Spend a Night with Yo La Tengo

Part of Yo La Tengo's appeal is that through the band, much of the audience can see itself onstage. Members Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew are music fans like us who ended up on the right side of the monitors, and they seem to do things their way, just as we like to think we'd do. Their songs also don't sound hard to play, at least until a Kaplan guitar freak out, but there's an art to sounding artless, and that adds to the appeal because rock 'n' roll that isn't showy is so unusual.