.tUnE-yArDs Is Blowing Up

OH HAYYYY. Oakland-based Afro-pop outfit tUnE-yArDs, aka Merrill Garbus, continues to be positively showered in buzz these days: in the three weeks since our story on her, Garbus has also been the subject of breathless profiles in SF Weekly and the Village Voice; been featured on NPR; and been named an Editors’ Pick by Rolling Stone, which apparently still exists. Last week, arbiter of all things indie-music-related Pitchfork awarded the band’s second album, w h o k i l l, a prestigious 8.8 rating, along with a Best New Music designation. And yesterday, in what’s surely irrevocable evidence of hipster street cred, Garbus got called out as nothing less than “the next female indie sex icon” by music blogger/cult hero/quotation-marks-enthusiast Carles on his insanely popular blog, Hipster Runoff:

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