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tUnE-yArDs and Cibo Matto

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Moore Theatre Belltown
Sat., Dec. 13, 8 p.m. 2014 All Ages

$23.50

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As the grunge era was winding down, NYC duo Cibo Matto released Viva! La Woman, a blast of fresh air that blew away the cobwebs with surrealistic songs about carrots and cake. Back with a new album, Hotel Valentine, after a 15-year hiatus, they’ve flirted with novelty, but they haven’t succumbed to it. tUnE-yArDs frontwoman Merrill Garbus is just as likely to combine incongruous ingredients, like Haitian drumming and Casio squiggles. Sometimes it works (“Water Fountain”), sometimes it doesn’t (that fucking punctuation), but she excels at keeping listeners off-balance, which may be why this year’s Nikki Nack hasn’t generated as much hype as w h o k i l l, which topped the Village Voice’s 2011 Pazz & Jop poll. And that’s too bad, because it’s a better record. KATHY FENNESSY

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