KCRW Presents: tUnE-yArDs

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Set List

  • "You Yes You"
  • "Gangsta"
  • "Es-So"
  • "Doorstep"
  • "Bizness"
  • "My Country"

Merrill Garbus is a special kind of artist. You can tell she was born to play music, in spite of her early career as a puppeteer, and that she's driven by a force which goes beyond simply wanting to entertain. She is confrontational in both her performance and her lyrics, and isn't afraid to be political when it suits her.

As the leader of tUnE-yArDs, Garbus uses her voice as her primary instrument — with help from a ukulele, drums and a loop pedal — and the result is captivating. Not only did tUnE-yArDs perform an excellent set of songs from the new album w h o k i l l, but we also got to talk to Garbus about how she became enamored with the sounds of Africa. (She's even gone so far as to learn Swahili.)

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