Yo La Tengo
Yo La Tengo has been couching warm pop songs in moody fuzz for nearly 25 years. Last year’s sprawling, eclectic Popular Songs stays true to the band’s aesthetic. Yo La Tengo’s sound, which turned deliciously droney at the turn of this century, still lets singer and guitarist Ira Kaplan blast feedback freakouts into snappy melodies and gritty garage rock. With Yo La Tengo’s deep catalog of originals and covers (from Fakebook to Fuckbook), any song can surface on a given night’s set list.