June 22, 1995 |
The oblique, arty pop that Yo La Tengo has been recording for nearly a decade is veiled with a certain mystique. Sounds emerge and recede without warning, vocals resolve into words then blur just out of focus again. Songs coalesce out of feedback and noise. The very idea of seeing the Hoboken trio perform this music live is somewhat unsettling--like peeking behind the curtain at the actual Wizard of Oz.
March 2, 2000
What's happening the next few weeks: * "Paul Klee: Recent Acquisitions of the Djerassi Collection" opens March 18 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, containing 130 works from drawings to watercolor landscapes. 151 3rd St. Ends Oct. 24. (415) 357-4037. * The 18th annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival is next Thursday through March16.
June 14, 1997 |
Yo La Tengo, a post-punk group from Hoboken, N.J., has delivered one of the best alternative albums of the year: the playful, ambitious, seductive "I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One." Reminiscent of its New York neighbor Sonic Youth, the trio is also made up of a couple, the husband-and-wife team of singer-drummer Georgia Hubley and singer-guitarist Ira Kaplan (a former music critic), along with bassist James McNew.
June 23, 2003 |
Yo La Tengo was the headliner at the sold-out Henry Fonda Theatre on Saturday, but the veteran indie-rock group's casually sensual sonic meandering was upstaged by the playful-yet-serious feminism of new wave-punk trio Le Tigre. The crowd was definitely thicker for Le Tigre. Led by riot-grrrl icon Kathleen Hanna, whose band Bikini Kill was practically synonymous with that '90s feminist movement, the group mixed punk conviction and politics with new-wave sounds and shtick.
March 15, 2000 |
Long before "American Beauty" started its cruise toward the Oscars, art exploring the thin line separating suburban stability from stagnation was a well-established genre. Yet Yo La Tengo, a veteran trio from Hoboken, N.J., featuring married couple Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley, added its own twists to the terrain Monday at the El Rey Theatre.
July 8, 2012 |
Big Day Coming Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock Jesse Jarnow Gotham Books: 362 pp., $18 This is as scintillating as it gets: The opening and closing anecdotes of "Big Day Coming" revolve around typos. Shockingly, promoters and newspapers have had a chronic habit of misspelling the name of Yo La Tengo, the 26-year-old Hoboken, N.J., band whose members are the book's reluctant antiheroes. "Yo La Tango," "Wo La Tengo," "Yo Lo Tengo" - Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and their multiple bassists have suffered through an endless stream of typos by writers who apparently don't speak Spanish.