tUnE-yArDs at the Ready Room stole the attendance award on Thursday night in St. Louis. As the Demo's neighbor nabbed heads for Merrill Garbus' looped avant-pop recital, Wampire stared down a mellow gathering of perhaps 25 fans. It's worth noting that October 7, 2014 was the release date for Wampire's sophomore effort "Bazaar." Few in that room, save for the band, seemed to be aware.
It wasn't until tUnE-yArDs' fourth song that singer Merrill Garbus finally picked up her baritone ukulele and the crowd cheered. "Oh you like this thing?" she smiled coyly before strumming chords over looping, flanged beats.
After a period of severe writer's block following the release of two full-length albums, the husband-and-wife duo of Tennis seems to have reached idyllic, dream-pop perfection on the third album, "Ritual in Repeat."
When Spoon's Britt Daniel talked to KDHX's Kevin Korinek, he described the band's new album, "They Want My Soul," as one for playing on a car stereo. With shimmery synthesizers and guitar pedal work, the live possibilities of taking this beautiful production piece out of the car, combing it with their past efforts is daunting.