tUnE-yArDs is the moniker of Oakland, CA based Indie-Pop songstress Merrill Garbus. The New England native has been operating under this alias for the last 6 years and has released 2 great albums. Earlier this year, the Village Voice‘s annual “Pazz and Jop” poll of critics named her second album w h o k i l l the #1 album of 2011. While saying w h o k i l l was the best album of 2011 is entirely subjective, no one can argue that her sound is the most creative of the last 2-3 years. “Real Live Flesh” off her first album BiRd-BrAiNs was my introduction to her weird world. You can hear the distinct influence of 90′s R&B and Neo-Soul in her powerful vocals, which is why she’s the perfect way to end this week’s thread.