Front Row

tUnE-yArDs In Concert

A live performance by tUnE-yArDs is as thrilling and unshakeable as the music itself. For this set, recorded live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., Merrill Garbus, the mad genius behind tUnE-yArDs brought along two frenetic dancers and backup singers, an extra percussionist, a bassist, and two enormous pairs of glittery blue eyes that stared the audience down from the back of the stage.

Wearing an aqua dress with a pattern made to look like fish scales, Garbus stood at center stage, deftly directing her crew through the patchwork, polyrhythmic sounds that make up her head-spinning music.

tUnE-yArDs is currently on tour for its latest, and most fully realized album, Nikki Nack. This performance was the first of two sold-out nights, recorded live in Washington, D.C. on Jun. 13, 2014.

See the opening set by Sylan Esso.

Set List
  • Hey Life
  • Gangsta
  • Sink-O
  • Real Thing
  • Powa
  • Time Of Dark
  • Wait For A Minute
  • Stop That Man
  • Bizness
  • Water Fountain
  • Manchild
  • Fiya
Credits

Producers: Mito Habe-Evans, Robin Hilton; Host: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Colin Marshall, Olivia Merrion, Maggie Starbard; Production Assistant: Nick Michael; Post-Production Assistant: Colin Marshall; Lighting Designer: Marc Janowitz; Special Thanks: 9:30 Club; Executive Producer: Anya Grundmann

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