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

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

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

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"

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About The Festival

George Wein's Newport Folk Festival celebrates over 50 years of live music in picturesque Newport, R.I. The Festival celebrates folk traditions and innovations from all generations. For information on attending this year's Festival, visit their official website.

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