Tune-Yards

Tune-Yards (10:00 PM)

Sister Crayon (9:00 PM)

Sat, June 25, 2011

8:00 pm

$13.00 - $15.00

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This event is all ages

adv tix $13.00/dos tix $15.00

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Tune-Yards - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Tune-Yards
DON’T TAKE MY LIFE AWAY DON’T TAKE MY LIFE AWAY
w h o k i l l, the sophomore album by Merrill Garbus’ tUnE-yArDs, is a thrill for fans of the live show that left most stunned in 2010. No longer is her artful songwriting and soulful voice obscured by digital fuzz as it often was on her solo debut, BiRd-BrAiNs. Transplanting herself from Montreal to sunny Oakland, California, while touring almost non-stop for over two years, Merrill has stripped tUnE-yArDs away to a more precise, concentrated and vivid sound. w h o k i l l retains the honesty of the lonely bedroom confessional characteristic of her early work, but with the addition of the fangs, claws and dented metal of its new surroundings.

DRAW BACK THE RIB AND STICK A F*CKING FORK IN
When the homespun cocktail BiRd-BrAiNs was released in the summer of 2009,
tUnE-yArDs introduced their way of converting basic beats (A snare crack! A stick clack!), deceptively simple vocal loops and a few instruments into a pocket orchestra. With
w h o k i l l, the band has expanded that miniature ensemble into a celebration of quadroaudiophonicnessosity.

(LIFE IN THE CITY MAKES MORE SENSE WHEN JESUS CALLS ME DADDY)
As before, tUnE-yArDs grounds its sound in tangible, instantly gratifying techniques. Neither digital magic trickery nor auto-tuned dazzle need be applied; tUnE-yArDs’music is made by human hands and possessed of a distinctly human touch. This is music created piecemeal, smashed apart wholly, then reassembled tenderly, gaining complexity as the layers stack up.

VIOLENT DANCES IN MY HEAD, DEVIL DEVIL
Applying the tUnE-yArDs live approach to her studio work for the first time in w h o k i l l,
her tools have not changed. Rather, she’s added more buttons and joints to those already being used - one essential new joint is dexterous bass member Nate Brenner, who co-wrote a few songs. The opportunities exploited are evident in w h o k i l l’s dynamic range, as it matches Garbus’ creative strides. There’s no substitute for a good microphone, and the sonic nuances that can only be achieved through masterful recording techniques — producer Garbus and engineer Eli Crews are to be thanked — can be heard in each drumbeat and vocal line. Take “Powa,” a song whose immense, undulating strength emanates from little more than a repeating ukulele line, artfully-placed bass and percussive backbeat, complimented by Garbus’ soaring and melodic vocal delivery.

POP! GO THE WINDOWS SO YOU CAN HEAR US THROUGH THIN AIR
And can we take a second to thank the good Lord above for giving us a voice like Garbus? From a croon to a shriek to a rap to a hum, the vocal gymnastics of tUnE-yArDs’ songs remain front and center. Now, add a beat, one full of soul and swing and wonderful imperfection. That voice infiltrates your mind, shoots down your legs and converts any ground into a dance floor. “Bizness” takes this approach to the extreme, starting with the sung imitation of a xylophone roll, then building in a raucous style until the searing and commanding chorus takes control.

LIFT UP LIFT UP LIFT UP AND BREATHE FOR ME
Yet it would vastly underplay w h o k i l l to view it as simply a get-your-groove-on party-bringer. Take for example “Doorstep,” which melts the usually blasting tUnE-yArDs style into a stunning and smooth doo-wop R&B. Then there’s the environment in which it was conceived: Oakland’s particular landscapes serve as primer for what you hear on the album. The city’s unique vitality, a nest of vibrancy and danger, is what fuels the brightness of w h o k i l l. The sound scraps and samples that characterized BiRd-BrAiNs remain as well, placing Merrill on the very soil where these songs grew to full size.

BANG BANG BANG!
So here we have it. A remarkable record, from a creative force so strong and focused,
w h o k i l l practically jumps out of its shoes.
Sister Crayon - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Sister Crayon
Sister Crayon is a Sacramento-based quartet signed to independent label Manimal Vinyl. Led by vocalist Terra Lopez with Dani Fernandez playing backing tracks, the band was a two member act for approximately one year before keys player Genarro Ulloa and drummer Nicholas Suhr joined the following year. Previously performing under the name Silent and Clementine, Lopez decided “I didn’t want to be shy anymore, and I wanted to have a name that was bolder, and a completely different alter ego.”

In September 2010, they contributed a track to Manimal Vinyl’s tribute to David Bowie titled We Were So Turned On, covering The Bewlay Brothers. They also released a limited 7” split with Warpaint.
Sister Crayon recorded their full-length debut Bellow in Spring/Summer 2010 at the famous Hangar Studios in Sacramento, Ca. Five of the tracks appeared in a rawer form on their limited edition EP, only sold at shows. Bellow will be released on Manimal Vinyl Records on February 22nd, 2011. Their debut video for the track “(in) Reverse” (directed by New York fashion photographer, Robert Ascroft) was aired several times on MTV’s LOGO network in May 2010. They have toured the US and promise dates in the UK and Europe in the Summer of 2011.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change