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tUnE-yArDs – “Wait For A Minute” Video

After making videos for the Nikki Nack singles “Water Fountain” and “Real Thing,” Merrill Garbus’ tUnE-yArDs project has just dropped a new clip for the single “Wait For A Minute.” This one stands as a departure from tUnE-yArDs’ usual madcap technicolor Pee Wee’s Playhouse style, relying instead on disorienting, distorted video effects. It’s busy enough… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 24, 2015 - 2:41 pm

33 Musicians Discuss Their Favorite Radiohead Songs

From star-studded guest lists to an audible influence on several generations of bands, Radiohead’s fan base has always included quite a few of their fellow rock stars. We polled dozens of notable musicians about their favorite Radiohead songs, and this is how they responded. More »

By: Stereogum / March 10, 2015 - 10:42 am

Watch tUnE-yArDs Kill It On Conan

For tUnE-yArDs, “Water Fountain” isn’t just the stickiest song from the 2014 album Nikki Nack. It’s also the name of Merrill Garbus’ group’s new nonprofit fund, which raises money to assist with water shortages around the world. You can learn more about that here. But “Water Fountain” is still a hell of a song, too,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 10, 2014 - 8:43 am

tUnE-yArDs – “Water Fountain (DJ Marfox Remix Feat. Pearls Negras)”

As tUnE-yArDs, Merrill Garbus pulls musical inspiration from around the world, and a song like “Water Fountain” brings a tribal dance-music intensity that doesn’t quite compare to anything else. DJ Marfox, a dance producer from Lisbon, has now reworked “Water Fountain,” somehow turning it even more frantic and throwing in guest vocals from Pearls Negras,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 9, 2014 - 10:18 am

Watch tUnE-yArDs Play Jools Holland And Impress Robert Plant

On the most recent episode of the British live-music show Later With Jools Holland, tUnE-yArDs came though and played “Water Fountain,” the joyously dazed and rhythmically complex song from their new album Nikki Nack. Even if you don’t love Merrill Garbus’ records, it’s deeply impressive to see her and her bandmates recreating those sounds i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 29, 2014 - 4:10 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This was a ridiculously stacked week, and there were plenty of truly badass videos that I just couldn’t find room for here. So: Apologies to Ryan Hemsworth, A$AP Rocky, King Tuff, Corbu, the Tropics, Ty Segall, ILoveMakonnen, and Caribou. You guys all have good videos but bad timing, at least as far as this list… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 10, 2014 - 2:29 pm

tUnE-yArDs – “Real Thing” Video

TUnE-yArDs’ video for “Water Fountain” channeled the loose and colorful glee of Merrill Garbus’ new album so well that it’s a bit of a bummer it’s taken this long to see another video from Nikki Nack. Now we finally have, and it’s another doozy. Director Tom Jobbins has described the video as “Charlie Chaplin-like,” but… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 6, 2014 - 1:17 pm

Watch Glastonbury 2014 Performances From Lana Del Rey, Arcade Fire, Jack White, Disclosure, Haim, & More

Glastonbury, the world’s biggest and wettest music festival, is going down this weekend and despite what M.I.A. claims the BBC has been broadcasting bits of all the performances from the legendary Somerset extravaganza. Below you can watch professionally shot footage of songs from Lana Del Rey, Arcade Fire, Haim, Metallica, MGMT, Parquet Courts, Chvrches, Interpol,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 28, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Watch tUnE-yArDs Perform “Water Fountain” On Fallon

tUnE-yArDs’ Nikki Nack came out this week, and last night Merrill Garbus and crew stopped by The Tonight Show to perform “Water Fountain” with the monster couch from the song’s Pee-wee’s Playhouse-inspired video. The Roots show up at the end. Watch a replay below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 10, 2014 - 10:13 am

Indie Rock’s R&B Movement Reaches Its Saturation Point

A few years back, a critical mass of musicians started making R&B steeped in the sort of art-damaged signifiers indie rock has traditionally claimed as its own. This wasn’t the first time rhythm & blues had pushed boundaries; legendary figures from Curtis Mayfield to Prince to Missy Elliott managed to get some of the most… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 30, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Stream tUnE-yArDs Nikki Nack

Nikki Nack is the third album of giddy, euphoric art-pop from Merrill Garbus, better known as tUnE-yArDs, and if anything, she’s only become more unhinged and ecstatic and freewheeling with time. Her last album, 2011’s w h o k i l l, topped critics’ polls and turned Garbus into the type of artist who get… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 25, 2014 - 8:49 am

tUnE-yArDs – “Water Fountain” Video

The playground-stomping “Water Fountain” gets an appropriately child-friendly video, with Merrill Garbus acting as our kooky schoolteacher in a zany after-school special. There’s an overabundance of ideas in the Pee-wee’s Playhouse-inspired clip, from a potato-wielding scientist to a trippy 8-bit interlude. It’s confusing and schizophrenic and proudly operates in a world where everyone is a… More »

By: James Rettig / April 23, 2014 - 10:00 am

tUnE-yArDs – “Wait For A Minute”

Behold the most straightforward tUnE-yArDs song in recorded history. “Wait For A Minute,” our latest preview of Merrill’s upcoming Nikki Nack, is a smooth, simmering R&B deep cut that could almost pass for a low-key Sade remix of Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl.” (Trust me, that’s where you’ve heard those synth squelches before.) The bassy texture… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 8, 2014 - 10:20 am

tUnE-yArDs – “Water Fountain”

tUnE-yArDs’ third album, Nikki Nack, is due May 6, and today, its first single is here. Although “Water Fountain” sounds a bit more lushly produced than anything on either of Merrill Garbus’ first two tUnE-yArDs albums, it would be hard to mistake the song for the work of any other artist. It’s ecstatic, endlessly layered… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 18, 2014 - 7:12 am

tUnE-yArDs Nikki Nack Details

The last album released by Merrill Garbus, aka tUnE-yArDs, 2011’s Whokill, was a pretty ludicrously huge success; it eventually topped the Pazz & Jop Poll, as good an aggregator of critical mass as any, handily beating out the likes of PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake and Watch The Throne. Garbus has just released the detail… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 3, 2014 - 7:35 am

Watch My Morning Jacket, Merrill Garbus, & Brittany Howard Play Fallon

A few days ago, we heard a cover of Fela Kuti’s “Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am” by My Morning Jacket featuring Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs) and Brittany Howard (of the Alabama Shakes). The cover is part of a tribute compilation, Red Hot + Fela, organized by the AIDS awareness group Red Hot. Last night, the… More »

By: Liz Pelly / October 12, 2013 - 6:10 am

My Morning Jacket – “Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am” (Feat. Merrill Garbus & Brittany Howard) (Fela Kuti Cover)

The AIDS awareness group Red Hot has given us many great benefit compilations over the years, including 1993’s epochal No Alternative (“Unseen Power of the Picket Fence” FTW!) and 2009’s equally epochal Dark Was The Night. They also released a Fela Kuti tribute called Red Hot + Riot: The Music and Spirit of Fela KutiMore »

By: Chris DeVille / October 4, 2013 - 11:20 am

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band – “Bad Dancer” (Feat. Adam Horovitz & Mike D) & “Tabetai” (Feat. tUnE-yArDs)

Plastic Ono Band will release a new LP Take Me To The Land Of Hell in September and it is beaming with guest appearances, including ones from Adam Horovitz and Mike D of the Beastie Boys and tUnE-YaRdS. You can hear those tracks, “Bad Dancer” and “Tabetai,” below. Other cameos include Questlove, Andrew Wyatt, and… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 13, 2013 - 11:10 am

Bon Iver And tUnE-yArDs Help The Blind Boys Of Alabama Make A Record

The Blind Boys Of Alabama are a gospel-music institution that’s been around, in various configurations, since 1939, and they’re also just as Alabama-based and visually impaired as the name implies. (They are all grown-ups, though.) And if you listen to their immense body of work and think, “Man, I would love to hear these guy… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 11, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Jim James – “A New Life (tUnE-yArDs Remix)”

The Global Citizen Tickets Initiative is a new nonprofit venture in which stars like Kanye West, Beyoncé, and Bruce Springsteen donate tickets to their shows, which you can enter to win by sharing Facebook videos about poverty. (Learn more about it here.) One of the artists participating is My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, who… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 6, 2013 - 10:51 am
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