It’s less than two weeks to Coachella, and you’ve probably already scoped out exactly what new and veteran bands you want to catch at the fest. There definitely are plenty to choose from. Coachella is like awesome music heaven surrounded by palm trees any way you go about it, but there are some new bands that absolutely should not be missed. One of these bands is tUnE-yArDs. Seriously, their NYC performance last summer is still one of the most magical shows I can remember seeing. I really must insist you get your mind blown.
Merrill Garbus is both powerful and adorable, relatable and admirable. In her songs, she finds a way to keep it real while being strong and encouraging. Watching her live looping and seeing exactly how she creates these innovative musical puzzles is part of the fun, but there’s just something in her delivery of it all that communicates a genuine, pure joy to be doing what she’s doing. She continuously exchanges glances of glee with bassist Nate Brenner, and the two of them are so in sync it’s enviable.
Their album W H O K I L L was also included in our top albums of the year 2011series, for being one of the most innovative, intelligent, and inspiring albums of last year. For as good as the album is, the live show is at least 10 times better. With music that’s this fresh, fun, and clever, there’s no better way to experience all that than in an outdoor oasis of sound waves, with everyone around you singing the words with faces and hands pointed toward the sky. This is music perfectly conducive to the essential rock concert experience: being surrounded by strangers, but when you look at the person next to you, you have this shared understanding that you are having the same kick ass experience.tUnE-yArDs will be playing both Saturdays of the festival, exact time still to be determined. Check back on the official Coachella website for updates, and get your up to the minute news on Coachella’s Twitter. tUnE-yArDs will also be playing dates in the area between Coachella weekends, so you have the chance to catch them in a more controlled setting as well. All dates are on tune-yards.com. Have to say, though, this is a band that can hold the attention of thousands of people, and no matter where you are in the crowd, Merrill is talking to you, yes you.