Anyone who recalls Yo La Tengo’s classic 1997 video for “Sugarcube” knows the band learned their stage-blazing tricks of the trade under the tutelage of Bob Odenkirk and David Cross at the prestigious Pres. McKinley Academy of Rock. While Yo La Tengo defied their glammed-up pedagogues and stayed true to their indie-rock roots, you can always count on YLT to deliver a scorching spectacle of shocking shenanigans and awe-inspiring antics … or you might just get to see the seminal indie-rockers play Twister for 45 minutes. Never ones to run from a challenge — in spite of their slacker image — the band is giving Wheel of Fortune a run for its, uh, irreverence with their current tour. At the start of each show, a lucky fan will get to fatefully spin a multi-colored wheel of destiny. Where the needle lands is what will determine the first 45 minutes of each performance. Among the possibilities are audience-to-band Q&A sessions, all songs starting with the letter S performed, band and crew acting out scenes from classic sitcoms, and more. Nashville indie’s favorite journeyman guitarist, William Tyler, will open the show, performing cuts off his recent solo release, Behold the Spirit — which has earned praise from Pitchfork all the way up to The New York Times.
That'll be at 9 p.m. at Exit/In, $20. For more on the wheel thing, see below:
1. Condo Fucks:
50 million Fuckbook fans can’t be wrong!
Why should Nijmegen and Claremont get all the fun? Is this the night Dump plays your town? Only the wheel knows.
3. The Freewheeling Yo La Tengo:
You ask a question; we answer the question, and maybe follow up with a song.
4. The Name Game:
Have you ever noticed how many Yo La Tengo songs include someone’s name? More than 45 minutes’ worth, that’s for sure, so who knows which ones we’ll do on any given night.
5. Sitcom Theater:
The lucky audience in attendance the night the wheel lands on this space will get to see band and crew act out a classic sitcom.
6. Songs Starting With S:
The only thing more common than a Yo La Tengo song with a name is a Yo La Tengo song starting with S (only one song fits both categories). So many, in fact, that we cannot promise that all of them are on the table, as it were. But we do promise that there will be songs rarely, if ever, heard live.
7. The Sounds of Science part 1
8. The Sounds of Science part 2
All of the lovely sounds we created, but none of that pesky science. We’re leaving the movies at home, and dividing the 90-minute program in half.