The avant-R&B, gritty Afro-beat, folk quartet led by Merrill Garbus, known as tUnE-yArDs, boasts not one, but two sax players, a ukelele, bass and drums. That’s quite a force to be reckoned with. Those of you jetting to Austin for SXSW this week will have your chance to soak it up and hear songs come alive that were originally recorded to a digital voice recorder, and collaged on her laptop. This is fuzzy, fantastic, vibrant stuff.

03-16 SXSW (Panel) – 3pm Michael Azerrad Panel discussion Our Band Could Still Be Your Life @ Austin Conv. Center 500 E Cesar Chavez, Room 16 B
03-16 SXSW – 5pm Forcefield PR/Terrorbird Party @ Red 7 – 611 East 7th Street
03-17 SXSW – 1:15pm NPR Showcase @ The Parish – 214 E 6th st *Free party, no badges needed
03-17 SXSW – 11pm Pitchfork Showcase @ Central Presbysterian Church – 200 E 8th St * Official showcase, badges only
03-18 SXSW – 5:30pm Other Music/Dig for Fire Party @ French Legation – 802 San Marcos St. *Free party, no badges needed
03-19 SXSW – 12:40pm MOG Party @ The Mohawk – 912 Red River st *Free party, no badges needed
03-19 SXSW – 1am Chimera Showcase @ Elysium – 705 Red River St *Official showcase, Badges required

w h o k i l l is out April 19th on 4AD, and tUnE-yArDs will be touring just after:

04-26 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
04-28 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
04-29 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
04-30 Vancouver, British Columbia – The Biltmore Cabaret
05-02 Garden City, ID – Visual Arts Collective
05-03 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
05-04 Denver, CO – Hi Dive
05-06 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Saloon
05-07 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
05-08 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
05-10 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
05-11 Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom
05-12 Toronto, Ontario – The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
05-13 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa
05-15 Easthampton, MA – Flywheel Arts Collective
05-16 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
05-17 Milford, CT – Daniel Street
05-19 Washington, DC – The Red Palace
05-20 Philadelphia, P A – Johnny Brenda’s
05-21 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
06-25 West Hollywood, CA – The Troub