Support
provided by:
close
 

tUnE-yArDs

tUnE-yArDs.
Enlarge Anna M. Campbell/Courtesy of the artist

tUnE-yArDs.
Anna M. Campbell/Courtesy of the artist

tUnE-yArDs artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

Concerts

tUnE-yArDs performs on the Harbor Stage at the Newport Folk Festival.

July 30, 2012 tUnE-yArDs' strange, joyous concoction is wild, rhythmic, layered and swirling with surprises.

St.  Vincent's Annie Clark  recreates the pummeling sounds of Big Black, backed by the Dirty Projectors  rhythm section.

May 24, 2011 Hear 14 bands pay tribute to the icons of indie rock and celebrate a book on the rise of the genre.

ListenPlaylist

Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs performs at The Parish in Austin, Texas.

March 17, 2011 Merrill Garbus has a stunning instinct for harnessing limited resources to maximum effect.

Studio Sessions

Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs.

March 29, 2012 Hear music looped, yelped, cooed and otherwise performed to the beat of Merrill Garbus' own drums.

ListenPlaylist

tUnE-yArDs.

July 27, 2011 Watch singer Merrill Garbus play a captivating live set on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

ListenPlaylist

Interviews & Profiles

Merrill Garbus is the singer and songwriter behind the band tUnE-yArDs.

June 6, 2012 For singer Merrill Garbus, the idea that hard work leads to success in America is deeply suspect.

ListenPlaylist

For the most part, tUnE-yArDs has always been singer and multi-instrumentalist Merrill Garbus, but the band's latest album welcomes bassist Nate Brenner (left) to the lineup.

April 17, 2011 Merrill Garbus has known how to make people stop and listen since her days as a one-woman band.

ListenPlaylist

Discover Songs

tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus; credit: Chrissy Piper

January 21, 2010 Merrill Garbus' "Hatari" is a noisy, threadbare patchwork, but the song shines anyway.

ListenPlaylist

News

A shot from the video for Beyonce's "Run The World (Girls)".

April 22, 2011 In new songs, Beyonce and Lady Gaga dance (and sometimes fight) with thrilling, overloaded music.

Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs.

April 19, 2011 The eccentric Oakland-based songwriter talks about moving beyond her lo-fi past.

ListenPlaylist

Reviews

tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus; credit: Chrissy Piper

January 21, 2010 Merrill Garbus' "Hatari" is a noisy, threadbare patchwork, but the song shines anyway.

ListenPlaylist

More Stories

Middle Brother.

December 20, 2011 Fresh Air's critic looks back on a fruitful year and lists his favorite music releases of 2011.

ListenPlaylist

tUnE-yArDs made a big impression in 2011 with the album w h o k i l l.

December 7, 2011 The All Songs gang compares notes on their favorite songs, albums and discoveries of 2011.

ListenPlaylist

tUnE-yArDs is one of the artists performing at this year's Newport Folk Festival.

July 24, 2012 Get our guide to the best of this weekend's festival, including details on NPR's live broadcast.

ListenPlaylist

"Abducted," by Cults, tops the list of Bob Boilen's favorite songs of 2011.

December 28, 2011 Listen to Bob Boilen's favorite songs of the year, from Cults to Caveman and Milagres to M83.

Sufjan Stevens performing at the bandshell at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park on August 3, 2011.

December 27, 2011 Bob Boilen salutes his 15 favorite live concerts. What were your most memorable shows this year?

Justin Vernon, a.k.a. Bon Iver.

December 14, 2011 Though spring releases mostly held their ground, a few dark horses swooped into top slots.

ListenPlaylist

Diamond Mine by King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Bob Boilen's pick for the album of the year.

December 7, 2011 For a year overflowing with wonderful records, a list that refuses to be trimmed down to 10 picks.

Barton Hollow, by the Nashville duo The Civil Wars, was released in February, but took a long road to Ann Powers' list of albums of the year.

December 7, 2011 Albums by The Civil Wars, Kate Bush and others that moved one critic through a year in transit.

Cover art for Shabazz Palaces.

December 5, 2011 The list of our 50 favorite albums of the year includes Tom Waits and more artists from S to W.

tUnE-yArDs performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices on October 7, 2011.

December 1, 2011 tUnE-yArDs sings of rage and inequality, but also celebrates the joy of letting out a wild sound.

ListenPlaylist

Robin Hilton and Bob Boilen of NPR's "All Songs Considered" give the thumbs-up, thumbs down.

June 14, 2011 The All Songs gang pauses to look at 2011's biggest surprises, best new artists and more (so far).

ListenPlaylist

tUnE-yArDs album cover

June 14, 2011 The list of our 25 favorite albums of the year (so far) includes tUnE-yArDs and more artists K-Z.

tUnE-yArDs' sophomore album w h o k i l l will be released on April 19.

April 10, 2011 Merrill Garbus' second album is a first for her, recorded in a real studio. Hear the result in full.

tUnE-yArDs.

March 9, 2011 Merrill Garbus, a.k.a. tUnE-yArDs, performs an acoustic number in a historic Parisian square.

NPR Artist Directory

Chopin

Frederic Chopin

Hear Chopin's music in performance and perspective.

Search for your
favorite artist

Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch

Enjoy archival interviews and performances from the folk revivalist.

Search for your
favorite artist

Spoon

Spoon

Music, live concerts and interviews with the pop-rock band.

Search for your
favorite artist

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Hear and watch exclusive performances from the guitar-playing Mexican duo.

Search for your
favorite artist

Bon Iver

Bon Iver

Hear concerts and interviews with the atmospheric art-folk singer.

Search for your
favorite artist

Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus

Hear performances and profiles of the jazz innovator's work.

Search for your
favorite artist

Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

Hear essential recordings and performances from the lauded quartet.

Search for your
favorite artist

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

NPR Music explores the life and voice of the passionate Qawwali singer.

Search for your
favorite artist

Wye Oak

Wye Oak

Exclusive performances from the pop duo from Baltimore.

Search for your
favorite artist

M.I.A.

M.I.A.

Music and news from the Sri Lanka-born hip-hop artist and producer.

Search for your
favorite artist

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

Hear concerts and interviews with the grandiose art-rock band.

Search for your
favorite artist

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Purchase Featured Music

Diamond Mine

Purchase Music

close

Purchase Featured Music

  • Album: Diamond Mine
  • Artist: King Creosote & Jon Hopkins
  • Label: Domino Records
  • Released: 2011
 

w h o k i l l

Purchase Music

close

Purchase Featured Music

  • Album: w h o k i l l
  • Artist: tUnE-yArDs
  • Label: 4AD
  • Released: 2011
 

Bird-Brains [Bonus Tracks]

Purchase Music

close

Purchase Featured Music

  • Album: Bird-Brains [Bonus Tracks]
  • Artist: Tune-Yards
  • Label: 4AD
  • Released: 2009
 

bIrD-bRaInS

Purchase Music

close

Purchase Featured Music

  • Album: bIrD-bRaInS
  • Artist: tUnE-yArDs
  • Label: 4AD
  • Released: 2009