A magical night with Belle & Sebastian and Yo La Tengo (review, photos, setlist)

Belle and Sebastian | Photo by John Vettese
Belle and Sebastian | Photo by John Vettese

It’s hard to describe a Belle & Sebastian show without first describing—or attempting to describe—what exactly Belle & Sebastian mean to us. What makes Belle & Sebastian so special?

There are plenty of reasons to like a band. They might write catchy melodies, or great lyrics, or boast a really great stage show. None of these are the reason we love Belle & Sebastian, although all of these are certainly true about Belle & Sebastian. No, our love for Belle & Sebastian goes deeper. It’s the way they just seem to get us—the smart, the quirky, the maybe a little dorky, the cynical, the wandering, the artists. It’s the way they seem to effortlessly capture every emotion we’ve ever felt, from gleeful zest to detached nostalgia, while still providing something we can nod along to. They’ve been there for us since we were much younger, and as time has passed and other bands have faded to obscurity, they’ve grown with us, moving from tunes about awkward adolescence and life in the suburbs to the ennui of the workweek and the slow acceptance of always being broke. And last night at the Mann Center, they proved they’ll be sticking around quite a bit longer.

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Yo La Tengo share new video for “Ohm” (playing the Mann Center tonight)


Yo La Tengo have shared a new animated video for their song “Ohm” off of this year’s Fade LP.  The clip presents a self-aware approach to music videos, starting off with the question “what is Yo La Tengo?” and proceeding to follow a cigar-smoking baby on a journey through technicolor dream lands, mystical underwater worlds and a “brick in the wall”-esque factory.  All the while a dapper-looking professor is untangling a complicated mathematical formula to find the essence of the trio, which apparently includes bits of Jack Black and Macy Gray.  Yo La Tengo heads out to the Mann Center tonight for a show with Belle & Sebastian; tickets and information can be found here.  Watch the new video for “Ohm” below and revisit the band’s Free at Noon appearance here.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Belle and Sebastain and Yo La Tengo at The Mann Center, Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys at Sands Bethlehem and Many Free Concerts

First up tonight is the incredible double header of Belle and Sebastian and Yo La Tengo.  The Glasgow band Belle and Sebastian have been making beautiful indie pop since the 90s and they’re releasing an album of rarities and B-sides this August.  But before they do that, they’re going on a huge tour, including a stop at The Mann Center.  And joining them is another legendary group Yo La Tengo.  Bouncing from genre to genre and covering numerous songs along the way, Yo La Tengo have been making music their way since the 80s and just released an incredible new album, Fade, in January.  Tonight you can catch both groups at The Mann Center.

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Roots Picnic, ONUINU and #LetBonnerShoot)

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The lineup for the 6th Annual Roots Picnic includes Gary Clark Jr., Lushlife and more [link]

Dave Hartley‘s Top of the Key returns to tell you why the NBA should #LetBonnerShoot [link]

Folk-inspired Philly songwriter Gretchen Lohse records a stunning Key Studio Session [link]

The latest album from Joe D’Amico gets the Unlocked treatment [link]

Portland dance-rock artist ONUINU chats about his upcoming show at Kung Fu Necktie [link]

Get your vote on in The Deli and Tri-State Indie‘s year-in-review polls [link]

Pitchfork gave Bleeding Rainbow‘s new LP a bad review, then premiered it anyway [link]

UK pop singer Jessie Ware played Union Transfer, reminisced about World Cafe [link]

Listen to Simian Mobie Disco recorded live on Making Time RADio [link]

Elder grunge statesmen Soundgarden brought their reunion tour to The Tower Theater [link]

Listen to Yo La Tengo cover The Spinners’ classic “I’ll Be There” from Free at Noon [link]

Ohio singer-songwriter Dolfish is spotlighted in this week’s Folkadelphia session [link]


Yo La Tengo previews its new Fade for Free at Noon (photos, audio, setlist)

Hoboken indie rock heroes Yo La Tengo performed at today’s Free at Noon concert, giving the sold-out crowd at World Cafe Live a taste of their dynamic new album Fade, which is released on Tuesday. “Ohm” galloped out the gate into a boisterous midtempo noise jam, while the drum-free “Cornelia and Jane” highlighted Georgia Hubley’s husky lead vocals, and “I’ll Be Around” brought the pace down to pin-drop quiet levels. The band wrapped the set up with another “I’ll Be Around” – a delightful, off-the-cuff rendition of the Detroit soul classic by The Spinners. Check out a photo gallery of the performance above, read the setlist below, and listen to the concert in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).

Cornelia and Jane
I’ll Be Around
Is That Enough
Before We Run
I’ll Be Around (The Spinners cover)


Stream Yo La Tengo’s new Fade via Pitchfork (playing WXPN’s Free at Noon on Friday)

Yo La Tengo illustration by Keith Greiman

We’re excited to have Yo La Tengo join us for WXPN’s sold-out Free at Noon double-header this Friday with Bat for Lashes. While you’re getting psyched to see the performance at World Cafe Live (or hear it on the WXPN airwaves), get a taste of the sublime new material the Hoboken eclectic rock trio has in store. Fade is a great set of songs with expressive arrangements and low-key guitar tones reminiscent of the band’s 2003 album Summer Sun. It’s also streaming on Pitchfork until it’s January 15 release date. Listen to it here.


Watch the new video for “Holy Holy” by Wye Oak (opening for The National tonight and tomorrow at the Academy Of Music)

As we mentioned earlier today, Wye Oak will open for The National and Yo La Tengo at the Academy Of Music tonight and tomorrow night. Below, you can watch the new video for the Baltimore-based duo’s song “Holy Holy,” a sun-soaked, dreamy clip shot in Coney Island that follows the two as they ride roller coasters and swings against a washed out sky. “Holy Holy” is from the band’s latest album Civilian, which came out this spring. Wye Oak performs with The National and Yo La Tengo at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 7th, and Thurday, September 8th, at the Academy Of Music; tickets to the all-ages shows are $39.50.

Wye Oak – Holy Holy from Merge Records on Vimeo.