Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner of tUnE-yArDs are eating dinner at a vegan Chinese restaurant in Oakland called Golden Lotus. The scene is busy and chaotic. A nearby baby is squawking at random intervals. There are loud conversations happening all around us, and the clatter of dishes and silverware. We order food ranging from Mongolian fake "beef" to a giant, steaming bowl of hot-and-sour soup studded with chunks of pineapple.Amid the chaos, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs looks calm and peaceful. The colors in the run-down restaurant are drab, but she and her bass player and partner-in-crime Nate Brenner are a riot of color. She's wearing a cotton-candy pink sweater, with black leggings, red sneakers, yellow socks, and black and white checkered shoelaces.