The Playlist: Beck, Blur and a Black Keys Side Project

June 19, 2015

1. The Arcs, "Stay in My Corner"Dan Auerbach's got a brand-new band! The first thing we've heard from the Black Keys frontman's side gig is this sweet, laid-back slice of falsetto soul, with a melody that reminds us of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy." We're...


Yo La Tengo Cover Themselves on New Album

June 2, 2015

Yo La Tengo will celebrate their 30th anniversary – and the 25th birthday of their 1990 breakout LP Fakebook – with a new album featuring original songs, covers and a handful of reinterpreted Yo La Tengo tracks. Stuff Like That There will...



Jeff Tweedy, Yo La Tengo Jam on 'Parks and Rec'

April 25, 2014

Parks and Recreation concluded its sixth season Thursday night with an epic musical extravaganza. The episode, which focused on the Pawnee/Eagleton Unity Concert, featured performances from a handful of alt-rock icons (Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy,...


'Parks and Rec' Recruit Yo La Tengo for Night Ranger Cover Band

March 28, 2014

Parks and Recreation have added an indie-rock heavyweight to their upcoming, concert-themed season finale episode. Yo La Tengo will appear as the awesomely named Night Ranger cover band Bobby Knight Ranger, playing the band's iconic Eighties power ballad...



Justin Timberlake Re-Opens Maxwell's for One Song

August 29, 2013

Turns out Maxwell's isn't completely shut down after all: Justin Timberlake last night shot a Target commercial in the shuttered rock club in Hoboken, New Jersey. "Join me & @Target tonight for just one song. Let's 'Take Back the Night.' First 150...


Wilco Anchor Solid Sound With Covers: Listen

June 24, 2013

Although festivals necessarily operate according to a formula, Wilco's are never formulaic. Back to anchor their own Solid Sound Festival for the third time at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in the Berkshires town of North Adams, the band...


Yo La Tengo Cook in 'I'll Be Around'

January 30, 2013

Yo La Tengo venture into a lonely forest in the new video for Fade track "I'll Be Around," and the intimate, minimal acoustic track gets an equally sparse video treatment. As the softly picked song breezes through the trees, bits of a narrative are...


Q&A: Yo La Tengo on Personal Songs and Keeping New LP Brief

January 15, 2013

Yo La Tengo have sometimes had trouble knowing when to stop writing songs, but not this time. The New Jersey trio's latest LP, Fade, clocks in at 45 minutes, a modest length for a band prone to stretching past the 70-minute mark. "We tried a little harder...


Maxwell’s Honors Hoboken Guests Before Last Call

August 1, 2013

"Last call everrrr!" a bartender hollered minutes before Maxwell’s, the Hoboken club that booked and nurtured bands including R.E.M. and Nirvana, closed its doors for the last time early Thursday morning. A block party raged outside the music hub...


Maxwell's to Close at the End of July

June 4, 2013

Maxwell's, the beloved rock club, restaurant and longtime anchor of the rock scene in Hoboken, New Jersey, will close when its lease is up at the end of July. Co-owner Todd Abramson told The Star-Ledger of Newark that changes over the years in Hoboken...


Yo La Tengo Celebrate 'Fade' on 'Fallon'

January 16, 2013

Yo La Tengo celebrated the release yesterday of their new LP Fade by a performing a pair of songs on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, starting with album opener "Ohm." The Hoboken, New Jersey, trio expanded to a five-piece band (including Saturday Night...



Exclusive Book Excerpt: 'Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock'

June 6, 2012

Formed by husband-and-wife duo Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1984, Yo La Tengo has succeeded as one of rock's most consistent and innovatively independent bands. In his new book, available now, journalist Jesse Jarnow explores...



Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan Suffers 'Health Scare'

December 19, 2011

The indie rock trio Yo La Tengo sent a message to their fans this weekend explaining that while their annual series of Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey would go on as originally planned, the sets would be much more low-key on account...


Digest: Gaga's 1,000th Number One; 'Glee' Breaks Record

February 16, 2011

Lady Gaga Scores Billboard 1,000th Number OneLady Gaga's "Born This Way" has become the 1,000th Number One hit in the 52-year history of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. "Born This Way" is also had the third-largest-selling digital debut of all time,...


Digest: Roxette Plays First U.K. Show; Snoop Duos With Charlie Sheen

March 30, 2011

Roxette Announce First U.K. Show in 17 YearsThe Swedish pop band Roxette have announced that they will be playing their first U.K. concert in 17 years at London's Wembley Arena on November 15th as part of a 2011 world tour. The band had been sidelined...


Album Review

Popular Songs

September 8, 2009

Playing like a welcome sequel to 2006's style-hopping I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass, Yo La Tengo's 16th studio album finds the New Jersey trio bringing out Farfisa solos and celebrating ongoing couplehood. On genial uptempo songs like...


Album Review

I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass

September 20, 2006

It's official: Yo La Tengo suck at titling their albums, but they sure know how to make them. The New Jersey indie-rock trio's latest is easily its best of the past decade or so — the kind of guitar-crazed masterpiece the band used to bang out every...


Album Review

Today Is The Day!

October 16, 2003

Collecting outtakes from New Jersey's most-beloved indie rockers, this six-song EP is warm, tuneful, noisy and fuzzed-out in typical Yo La fashion, and the slapdash feel will remind fans of the band's early days. Highlight: a somber, slow-burning acoustic...