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

tUnE-yArDs performs on the Harbor Stage at the Newport Folk Festival. Erik Jacobs for NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Erik Jacobs for NPR
tUnE-yArDs performs on the Harbor Stage at the Newport Folk Festival.

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

Erik Jacobs for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

tUnE-yArDs, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012FolkAlley

Merrill Garbus, the mastermind behind tUnE-yArDs, often uses a minimal assortment of resources — a ukulele, some pedals, a bit of percussion here and there — to craft an explosive, unpredictable, worldly, beautiful and utterly inventive sound. On last year's widely beloved w h o k i l l, Garbus' music forms a cut-up collage of coos, howls and bold statements of purpose, but her live shows fan out into epic rave-ups, complete with a pair of saxophonists.

For all its ventures into politics and wild experimentation, tUnE-yArDs' music is fun above all else — a joyous and strange concoction that's at once wild, rhythmic, layered and swirling with surprises. Watching it unfold on stage is never less than a thrill. tUnE-yArDs performs here as part of the 2012 Newport Folk Festival, recorded live on Sunday, July 29 in Newport, R.I.

Set List:
  • "Party Can"
  • "You Yes You"
  • "Gangsta"
  • "Riot Riot"
  • "Powa"
  • "Real Life Flesh"
  • "ESSO"
  • "Bizzness"
  • "Doorstep"
  • "My Country"
[+] read more[-] less

More From Newport Folk Festival

Mavis Staples performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Mavis Staples, Live In Concert

Mavis Staples, whose titanic career spans more than 60 years, closed the 2014 Newport Folk Festival.

Listen Loading… 1:24:57
  • Playlist
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/333725707/337546987" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">

Taylor Goldsmith of the band Dawes performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Dawes, Live In Concert

A heartwarming crowd-pleaser on stage and record, Dawes has become a Newport Folk Festival mainstay.

Listen Loading… 57:16
  • Playlist
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/333724075/336056960" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">

Tim Perry and the band Ages and Ages perform at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Ages And Ages, Live In Concert

The shambling folk-rock sing-alongs of Portland's Ages and Ages are infused with communal spirit.

Listen Loading… 39:37
  • Playlist
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/333721889/336053887" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">

The Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir, Live In Concert

The gospel choir features some of the best and brightest from Boston's Berklee College of Music.

Listen Loading… 48:46
  • Playlist
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/333723494/336053505" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">

Chris Thile and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek perform at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Nickel Creek, Live In Concert

Nickel Creek returned this year after a seven year hiatus with no loss of creativity or chops.

Listen Loading… 1:04:20
  • Playlist
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/333725931/335661916" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">

Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent of Shovels and Rope perform at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Shovels & Rope, Live In Concert

Equal parts rowdy and loving, the husband-and-wife duo Shovels & Rope radiates knockabout charm.

Listen Loading… 52:58
  • Playlist
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/333726657/335661785" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Back To Top