Killer live performance. Loved it at outside lands. She's gangsta. Oakland in the house!

02-20-2012, 08:18 PM
Definitely one of the more creative artists during the weekend. I hope they go on early Saturday before the day becomes a cluster fuck of conflicts for me.Here's my favorite song by them.


02-25-2012, 07:10 PM
The light bulb on this went on for me recently. click. aha! I get it.

whokill is really really fun and very interesting and pretty damned awesome in places. You haters are masturbating retards.

also, did you see this?

If her live set is anywhere near as compelling as the album it will be a definite highlight.

edit: but I'll be god-damned if I'm gonna write Tune-yards with the stupid capitalization.

02-26-2012, 11:12 AM
Her live set is better than the record, imo. It's a joy watching her weave her soundscape together. Glad you've found her, Tom. If conflicts don't damn you, let us know how you like her.

02-26-2012, 11:52 AM
Seen her twice - both times an absolute treat.

02-26-2012, 12:03 PM
I haven't seen her live yet, but I've heard that her live sets are better than her studio work and I'm already a fan of her studio work.

02-26-2012, 12:12 PM
Seen her twice - both times an absolute treat.

This. Will see again if there isn't something better.

03-25-2012, 08:13 PM
Was this chick a dude at one point?

srs question

03-25-2012, 08:19 PM
Were you dropped on your head at one pont?

srs question

03-25-2012, 08:31 PM
What does my skull dent have to do with telling whether a chick with a mustache and a dude voice used to be a man or not? I put the "srs question" part in because I am actually curious and google has told me nothing.

03-25-2012, 08:34 PM

03-25-2012, 08:37 PM

03-26-2012, 07:42 AM
When I first heard her music, I also thought she was a he.

Miroir Noir
03-26-2012, 08:06 AM
also, did you see this?

Chuck Klosterman did (http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7490324/chuck-klosterman-tune-yards). I thought this was insightful:

She is, at least within the idiom of rock, a serious artist. So the only things that matter are (a) her reputation among other serious people, and (b) how she views her own work and identity (which is, of course, partially dependent on the reaction of her audience). In other words, her real career starts now. For the next 15 years, she must validate other people's belief in her own brilliance. There is no other option. Because if she doesn't, those same people will view her inability to become transcendent as hilarious. They will look back at w h o k i l l and talk about it like it's Cop Rock. And they'll technically be making fun of themselves, but she'll be the only person being criticized by name.

03-26-2012, 08:47 AM
ahahaha, Klosterman can be so great sometimes.

I just never got around to playing it. Somehow, I hadn't read a single story about tUnE-yArDs, so I wasn't even sure what genre of music it was supposed to exist alongside. The only thing I knew was that the words "Tune Yards" were spelled "tUnE-yArDs," which seemed like reason enough to ignore it (not a good reason, but a reason nonetheless). But then it was voted no. 1 in this poll, which made me think, I should at least know what it is.

That was pretty much EXACTLY my experience. Except that after I did listen to it, I fell in love with it, while K seems to have kept up that clinical wall. But he's a metal guy from North Dakota so that's ok.

03-26-2012, 08:56 AM
What does my skull dent have to do with telling whether a chick with a mustache and a dude voice used to be a man or not? I put the "srs question" part in because I am actually curious and google has told me nothing.

Because just because she skews a little masculine doesn't mean she's a tranny. You must have been exposed to a very limited range of females in your short time on earth.

She sounds more black than male to me, do you think she had race-change surgery?

03-26-2012, 09:34 AM
Stink is not Ron, Tom. Stand down.

03-26-2012, 09:37 AM
Oh...and she sounds black? Huh? I recommend this. Us old timers have to keep this in check at our advanced age.


03-26-2012, 09:41 AM

03-26-2012, 09:55 AM
I also think she sounds black, but I am the whitest board member so everyone sounds black to me.

03-26-2012, 12:03 PM
Because just because she skews a little masculine doesn't mean she's a tranny. You must have been exposed to a very limited range of females in your short time on earth.

She sounds more black than male to me, do you think she had race-change surgery?

I grew up in a German/Czech farming community in Southern Minnesota, I know about masculine women. Our lunch lady had forearms that would make Popeye blush and more chin hair than the farmers. There are plenty good bands with transgender members now days that I listen to, so for me to ask isn't really a stretch. And please show me these black women she sounds like, African vocal sounds are not the same as black.

04-17-2012, 03:42 PM
I quite enjoyed this set. Watching her build the rhythm with the pedals was magic and really adds something that the album doesn't convey. Also, she wins for the cutest stage banter (paraphrased): "Everyone close your eyes and imagine the happiest place where it's sunny and there are mountains in the background, and open your eyes! You are here!" She seemed genuinely flattered at the number of people there and commented it was their largest audience ever.

04-17-2012, 03:48 PM
African vocal sounds are not the same as black.

sig worthy.

04-18-2012, 10:06 PM
My second favorite set of the weekend. Don't miss out, weekend two.

04-19-2012, 12:08 PM
Agreed. I was looking forward to this and she didn't disappoint!

04-19-2012, 12:10 PM
I was looking forward to this set, and I'm sorry, but I found it disappointing. Lots of issues with the horn section.

04-20-2012, 08:12 AM
Merrill Garbus' Road to Fame
The frontperson of Oakland's celebrated tUnE-yArDs was a nerdy kid, a nanny, and a camp counselor before rising to pop prominence

In a cramped rehearsal space in Oakland’s Temescal district, Merrill Garbus sits cross-legged on the floor, tuning her ukulele. To her left, a cluster of nine effects pedals blinks red and green. To her right, a drum is stacked with unconventional sonic accessories: a measuring cup, a thermos, a cooking pot’s lid. It’s 1:30 on a Monday afternoon in early April, and Garbus is taking a break from scoring “The Cook,” one of four Buster Keaton short films she and her Oakland-based band tUnE-yArDs will play alongside later this month as part of the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival.

“The great thing about hometown shows is that you feel like people are on your side and you don’t have a lot to prove,” Garbus said. “It just becomes this moment of joy.”
Continues.... (http://www.baycitizen.org/music/story/merrill-garbus-tuneyards-oakland-profile/)

Source: The Bay Citizen

05-19-2012, 11:59 AM
I didn't know much about them but listened to some Youtube clips and decided that I would either really love it, or find it highly annoying. It's some original shit, you can't deny that. I was about 50/50. I really liked a few songs and thought the other stuff was on the verge of irritating, but I stayed for the whole set so I guess I liked it.

05-19-2012, 12:06 PM
You sound like my gf, lol. We've seen Tuneyards 3 times (2 festival sets, 1 club set) and half the time she's digging it and the other half she's annoyed. So yeah, I think it's just a taste thing.

05-20-2012, 04:10 PM
i am hoping they can tune my dick (whilist raving it off)