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Merrill Garbus’ (tUnE-yArDs’) Head Gets Packaged By Mannequins in “Real Thing” Video

According to the press release for the video of tUnE-yards’ “Real Thing” (off the May album Nikki Nack it was originally “the one… Read More

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The Ultimate Roadtrip Soundtrack

Presented by Starbucks

Although it’s tempting to bump Beyoncé all the way, we’ve rounded up some excellent new tunes to soundtrack your summer roadtrip. Whether you’re going upstate, down-shore, or cross-country, you can press play on these tracks for a refreshing summer playlist. Once you’ve got these contenders for “song of the summer,” check out Flavorpill’s exclusive Summer Guide for our top picks of awesome things to do this summer. … Read More

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tUnE-yArDs’ ‘Nikki Nack': The Polarizing Masks of Merrill Garbus

Midway through tUnE-yArDs’ new album Nikki Nack, an interlude splits the album in two. Merrill Garbus adopts a belch-like voice and proselytizes the benefits of eating “tots.” At first you assume tater; turns out she means children. This interjection recalls her puppeteer days and echoes her self-branding as the wacky pedagogue. Critics have deemed this one of Garbus’ most egregious missteps on Nikki Nack, but after a few irksome listens, it actually strikes up a dialogue regarding Garbus’ bold, perplexing, and sometimes controversial qualities: she’s a favorite among “cool” lovers of experimental pop while embodying the “uncool” extroversion of stereotyped thespians. In a similarly contradictory fashion, critics don’t know whether to critique her for her appropriations of African pop or to laud her for paying homage to it. It’s in these juxtapositions that Garbus’ vision lives. … Read More

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The 10 Albums You Need to Hear in May

If you’re not listening to something new this May, do me a favor and ask yourself this: do you even like music? That’s how jam-packed the month is with new albums. It was difficult to pick just ten, so our “also out” section on the last page really is worth your time. Let’s start with the beginning of the month and work our way toward June.

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tUnE-yArDs’ Take on Pee-Wee With “Water Fountain”

In 2011, teacher-turned-tUnE-yArDs Merrill Garbus dubbed her booming adult voice over that of a little girl crawling through a classroom for… Read More

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The 15 Best Nirvana Covers You May Not Have Heard

If you haven’t gathered as much from the rash of think-pieces and tributes (we suggest you read these instead), tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. While the many words you may read in the next few weeks about Cobain’s legacy demonstrate his importance to generations of listeners (and music journalists), it’s also pretty clear that Cobain and Nirvana are a heavy influence on the bands that followed in their footsteps — and even some of their contemporaries and predecessors. It’s a ballsy move to cover a classic Nirvana song, and there have been some famous artists who have tackled the obvious ones (particularly Tori Amos and Patti Smith, who have both recorded famous version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”). There are also, however, plenty of musicians who came before and after Kurt Cobain who have successfully put their own spin on his words.  … Read More

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The 6 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Sia, tUnE-yArDs, Jay Electronica

Another week, another onslaught of new tunes. We’re loving lots of fresh-sounding pop ladies this week, from songwriting juggernaut Sia focusing on herself again to the Afrobeat energy of tUnE-yArDs. Get listening, folks. … Read More

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tUnE-yArDs Return with ‘Water Fountain,’ First Song off New Album ‘Nikki Nack’

Every music critic’s favorite semi-popular art-freak, i.e. Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, is back at it again after three… Read More

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A Selection of Great Duets We’d Love to See

As we’ve written here in the past, the duet is an inexact science — some of the collaborations that you’d think should have been roaring successes proved to be disastrous, and vice versa. We’re still on the fence as to which group the new St. Vincent/David Byrne collaboration Love This Giant, which is out today, falls into — but either way, the fact that two of our favorite artists have made a whole record together got us thinking about other dream duets we’d love to see. We’ve started the discussion with a bunch of suggestions. Who would you like to see in the studio together? … Read More

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