Tune-Yards, May 26, Knitting Factory 

Catch some tunes

When Boise Weekly spoke to Tune-Yards' Merrill Garbus in 2011, describing the video for single "Bizness," writer Tara Morgan said Garbus was "both enchanting and unsettling--an exotic bird with ruffled plumage and razor sharp claws." An apt description of musician and music.

In just a few short years, Garbus has evolved from a bird to a griffin: Her third release, Nikki Nack (4AD, May 2014), is as clever, thought-provoking, substantial and entertaining as ever, but gone is the feeling of having stepped into a museum of oddities. There's a maturity in Nikki Nack that doesn't snuff out the joy of Garbus' sound; songs are instead elevated and imbued with a new spirit and musicality that is engaging and quite remarkable. Garbus does not eschew her way with words, however. In "Water Fountain," she sings "I saved up all my pennies and I gave them to this special guy / When he had enough of them he bought himself a cherry pie / He gave me a dollar, a blood-soaked dollar / I cannot get the spot out, but it's OK / It still works at the store."

So, clearly, she doesn't eschew her way with weird, either.

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