Yo La Tengo

Special Spin the Wheel Show with

Yo La Tengo

The Urinals

Tue, February 22, 2011

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Fox Theater

Oakland, CA

$25.00

This event is all ages

For their January/February tour dates, YLT decided to take the advice of Blood, Sweat & Tears to “ride a painted pony/let the spinning wheel spin.” And just in case that’s not self-explanatory, read on. "We’re going to split our performance into two sets. At the beginning of the night, we’ll bring a Wheel of . . . Fortune? Fate? What ARE those carnival things called? . . . on stage, and spin it. Whatever comes up, that’s what the first 45 minutes will be.

Yo La Tengo
Yo La Tengo
When it comes right down to it, what is truly remarkable about Yo La Tengo is the fact that they’ve been releasing influential and critically acclaimed albums longer than I’ve even been alive, and yet they remain as relevant today as they were back when they formed in 1984. Unlike many of their contemporaries, the trio of Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew, haven’t broken up and then reunited a few years later to cash in, there haven’t been any lapses in recordings due to rehab or drama within the band, Yo La Tengo are as legitimate and down to earth as they come, a sentiment expressed even further in their consistently high quality catalogue of releases. While employing a versatility of songs throughout their albums ranging from shoegaze distortion and epic guitar solos to subtle jazz pop, not any of their 12 full-length releases sound forced or out of character, alternately remaining the definitive indie rock band both in work ethic and sound.

Reinventing their set on a nightly basis for their current tour, including their festival opening set for Noise Pop, Yo La Tengo will be spinning a “wheel of destiny” to include such options as a set consisting only of songs that start with the letter S, to their 2009 cover album Fuckbook, released under the alias Condo Fucks. No matter what option the wheel happens to land on, a unique night of captivating atmospherics and characteristically charming stage banter is likely to ensue.

ANNE OSTROWSKI
The Urinals
The Urinals
Originally formed back in 1979, L.A.’s quintessential punk rockers, Urinals, have been keeping up the pace since their reformation under the moniker back in 1996. With a catalogue of tracks that have been covered by everyone from The Minutemen to fellow Noise Pop artists No Age and Yo La Tengo, it seems only natural that the trio will be making their festival debut this year—offering a first hand view of the classic songs that have cemented them as true punk rock influences.

ANNE OSTROWSKI
Venue Information:
Fox Theater
1807 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA, 94612
http://www.thefoxoakland.com/