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For its tour in support of its 13th studio album, which is called “Fade,” Yo La Tengo has dispensed with the formality of hiring an opening band to fill time before its headlining set. Instead, it fills the role itself, which makes sense, for this is two or three bands rolled into one.
Wednesday night, for almost three hours (including a 30-minute intermission), the trio from Hoboken, N.J., gave a crowd of about 500 very attentive fans at Crossroads KC a ride through its its history, which goes back 25 years and comprises 13 albums, half of which are as uneven as the others are memorable.
The show was split into two sets, an opening nine-song set that, compared to the main set, was quiet and acoustic. The band gathered at the front of the stage, like just another opening band, and played what amounted to an unplugged set. Georgia Hubley struck her drums with brushes, and most of the guitar work from her husband, Ira Kaplan, and James McNew was acoustic. Here and there they added keyboards, some programmed sounds and alternative percussion, like a maraca.
By TIMOTHY FINN. 12 hours ago