Merrill Garbus tosses a lot of seemingly random ingredients into the musical salad she and bassist Nate Brenner call Tune-Yards, and it all comes together with a pleasing strangeness on their third album, Nikki Nack. Garbus’ chameleonic vocals flit through busy intersections of Afrobeat, new wave, pop and electronica. “You want the truth in tones/Dig this dirt and sift out the bones,” she advises on “Real Thing.” The New England native calls up a chorus of celebratory voices against a clatter of African percussion on frenetic tracks such as “Water Fountain.” New York’s Cibo Matto have been mixing and matching an even wider variety of styles since 1994. The duo’s latest single might be titled “Déja Vu,” but you haven’t heard anything quite like the funky way singers Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda and Wilco guitarist Nels Cline downshift from hip-hop into art-pop.
Wed., Dec. 10, 7 p.m., 2014
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