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.
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