– Jeff McCord, KUTX Music Director
Tune-Yards – “Heart Attack”
We’ll start with Merrill Garbus, the New England native who records under the name Tune-Yards. She is a brilliant DIY savant, sampling and layering her parts not as a gimmick, but as a means to make her intense and creative music. In the five years since her last album, Merrill spent some time DJing in clubs, and this has helped untie some of her rhythmic knots.
Yo La Tengo – “She May, She Might”
Up next is the Hoboken, New Jersey trio Yo La Tengo, one of the few, if not the only band who has managed to keep their music fresh and interesting in a career that has spanned well over three decades. The band’s upcoming release, There’s A Riot Goin’ On, is their first album of all-new material in five years. As stylistic chameleons, Yo La Tengo strives to never repeat themselves, and on “She May, She Might,” they nestle in somewhere between chill and abrasion.
Marie/Lepanto – “Inverness”
Closer to home, Austin’s Will Johnson, leader of the much-loved 90’s Texas band Centro-Matic, is back with a new project, but don’t look for it under his own name. Like his work with Monsters of Folk and Overseas, Johnson is collaborating again, this time with fellow songwriter Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster. They’re calling the project Marie/Lepanto, named for a pair of towns on the Arkansas / Missouri border where both singers were raised.