CMJ 2010: Yo La Tengo | Brooklyn Bowl
For a band that's been around a quarter-century, the indie rock grandparents in Yo La Tengo have never fallen off: They can be counted on for album after album filled with songs that are uniquely challenging, and frequently noisy or melodic (and, more often than not, both). 2009's "Popular Songs" marks their 12th studio LP (damn), and was leaned on heavily during the sometimes jammy, sometimes spare, sometimes abandoned headlining set (frontman Ira Kaplan briefly left the stage to roll a game on a nearby lane).
The so-called gingerwave movement is upon us with opener DOM. (Larger-than-life single "Bochicha" has got an instant sing-along chorus while "Living in America" is basically "Kids" with more filtered and looser synth sounds) Think Passion Pit's big EP. The free show was sponsored by the MOG Music Network. MORE PHOTOS