Tune-Yards

On March 26, 2021, Tune-Yards released their fifth studio album, sketchy. Beneath the layered sounds of lead single “hold yourself.” lies Merril Garbus’ most explicit lyrics she’s ever written; a clear-eyed moment of grief and simmering rage that builds from the song's calming introduction to its explosive culmination. “This song is about feeling really betrayed, by my parents’ generation, and at the same time, really seeing how we are betraying the future,” Garbus explains.

Tune-Yards’ last release, i can feel you creep into my private life, was a self-reflexive question mark at the end of a decade of outspoken, polyphonic indie music. From 2009 to 2018, Tune-Yards (both Merrill and her partner and collaborator Nate Brenner) released four critically acclaimed albums, traveled the world relentlessly to play live shows, and composed the psychedelic score to Boots Riley's surrealist cinematic masterpiece Sorry To Bother You. "We had really been non-stop hustling," Merrill reflects. "And when we're hustling, we're complicit in all of the systems that I really don't believe in."

Interrogating these systems and her role within them had left Merrill feeling heavy with grief and lost about how to move forward. The duo pressed on, inspired by the Beastie Boys Book and Questlove’s Creative Quest, and began jamming daily for hours in their home rehearsal studio “like athletes”. They ditched computer screens for live instruments (Merrill on drums, Nate on bass) and before long full songs started to emerge.

Unlike the lyrical introspection of previous outing i can feel you..., on sketchy. Merrill balances self-inspection and reflection with bombastic rallying cries, reminiscent of the furious tones of early days Tune-Yards. The result is a colorful and joyous record with lyrics that cut to the bone. "I started remembering that people come to us to be entertained, to move, to feel joy. And together, I think, we can wake up.”

Past Shows


Mar
2
nd
2018
Mainroom
Mar
2
nd
2018
Mainroom

Tune-Yards

with Sudan Archives
Jan
16
th
2018
Turf Club
Jan
16
th
2018
Turf Club
Jul
17
th
2014
Mainroom
Jul
17
th
2014
Mainroom

Tune-Yards

with Dosh
Nov
12
th
2011
Mainroom
Nov
12
th
2011
Mainroom

Tune-Yards

with Howler and Pat JORDACHE
Apr
2
nd
2010
7th St Entry
Apr
2
nd
2010
7th St Entry

Xiu Xiu

with Tune-Yards and TALK NORMAL

More Shows

Apr
8
th
First Avenue

An Evening with
They Might Be Giants

Aug
14
th
First Avenue

An Evening with
Umphrey's McGee

Sep
17
th
7th St Entry

TORRES

with Ariana and the Rose
Oct
15
th
Palace Theatre

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

with Leah Senior