Tonight: Yo La Tengo


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When you're in a band for more than 20 years, the routine gets boring. Why not just turn your live set into a Wheel of Fortune concept and let fate decide whatever it is you'll be playing? Sure, says Yo La Tengo. Read the Gambit interview with Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan to see what the indie rock veterans have up their sleeves.

Philadelphia's The Key described a recent show experience:

As the chintzy, brass-laden theme music blared, guitarist/vocalist Ira Kaplan chose a random member of the crowd to come on stage and, with one flick of the wrist, decide the musical fate of the entire audience. The concept was simple. The band would perform two sets for the night: the first, a selection of ultra-rarities determined by a makeshift Technicolor wheel rolled onto the forefront of the stage; the second, a more traditional grab-bag assortment spanning the band’s discography.

That audience member inadvertently spun to The Sounds of the Sounds of Science, an experimental instrumental score to an undersea documentary — to the audiences dismay. Everyone groaned. The band, "undeterred, ... obeyed the wheel’s prophecy," and played a 20-plus minute set before a second set of the familiars and fan favorites.

Yo La Tengo can spend 20 minutes playing saxophones, for all I care. It's the band that brought the below video (with guest stars David Cross and Bob Odenkirk of the late, great Mr. Show) to Planet Earth, so they'd get a pass:

The band hits Tipitina's at 10 p.m. tonight with William Tyler. Tickets $15.


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