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Yo La Tengo continue murdering the classics on Murder in the Second Degree

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Since 1996, indie-rock heavyweights Yo La Tengo have been performing listener-requested covers during WFMU’s annual fundraising Marathon. The catch is, the band has no idea what these covers are going to be, and they have no time to prepare, so they have no choice but to rely on memory and their (considerable) talent to get them through. This has produced mixed, often side-splitting results, and in 2006, the “Best of the Worst” was immortalized in Yo La Tengo is Murdering the Classics. Ten years later, the band has announced that album’s followup, the aptly-titled Murder in the Second Degree. Continue reading →

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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Velvet Underground’s Philly Debut with Yo La Tengo

This December 15th, Yo La Tengo will grace the Gershman Y with a performance celebrating The Velvet Underground. The event will also feature a screening of 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, a series of four-minute silent film portraits with a commissioned soundtrack by Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips, formerly of Luna and Galaxie 500. The Velvet Underground performed in Philadelphia for the first time in December of 1966, appearing as part of Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable road show. The show took place at the YMHA Auditorium during the Philadelphia Art Festival and featured the band providing the soundtrack to Warhol’s visuals. Continue reading →

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Dig into new album from The Front Bottoms, Kurt Vile, Battles and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

The Front Bottoms | Photo via Fueled By Ramen
The Front Bottoms | Photo via Fueled By Ramen

Such a special weekend calls for a super special Indie Rock Hit Parade, wouldn’t you agree? Tune in at 11pm (or better yet, stay tuned after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour show that’s nothing but nothing but ALBUM SPOTLIGHTS! We’ll hear three songs in a row from a variety of newly released records, including Kurt Vile‘s b’lieve i’m goin’ down, The Front BottomsBack On Top and Youth Lagoon‘s Savage Hills Ballroom! Here’s a sampling of what else you might hear tonight:

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Watch Yo La Tengo play “I Can Feel The Ice Melting” via VuHaus, see them tonight at the Keswick Theatre

Yo La Tengo | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/TheRealYLT
Yo La Tengo | Photo via facebook.com/TheRealYLT

Late last month, legendary indie-rockers Yo La Tengo stopped by World Café Live for a hushed and brilliant Free at Noon. The band played tracks off their new album, Stuff Life That There, an album made up of both unreleased Yo La Tengo originals and some awesomely morphed covers. For those who missed it, our friends at VuHaus got some awesome footage of the show which you can watch below. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Yo La Tengo brings Stuff Like That There to World Cafe Live

Yo La Tengo | Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.tumblr.com
Yo La Tengo | Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.tumblr.com

Today is record release day for Yo La Tengo’s new collection of covers and re-workings, Stuff Like That There, and the Hoboken indie rock heroes celebrated with a performance in front of a sold-out Free at Noon crowd. The album explores the decidedly mellowest side of YLT’s sonic palette, but the crowd was hushed and attentive, nodding along to the doo-wop flavored cover of The Cosmic Rays’ “Somebody In Love” that opened the show, and singing along to Georgia Hubley’s wistful, breezy version of “Friday I’m In Love” by The Cure. Continue reading →

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Never Be Famous: Hussalonia (LIVE), Yo La Tengo and King Gizzard on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Hussalonia | Photo via hussalonia.bandcamp.com
Hussalonia | Photo via hussalonia.bandcamp.com

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is stacked, top to bottom, with special things you simply cannot miss. I just won’t allow it. Tune in starting at 11pm tonight (or better yet, stay tuned after Land of The Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour show that will feature: A brand new, live in-studio session with the Buffalo, NY “pop cult” Hussalonia. Their music has been heard on Welcome To Night Vale and they just released their fifth album of 2015 alone! We’ll hear new songs and old ones in a stripped-down set. We’ll also dig into Stuff Like That There, the new album from Hoboken’s finest, Yo La Tengo. Plus a few of these tracks in case that all wasn’t enough (has anyone ever told you that you’re kinda hard to please):

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week” “Friday I’m In Love” by Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/TheRealYLT
Yo La Tengo | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/TheRealYLT

In 1990, Yo La Tengo released their acclaimed Fakebook, a collection of mostly cover songs. The band is revisiting the concept of Fakebook on their new album, Stuff Like That There, coming out on August 28th via Matador Records. Yo La Tengo will also be touring with a stop at the Keswick Theatre on Thursday, September 24th. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Purling Hiss at Arden Gild Hall, Yo La Tengo at The Trocadero, Manchester Orchestra at Temple Performing Arts Center and more…

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Purling Hiss | photo by Aaron Biscoe

Purling Hiss head down to Delaware’s Arden Gild Hall tonight with Thunderhawk and St James & The Apostles. The local rockers released Weirdon earlier this year, their second effort for Drag City.  Hiss frontman Mike Polizze spoke with The Key last week in the inaugural “Gearadelphia” feature, discussing his live gear set-up, his ambitious dream studio and the times when things go wrong on stage.  Read the full interview here and pick up tickets for tonight’s show here. Continue reading →

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Yo La Tengo will celebrate 30 years of music with an anniversary show at The Trocadero

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Yo La Tengo | photo via Facebook

Lifetime fans of Hoboken indie rock group Yo La Tengo can celebrate 30 years of music with the band at their upcoming anniversary show at The Troc. Three decades have passed since Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James McNew teamed together in 1984 consistently delivering unconventional and boundary-pushing rock tunes. Continue reading →