Yo La Tengo

Formed 1984.
Yo La Tengo


Yo La Tengo (often abbreviated as 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.

Though it mostly plays original material, Yo La Tengo is renowned for its encyclopedic repertoire of cover songs both in live performance and on record.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Fade

    Fade 2013

    Reviewed by Daniel Ross
    Several sounds turned into a single gorgeous one, Fade is YLT’s most settled LP for years.
  2. Review of Popular Songs

    Popular Songs 2009

    Reviewed by Stevie Chick
    While no seismic shift in direction, Popular Songs does find Yo La Tengo on peak form.
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