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Tune-Yards

Question of the Day: Musical Band Names

by Corny O'Connell
sheet music Shutterstock

Tonight at 9 we've got a session from our studios to get you better acquainted with the band tUnE-yArDs. Despite the unusual use of upper and lowercase letters, the band follows the tradition of using a musical term in its name. That's been done by everyone from the the Chordettes to the Beatles to Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers. Can you think of any others? Note them below and we'll spin a set after 9am. 

Here's what we played:

The Meters "Cissy Strut"

tUnE-yArDs - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali

Considered one of the most unique acts of the 21st century, tUnE-yArDs is the project headed by multi-talented musician Merrill Garbus. Recently, Garbus and company released their third album, Nikki Nack, and it proves once again that their music is one of a kind. The new album thrives on the band’s strengths of funky beats and Garbus’s rain-dance style vocals. The band recently stopped by Studio A to play us some of their new material and to talk with me about the album.

Newport Folk Festival: Day 3

by Sarah Wardrop
Sarah Wardrop

Sometimes it felt like we were paying as much attention to the weather radar as the music, but in the end, there was sun.

Day 3 at Newport had quite a finale: the skies cleared up, and a mutual admiration society of Dawes, Jonathan Wilson, Tom Morello and Sara Watkins held court on the Fort stage with Jackson Browne as their leader, soaking it all up. "Lawyers, Guns and Money" with a Tom Morello solo... Maybe the first time an electric guitar has been played with teeth at Newport? Probably a tie with "These Days" for my highlight of Jackson's set.