Matt Weinberger



“I’ve got something to say,” tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus sang at the start of her show last Friday at The Fillmore in San Francisco. And she does! She totally does.

A good tUnE-yArDs track is like a puzzle — layers and layers of sound, led by African-inspired percussion looped over and over itself with electric bass and Garbus’ sometimes-soaring, sometimes-chanting voice, which all come together to make a whole glorious pile of sound that rewards repeated listens with an increasing appreciation for the complexity and layering at work. tUnE-yArDs came to prominence with the release of 2011 album W H O K I L L, and now they’re back on the road with the May release of third album Nikki Nack, which is already garnering critical success.

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