Earlier this month, Tune-Yards, a music project started by Connecticut native Merrill Garbus, visited Buenos Aires. As a music-culture-importation capital south of the equator, Buenos Aires sees many acts pass through its stages—but Garbus didn’t just come and play music at Niceto Club in Palermo, she moved spectators to sway in other-worldly ways. Maybe the show’s success is a testament to the celebration pervading Garbus’s tunes. Or crowds here might just prefer dancing to standing. Either way, the back and forth between Garbus and her fans was stirring and, at times, even jolting.
Garbus wasn’t available for an interview, but these bobbling harlequin faces do a fine job of showing just what it was like having her for a drum looping, ukulele playing, Rasta dread swinging night: