Yo La Tengo

On both nights of this two-night stand, the trio's first set will be determined by a spin of a wheel in the game-show spirit of Elvis Costello's "Spectacular Spinning Songbook." YLT's wheel yields one of eight possibilities: a set of astutely chosen covers by second selves the Condo Fucks, for instance, or one in which "band and crew act out a classic sitcom" (two slow-moving minutes of internet research indicates that they're not kidding, and that they won't be off script), or another in which the band draws exclusively from its many songs whose titles feature someone's name, from 1989's lovely "Alyda," if we're lucky, to 2006's atmospheric "Daphnia," which would be welcome too. The second set will be whatever they decide to pull from their quarter-century of crispy-duck freakouts, murmured harmony folk, winningly inexpert falsetto soul, whispered drones for midsized corners of the world, midlife symphonies for unphotogenic beaches, and other stuff that sounds good in horizontally striped T-shirts. 18+. (photo by Jesper Eklow)
Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m. Starts: June 23. Continues through June 24, 2011

 
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