Tara Jane O'Neil

Tara Jane O'Neil

Tara Jane O'Neil

TJO at Tonic in New York City, 6 October 2006
Background information
Born (1972-11-22) November 22, 1972
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation(s) Musician, visual artist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, drums, banjo, tambourine, keyboard
Years active 1992–present
Labels Quarterstick Records, K Records, Kranky
Associated acts Rodan, Drinking Woman, Retsin, The Sonora Pine, The King Cobra, The Naysayer, Sebadoh
Website http://tarajaneoneil.com/

Tara Jane O'Neil (born November 22, 1972) (last name sometimes spelled "ONeil", sometimes known as TJO) is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, audio recording engineer, and visual artist based out of Los Angeles, CA.


Tara Jane ONeil is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, audio engineer and visual artist. She creates melodic and experimental music under her own name and in collaboration with her brilliant friends. Her recordings and live performances range from solo songing to noise improvisations. TJO has composed and performed music and sound for films, theater and dance performances, and written large and small ensemble experimental architectures.

O'Neil is also a notable visual artist. Her work has been exhibited in New York City, Barcelona, Tokyo, Kyoto, Louisville, and Portland, among other places. Her artwork has appeared on her solo record covers, on the record covers of many others (Retsin, Ida, The Naysayer, Castanets), in poetry books by Cynthia Nelson (Raven Days and The Kentucky Rules)[1] and Maggie Nelson (cover of Something Bright, Then Holes),[2] in the magazines Punk Planet, Magnet, The Wire, Venus Zine, Copper Press, and various international publications. Who Takes A Feather, a book of her drawings and paintings, was published in 2004 by Map Press out of Tokyo. In 2007, Wings. Strings. Meridians. A Blighted Bestiary was published by Yeti, including an album of live recordings, 4-track demos, and out-takes.

O'Neil starred in the 1994 indie film Half-Cocked as herself, credited as "Rhonda".






Compilation albums



  1. Archived November 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. "Galatea Resurrects #9 (A Poetry Engagement): PUBLICATIONS by MAGGIE NELSON and Edited by JULIET COOK". Galatearesurrection9.blogspot.com. 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
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