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Sunday, May 22, 2011

tUnE-YaRdS Buke and Gass live @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

We sadly missed the opening band Afuche but luckily we caught Brooklyn's Buke & Gass early in there set. The two piece duo both named Aron delivered a hyper-charged set while sitting in wooden chairs. Arone’s bandmate’s name is Aron. Aaron Sanchez drums with his feet and plays a gāss which is a a guitar-bass hybrid. Arone Dyer plays būke which is a a self-modified six string baritone ukelele and sings. The duo have been touring with tUnE-YaRdS and the Brooklyn show was the last date. Buke & Gass's songs have a jarring rocking power like bands like No Means No or even Gang of Four but the bands overall sound is very unique and original maybe Sonic Youth come to mind but all explanations so far are vague at best. The duo played songs from their LP Riposte and +/- EP and kept the crowd entranced through their entire set.

After a brief intermission Merrill Garbus better know as tUnE-YaRdS took the stage by herself and kept the night going strong as she built up some of her drum beats thru a looper in real time and played some ukulele and built up some amazing vocal melodies. Later bassist Nate Brenner and a pair of saxophonists joined her adding more textures to the already powerful compositions.

Pics & Words to come by Kevin Serra

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