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yo la tengo

Yo La Tengo need little introduction, do they? Having been around for almost 20 years now, shunning the commercial spotlight and building an impressively wideranging catalogue of songs - as showcased again by their latest album (another long-titled one) 'I am not afraid of you and I will beat your ass'.

Yo La Tengo - I am not afraid of you and I will beat your ass

Seeing them live again, at Tivoli, they confirmed their status as unpretentious indie masters, effortlessly switching from wall of sound guitar antics ('The story of Yo La Tango' (yes that's misspelled)) to whispery little pop songs ('I feel like going home') to, well, just about anything in between ('I should have known better'). And then seamlessly fitting in some of their classics, notably an acoustic version of all-time favorite 'Autumn Sweater'.

We could slip away, wouldn't that be better
Me with nothing to say, and you in your autumn sweater

Cover artwork by Gary Panter.

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