Legendary indie rockers Yo La Tengo came through LA recently and treated devoted fans to a long set spanning their nearly thirty year career.
Based on the husband and wife duo Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley, joined by James McNew to make that magic number of three, they’ve released thirteen albums now and the setlist at the Fonda reflected all of it. They spilt the show in half to showcase this massive catalog in the best way possible. The first batch of songs were done in a more stripped down manner, offering several from their latest full length Fade and some older tracks (“The Weakest Part”) and even a Beach Boys cover (“I Can Hear Music”). After lulling an adoring audience, they busted out the rock and roll with a rowdy set that included classics like “False Alarm” and “Autumn Sweater” to rile up everyone. New track “Ohm” opened and (sort of) closed the show, and the encore was full of covers (the Beach Boys showed up again) as well as a somewhat fulfilled request from an audience member. The whole show was intimate and friendly, despite the fact that it was in a full capacity venue of 1000+ people.
– Mo Herms for The Independent FM