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Concert photos: Yo La Tengo at the Blue Note, Monday, June 20

Concert photos: Yo La Tengo at the Blue Note, Monday, June 20 Chris Bay
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Veteran indie rockers Yo La Tengo played to an audience of primarily dedicated fans last night at the Blue Note in Columbia, MO. The show was one of their "wheel spin" shows, wherein the first of two sets was determined by the spin of a wheel.

The wheel contained wedges such as "S Songs" (songs that start with the letter S), "The Name Game" (songs with a person's name in the title), and "Condo Fucks" (songs played under the guise of the band's alter-ego cover band of that name). Last night the wheel, spun by an audience member wearing a Power Rangers mask, landed on "The Sounds of Science Pt. 2." Hence the first set consisted of songs from the band's score, The Sounds of the Sounds of Science, for a set of underwater documentary-style silent films shot by Jean Painlev.

The second set consisted of a songs stretching across over 18 years of the band's history, and including everything from fan favorites "Autumn Sweater" and "Sugarcube" to the sprawling rock jams "More Stars Than There Are In Heaven" and "I Heard You Looking." The set also contained a wonderful and somber acoustic version of "Big Day Coming Pt. 1" dedicated to the recently deceased Clarence Clemons. Overall, the show demonstrated the versatility, consistency, and professionalism that has earned the band the respect and admiration of so many over almost 30 years together.

All photos by Chris Bay. See more at my Flickr stream.

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