Tuba Gooding Jr. from The Roots
Black Thought and "Captain" Kirk Douglas
James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem
OCD: Moosh & Twist
All Roots Picnic photos by Eric Ashleigh. More photos from the gallery can be viewed here.
tUnE-yArDs and Questlove of the legendary Roots crew have teamed up with Angelique Kidjo and Akua Naru on a cover of Fela Kuti’s “Lady” from (RED) Hot + FELA. Listen to the song below, and go here to purchase the song. All proceeds from the song benefit the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. tUnE-yArDs performs tomorrow at the Roots Picnic. According to the Join Red blog:
(RED) Hot + FELA, pays homage to the music and spirit of Fela Kuti and will be the first collaboration between (RED) and the Red Hot Organization, creators of a long running line of musically original compilations that benefit AIDS organizations, ranging from 1990’s Red Hot + Blue (which featured U2 on Cole Porter’s “Night And Day”) to 2009’s Dark Was The Night produced by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National.
The Roots picnic is being held on Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd and 3rd at Festival Pier. According to an announcement at Okayplayer the lineup includes: The Roots, Kid Cudi, De La Soul (backed by the Roots), Wale, Diplo, Major Lazer, St. Vincent, tune-yards, Shabazz Palaces, OCD: Moosh & Twist, Danny Brown, The Hood Internet, Chill Moody, Flosstradamus, Stretch Armstrong, Star Slinger, Mr. MFN Exquire, Kids These Days, DJ Diamond Kuts. Also in the mix is James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem who will be doing a special DJ set. There is a special pre-sale today from 10 am to 10 pm. Go here for tickets and more information. General public tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 am.
Merrill Garbus started tUnE-yArDs as an experiment in looping her voice and ukulele on a home recorder. Now tUnE-yArDs is a full fledged band, featuring bassist Nate Brenner. Merrill and Nate recently brought the sounds of tUnE-yArDs’ celebrated new album, w h o k i l l, to the XPN2 studios. Now you can stream the session whenever you like! With the help of a pair of saxophone players (cultivated from the Oakland jazz scene), tUnE-yArDs’ blending of folk, pop and R&B is as vibrant as ever. In the session, we’ll hear the band play a selection of songs from w h o k i l l, including XPN2 favorite “Gangsta.” XPN2′s Eric Schuman talks to Merrill about her global influences and the various roles she’s taken on throughout her career. Stream our session with tUnE-yArDs anytime with the XPN Media Player. Be sure to tune in for a brand new Studio Session every Friday at 3pm on XPN2!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7
Punk trio Screaming Females is celebrating its emerging adulthood by reissuing its first two albums in a very grown-up vinyl format. The band has come a long way since its self-released debut, Baby Teeth, was written and recorded in drummer (and then-high schooler) Michael Abbate’s attic six years ago. Like many angsty New Jersey teens, the members of Screaming Females started performing in their friends’ basements; unlike most New Jersey teens, however, the band gradually went from touring Jersey to touring nationally with bigger punk acts such as Against Me! and Ted Leo. Though much of the band’s popularity is credited to the members’ dedication to the group, just as much success can be credited to their simple formula in creating skin-and-bone punk-rock songs. Disregarding the extraneous bells and whistles of highly-produced music, Screaming Females offers a more no-nonsense sound, resting largely on heavy yet simple chord progressions and vocalist Marissa Paternoster’s unforgiving tone when belting out the group’s tunes. Screaming Females performs with Underground Railroad To Candyland and Dry Feet at 6:30 p.m. at The Barbary; tickets to the all-ages show are $10. —Marielle Mondon
Also Playing: The Deli’s 3rd Anniversary show with Dangerous Ponies + Orbit To Leslie, The Homophones at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $10); Kuf Knotz + Alien Architect, The Authentic at Milkboy Philly (9:30 p.m., 21+, $8–$10); The Besnard Lakes + Malajube at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10–$12); Robert Randolph and the Family Band with Tauk at the TLA (7 p.m., $40.00/includes service charge).
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8
Uh Huh Her’s show at the TLA marks the low-fi electro-pop duo’s first stop of the Keep A Breast Tour. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Uh Huh Her is undergoing a month-long, 21-stop tour that will raise money for the Keep A Breast Foundation, a non-profit project targeted toward educating young people about breast cancer. In addition to breast cancer awareness, though, the band has its sophomore album, Nocturnes, to promote. The album, which drops on Tuesday, is the band’s follow-up to 2008’s Common Reaction and the first new release after being dropped from its label. (The album will be released via the band’s own label, Plaid Records.) Despite these changes, the album’s lead single, “Another Case,” still rests on Uh Huh Her’s signature airy, moaned vocals and heavy use of synthesizer to create a subtle, seductive sound. Uh Huh Her performs with Fences at 8 p.m. at TLA; tickets to the all-ages show are $25. —Marielle Mondon
Also Playing: James Blake + Chairlift at The Trocadero (9 p.m., all ages, $21–$23); Skrillex + 12th Planet, Foreign Beggars, Nadastrom at Electric Factory (7:30 p.m, all ages, SOLD OUT); The Lemonheads + The Shining Twins, New York Rivals at North Star Bar (9 p.m., 21+, $20–$25)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9
Merrill Garbus’s musical project tUne-YarDs seems to exist purely to contradict: contradict expectations, contradict convention and, at times, to contradict itself. Garbus’s voice, which is capable of swinging between a soothing, cooing purr and a growling, leaping roar, is at once ferociously vulnerable, fiercely disarming. The 32-year-old New-England native first gained attention for her 2009 self-produced debut album “BiRd-BrAiNs,” which she recorded on a hand-held digital recorder and mixed using the software Audacity. It was rereleased later that year by 4AD records, who signed Garbus, identifying in her lo-fi, freak-folk first release creative genius. On Garbus’ second album (out this year on 4AD), “w h o k i l l,” she applies her superhuman sound masterfully, and her songs have a certain urgency, a raw, emotional energy to them. Hear them for yourself when she performs with Pat Jordache and Les Blondettes this weekend. tUne-YarDs performs with Pat Jordache and Les Blondettes at 8 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $15. —Naomi Shavin
Also Playing: Ladytron + VHS Or Beta at TLA (7 p.m., all ages, $19)
Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs premiered a brand-new, eight-minute track at the POP Montreal festival last week, reports Stereogum. Garbus is known for her rhythmic looping and ukulele skills, and this new track is no exception: She kicks off the performance with solo vocals that are ultimately looped and layered with the rest of the band’s singing. Percussion enters, with a brass accompaniment and sporadic uke playing that further builds the piece. A solo climax around the 4:50 mark adds dynamic and appeal to the lengthy song. tUnE-yArDs performs with Pat Jordache and Les Blondettes at 8 p.m. Sunday, October 9th, at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $15. —Caitlyn Grabenstein
Union Transfer has just announced that tUnE-YarDs will play a show on October 9th, with support from her past collaborator Pat Jordache. The announcement comes just three days after t-Y’s performance at Philly’s 2nd Street Festival. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 5th at 12 p.m.; they will cost $15 and will be made available here.
Below, the video for “Bizness.”