Yo La Tengo

If you’re a fan of Yo La Tengo, you’ve probably already seen Yo La Tengo—they’ve been around for 25-plus years and tour consistently. But just because they haven’t released a new album since the last time they hit Seattle on the back of 2009’s stellar Popular Songs doesn’t mean tonight’s show is going to be the same old, same old. In the interest of keeping things interesting, Yo La Tengo’s bringing a fourth member on this tour—a giant spinning wheel that will randomly determine the band’s on-stage activity. Example: at a recent show in Chicago, the spinner hit “Sitcom Theater” and the band re-enacted the entire “Chinese Restaurant” episode of Seinfeld. Other options? They could end up playing songs from James McNew’s Prince-covering side project, Dump, or songs from the instrumental documentary score they wrote in 2001, The Sounds of the Sounds of Science. Hopefully they’ll find time to play "Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind" in between all the fun and games. With The Corin Tucker Band. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Thu., Feb. 17, 7 p.m., 2011

 
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