Merrill Garbus is an avant-pop collagist who holds together the wildly eclectic pieces of her idiosyncratic sound with her powerful, elastic voice, which itself has inspired diverse comparisons to Aretha Franklin, Bjork, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, and Yoko Ono. As tUnE-yArDs, Garbus (assisted by bassist Nate Brenner) wields a ukulele, kitchen-pantry percussion, loops, and other digital gizmos to create a careening, intricately and quirkily textured mash of rhythms and melodies that ricochet from pop to hip-hop to folk to Africa to Jamaica and way beyond. W h o k i l l, tUnE-yArDs' sophomore album, is overtly eccentric but has a purposeful underlying logic, referencing everything from doo-wop to Afrobeat and avant-noise while addressing sex, murder, politics, and cultural conundrums. It's unique, even visionary, and already has stirred album-of-the-year buzz. Opening will be the Twin Cities' Howler and Pat Jordache, who used to collaborate with Garbus before she moved to Oakland. 18+. (Photo by Anna M. Campbell)
Sat., Nov. 12, 6 p.m., 2011
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