tUnE-yArDs at the Chapel last night.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Better than: Performances with less eye-glitter.
If one measure of an album is the way its songs go over live, we should all be very excited for Nikki Nack, the next full-length from Oakland art-pop project tUnE-yArDs. Last night at the Chapel, the band fed a solid helping of its latest material to a room full of people who mostly hadn't heard it before. It was tUnE-yArDs' first live show in more than a year, with Merrill Garbus, Nate Brenner, and three new band members decked out in festive, colorful, slightly cartoonish outfits. (Garbus herself looked like a split-personality superhero, with a body suit that was part aqua green fabric, part red latex, and mostly gold lamé.) And the show was free, thanks to Converse's Rubber Tracks studio project -- though it didn't need to be.