Tune-Yards, Buke & Gass, Prussia | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Tune-Yards, Buke & Gass, Prussia Recommended 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Sold Out (Music) Soundboard

When: Tue., May 10, 9 p.m. 2011

On paper the defining characteristics of Tune-Yards make for a pileup of quirkiness that could choke Wes Anderson. The solo endeavor of a New England bohemian and former nanny named Merrill Garbus, it relies heavily on lyrics that read like journal excerpts, field recordings from Garbus's day-to-day life, and offbeat, vaguely retro instrumentation that includes ukuleles, a string bass, and a sax section. It's eccentric stuff, right down to Garbus's preferred stylization of the name, tUnE-yArDs—which the Reader fortunately has no truck with. But on record Garbus's music is deeply fascinating, shot through with enough actual weirdness and serious experimentation to banish any comparisons to The Royal Tenenbaums from your brain. Her 2009 debut, Bird-Brains, is a winner largely because of its inventiveness and unpredictability, and her recent Whokill (4AD) would be good even if a run-of-the-mill rock band performed it. Garbus has become a serious songwriter, and her vocal melodies are just as compelling as her chopped-up tapes of conversations or the spoken-word interlude where she meditates on what not having more black male friends says about her as a person. —Miles Raymer

Price: Sold out

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