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Music, All Shook Down Watch: Tune-Yards' Naytronix Goes Romping Around S.F. with Gorilla Pal in 'Robotic' Video

Watch: Tune-Yards' Naytronix Goes Romping Around S.F. with Gorilla Pal in 'Robotic' Video

Naytronix is the solo project of Nate Brenner, best known as being the bassist of Oakland art-pop heroes tUnE-yArDs. We've gushed previously about the freaky electro of Naytronix's first EP, which came out this spring, and here is a new…
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Music, Hear This Naytronix: Show Preview

Naytronix: Show Preview

Oakland's tUnE-yArDs have become a critical favorite and an international sensation, but the group's bassist (and band leader Merrill Garbus' boyfriend) Nate Brenner isn't stopping there. In addition to Beep, his avant-jazz outfit, Brenner leads Naytronix, which describes itself as…
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Music, Hear This Switchboard Festival: Show Preview

Switchboard Festival: Show Preview

There are two kinds of music: classical, or "art music," and pop music. And they're fundamentally different and separate. Right? Wrong. For five years, San Francisco's Switchboard Festival has been blurring the lines between the supposedly distinct worlds of art…
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Music, All Shook Down Get Random with tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus in the New "Gangsta" Video

Get Random with tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus in the New "Gangsta" Video

Those of you hoping for a repeat of the "Bizness" video's ultracute crispness may be disappointed -- tUnE-yArDs' new "Gangsta" video is a black-and-white bricolage of Garbusian whimsy. Captured, we're guessing, on tour with Merrill, Nate, and the Bay…
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Music, The Subversive Beauty of tUnE-yArDs

The Subversive Beauty of tUnE-yArDs

The name of Merrill Garbus' musical project is tUnE-yArDs. It is not Tune-Yards. Garbus herself is lenient about this distinction, but the wacky lettering hints importantly at the ambitions of the Oakland artist's work: tUnE-yArDs leaps out from the order…
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