“Say that we’re afraid/ Say that we were wrong/ Maybe that’s OK/ If we’re not so strong,” Ira Kaplan sings in the “The Point of It.” It’s one of Yo La Tengo’s most delicate songs, and it sums up their 13th album, a collection of 10 poignant tracks about love, mortality and picking up the pieces when things fall apart. Fade is cohesive in sound, too, bringing together the wildly varied elements of YLT’s music — like hushed vocals, the necessary fuzzy guitars, an occasional gloriously-catchy chorus and, as of late, string arrangements — in a way that makes sense.
By Glenn Kenny on 01.14.14 in Icons
If ever there was a rock 'n' roll icon who needed no introduction, Bruce Springsteen — who got his nickname "The Boss" because, from very early on, he was the guy who made sure the band got paid — is surely that guy. As...
By Francis Chung on 12.08.14 in Live in Pictures
Photos of Yo La Tengo in Washington, D.C.
By Andrew Parks on 10.21.14 in News
"Anyone who ever said they liked our older records more than Painful," Yo La Tengo frontman Ira Kaplan said at Ohio University last year, "I just told them they're wrong." He won't have to say much soon; not w...
By Eric Ducker on 09.29.14 in Features
"We figure, if people like rock 'n' roll music, they'll like this, 'cause it says 'rock 'n' roll' on it."