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Yo La Tengo

“I like that as we get older that we’re more interested in trying something new instead of curiosity diminishing,” bass player James McNew told the music blog Spinner, referencing the three-piece’s latest LP, Fade. Over Yo La Tengo’s 29-year career, there has been one constant, and that is change (and a lack of cliches, too—especially the rock & roll cliches that have plagued other alt-rock bands of the same generation). However, for their 13th record, the group enlisted their first new producer in 20 years. John McEntire (drummer for Tortoise and The Sea & Cake) helped the band record a direct (one of the band’s shortest records) and personal album. And it’s a record that almost didn’t happen, as the band deliberated for more than three years over the direction of the record industry and if they should exclusively drop singles. Luckily, the album, with its straightforward sentimentality, noisy soundscapes and songful experimentation, came to pass. And it’s one of Yo La Tengo’s finest since … And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out and I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One. And in concert, the band can pull from 10 other albums for an evening to celebrate its rich and varied career. $25

Date: May 20, 2013
Time: 9 pm
Phone: 800-501-2885
Address: 638 South State Street, Salt Lake City, 84111
Where: The State Room