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Over the course of ten years and four albums, Merrill Garbus’ idiosyncratic work as Tune-Yards has encompassed plaintive balladry, slinky R&B rhythms, melodic patterns drawn from Haitian and Kenyan music and much more, adding up to a deft and original avant-pop identity.

With Tune-Yards now officially a duo following the release of their fourth album I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life (long-serving bassist Nate Brenner now receiving co-billing), they return to Hall Two of Sage Gateshead on Tuesday 13th March, having previous sold out the venue for a rapturous performance in 2015.

A less sonically dense listen than previous albums, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life continues the Tune-Yards tradition of strident, critical lyrics addressing subjects like cultural appropriation, feminism and injustice, whilst also offering some of their purest pop moments to date like on the smooth, disco-inflected highlight Heart Attack.

Joining Tune-Yards on the night are the cult Brazilian psych-pop band Boogarins, whose surprise-released third album Lá Vem a Morte is an ideal introduction to their witty, knowledgeable and hook-packed work. Playing the North East for the first time, their addition to the bill makes this a truly unmissable event.

 

 

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