Yo La Tengo

Newsweek International - - CULTURE -

THERE’S A RIOT GO­ING ON (MATADOR) The band likes to shrug off its longevity (34 years and count­ing) as a func­tion of in­er­tia, but most bands formed dur­ing Ron­ald Rea­gan’s first term aren’t mak­ing records this great in 2018. Though its ti­tle nods to both present-day un­rest and Viet­nam-era protest funk, the al­bum feels less like a riot and more like an un­usu­ally gen­er­ous tone poem—awash in gor­geous, am­bi­ent tex­tures and dream­like sketches. In mean­ing, There’s a Riot is char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally oblique. In func­tion, it is re­mark­ably ver­sa­tile: This is mu­sic for sleep­ing, wak­ing or think­ing, and—if tra­di­tion holds—for cel­e­brat­ing Hanukkah with in­die rock’s most en­dur­ing trio.

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