The Pygmalion Festival was held in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois from September 23-27.
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.
Walking in, slightly damp, to the smooth swaying sounds of Pat Jordache, the constantly expanding crowd at Off Broadway was welcomed in oddly lazy anticipation. The Morrissey-esque vocals and '80s indie synthesizer laid a near perfect foundation for tUnE-YarDs. Perfect, like the site of the Manhattan Project.