Merrill Garbus is better than her band name

I think we can safely say that tUnE-yArDs is the most annoyingly punctuated band name in the history of band names (so much so that I refuse to stylize the name that way more than once). It would be convenient if the band were also terrible. We could just write off the whole project and feel OK about it.

Alas, we cannot. Since 2009's BiRd-BrAiNs, and especially 2011's whokill, Merrill Garbus has toyed with off-kilter rhythms and playfully experimented with a combination of earthy instruments and electronic blasts. Most importantly, the sonic eccentricities are almost always employed in the service of the song. Tune-Yards' newest album, I can feel you creep into my private life, is more disjointed and doesn't succeed in quite the same way Garbus' previous albums did, but even an average Tune-Yards release is still worth checking out. (Tune-Yards will also play the Nelsonville Music Festival on Sunday, June 3.)

Don't miss opener My Brightest Diamond, aka singer and multi-instrumentalist Shara Nova, who could justify a headlining slot at Skully's all on her own. (Safe bet)