So frequently compared to the Velvet Underground that they were featured in the 1996 film 'I Shot Andy Warhol,' Hoboken-based Yo La Tengo has explored the extremes of feedback-driven noise rock and sweetly melodic pop. They've always been the band to bridge the gap between critical acclaim and indie popularity. As Yo La Tengo's career has developed since their 1984 inception, The New York Times remarks that they specialize in "guitar-driven songs about the compromise and joy of daily life."
They draw a cult-like following along with new fans who dig their sound. For the unfamiliar, think The Weepies mashed up with The Velvet Underground and hints of The Flaming Lips. Modern and timeless at the same time. Their music at various moments has encompassed folk, punk, electronica, jam, shoegazer rock, and more.
Formed by singer/guitarist Ira Kaplan and his wife, drummer/vocalist Georgia Hubley in 1984, the Hoboken, New Jersey-based Yo La Tengo have explored the extremes of feedback-driven noise rock and sweetly melodic pop, shading their work with equal parts scholarly composure and fannish enthusiasm. With adventurous eclecticism, defiant independence, and restless creative ambition, the prolific and mercurial group has ultimately transcended its myriad influences to become a beloved institution of the indie community. In 2005, Matador Records paid homage to Yo La Tengo's 20th year as recording artists with the career-spanning compilations Prisoners of Love: A Smattering of Scintillating Senescent Songs: 1985-2003 and A Smattering of Outtakes and Rarities 1986-2002. The group's 13th album, Fade, was released in 2013. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
Yo La Tengo (YLT), is an American indie rock band formed in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1984. Since 1992, the lineup has consisted of Ira Kaplan (guitars, piano, vocals), Georgia Hubley (drums, piano, vocals), and James McNew (bass, vocals).
Despite achieving limited mainstream success, Yo La Tengo has been called "the quintessential critics' band" and maintains a strong cult following. The band is renowned for its encyclopedic repertoire of cover songs both in live performance and on record.