Jazz critic Whitney Balliett once described jazz as “the sound of surprise.” While Yo La Tengo don’t play jazz, the description applies. For 27 years they have been a remarkably consistent, almost comforting presence on the American pop scene, yet we love their genius because they are not afraid to surprise us.
Yo La Tengo is not a jazz combo, but they think like jazz musicians. They constantly redefine their own boundaries, stretch their songs into new shapes, and often restructure their old songs into new forms.
Fresh off celebrating their 30th anniversary as one of the most beloved and adventurous bands in rock history, Yo La Tengo just announced that they will release their next album Stuff Like That There on August via Matador Records and will embark on a world tour starting September 23rd in Troy, NY.
The trio of Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew now return as a quartet, reuniting with former member Dave Schramm on electric guitar as they revisit the original concept of their beloved Fakebook (a mix of cover songs, “covers” of Yo La Tengo songs, and brand new originals) on its 25th anniversary. This unprecedented live set-up — Ira on acoustic guitar, Georgia up-front on a small kit, and James on upright bass — marks the first occasion of this particular Yo La Tengo incarnation touring together (and since it took them 31 years to get around to doing so, could very well also be the last).
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Yo La Tengo
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 | 21:00 CET
Heimathafen | Karl-Marx-Straße 141 | 12043 Berlin/Neukölln