Yo La Tengo headed to First Avenue this October


It's only a matter of time before Yo La Tengo get their pictures in the OED.

For a couple decades, a dozen albums, and a few thousand fans, Yo La Tengo has made their quixotic name more synonymous with their musical genre than almost any band to come before. Jazz has Coltrane and Davis, punk has Lydon and Pop, and indie rock has Kaplan and Hubley.

And now hear this--the fabled genre-sprawling veterans are hitting up the First Avenue Main Room this October.

Yo La Tengo's "Sugarcube."

It's another in a string of heavy-hitting shows of veteran revolutionaries to grace the Main Room this year. With Sonic Youth making this summer memorable for generations of noise fans old and young alike, Yo La Tengo at First Avenue will likely define the autumn for a city of music fans, albeit in more hushed, whispered tones.

Yo La Tengo is one of those bands with a long enough career, a broad enough recording past, and a restless enough creative process that defining their sound in print is a dreadful affair. Damn these words--such brittle things, they.

No, Yo La Tengo is a band best described by the mood they exude, a mood which has remained constant through their two decades of protean shape shifting, of imporvisational jaunts, of rapt, mellowed songcraft. We all know that mood, and it's one that has defined their live presence since their formation in 1984--an obssession with things ethereal and twinkling. They are, if any band ever was, a sonic velvet hammer--weighty themes delivered with almost unbearable lightness.

Check their tour dates below, and start socking away cash now--come October, you don't want to be left out in those bitter autumnal winds.

09-15 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground

09-16 Boston, MA - Wilbur Theater

09-17 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

09-18 Durham, NC - Carolina Theater

09-19 Atlanta, GA - Variety

09-21 Asheville - Orange Peel

09-25 New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom *

10-02 Montreal, Quebec - Le National

10-03 Toronto, Ontario - Opera House

10-05 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom

10-06 Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre

10-07 Minneapolis, MN - First Ave

10-09 Omaha, NE - Slowdown

10-10 Denver, CO - Ogden

10-11 Aspen, CO - Belly Up

10-12 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge

10-14 Phoenix, AZ - Marquee

10-15 Los Angeles, CA - Avalon

10-16 San Diego, CA - Soma

10-17 Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theater

10-18 San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Festival

10-20 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom

10-21 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom

10-22 Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo

11-05 Dublin, Ireland - Tripod

11-06 Glasgow, Scotland - ABC

11-07 Manchester, England - Academy 2

11-08 London, England - The Roundhouse

11-10 Bielefeld, Germany - Forum

11-11 Lueven, Belgium - Het Depot

11-12 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg

11-14 Copenhagen, Denmark - Gray Hall

11-15 Oslo, Norway - Cosmopolite

11-17 Stockholm, Sweden - Kagelbanan

11-18 Lund, Sweden - Mejeriet

11-19 Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle

11-20 Den Hague, Netherlands - Crossing Border Festival

11-22 Dusseldorf, Germany - Zakk

11-23 Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof

11-25 Katowice, Poland - Hipnoza Club

11-26 Vienna, Austria - Arena

11-30 Paris, France - Bataclan