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Yo La Tengo Charm, Challenge at Ecstatic Music Fest Show

February 18, 2016

Now in their 32nd year, Yo La Tengo — the Hoboken, New Jersey–born alternative-rock institution — are serial collaborators. The trio's founding couple, singer-guitarist Ira Kaplan and singer-drummer Georgia Hubley, made their first...

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Stuff Like That There

August 28, 2015

The Velvet Underground are a durable rock-band model, one that Hoboken's Yo La Tengo have plumbed over 14 LPs, suggesting where that noisy, lyrical, short-lived group might've gone. The latest is lean, hushed and mostly covers, including a take on...

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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...

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Summer Sun

April 22, 2003

On Summer Sun, Yo La Tengo explore quiet the way they once indulged in loudness — as a means to a mood. Wandering farther down the path cleared by their last two albums, the Hoboken, New Jersey, trio disguises its guitars, minimizes its drums and...

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I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One

April 15, 1997

The key to Yo La Tengo's sound is in their noisy cover of the Beach Boys' "Little Honda," off the trio's eighth and latest album, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One. Like the Beach Boys, Yo La Tengo, who've been indie rockers since Pavement were pimply...

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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...

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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...

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And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out

March 2, 2000

In the rock & roll book of love, the miserable couples get to have all the fun. From Fleetwood Mac to X, countless bands have grooved to the static between two lovers ripping each other apart. But Yo La Tengo have spent their long and noble career...