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Pygmalion 2015 Festival Review: The Top 10 Sets + Photos

on September 29, 2015, 1:30pm
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10. Tune-Yards

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Before she even appeared, Merrill Garbus had people crowding the lip of the stage, standing at attention and ready to dance. The Krannert Center auditorium wasn’t exactly designed to receive her freewheeling afro-pop, but the fans gathered for tUnE-yArDs made it work, leaving their seats to get as close to the band as possible. Compared to some of her other festival sets, Garbus’ stage setup was fairly austere, but her looped, bursting songs more than made up for the relative lack of visual stimulus. Singles like “Gangsta” and “Water Fountain” boiled over with the energy in her voice, while solo set opener “Rocking Chair” took on an especially melancholic quality as we watched Garbus piece the whole thing together with the drums and gear within arm’s reach. tUnE-yArDs closed with “Bizness”, and Garbus’ three backup singers performed its instantly recognizable vocal cascade entirely live, each of them hitting every third note of the phrase. That must have taken some practice, but in the last dates of their tour, tUnE-yArDs approached the seemingly impossible with confidence. –Sasha Geffen

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