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Music, Hear This Yo La Tengo: Show Preview

Yo La Tengo: Show Preview

With Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon separated, there's no one close to matching Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley's status as the first couple of indie rock. Together with bassist James McNew, Kaplan and Hubley have kept their critically adored, restless…
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Music, All Shook Down Yo La Tengo Is Playing an In-Store at Amoeba This Month

Yo La Tengo Is Playing an In-Store at Amoeba This Month

San Francisco is a Yo La Tengo kind of town, a place where the lauded New Jersey rock trio can come, play three nights at the Fillmore supported by the best local acts of the day, and sell out each…
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Music, All Shook Down Angst vs. Acceptance: Easing Midlife Malaise with Indie Rock

Angst vs. Acceptance: Easing Midlife Malaise with Indie Rock

Desperate Bicycles, a '70s punk act largely known for its boastful autonomy when it came to releasing music, isn't a group I typically turn to when in need of clarity and counsel. I mean, these are guys that wrote…
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Music, All Shook Down Noise Pop: Yo La Tengo Set Phasers To 'Nice' at the Fox

Noise Pop: Yo La Tengo Set Phasers To 'Nice' at the Fox

Yo La TengoThe UrinalsFebruary 22, 2011@ The FoxBetter than: Paying $25 to see Pat Sajak do whatever it is he would do at the Fox. When, from time to time, I found myself wondering offhand what it was like at…
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Nothing Else Matters: Noise Pop 2011 Lineup Includes How To Dress Well

Noise Pop has revealed the first wave of its festival lineup for 2011, not only coming out of the gate with Yo La Tengo, Ted Leo, Dan Deacon, Wavves, and Best Coast, but also playing a part in bringing the…
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Music, All Shook Down Mini SXSW in Downtown San Jose

Mini SXSW in Downtown San Jose

Last year, San Jose held its first annual Left Coast Live Music Festival, and no one really heard about it. It was headlined by Bay Area's soul man Booker T. and East Bay rapper Lyrics Born. Dubbed "a mini-SXSW", the…
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Music, All Shook Down Monday Morning Hangover: An Embarrassment of Riches

Monday Morning Hangover: An Embarrassment of Riches

As the Summer(ish) months start rolling in, it seems the possibilities for weekend distractions multiply exponentially. This past weekend offered an embarrassment of riches: comedy, music, art and bawdiness abounded. Yo La Tengo and the Sic Alps played the Fillmore…
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Music, All Shook Down Yo La Tengo and Sic Alps Show is *Not* Sold Out

Yo La Tengo and Sic Alps Show is *Not* Sold Out

In this week's issue, we made a mistake listing the info for the Sic Alps gig on Saturday at the Fillmore. The show is not sold out. You can still grab tickets to see the San Francisco act both locals and…
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Music, All Shook Down Big Sur's Big Spring Show Lineup: Yo La Tengo, The xx, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Big Sur's Big Spring Show Lineup: Yo La Tengo, The xx, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

The best thing about the weather getting better? It means it's almost time to hit Highway 1 for those amazing lawn shows down in Big Sur. The Henry Miller Library is, hands down, my favorite venue in Northern California (next…
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Music, Treasure Island: Indie-rock elders move forward

Treasure Island: Indie-rock elders move forward

The past provides comfort for many indie-rock elders; witness the recent spate of reunions, bands touring on "best album" performances, and artists rifling through back catalogs for new reissues. But three well-established, pioneering indie acts — the Flaming Lips, Yo…
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Music, All Shook Down Track of the Day: Yo La Tengo

Track of the Day: Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo is one of those bands that fell into a deep slump for a number of years. After sparking the indie rock imagination early on, they released a number of predictable, zzzz-inducing records that made few waves and…
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Music, Reviewed Deerhunter

Deerhunter

Bradford Cox' oversize persona threatens to overwhelm almost anything his band Deerhunter does. In concert, the singer-songwriter — who has Marfan syndrome and is shockingly thin — sometimes bloodies himself and otherwise makes people uncomfortable. On his group's blog, he…
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Music, Hear This Fools and Urinals

Fools and Urinals

After forming in 1978, Los Angeles' Urinals perfected the "sound of three people struggling with their instruments," a singular approach that influenced the likes of the Minutemen and Yo La Tengo. The band's brief, monochord blasts of fly-buzz guitar, speedy…
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Music, Hot Chip’s lyric sheet reveals its cultural obsessions

Hot Chip’s lyric sheet reveals its cultural obsessions

Hot Chip is a bunch of geeks. Over the course of three albums — 2004's Coming On Strong, 2006's The Warning, and the new Made in the Dark — the British five-piece has been crafting electronic music that manages to…
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Music, Reviewed Blood on the Wall

Blood on the Wall

From the seething yet soulful din of this Big Apple bent-blues band's third record, it sounds like its members have spent the past three years on tour arguing over highway directions whilst munching on Funyuns and letting out hangover burps.…
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Music, Hear This Bishop Allen provokes appreciation from indie film and indie music fans alike

Bishop Allen provokes appreciation from indie film and indie music fans alike

Bishop Allen comprises two Brooklyn musicians who just so happen to be actors. Lead singer Justin Rice and guitarist Christian Rudder starred in acclaimed director Andrew Bujalski's films Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation. But acting is just their hobby.…
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Music, Reviewed Cyann & Ben

Cyann & Ben

From the first candied vocal harmonies that float in over a morose bed of guitars and keys on Cyann & Ben's new full-length, the French quartet's shoegazer fixation rings out loud and clear. In the tradition of My Bloody Valentine,…
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Music, Reviewed Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth

The elephant in the room is a very calm one — Sonic Youth is older, wiser, and not as prone to youthful outbursts of feedback squalor as it once was. Deal with it. But the one thing the band has…
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Music, Indie Rock

Indie Rock

I 'm of two minds re: Yo La Tengo, one of the most popular indie bands of the past decade. On one hand, mainstays Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley are the nicest rock 'n' roll couple you're likely to meet.…
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Music, Reviewed Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo

The 42 songs on this three-CD Yo La Tengo career retrospective aren't sequenced chronologically, but it wouldn't much matter if they were. The two-decade tale of Hoboken, N.J.'s finest indie rock band resists a linear celebration; rather than an evolutionary…
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