I'm still trying to convince Mr. S. to love tUnE-yArDs but I recognize they're not for everyone. I watched that video of the duet with Yoko Ono last week, from some music festival in Iceland and it made me want to stab sewing needles in my ears. With that being said, I had the chance to see tUnE-yArDs perform at the Central Presbyterian Church during SXSW and it was one of the most powerful concert experiences of my life. I will admit that Merrill Garbus has a strange, androgynous voice but when you hear her perform live, that strange voice is one of the most powerful instruments you will ever hear. She sings with such passion and fury, you can not help but take notice. The songs on w-h-o-k-i-l-l are already interesting compositions but when you hear them constructed live they will take on a new shape that makes them even more intriguing. I know lots of you, reading this, are already fans of tUnE-yArDs but I am looking forward to the new fans who are simply drawn in and then blown away by tUnE-yArDs at FunFunFun Fest.
tUnE-yArDs - Gangsta video via YouTubeIf you already have tickets to FunFunFun Fest, you can see tUnE-yArDs on the Orange stage, Saturday at 4:00pm. That's right after The Joy Formidable and right before Ra Ra Riot. I tweeted this awhile back but the run of tUnE-yArDs -> Ra Ra Riot -> Girls -> M83 -> Lykke Li -> Spoon on the Saturday of Fun Fest might be the best successive line-up of any music festival in the history of mankind. Possibly.
tUnE-yArDs - Bizness video via YouTube